As compared to previous seasons, Season 4 of The Voice left much to be desired.
Replacing Cee-Lo and Christina Aquilera with Skakira and Usher introduced some new blood into the mix, but I’m not sure it was enough to help. I can only speak for myself, but I know I was getting bored with Cee-Lo’s “I’m weird and there’s a parrot on my shoulder, so that means I’m a unique coach” attitude and angered by Christina’s bitchy, “Your voice is okay but it will never be as great as mine” attitude. There were countless times last season when I wanted to punch the TV screen after she spewed some vain BS from mouth. So when NBC announced a line-up change, I was more than pleased and welcomed them with open arms. And as far as I’m concerned, they can stay.
Usher was intense and “in-your-face” with his coaching style and Shakira was nurturing yet tough with hers. However, I don’t think they were enough to help this season. The talent this season always left me wanting more. I had a few solid picks at the beginning (Midas Whale, Ryan Innes), but they were knocked out way too early for a couple of run-of-the-mill artists. And that’s how the rest of the season remained. Just a lot of run-of-the-mill artists with decent to mediocre performances, with the exception of The Swon Brothers, until the finale when the crowned another radio-ready winner. I’m not saying she wasn’t a talented singer, but she just wasn’t my first choice.
Last season ended in much the same say, although two of my choices from the beginning made it to the final three. But this season had no Terry McDermott or Nicholas David to capture and hold my attention with every performance. I found myself falling asleep or playing on my phone during most of the performances; nothing really grabbed me. It wasn’t until the season was almost over that The Swon Brothers hooked me, and I discovered how good they were. I was really wanting them to win, but alas, it was not meant to be. There just wasn’t a lot of variety; nothing that made me extremely excited for each episode. By the end, I was glad it was over and hoping that next season will be better.
I’ll keep my fingers crossed.