Their ratings have been stellar, but tomorrow night The Voice will need to lift its game just to maintain its reputation.
The last week saw its toughest ride yet. Dumping singer Carmen Smith has attracted plenty of comment, including questions from industry observers, that jeopardise the show’s positive tone.
Colin Vickery at the Herald Sun said he didn’t understand why she had been dumped:
“Channel Nine and the makers of The Voice are punishing a singer because she is successful. And I thought The Voice was meant to be about encouragement and celebrating great singing. Channel Nine needs to reverse this silly and unfair decision,” he wrote.
Michael Idato at the Sydney Morning Herald said: “….audiences are often confronted by these peculiar decisions, particularly in the tricky, sneaky world of reality TV. And how they respond is equally unpredictable. The transformative power of television is formed in a very delicate crucible. TV shows with the astonishing and immense success of The Voice particularly so. And decisions which dissolve that ratings-magnetic magic should not be lightly undertaken lest the audience realise that this isn’t alchemy, but just another manipulative talent show.
It will be interesting to hear how this is all explained in the show’s storyline on Monday.
Then there was also online feedback last week that the judges didn’t give enough constructive criticism to singers who under-performed. It was a well-produced show, but it was a bit of a love-in.
Andrew Mercado wrote:
“Hilariously overwrought, yes. Pitch perfect and on key, um, no. Song choices were horrible and wardrobe choices woeful. Many singers were, understandably, quite nervous, and dodgy audio did them no favours. Yet not one judge said a bad word about anyone or anything. In trying to be so nice, The Voice painted itself into a fence-sitting corner once occupied by Marcia Hines on Australian Idol.“
Some bloggers even felt Seal was showing contestants too much love. Delta has also copped plenty so far…
And lastly we come to host Darren McMullen, who let fly with loose cannon remarks on Mornings the week before.
The Voice is so far in front it can afford to take a hit and still attract a glorious set of numbers.
Tall poppy so soon? Perhaps. But it will be interesting to see if the honeymoon period is already over.