The Voice contestants are professionals compared to the graduates of The American Idol School of Tuneless Degenerates. Also, Adam Levine.
By Melissa Presti (Book Publisher)
I haven’t watched a full season of American Idol since the original coronation of Kelly Clarkson. Now in it’s 457th season, the rush of semi-talented children to the casting call who are on the hunt for instant celebrity (conveniently requiring zero talent) is enough to make a lot of us embrace sterilization.
So why, Melissa, why, are you getting emotionally involved with The Voice? Because I’m a reality television junkie and the only cure is more reality television. These singers are legit, established musicians. But I'm only focusing on one - Chris Mann.
Last summer (like many of you I'm sure), I downloaded Kooman and Dimond's album Out of Our Heads that was full of great songs and talented Broadway performers. I was really digging the track “Drift” but could not place the voice (see what I did there?) and had to google Chris Mann to see what he was all about. I found a ton of contemporary, pop, and opera music, and a couple Glee episodes of the Katy Perry-praising Warblers (before they became a clusterfuck of annoyance). He can sing anything and everything, and they all have a home in my iTunes. He. Is. Brilliant.
When Chris appeared on the very first episode of blind auditions of The Voice in a suit, I thought “oh SHIT he’s totally going opera for this” and I was right.
Dude can roll his R's. Roll his R's. You know what I'm talking about.
Maybe it’s because I grew up in a house that blasted Celine Dion and Michael Bolton on a loop, or because I’ve been Team Christina over Team Britney since 1999, but I’m always gunning for the powerhouse voice that will bring me to my knees in tears. If I would’ve won the Mega Millions jackpot, I'd be writing paychecks to Chris Mann to have him sing me to sleep.
Your mission: watch The Voice at 8pm on NBC on Mondays, and vote. Do it for America. For Adam Levine's face. For Christina's boobs. For Cee-Lo's T-Rex arms. For the country singer we're always concerned is going to say something horribly offensive. Do it because he's better than Josh Groban (sorry Mom!!!).