Should Battle Rounds Be Eliminated On The Voice?



The time has come for The Voice to eliminate the battle rounds and go straight to the live shows. The battle rounds focus too much on the drama between the two singers and the judges and  mentors helping the singers. Then after spending several minutes touting the upcoming battle, the song is over in about three minutes.

After all it is a singing competition, so that should be the main focus of having the singers sing. On Monday’s show there were about eight songs sang in the two-hour show which averages out to a song every 15 minutes.

This is just my opinion for what it’s worth, but I don’t think it is fair for a singer with a less powerful voice, being matched against a singer with a powerhouse of a voice. Too much emphasis is being placed on the battle aspect and not enough on the singing itself.

Some singers are completely out of their element to be placed in a situation in which they have to outsing another opponent. It becomes a case of who can sing the loudest or reach the highest note which is not what the competition should be about.

I am a huge fan of the blind auditions, but think the show should go straight into the live shows, with the battle rounds being eliminated. They could still show the mentors helping the singers in shorter segments, so that more songs could be sung. With commercials using up about half an hour in a two-hour show, there is only an hour-and-a-half of the actual show being shown.

The Voice has drawn much better ratings this season. However, they could be making a huge mistake, to have another season this fall. It could further erode the ratings for singing competition shows, if it is seen twice a year.

We all saw what happened to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,  when it was being shown two or three times a week. The ratings dropped the more it was shown. The same thing is happening with the proliferation of singing competitions. American Idol was once king of the hill, but now their ratings are slipping and lower ratings probably mean less money coming in from their sponsors.

It will be interesting to see how The Voice fares in the ratings when Dancing With the Stars returns later this month, if the two shows go directly against each other.

The poll question asks if you think the battle rounds on The Voice should be eliminated:




Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

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