Why 'The Voice' is the highest-rated singing competition on TV right now

After gaining a record number of 37.6 million viewers on Sunday, The Voice returned for a second round of blind auditions last night to equally big ratings.

Coaches Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera started the night off with a Prince medley that brought the crowd to their feet. The auditions began shortly after as the coaches returned to their turned chairs to hear the first singer.


From the adorable duo The Line to the soulful Jamar Rogers, the audience not only got to listen to a wide range of music, they also got to learn many of the contestants’ back stories. In between watching Shelton, Levine, Green, and Aguilera duke it out over who they want to be on their team, you learn that Rogers is HIV positive, Angie Johnson is an Air Force Staff Sergeant and Jermaine Paul used to be a back-up singer for Alicia Keys.  After much deliberation, eight contestants, including the four above, make it to the next round.

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I have to admit, I am 100 percent addicted to this show. You can laugh at me all you want, but I truly believe this is the best singing competition on TV right now. When the singers step onto the stage, I am right there with them, hoping someone, ANYONE, will push their button. And if no one does, I feel as crushed and disappointed as if I was the one auditioning.

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I think this partly has to do with the fact that we get to learn a lot about the individual performers and of course, the coaches make for good TV. But, I also think there’s a lesson to be learned in the overall concept of the show. When the mentors listen to the contestants, most of them frequently close their eyes, trying to determine the singer’s vocal abilities. And that’s all their initial choice is based on. It doesn’t matter whether they’re Latino or white, gay or straight, a Republican or a Democrat. It’s about their performance. The idea is refreshing and I think it makes even the most gimmicky elements of the show– the chairs, the buttons, an annoying Aguilera- worthwhile.

See the coaches perform their Prince medley below:

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