We’re a few days removed from The Voice season 15 and with that in mind, we do think that we’re able to pass along at least a little bit more of an informed opinion on the season as a whole. This was a dynamic, fascinating chapter for the show both in terms of voting results and also the impact of social-media on the series.
Yet, we don’t think that there’s a particularly-new lesson that we learned here other than that country singers can win the show even if they are not a part of Team Blake Shelton. Chevel Shepherd emerged at the top of the pack from Team Kelly Clarkson, so maybe you can say that the big takeaway here is that Kelly’s team is perhaps stronger than anyone gave it credit beforehand!
So what worked about this season, and what didn’t? Let’s take a look at some of that below in this Report Card!
What worked – We actually do think that Chevel winning, especially since she wasn’t a consensus favorite, is good for the series since it proves that there is still room for unpredictability with the show. Does this mean that she was our favorite contestant? Not necessarily, but we like our shows when they are unexpected.
We do think that in terms of song selection and diversity of music, The Voice is the best singing-show out there — while there isn’t a lot of room for original music, at least there are opportunities to hear a wide array of different covers. The blind auditions remain exciting, especially when you do get that one contestant who manages to blow people away. We also continue to love Kelly especially as a coach — she’s honest without being mean and we haven’t gotten tired of her in the way that we occasionally have Adam and Blake — they’ve had their moments over the years but it’s hard to cross new ground in season 15.
What didn’t – The Reagan Strange – Deandre Nico disaster wasn’t a good look for the show, both in terms of what Adam Levine did or the way in which Reagan had to sit on the show in a bathrobe. (We like to think that wasn’t her choice.) Meanwhile, the Battle Rounds still remain fairly uninteresting, there’s a desperate need of new blood among the coaches, and we don’t really love the block as a twist since it really just seems designed to deprive a country singer of being with Blake. Kelly proved that someone else can win with a country artist so we think results matter more than just some silly twist.
The Voice remains fun as an entertainment show and it is worthwhile to watch a contestant’s story from start to finish. While we do think that there’s a need for a fresh coat of paint with the middle rounds of the competition and with some of the coaches (at least for a season), we doubt that’s going to happen. This is, for better and for worse, a well-oiled reality TV machine. Grade: B.
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