NBC’s ‘The Voice’ season 3: Three things that need to change

You’ve probably seen the commercials by now, so you might know that on Monday night, “The Voice” will be running on full steam again as NBC launches new episodes of the singing competition. It’s news that is certainly exciting for the blind audition lover in us, but then someone has to smack us upside the head and remind us that this is only a third of the show. As much as we love Cee Lo Green’s cat and anything that comes out Blake Shelton’s mouth, they don’t make up for the fact that the show has produced two forgettable winners, and there are so few notable performances from the show’s run in the live shows that we can count them on one hand.

What we want to emphasize here is that this is not a show beyond saving. Au contraire. This is a show that just needs to change up a few things in order to give us more of what we want, and less of what makes the show tiresome to watch. With that in mind, we’ve come up with three handy suggestions to turn “The Voice” worthy of singing its praises all season long.

1. Less of the coaches – There, we said it. This is not the Adam Levine hour. We love the coaches and their banter is great, but we would be so much happier if there was less attention given to them and more to the contestants. One of the reasons we feel that the show has trouble producing talent is that they can never step out of their coaches’ enormous shadow cast on the show, and their story is reduced to just a few soundbites (usually the “I’m a struggling musician” or overcoming a tragic death).

2. Even more about the voice – This is the name of the show, right? With this in mind, the live shows should not feel like the Thunderdome. Don’t make things so loud and wash out the singer with the band. Even the pretty terrible “Duets” did a better job showing off individual voices during their live show face-offs. Some of the best moments on this show have been soft and intimate, and we need more of them and less noise.

3. Cut down the battle rounds – The British version of the show burned through these in a weekend … and it was awesome since we didn’t have to deal with them again. We know that the show has introduced a different twist to make things exciting (where coaches can steal eliminated contestants, which somehow makes the show even more about them), but we would be happier if there were more actual live shows and less of the filler that doesn’t really give us enough of a showcase of the artist’s actual talent.

Are you as excited about the show as you have been in the past? We want to hear some more of your thoughts below! To find out what Christina Aguilera has coming up a little later this week, be sure to hit up the link here.

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