I have lost faith in this show. The new itunes rule was implemented this season to allow a guaranteed win for Casadee. I think they already know before the live show that Casadee is the most downloaded contestant on the show. This win is worse than any Idol win (okay, maybe almost as bad as when Lee Dwyze won) considering that the winner was far less superior than the 2nd and 3rd place winner. I hope I will never have to listen to Casadee again.
Brrrrrrrr. I hate that win. She's forgettable to say the least.
ichoOn a glory note, Nicholas was fantastic !
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I don't have a problem with her winning because of itunes. Even if she wasn't my favorite, clearly a lot of people were willing to spend money on her music. That's the point of a music career. Fans of Nick and Terry just didn't do the same or they could have won. She's been in the top 10 every week. I don't get the snarkage on that. I think that's a fair system. I don't like a lot of singers who have platinum record sales, but somebody does and that makes their label happy.
Nick would never have even been given a chance on Idol. They wouldn't have looked past his appearance, but the Voice did. The show is about opportunity. All of the contestants who make the live shows have an opportunity. What happens next is part luck, part talent and having a good agent to help secure the right deals.
I thought the singing for the last 2-3 episodes of The Voice was absolutely horrendous, but all we heard from the judges were how great the talents were. These finalists would not make it far on other talent shows like AI, for example.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
As for the ITunes downloads, I have a few problems with it. First, my understanding is that they only multiply the downloads if you're in the top ten. If you're in the top eleven, you're out of luck, scewing the results. Second, ITunes downloads as votes don't always translate into commerical success. There are some people who still buy CDs or who buy their digital music from other sources. Third, we all know that people buy songs during these voting shows that they never would buy in real life. How many of the people who bought Cassadee's songs on ITunes would have bought those songs if they had just heard her sing it at the end of Leno? So, I would prefer that they give some credit to ITunes downloads -- even more than an online vote - but not so much, especially just for placing in the top ten.
I think that the iTunes bonus is a good thing, but should be extended to all iTunes purchases, not just top 10.
Where I think Cassadee was locked in as the winner was when they made the last minute announcement that there was only going to be one singer dropped from the semi-final round instead of the two that were supposed to have been dropped. With two dropped, either Terry, or more likely, Nicholas would have left with Trevin, leaving Cassadee to battle it out in the final with Terry. Terry's ability to get votes was pretty strong by that point, and with Nicholas out of the picture, it might have been conceivable that he could have won. Keeping all three of them in pretty much guaranteed a Cassadee win, which is surely what the producers wanted. But, other than Blake's choices for Cassadee, I thought that the other coaches have made pretty bad choices in these past few weeks. (Of course, so did the producers who treated us to a re-run of songs we'd heard the previous night.)
I'd guess that out of this whole batch of singers, Amanda Brown could end up with a strong career. Maybe Cassadee if she goes semi-country; she really paled next to Lavigne and Rhianna voice-wise. I can totally see Terry fronting either a cover band or stepping in as the lead singer to a past-great band that has lost its own lead singer. Very curious to see whether Nicholas is able to push through to an album; I'd buy it. Melanie seemed to inspire either great fans or sincere haters; that's probably ok if she goes the indie route. She certainly marches to the beat of her own drummer. De'borah remains a mystery -- I really wish Christina had kept her on. And I'm still really sad not to have heard more from Nicole Nelson -- now that woman has a voice.
I'm looking forward to next season. I've heard Usher sing, but I'm unfamiliar with Shakira. (Or if I am familiar, I don't know that she was the one singing.) But, no idea what either of them are like personality-wise. It would be funny if one of the blind auditioners (?) chose "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as the audition song.
AceOn6, the golf loving skating fan
Thanks, Garden Kitty. Can't remember hearing this before, but fun to see Denkova and Staviski at their prime again. Aceon6 -- guess my daughter left Hips Don't Lie out of my musical education. (Having just seen the video, I think I'm rather glad she's more a Iron & Wine fan.)
Too bad Nicholas didn't try for an Iron & Wine song; I think he could have done well with one.
Last edited by Rob; 12-20-2012 at 08:01 PM.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
Clay had youth and a geeky adorable factor (at least the women and girls adored him) on his side when he was on AI. I can't say that Nick has either of those qualities on his side. When you're young and dorky it's considered cute. When you're old and dorky it's considered "Ewwww".
When they cleaned Nick up he was normal looking. He would look even better clean shaven & with his hair trimmed. I like long hair but his wasn't cool. Clay looked much better when they cleaned him up but adorable is really a stretch. I thought he was pretty unattractive. Not that I care because I really don't like his voice either. I preferred Ruben.
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