This is ‘The Voice’


“The Voice” is in full swing and it’s my favorite thing ever.

Football season is great and all but I approach singing competitions and cooking shows in the same way my man does his Fantasy Football draft. Toward the end of the season he’ll start asking me, “Who’s winning ‘The Voice’?” Even though it doesn’t quite work that way, I usually have an answer. There is strategy involving song choice and choreography, the same way an offensive line maps out its plan of attack.

I have a strong opinion on just about everything but I can’t figure out why “The Voice” hasn’t produced the same star power that “American Idol” has. “Idol” boasts alumni such as Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson (both now coaches on “The Voice”), Carrie Underwood and Chris Daughtry. Yet we can’t name one platinum recording artist from “The Voice.” The prize if you win the show is a wad of cash and a record deal, but the record company can drop you just as fast as they sign you. Winning the show doesn’t guarantee success. I saw a quote the other day that said, “The dream is free. The hustle is sold separately.” That sounds about right.

But I think what I like about it the show is its entertainment value. I’m not really concerned with whether these kids – some as young as 13 years old – get a record deal. I like to watch them perform. I enjoy hearing their stories of how they decided to follow their hearts and take a chance on something they love.

I think … I hope … that most of us have the opportunity to do what we love. Why be an investment banker if music is your passion? If you always wanted to be an architect, I hope you are an architect. My niece wants to be a crime scene investigator. She’s just 16 years old but I think that is so cool and ambitious.

“The Voice” is less about singing songs and more about following dreams.

I like rooting for the underdog. I like seeing a kid with talent get praise for their hustle. I like it when the single mom goes from cutting hair at Supercuts to getting a standing ovation from a live audience. There’s something really special about seeing hard work pay off.

“The Voice” airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC.


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