Will 'The Voice' find its voice?

What would it be like if there were a singing competition based on nothing but a person’s raw, natural talent?

What if looks, personality, and performance took a back seat to their God-given musical gift?

This is “The Voice,” NBC’s newest reality show. While I can see where the producers and creators were going with this idea, having contestants perform for judges who’s chairsfacing away from the stage, thus trying to eliminate preconceived notions and judgment based on a person’s looks or performing capabilities, is odd.

I find it hard to believe that a diva such as Christina Aguilera is not placing at least SOME importance on a contestant’s image and stage personality.

After all, while I completely agree that’s easy to get caught up in the superficial “it’s all about the look” idea, I do think a big part of being an entertainer is having that little bit of star quality – that extra-special something that draws people in, making them want to not only buy your records, but buy tickets to your concerts as well.

There are plenty of people out there who have amazing voices but aren’t that great of performers or who lack that star quality that is so necessary for a career with longevity.

They’re called session singers.

Unfortunately, “The Voice” concept just isn’t as original as it sounds. After all, both “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent” also showcased singers that didn’t necessarily fit the cookie-cutter “star” mold (think Ruben Studdard and Susan Boyle.)

And please: Clay Aiken? C’mon.

True, no one saw him coming until he belted out his first song, but even he proved himself to be a fantastic entertainer which is, in my opinion, every bit as important as being a great vocalist.

After all, it’s the voice that makes fans date the singer, but it is the performance quality that marries them to you.

These days, it’s not enough to just be a “good singer.” You’ve got to have the whole package: the vocal chops, the charisma and the musical or writing ability.

I think the judges will be the biggest draw of this new show: Christina Aguilara, Cee-Lo, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have all signed on to try and find America’s next reality singing star. (All of which, by the way, are triple threats themselves.)

Will this show be as big as “Idol”? Probably not. But it may be interesting for a little while.

What do you think about all these new reality singing shows? Will you tune in to “The Voice?”

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