I just can't help it.

I recently went on about how much I love American Idol and claimed that there was no way The Voice could win me over.

Well, I lied.

I just cannot resist The Voice. The blind auditions are exciting, scintillating, tantalizing. They are everything the first round of Idol auditions are not.

And the judges? Love them. Their critiques actually make sense, their constructive criticism is exactly that, and they are funny. They make me literally laugh out loud (in fact, I'm pretty sure I laughed more in the first half-hour of the first episode than I have during the entire season of The Office thus far). Most of all, they seem to be having so much fun. I get a kick out of that.

This audition and its subsequent judge-squabbling, in a nutshell, sums up why I can no longer feign disinterest in The Voice.

Last year, I lost interest in the competition as the season went on, so we'll see how my second attempt at this relationship goes. I probably will still rely on my DVR or OnDemand to watch this show, but I definitely raise my white flag. I have to keep watching.

On a semi-related note, I have two other topics to discuss:
  1. Simon Cowell wants the champs from American Idol, The X-Factor, and The Voice to have a little competition of their own to crown an ultimate champion. I love the idea, but I can't imagine it would ever actually happen. Hey, does anyone remember World Idol?

  2. American Idol's Top 42: What the heck happened to Johnny Keyser? I thought he was the closest thing to a lock for the live shows. During the last round in Vegas, instead of his group's performance, all we saw was them lounging in the hot tub talking about how confident they were... and that should probably tell me everything I need to know, but since it never crossed my mind that he would be eliminated already, I'm having trouble letting go! I just can't imagine that the likes of "Cowboy Guy" Richie Law (who, if he lasts much longer, is going to be a serious contender for my all-time Bottom 5) or the Bieber-wannabe Eben Franckewicz were seriously better than Johnny. Right!?
Oh well. Maybe we'll see Johnny on the third season of The Voice?