Which Show Has Better Singers...American Idol or The Voice?
After watching tonight's edition of "American Idol," all I can say is I wish I were 15 again. You see, back in the eighties when I was young and fearless, dreaming of the chance to become a Broadway star, I had the world at my feet. I won awards for singing, I was taking lessons with a voice coach who was training a rising pop star and at that time of my life believed that anything was possible. But then reality and rejection set in, instead of pursuing a career on stage, I decided to go behind the scenes and get a job as a publicist in the entertainment industry. While I never did try out for "Star Search" - the show that launched the careers of Lee Ann Rhimes, Rosie O'Donnell, Sam Harris and many, many more, I always think about what my life would have been like had I gone for it.
For all the other frustrated singers out there who are like me - sitting on their couch watching young men and women singing their hearts out on TV, it's amazing how many incredible performers are currently vying for the winning slots on The Voice and American Idol. I've already made up my mind who I'd like to see win on both shows. On "The Voice," my money is on Chris Mann - who has an unbelievable range and can easily crossover from opera to pop without missing a beat.
As for "American idol," Jessica Sanchez has it in the bag - unless America doesn't send her home. During the show's 400th episode, Sanchez wowed the judges with her flawless performance of "I Will Always Love You." And while there were other great singers--my other faves were Holly and Skyler--Jessica is far and away one of the most talented performers in the competition.
As for all the other singers, what I've come to realize is that the ones who perform like ice skaters don't stand a chance. What do I mean by that? Well, think about it. When you watch a figure skater do a lutz, a jump or a triple salchow, you never know if they're going to nail it or wind up wiping out on the ice. The same analogy holds true with singing. If you're afraid you can't reach a note and you're standing in front of thousands of people with millions more tuning in, nine times out of ten, you'll struggle to reach the notes and just like a skater, you just land flat on your butt.
Nevertheless, as someone who never took the chance and tried out for "Star Search" I have to give high praise to today's contestants on "The Voice" and "American Idol." It's great to see so many talented performers getting the chance to showcase their voices and achieve their dreams.
So who do you think has better performers? The Voice or American Idol? Would love to know your picks and see if they compare to mine!