Ten Reasons Why I Like The Voice Better Than American Idol

I Am A Fan Of Both Shows

I have been a fan of American Idol for about five years now, and I still am. However, a new show has crept in and stole my reality television heart. And it's called The Voice. Although I mean no disrespect for American Idol, I have to say I prefer The Voice now.

American Idol is now in its eleventh season. When it aired, there was nothing like it on television. Now, there are several similar shows including X-Factor, America's Got Talent and So You Think You Can Dance: all shows based on the premise of finding a superstar from the ranks of the unknown.

Last year, The Voice burst on the scene, with a very similar premise: to find the one voice in America that everyone could listen to: a superstar in hiding. My first impression of the show was that it was confusing: what were battle rounds, and why did the judges sit in chairs away from the singers?

But from some coaching from my stepson, and a few more watches, I started to become a fan. This year, I try not to miss any of the shows. After careful reflection, these are ten reasons that I prefer The Voice over American Idol.

Adam Levine

Blake Shelton -- The Voice Coach

Blake Shelton at the 2010 Country Music Awards.
Blake Shelton at the 2010 Country Music Awards. | Source

Adam Levine -- The Voice Coach

Adam Levine at a press conference in Singapore.
Adam Levine at a press conference in Singapore. | Source

Why I Prefer The Voice Over American Idol

  1. Coaches instead of judges. There's a whole different dynamic when singers have a coach on their side rather than a judge. They have one person that is committed to their success and growth. Then, that person brings them into the competition and they've got their back! This brings a different dynamic to the show; it makes it less cut-throat and more nurturing.
  2. Blind Auditions. The whole show is called The Voice because it's based primarily on a person's voice and not their look, their "whole package." Therefore, the first contact the coaches have with the singer is through blind auditions, where they can sing, without being judged by how they look. This means that the focus really is on the singing, as it should be.
  3. Battle Rounds. The battle rounds, where two singers from the same team go head-to-head on the same song, are phenomenal. It is so interesting to hear two performers with different styles and strengths, sing the same song choice, together. There's something about duets that are very powerful, because there is so much room for interaction between the two singers. And because the competition is one-on-one, with one elimination, it brings out the very best in each singer.
  4. Older Crowd Allowed. American Idol's self-declared premise is to find a popstar under the age of 30. The Voice has a much wider range of potential winners. This year, we saw Kim Yarbrough go all the way to the quarter finals. She was a dymanic singer who wanted one more chance to gain world-wide attention at the age of 50 years old. Opening up the auditions to men and women of all ages gives a depth to the show that American Idol does not have. It's not just the young and the "hot": depth is recognized and encouraged.
  5. More Than Pop Music. American Idol is all about the pop music. The competitors do perform other styles during the competition but the goal is to find a pop star. The Voices's goal is to find a voice that is capable of doing a wide range of musical styles.
  6. A Country Influence. Now, both shows definitely have a connection to country music, and allow for some country to come through. In fact, last year it was Scottie McCreery, a cute little high-schooler, who became America's pop "idol" with his sweet country voice. The Voice's country roots, however, are much stronger with the inclusion of Blake Shelton as one of the judges. In what other show would you watch Blake Shelton and Christine Aguelera go head to head? They are polar opposites but on this show, they work together. And it works.
  7. The coaches are all current artists. The coaches are all current artists who have made it in the entertainment industry, and that adds a lot of credibility to the show. I confess that I had not heard of Adam Levine, or Cee-Lo but they are both very well-known and successful in their field.
  8. Quicker Eliminations. It's quicker and therefore more interesting. On American Idol, it's mostly one at a time. On The Voice, they eliminate half of all the teams in the battle rounds. Then, in the first live rounds, two from each team are gone! And the next week, they have quarter finals, where one team member is eliminated by their own coach on the singing night. The eliminations are mixed up and this helps to keep it more interesting.
  9. Friends and Family wait in the waiting room. This makes it more personal and again, nurturing. I love how the family and friends are waiting in the waiting room after they win, or lose, away from the crowds. I think there seems to be more involvement from the famiies of the singers all the way along.
  10. There's less hype. There just seems to be less hype on this show. American Idol draws out the eliminations so much, and it seems to be so much about the drama of elimination. But The Voice has less drama and less hype, which makes it, as Adam Levine says in his video above, "not like a reality T.V. show."


What Do You Think?

So, these are the reasons that I prefer The Voice over American Idol this year. What do you think of these two shows? Do you agree with my assessment?

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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I, too prefer "The Voice" for many of the same reasons you listed.

However, I'm not crazy about the battle round. I feel it does disservice to a perfectly good singer whose style may not be a good fit with their team member.

I did not get to see the show last season, because we were then without access to our network channels. So, my memory may be faulty, but as I recall, there is no "TV viewing audience" participation in the form of calling in votes. If that is true, it is another reason why I prefer "The Voice."

Also, the long-drawn-out elimination rounds on the other shows bore me to tears. They are artificially extending the hype and trying to create suspense, when the truth of the matter is, all they are doing is making room to stuff in more commercial advertising! That is enough to make me change channels right there, or turn off the TV altogether.

Voted up, interesting, awesome and shared.


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GDiBiase 4 years ago from Portland, ME

I love the whole concept of the voice. I find the coaches to be caring and inspiring to the people on their team. No rude remarks or demeaning criticism. They all can sing so no reason to be cruel as I have witnesses on American Idol. The coaches give constructive criticism to assist in making the singer feel confident and to put forth their best efforts. The voice rocks! Nice hub!!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S. I agree with GDiBiase--I don't watch A.I. anymore, because I come away wanting to punch Simon in the nose!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Dzy, I know what you mean about the battle rounds. I think it does make for some good performances but there were times that it seemed one singer lost simply because the song choice suited the other singer better. And yes, me too, regarding the elimination. I had never thought of it as being connected to advertising dollars but that makes sense. They are so, so boring. Thanks for the great comment. Take care.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@GDi, me too! That's what I love about The Voice -- it's such a positive vibe and it really encourages the singers. Thanks for coming by!


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Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

I so agree!! When I sit there watching the Voice and someone sings and I get goosebumps watch an unknown singer perform, it's so refreshing. It's more honest. The last time I felt big goosebumps watching American Idol was when David Cook sang...remember him? Now there was some TV Magic!


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

You've talked me into watching The Voice, as I've never seen it but always watch American Idol. I really like it now that Simon is gone, but since I love music I will check out The Voice for sure. Thanks!


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paxwill 4 years ago from France

A hub I totally agree with! I've never watched much of either show, but the few times I've seen The Voice I felt that the quality of singers was much higher. The only aspect of Idol that miss when watching The Voice is the freak parade at the beginning of the season. Idol producers really know how to draw in the crazies.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend,I can't say i like or dislike either show because i have never watched either one. I don't watch much TV any more. But if you say it is a good show i will try to check it out sometime !

Vote up and more !!!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Hi Dee! First of all, I don't remember David but I think he was probably on before I started watching American Idol but yes, I agree with you about the goosebumps part. The Voice seems genuine and I think that is why it moves us. Nice to meet a fellow "voice fan!" Thanks for the comment.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Pamela, as a real music fan, I think you might appreciate The Voice. It's quite different than American Idol and I still like both but just prefer the approach a bit more on The Voice. Glad to let you know about it! Take care.

@Pax, yes, the bad singers at the beginning of Idol are quite entertaining, but it's kind of painful to watch, too. I'm glad to meet a fellow fan of The Voice. Take care.

@Kashmir, it's quite a different show than other shows that are out there. If you get a chance, see what you think. Take care!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

I agree with each of your reasons. The Voice is much more entertaining and an awesome change. AI is the past. Voice is the present. In addition Blake and Adam are nice eye candy!:)


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Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

Why did Adam cut his hair?! He is still eye candy. And Blake. ( lord).


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Sunshine, yes, it is a real change from those other shows, isn't it? We needed something different because so many of those reality contest shows are the same. Thanks for commenting!

@Dee, yes, he does look quite different! I almost didn't recognize him the first time I saw him. And then there was the night Cee-Lo wore his wig!


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frantisek78 4 years ago

I think the main problem with both shows is that the judges or coaches are not really critical enough. They "love" every singer and predict a "great future in music" for all of them, which is an obvious lie. Most of these contestants disappear with the season, and some of them hang on for a few years with mostly very weak songs and albums, unfortunately. Kelly Clarkson is the only one that can be said to have achieved some degree of international fame over the years. The rest are history.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Well, frantisek78, that may be true--but what a feather in their cap to have gotten to that point! Obviously, everyone cannot win, and it is often a difficult choice between equally good singers--it comes down to subtleties such as "stage presence" or ability to project their voices. I've see really excellent singers loose only because their voice was soft, and they were drowned out by their more powerful team-mate in the "battle round."

As far as judges being 'more critical,' please--give me a kind let-down any day, and spare me the likes of any more rude, cruel, brutal beasts like Simon Cowell. Sometimes, yes, there are contestants who are not all that good. There is still no call for the kind of hurtful put-downs that come out of his mouth.

Even if their "wonderful future in music" turns out only to be singing in a community choir, or as a hobby, or in community theater, the judges on The Voice are overall much nicer than on A.I. ... and those positive comments are confidence-boosters. I don't see a problem with encouraging folks.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Frantisek, that's an interesting perspective. It is true that anyone that is going to make it big in the entertainment industry needs constructive criticism. I do think, though, that the coaches from The Voice do provide that during the coaching sessions but they don't necessarily shame them in public. Thanks for the comment.

@Izzy, I think someone went too far but he did provide a needed critical analysis on the show. But I agree that the way he did was often very uncalled for. And yes, a future in singing does not have to be at a national level. For those who love to sing, any singing is good. Thanks for the insightful comment!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

We’ve just got The Voice over here in the UK too, and my kids introduced me to it. I like that the coaches are kind to contestants and that the people on it are genuinely talented so it’s not some ego-trip for the likes of Simon Cowell to be nasty and make a fool of people. The coaches on our show are very respectful even to those they don’t pick.

An interesting hub!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Melovy, exactly! It very much NOT an ego trip, but it really does seem like it's about genuinely helping these signers. I'm glad you got the chance to watch the show. Thanks for the comment!


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

I should have said we’ve got our version of The Voice here. It’s got one American coach and the rest are British, including Tom Jones. All the contestants are home-grown too. But it sounds as if it’s done on the same format as the American one.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Melvoy, yes, I found in my research that there are several Voice shows across the world. And wow, you have Tom Jones. That must be interesting!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Aw, thanks so much for coming by! Great comment -- my experience is very similar to yours. I watched both shows and started liking the voice. This hub was my attempt to understand why. Have a wonderful week!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

i am thrilled that Jermaine won Season 2. He's so humble and down to earth. His voice is amazing! I think they should replace Christina in Season 3 and so on.....


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Linda, I was absolutely thrilled, too. When he won, I let out a big shout and called my husband in to watch the end with me. I loved how he thanked Jesus and pointed at the sky. I think he truly was "The Voice."

Thanks for the comment. Have a wonderful day!


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Dee42 4 years ago from Beautiful Arkansas

Yes! Finally we are vindavated, Jermaine won! But on the other hand only suspicions rise in American Idol. My co workers and I think that the better ones are voted off to make record deals. Apples and oranges, I guess. Ha. This is still a great hub, great followers and good comments.


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Dee, yes, Jermaine winning was amazing, I thought. That's interesting to hear about American Idol; I haven't been following it that much but I've kind of lost my heart for American Idol after watching the Voice. Thanks so much for the comment.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I watch both shows, gosh you point out some great differences here! I am so glad Jermaine won he has an incredible voice! The presentation of your hub is great too my friend.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

oh sure I would love to have my voice coach. thanks for informing me about this massive plus point.

i would also rate the voice above the american idol.

voted up as useful information


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Christy, thank you! I am so, so glad that Jermaine won, too. I really liked his style and his manner. Have a great weekend!

@Ruchira, thank you for your support. Yes, wouldn't it be great to have your own coach? It truly is such an opportunity for the candidates. Have a good night!


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I never really watched American Idol- from the beginning the whole thing with Simon and his biting attitude never appealed to me. That and the fact that like you said- it's too superficial in dealing with packaging. I haven't seen the X Factor but it's pretty much the same to me since Simon's again involved.

The only thing I don't like about the Voice is the way they have some people come back- I feel like after the first time if they didn't make it, they should wait until next season and not have them comeback. Instead they should have a YouTube contest or something like that. Great hub!


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

Alecia, I know what you mean about American Idol and the X Factor being a lot about packaging -- quite superficial. I did not realize that they allowed people to return after they miss out on a season. Thanks for the great comment and take care!


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

I am in complete agreement with you. I took a peek at Idol one eve and switched to another channel. And, X-factor was interesting the first year but I cannot stand the judges this year. I was wondering what the main reason is that I like the Voice and you named it in the first reason: Coaches, not judges. Great observations, rated up/U/I


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prairieprincess 4 years ago from Canada Author

@Denise, thank you so much for the kind comment. I have never got into the X-Factor and did not watch Idol this year, anyway. The Voice just seems to have a whole different philosophy that I do appreciate. Have a wonderful night!


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Careermommy 3 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

praireprincess, as a big fan of The Voice, I am so glad you wrote this hub. I agree with you! I have been trying to tell people some of the exact things that you mentioned, but you articulated this so well. Thank you for sharing!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

@Careermommy, thank you so much! It's great to meet a fellow fan and I am glad that we can agree on what it such a wonderful show. Take care!


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

I'm a big Voice fan too for so many of the reasons you listed. I had enough of Simon's rude, discouraging comments awhile ago, and their new judges don't cut it. Enjoyed the hub.


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Flourish, I understand! He is gone from the show now, but he set the tone, and I much prefer the more nurturing environment of The Voice. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Take care.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Hi, girl! Great assessment! I do see the positives you mention about The Voice, but I just can't get into it. I do like it that older singers can compete. Maybe it's the judges. I don't really care for them that much, I guess. Nicki Minaj isn't doing much for me on American Idol, though. I'm not a huge fan of Idol, either, these days, but I'm going to be doing some recap writing for the show, so, oh well! I enjoyed your hub!


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prairieprincess 3 years ago from Canada Author

Hey Vicki, thanks for stopping by and commenting! I think we get burned out on reality t.v., sometimes, too. I tend to like the Voice, but I have cut down on any reality television, in general. I wasn't sure what to think about it this year, but it looks like it will be pretty good banter between the coaches this year. Have a good week and nice to see you!


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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Interesting hub. One of my favorite things about the show is how real it feels, from the whole coaching process to the chemistry of the judges/coaches. I know there's always a scripted element to it all, but still, none of the coaches have a particular "character" to fill, a-la Simon Cowell or something like that.


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grand old lady 2 years ago from Philippines

I always liked American Idol and paid little attention to The Voice. But lately, both shows don't appeal to me. It's nice to see why people prefer The Voice to American Idol. It's always good to see what people are saying and finding out if you're missing something by staying in your zone.


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prairieprincess 2 years ago from Canada Author

@Thief12, you are so right. There is always some staging, but this show seems so much more genuine. It seems much more "grassroots" than the other competitive performance shows out there. Thanks for the comment!

@grand old lady, I appreciate you having an open mind. It's funny how our tastes change, too, isn't it? Have a good day.

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