Yeah, so, my name is Sonia Mansfield, and I used to be an “American Idol” fan.
There. I said it.
I was totally into it. I watched everything from the awkward auditions to the drawn-out finale. I watched it five months out of the year, sometimes watching all six hours a week that it was airing. I used to blog about it weekly with recaps and predictions.
But during the last few seasons, my interest started to wane. I got tired of attractive, mediocre singers making it to the final rounds. It became clear to me that the producers, the judges and the “Idol” voters had ceased being interested in finding the best singer. They even put a comedian on the judging panel, because hey, who better to judge singers and offer advice than a comedian, right? Then they ditched the comedian, Simon Cowell left, and they added a washed-up rock star, a high maintenance singer/actress/fashionista and well, whatever Randy Jackson is. Everyone seemed more interested in finding someone who was cute with a nice personality and/or sob story that could kinda-maybe sing.
That’s when I decided I was out. I was quitting “American Idol.” I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn’t. I didn’t need any special gum or patch. I just stopped watching and spent my time catching up on shows such as “Breaking Bad.” I think I made the smart choice.
When I heard about NBC’s new singing competition show, “The Voice,” I was hesitant to watch it. I didn’t want to relapse and get sucked into another crappy singing competition show. But the premise of “The Voice” intrigued me: Blind auditions. The judges can’t see the contestants. They just hear them sing. They don’t get to see if they are hot. They don’t get to hear their sob story. It was all about the singing.
So I watched it … and I was hooked.
And I wasn’t the only one. My husband, who left the room whenever I watched “American Idol” in the past, started watching it, too. There are a lot of things I like about “The Voice,” but my main attraction to it is that this show appears to want to actually find a good singer. Imagine that.
Which brings me to this week’s Dork Side: 5 reasons “The Voice” is better than “American Idol.” Honesty, I could have probably come up with more than five reasons, but then I would be really outing myself as a huge TV nerd.