Image Credit: Michael Becker/Fox; Tina Gill/PR Photos; NBC; Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Bob Charlotte/PR PhotosThis is madness! TV has so many competitive singing shows lined up that I don’t even know what to do with myself. Should I write a song and have someone else sing it? Should I spend another hour pretending I am better than the lead singer of Backbeats? Or should I attach a prosthetic goiter in the shape of huge lips to my neck in the hopes of singing my heart out in front of Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and a camera? Maybe I should just tell you what I’m talking about!
As Inside TV reported, NBC is developing a singing competition series called The Voice of America (based on The Voice of Holland, or maybe the official external radio and television braodcasting services of the United States federal government?!) for spring 2011, to be produced by John de Mol (of Big Brother fame) and Mark Burnett (of Survivor fame, pictured next to Lopez). Oddly enough, NBC’s snazziest spawn, Bravo, will launch its singer-songwriter competition series Going Platinum in 2011. The shows will be different enough, of course — in The Voice of America, the celebrity judges will be blindfolded during the “blind audition” round. Intriguing, to be sure, but how will they know how talented the contestants are if they can’t tell if they’re pretty?
Over on Fox, obviously American Idol is back in January, then The X Factor (the sassy British foreign exchange student Idol is graciously hosting, who may or may not steal all of its friends) will begin in the fall. You can already watch a cappella groups “battle it out” on The Sing-Off. We’ve had Rock Star, Nashville Star, Duets, and does anyone else remember when ABC did that awful show called The One? Kara DioGuardi was a judge!
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