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‘The Voice’ guaranteed two more cycles

the-voice-nbc-episodic-hed-2012NBC has renewed “The Voice” for the spring and fall of 2012. No surprise.

Ratings have held up very well this fall. On Monday night, even against all original shows and Monday Night Football, the show drew a sold 12 million viewers and a 3.9 18-49 rating, second best of the night behind only football.

Sure, it’s easy to forget most of the singers (though I did like the last woman last night named Cassaddee Pope, who brought a lot of character and spirit, if not always pitch, to her take on “Torn.”) But it’s easy to take in.

Not much going on in the “Idol” world that I can find.  Britney Spears get rainbow hair extensions?  Keith Urban tells press he’s having a great time doing auditions for “Idol.” Nicki Minaj launches Playful Pink perfume. Yup, that’s what’s going on people.

And Andy Williams died. That has nothing to do with “Idol” or “X Factor” or “The Voice” but it’s worth noting because he was an icon, whose Christmas music kept him relevant until his death. He was one of the last of that generation who was still alive.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

62 comments Add your comment

JTesla

September 26th, 2012
11:15 am

Good for The Voice. Idol news… well I guess no news is good news.

The girl in the picture with the boots just won first prize.

Deirdre

September 26th, 2012
11:19 am

I’m already bored with this cycle.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

September 26th, 2012
11:36 am

D, I’m with you. I’m watching, but I feel completely unattached to anyone. It’s a lot of “Oh, you’re good. Bless your heart. Good luck!” The Voice thins the herd extremely quickly during the battle rounds so I’m very uninterested until later.

BTW, random scoop: Not that it matters because she’s long gone, but Carrie rehearsed for her Blown Away tour here in Atlanta. The show won’t hit our fair city until Dec. 19th. I can’t wait!

Deirdre

September 26th, 2012
11:39 am

Thanks for the concert update, k&cf. From your’s and Rodney’s descriptions of her last tour, she puts on a good show.

DanJ

September 26th, 2012
12:43 pm

I find myself watching the UK version of The X-Factor and The Voice. I like both and X-Factor UK has some very good singers. Some are excellent. I think tonight Gene Simmons daughter tries out.

DanJ

September 26th, 2012
12:43 pm

I find myself watching the UK version of The X-Factor and The Voice. I like both and X-Factor UK has some very good singers. Some are excellent. I think tonight Gene Simmons daughter tries out.

Sam-A

September 26th, 2012
4:02 pm

S L O W day!

Deirdre

September 26th, 2012
4:25 pm

Painfully S L O W!

No news. Sorry! I haven’t been paying much attention to The Voice. Maybe XF will provide a topic of discussion for tomorrow. Oh I know!!!!! Everyone look for Carmen Electra in the audience!

Rick Limpert

September 26th, 2012
5:53 pm

I think your meant “2013″ in the article, Rodney

Seth T

September 26th, 2012
6:03 pm

Talent is much stronger on the Voice this time, more contestants will go into battlerounds and there will be some real competition.

Last time, there were a number of contestants that could barely sing or just yell. This time should be better for those that enjoy a sing-off. However, I have little confidence that the Judges will pick the right combo’s and songs for the better artists. Just a circus sideshow, but can be fun.

Again, the key to enjoying The Voice, is not to expect any real rising stars to come out of it. Just an hour or two of entertainment with very little, if any, scripting.

Not so with X-Factor, there’s ample scripting pre-show discussions and notes on Simon and L.A.s desk. But the show and talent is definitely much better so far than the first season.

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
7:45 am

Morning!

There are some spoilers out there regarding who has made it to Hollywood. Most names are not recognizable but there are, so far, two that we would know. SPOILER ALERT Colton Dixon’s little sis, Schyler, will be back in Hollywood this season and hunky but way too confident during his last audition, Johnny Keyser will also be back.

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
8:14 am

Oops…the guy spoiler may or may NOT be going to Hollywood. It still has not been confirmed.

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
8:36 am

That’s known as an un-spoiler, D.!

Morning, everyone.

G

September 27th, 2012
9:10 am

At this point, I’m really enjoying XF a tad bit more than The Voice. There’s really been a better crop of stronger / studio-ready talent on XF.

SN: Javier Colon performed the national anthem on Sunday Night Football. But that’s not the first time he’s done that.

Sam-A

September 27th, 2012
9:34 am

Well, D: I was gonna ask for a refresher on who Johnny K was, but now may not need to know!

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
10:01 am

Here’s a reminder…JK’s audition. Pretty sure he’ll be back in Hollywood:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkBmD730dU0&feature=related

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
10:26 am

Quandry tonight: “Glee”, “Person of Interest” and “Project Runway” are ALL on at 10 pm. tonight. I’m mostly annoyed by “Glee’s” change of day and time.

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
10:28 am

Thanks for JK reminder.. totally forgot about him. Hope he makes it. Looks a bit like Adam Lambert.

Sam-A

September 27th, 2012
10:43 am

I remember him, Thanks for the memory jog.

Harriett

September 27th, 2012
10:49 am

Good morning!
Busy, busy, as usual after a week off.

“Person of Interest” wins the day for me, Mercedes. I lost interest in “Glee”after Season Two. It was nice last night that “Revenge” offered a retrospective, bringing everyone who watched and did not watch the first season up to date. Love that show! Hate the new day, however.

XF was kind of entertaining last night, though I dread the part where they take up sides and it becomes about the judges. The Voice is all about the judges from the get-go, IMO.

Harriett

September 27th, 2012
10:50 am

Also, IMO, Demi L is the best judge on the XF panel.

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
10:56 am

I thought Glee was on at 9pm. Tonight I’ll be dvring Last Resort and Big Bang Theory at 8pm, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office and Glee and 9pm and Elementary at 10pm.

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
10:57 am

Also Project Runway but I’ll dvr the 11pm repeat.

Sam-A

September 27th, 2012
11:28 am

I’ll watch “Last REsort” – if it’s the one about the nuclear sub. Looks really interesting – hope it is.

DanJ

September 27th, 2012
11:43 am

@Harriett, I agree about Demi being the best judge on XF. She is warm and I bet she does a good job as a mentor. Britney? I feel sorry for her. Her expressions are weird. She is however better than I thought she would be.

@G, I agree about X-Factor having better talent than The Voice. I think there’s 5 million reasons why!

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
12:13 pm

Thanks for correction and advice, D. I’m a bit frazzled today. Broken Cat not doing to well.

Sam-A

September 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

Mercedes: Sorry the Kitty is not doing well. In order for the cast to work, the animal must stay off it and keep it still, just like humans – hard for cats and dogs to do that. People too!

Harriett

September 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

DanJ, she is warm! And, she tells the truth without sugar-coating it, but not in a mean way. Britney is ok. Doesn’t really get on my nerves, but you are right–she has some different expressions. I keep feeling there is so much simmering underneath with Britney and there probably is.I thought to myself last night how “mature” looking she is. In fact, none of th judges has gotten on my nerves yet, but it will come, once the lines are drawn among them.

Deirdre

September 27th, 2012
3:44 pm

To me, it is like LA Reid isn’t even there. Demi is definitely to best…warm but honest without being condescending.

Mercedes S.

September 27th, 2012
4:12 pm

Another famous actor gone – Herbert Lom, 95, best known as Inspector Clouseau’s irritated boss in the Pink Panther movies. He was born in Prag with the last name of Kuchacevic ze Schluderpacheru so no wonder he shortened it.

Seth T

September 27th, 2012
9:43 pm

Looks like X-Factor is heading into “The Boot Camp Rounds” next week — which had a bit of a look similar to Hollywood rounds on Idol.

Have they dumped the Judges Houses stuff from last year?? I think it’s better if they did, but don’t know the format this year.

Seth T

September 27th, 2012
9:58 pm

Here’s your 13 year-old contestant on the tube

http://www.youtube.com/user/iTr3vor

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
7:20 am

Morning!

No, they haven’t dumped the Judges’ Houses segment.

We went to the Braves game last night. Yes, the win was nice but the best part was the ovation Chipper got every time he came to bat.

DanJ

September 28th, 2012
9:02 am

I don’t mind the Judges Homes part of XF. I could do without X-Factors Bootcamp, Idols Hollywood Week and The Voices Battle Rounds. Give me the auditions them the top 12-16. Last nights X-Factor was not good for a last night of auditions.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
9:42 am

Hollywood week is my favorite part of Idol.

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
10:13 am

I like Hollywood Week a lot, too except when they focus too much on the rivalries and not enough on the singing. Sometimes I’d like to know why a favorite was eliminated or what kind a performance made the judges choose so-and so over whatshisface. They have improved in this area and they have also added full Hollywood Week performances to their web site which I really enjoyed last year.

Sam-A

September 28th, 2012
10:43 am

I’ve always liked Hollywood week as well. Didn’t like the egotist cowboy last time, and no matter what that gal said about him, he’s way too full of himself to be worth a hoot for me. I don’t mind some of the rivalries, but hated last year when a few were rejected from every group, and some of them were actually pretty good singers.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
11:33 am

Hollywood week shows who’s prepared to work hard and who’d rather remain a diva (in their own mind)…

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
11:36 am

The minute I say something about “Looper”, “Hotel Transylvania”, and “Won’t Back Down” Rodney is bound to come up with new Idol thread, so I’ll wait a bit. One of those movies is terrific, the two others meh.

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
11:45 am

Looper? I hope!

Rodney Ho

September 28th, 2012
11:46 am

I’d post something new but there isn’t much going on. Deirdre–I stopped by during the 6th inning where I thought your seats were at the Braves game last night (104R, row 14, seats 5-6-7) and you weren’t there!

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
12:24 pm

All that info is right and I never moved the whole game! Wish I’d seen you. We had great seats, hope yours were good, too.

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
12:25 pm

I was sitting between my husband and my son and they are both big guys. Tall big, not fat big.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
12:53 pm

Yes, D., “Looper” is the good movie… lots of action but plenty of food for thought too! In the year 2042 Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a looper, a gun-for-hire employed by a mafia gang in the 2070s, when time travel has been invented. The CSI of the future makes it difficult to dispose of dead bodies, so intended victims are sent back to the “present” where a looper waits to kill them.

When the looper’s loop is about to be closed, his intended victim is – himself. Gordon-Levitt’s older self comes back in the shape of Bruce Willis, and that’s when the fun begins.

Too much info would spoil the movie… might add that Emily Blunt is in it too, as a tough love interest and protective mother.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
1:03 pm

“Won’t Back Down” is the kind of earnest and well-meaning movie that is so predictable it becomes a crashing bore. Maggie Gyllenhaal is a cheerful working-class mom, holding down two jobs, worrying about her dyslexic daughter. The kid attends a “failure” school where the teachers have tenure, high pay and care not a whit for their students.

The feisty mom manages to wake a once-devoted teacher, played by Viola David, out of her public school stupor, and the two women start a crusade against the teachers’ union.

Holly Hunter, in the small part of a snakey unionist trying to bribe the mom, looks and sounds so different you pay less attention to her character and more to her altered face and drawl-less voice .

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

“Hotel Transylvania” may interest a hyperactive 5-year old, but this soulless, mirthless, storyless cartoon is lame, lame, lame. And long, long, long. Not until after I’d seen the movie did I realize it was an Adam Sandler enterprize… which explains a lot. He stars as Count Dracula helicopter-parenting his 118-year old daughter, keeping her from “the real world” at all costs.

Seth T

September 28th, 2012
1:57 pm

Deirdre

September 28th, 2012
2:07 pm

I think CeCe pretty much proves that she can’t sing with Unchained Melody. Horrible is an understatement! She is definitely a performer however and fits tight in with the auto-tune crowd of singers in today’s market.

Seth T

September 28th, 2012
3:42 pm

I see X-Factor is getting their extra press coverag for having a 540 pound contestant.

Mercedes S.

September 28th, 2012
3:58 pm

That Leopard Lady made me think of Lisa-Marie Presley. Cute, but voice.
And LMP is not that obnoxious.