The talent show derives its sense of fairness by appropriating the apparatus of democracy. We vote for our favourite singer (or at least the one with the most sympathetic cancer-related anecdote) and they are duly elevated to the plutocratic realm of celebrity, however transitory their tenure.
This is a particularly special year for me as I am planning to become part of the action. I have been intending to enter a TV Talent show for so many years, I can hardly remember when the delusion began. Be it The X-Factor, Britain's Got Talent, I'd Do Anything or Any Dream Will Do (I was badly advised there) it has long been a dream of mine to win a commercial primetime trauma-vehicle.
If the first series of The Voice on BBC1 was an actual voice it would have probably begun in a rich persuasive baritone before spluttering out into the consumptive wheeze of a Victorian whelp pleading for more alms.
After news that Jessie J will not be returning to the next series of 'The Voice' she stepped out into Camden's packed Roundhouse on Saturday 4th Augus...
It has been a little over two months since the premiere of The Voice UK. This weekend, the series will bow out with its two-night finale, which will see Bo, Tyler, Vince and Leanne fight for the coveted title of The Voice. Over the ten weeks of its broadcast, The Voice UK has generated a great deal of press - and not always the good kind.
Think about what takes us away, whatever art form it is. Before self consciousness forces us to become 'proficient', the time the conditions have been put in place and we haven't had time to grasp a 'whole', we don't yet understand what is happening, there isn't chance for strategy to overwhelm experiment.
What a whacky week of TV! And the biggest whack came with Britain's Got Talent blowing The Voice right out of the water as it ended the best ever series yet - with a dog winning the day!
LIVE, LIVE, LIVE! The BBC love a bit of LIVE don't they? They spend so much money sending people out to report LIVE for no reason whatsoever because they just can't get enough of it.
F&M are back once more to look at one of the most crucial debates being addressed right now: is The Voice better than Britain's Got Talent?
A group made up of rejected auditionees from the massive hit show The Voice, have got together to make a charity single. Today, I took a listen to the finished track and found out more...
When The Voice was launched this year Simon Cowell said 'I would query whether you even need another singing talent show but we have armed ourselves and we are in a good place to beat them'.
So, here we are again, to answer the most important question in modern Britain: IS THE VOICE BETTER THAN BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT? All is to play for as we continue to examine THE BATTLE OF THE JUDGES, this time focusing on the homoerotic inter-judge flirting.
So the 'blind' auditions are over at last. They may have been about as blind as the 'all-seeing-eye' but more on that later.
Do you ever get the feeling that the world has cocked a formerly deaf ear in your direction? I'm starting to suspect that those savvy telly types at The Voice are listening to tutting head shakers like me and chucking in a few tweaks, albeit too late.
In a time of recession and anti-social behaviour, it's the really important issues that play on your mind. Namely: The Voice vs Britain's Got Talent - WHICH IS BETTER?
This week we saw The Voice settle into its boots a bit more and start to look, to me, more like the program it isn't, but at least a program I can get into.