My new NPR commentary: Why NBC's The Voice is the Anti-Idol
It has taken 10 seasons, but a rival network has finally figuered out a way to compete with American Idol on its own terms, as NBC's The Voice has emerged as a mirror image of TV's most-successful singing contest.
And as Idol begins to pick its winner for this season, there's more evidence than ever of the tow show's dual nature.
My NPR commentary on Friday talked about this, and as Idol begins the first of its last two shows tonight, I figured it might be cool to highlight the piece.
I'm predicting, along with the rest of America, that country crooner Scott McCreery is winning this thing Wednesday.
But the ouster of Haley Reinhart last week freed up a lot of voters who supported a female voice to the end of this season, and it benefits the show most if there is an unpredictable conclusion.
Which makes fellow finalist Lauren Alaina far from the long shot many would have us believe.
Meanwhile The Voice is making great hay early on with openly gay, middle aged, odd-looking vocalists who wouldn't have made it past the cattle call level of an Idol audtion. We'll see who America prefers, when the show starts letting the audience vote on who stays or goes.