The whole concept of "The Voice," that differentiates it from other singing competitions is that it truly is about the contestants' ability to sing. That's why the judges' chairs face backwards. But that doesn't mean that image doesn't play at least some part in the mentors' minds, as Blake Shelton admitted on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
"There have been times ... that I wish to God after my chair turned around that I could hit my button," Shelton confessed. Despite the format, a contestant's image is still a factor, which undoubtedly impacts how hard the judges fight for them if multiple chairs turn for the same singer.
The new season of "The Voice" is coming back aggressively, airing three nights of its Blind Auditions rounds, even going up against the season premiere of Fox's "The X Factor" on its third night. How will it fare? It depends if viewers are starting to tire of the once-novel format of the show, as Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker apparently is.
At least Shelton is getting rave reviews. "Only Shelton really mustered the energy to do his job as both a salesman for his own abilities to win over contestants, and to add some humor to the proceedings," Tucker wrote.
Tune in to "The Voice" on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET this week, and then Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" is on every weeknight at 12:37 a.m. ET on NBC.
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