I will admit, back in the day our little family sat down together to watch American Idol. I have dialed in to vote. Dallas and I loved Bo Bice and Taylor Hicks. John cried when Chris Daughtry got eliminated. (Not as much as he cried when he found out Star Wars wasn’t real.) We’re over that program. I can’t remember the last time we watched anything past the first round auditions – because some of those people are real train wrecks and it’s awesome. A new train wreck every three contestants.
Instead I watch The Voice. I like the premise of the show. A real competition not just for the singers, but the judges.
Also, Adam Levine.
Last week we tuned into the new season of The X Factor. I was hooked immediately. Britney Spears is a judge this season. It’s kind of like watching those first round American Idol auditions. Every show needs a crazy. When Paula Abdul left Idol, they lost the crazy. That’s when it went downhill.
The X Factor upped the ante by added Demi Lovato to the mix. I’m not sure what she brings to the contest other than too much eye makeup and gum chewing that I can hear even when it’s on mute. (Who chews gum on TV?) She and Britney always look confused. Even in the scripted segments they look like they have no idea what’s going on. Like they don’t know how or why they are sitting in those chairs judging other singers.
To be honest, I don’t know either.
The Voice has Christina Aguliera, who I think honestly knows a thing or ten about singing. But she’s miserably boring. So. So. Boring. She dresses like a Bratz doll, which is distracting. Also, her boobs are everywhere. Doesn’t anyone on the production team walk over during breaks and tell her to hike her top up? They do eight episodes in the same clothes, so I assume they shoot them all in one day. I think her hooters get weighed down by spray tanner. Maybe she should start using them to hit her button. It would be a lot more interesting than watching her wave her overly ringed fingers across it 87 times an episode.
They’ve also got Blake Shelton. He’s funny, clever funny. The X Factor has Simon Cowell who is also funny – but not clever funny. He’s mean funny. It’s entertaining, but only in small doses. (Like this blog.)
Each show also has a cool black guy. Voice has Cee Lo Green, who is only interesting when he’s holding an animal. X Factor has some guy named L.A. Reid. I had to look that up, I thought he was Ru Paul.
So far it’s a draw. Britney and Demi are fun to watch, because they’re dumb. Dumb people are funny. Christina knows singing but is horribly boring unless you’re playing a game where you take a shot every time you see her hoots sag another inch. Blake and Simon are equally entertaining as are Cee Lo and the guy who looks like Ru Paul. The X Factor would win if they actually had Ru Paul. Which show would you choose? (If you had to, thanks to DVR’s and the internet none of us have to. Yay for technology!)
In all voting, The Voice gets 10 extra points for Adam Levine.