The Voice is an American reality TV singing competition, which is based on the programming concepts prior popular in European countries. The concept or major aim of this show is to reveal new singing talents. Moreover, only singers with the minimum age of 15 years and above can participate in “the blind” competitions. During this activity, the advisors are allowed to pick the members in their teams just relying on their voice and the manner of singing without looking at the competitors. The coaches take a certain amount of participants in their team and start working with them. Every week, the singers compete alive on the stage, and one of the participants is excluded by message election. It means that the TV audience sends messages for their favorite participants, and the two with the least voices must leave the show. The same scenario continues till the final program when only two participants fight for the chief prize, namely $100,000 and the record deal with the Universal Music Group (NBC). Thus, this show allows the participants to become famous and true singers.
The Voice is an organic TV show as it is broadcasted online; consequently, no event can be planned. The singers are performing alive, and the elections results are revealed online; thus, the true emotions and words are shown without any scenario. Moreover, naturalness is the format of The Voice, which includes the following stages: blind audition, battle round, knockouts, and the live performance show (NBC). The first stage involves the blind audition during which the coaches are sitting in big chairs listening to the singers without seeing them. They can rotate when pressing the button meaning they want this participant to be in his/her singing team. In case several coaches rotate, the participant has a chance to choose the one he/she would like to work with. When the teams are set, the advisors work with their participants, developing their skills, giving them advice, and sharing success secrets. Thereafter, coaches pit two participants of their teams against each other and choose the one who will leave the show basing on their performance alive. At the knockouts stage, only the strongest from the previous battle remain (NBC). Each program the one team members are again paired against each other, though they know their competitors only before the contest start, and the coach chooses the best one again. The final stage involves the strongest participants who will sing alive each week, and two of them will be sent home based on the audience voting results, until the two finalists will fight for the major prize.
The structure of the show is based on its format. Each program shows the participants’ preparing week after which they perform alive. The final stage of the show structure demonstrates the voting results and the ones who leave the show. However, this structure is not the same in the entire format as during the initial stages, the coaches rather than the audience choose the one leaving home. Being an organic non-dramatic series, The Voice does not involve the story arcs as it is a usual element for the scenario series (Beck). Moreover, the characters of the show are changeable as during the whole program, some TV show heroes leave it. Nonetheless, the coaches and narrators remain the same until the end of the series. The chief motivation of The Voice is its real prizes. “Better viewed as a TV show that offers wannabe stars a finite lifespan rather than a launching pad to everlasting fame,” Maura Johnston informs in the interview for Dame Magazine in 2013 (Beck). In contrast, the other reality shows such as Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model have not provided many people with fame beyond the finite lifespan of their programs offering a little money, visibility, as well as career boost in case of victory.
The chief stakes The Voice is standing are the participants themselves, their emotions, feelings, and talents that make the audience watch the show over and over again, and each participant is a stake. Moreover, the producers of The Voice inserted the takeaways in their program, which reflect the participants’ stories about their personal life that make the audience empathizes the contestants. For example, Davage’s story of hardship serves to remind the viewers that struggle in America can be turned into success with the help of a golden opportunity.
The show’s relationship dynamics is increasing as first, the contestants just get acquainted with the show, its coaches, producers, and participants. However, till the end of the show, their relations become closer and tight. The contestants become true friends and the coaches their full support. The Voice is based on the conflict that is the song contests between two participants in each program. They think over the best image and song to win the fight. Thereafter, they go on the stage and sing as good as possible to win the contest and be able to perform in the next program. This conflict lasts untill the final song contest between two singers, which will lead one of them to the victory. The conflict turns into the climax in each show, and the coach or the audience choose the winner contestant, who will continue to fight for the victory, and the loser, the one who leaves the show. However, the major climax of the program is the final song fight in the last program that identifies the winner of the entire show. In addition to conflict and climax, each program contains the resolution that is the winner contestant who will continue the show participation as well as the winner of the entire show who will be the final resolution, and thus the conclusion of the program.
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The Voice is highly entertaining show that maintains the tension of the audience during the whole program as first, the contestants entertain the audience performing lively with the best songs and imagines, and thereafter, the audience is tensioned by the climax and resolution of the show. In addition, the climax and resolution are the most intriguing factors of the show that give it a peculiar character as these two elements are cliffhangers that attract and hold the viewer`s attention until the show ends. The show is created to send some social messages to the audience. First, the advisors or coaches are sitting and choosing the contestants being turned back to the participants; thus, any discrimination is limited as the advisors cannot see the race, sex, or some disabilities of the participants. Second, the social status of the participant is not taken into consideration, and he/she can be shown on TV and become popular without any financial support. Moreover, The Voice eliminates all the stereotypes as the choice of the participants is based on their talents and skills rather than on the outer factors. Thus, the show disproves the myth that only wealthy people can become popular and can achieve the so-called “American Dream.” The Voice is a good example of the show that eliminates the myths, stereotypes and instead offers the fair and open competition system, avoids prejudices and possible bias, as well as boosts people’s values and self-confidence. It helps people make the first steps in their self-development and self-esteem.