It's no secret that we're reality TV junkies. From Top Chef to Bad Girls Club, we have to get our fix. And usually, we're in agreement on what to watch. Case in point: We have both always loved American Idol. From Kelly Clarkson to Clay Aiken, we've religiously watched and even bought some of the contestant's lackluster debut albums. (We're talking to you David Archuleta!) But recently, one of us has strayed. Skipping AI and even (gasp!) DELETING it without watching. This person even had the balls to ask the other who got kicked off last week (as if!). And it wouldn't be so bad if she was just too busy to watch-but it's not that. She's cheating on AI with The Voice! So after a heated
girlfight discussion about which one is best that got us nowhere, we decided to battle it out here. And after you hear our arguments, we want you to weigh in!
Buh-bye AI, Hellloooo The Voice by Liz
Don't get me wrong-I'm not totally hatin' on AI. But something happened to me last season. And no, it wasn't Ryan Seacrest's hair or the judge's inability to actually critique anyone. Looking back, it was probably a combination of Scotty McCreery overload(Totally never got the appeal of him) and the absence of Simon Cowell. Either way, I had lost that loving feeling.
The Voice was at the right place at the right time. I love the fact they choose their talent based on well, talent, rather than relying on what they look like-and it was always interesting to see the judges kick themselves when they didn't turn their chairs around only to discover some hot piece of ass on the other side at the end of the song. And because of that, I think the crop of contestants on The Voice are more talented. Not to mention more interesting and diverse.(Do you really think AI would have put that bald chick through last year? Come on.)
And The Voice seems determined in building people up rather than bringing them down. Conversely, AI's Hollywood week had more medical emergencies than a underage rave this season, always with the cameras right there to catch the drama and bring it to you in slow motion. I'm sorry, but watching a sixteen-year old fall off the stage in a diabetic coma is not my idea of entertainment.
Okay. *climbs off high horse* Now I'm going to list the REAL reasons why The Voice freakin rules:
1. Adam Levine is freakin' HOT. Even though I know he's probably the biggest douchebag ever, I'd let coach me anytime, anywhere, about anything. Just sayin'. And did any of y'all see that spread of him in Entertainment Weekly? Wow. Let's just say he gave all new meaning to the words, "six pack" and made me rethink how I feel about men with tattoos.
2. Cee Lo Green is nuts. His Dr. Evil impression with the cat is odd to say the least. And his team kinda sucks-What's up with that weird chick that wears the headband and the Wayne's World impersonators? But hey, every show needs their Paula Abdul.
5. Pip. I love the shit out of this guy and his bow ties. And his name is PIP! It doesn't get any better than that. Take that Phillip Phillips and your gravelly, super sexy voice. Do you think he could rock a bow tie and suspenders? Or sing show tunes? I think NOT!
Bottom line: The Voice rules, AI drools!
I Still Love American Idol by Lisa
Don't worry, American Idol, I've got your back. Well me and twenty-eight MILLION other people that is. Now when Simon left, I was sure the show was going straight to the toilet. I mean, without his contestant smack downs and strange Brit appeal, what would happen? Turns out, the show got even better! (Sorry, Simon! Hopefully that whole Howard Stern thing will work out).
Shows like the Voice are trying hard to overtake it and arguably The Voice does bring certain things to the table that AI doesn't....
Idol certainly doesn't have a resident LAP CAT like Cee Lo Green's (Meow!). And it also doesn't boast a
washed up second string host like Carson Daley (*cough* Total Request Live was like 1,000 years ago!).
But what it does have is an ELEVEN year history of success and it's plucked small town farm girls from obscurity and catapulted them into incredible fame (Carrie Underwood, anyone?) Not to mention its other success stories including Chris Daughtry and Kelly Clarkson. I respect Idol because it stays true to what it is. A show that's looking for talent while putting on a good show. And although there have been times when the cameras didn't need to be rolling (people puking during Hollywood week) it is, afterall, a reality show people! And here's why, when push comes to shove, I choose my beloved Idol over The Voice.
1. Phillip Phillips. Ahhh. There's nothing like a Josh Lucas knock-off to get this cougar's heart pumping. After I googled him and discovered he was 21, I let the inner roar out completely. Not to mention he's freakin' talented (um, tell me you guys downloaded his rendition of Billy Joel's Movin' Out after last night's performance?!?!) and his family loves the sh*t out of him. (His dad cries!)
2. Steven Tyler. Okay, this one you guys may not understand. And maybe he looked like he raided Captain Jack Sparrow's closet last night. BUT... there's something about the feathers in his hair, his eyeliner and even his creepy comments that give me a sense of joy--not to mention cause me to have an unexplainable crush on him. Sure, maybe he always says the same thing-- "That was beautiful"--but he has a microphone covered with flowers. Not to mention, he's Steven effing Tyler, bitches!
3. Jennifer Lopez. Does she ever look less than perfect? (Last night's leather skirt was to die for!) And twins? Really? WTF? She's so freakin' gorgeous that I don't even care what she's saying to the contestants. Plus, she actually has very sound advice for the contestants. Go Jenny from the Block! She's earning every penny of her 15 million dollar a year salary if you ask me.
4. The mentors. By mentors, I mean Diddy. As in Puffy. Sean Puffy Combs. P. Diddy. Diddy. Did y'all see him last night? These mentors make the show for me. Okay, maybe Diddy makes the show for me. But still...
What do YOU think? AI or The Voice? Tell us!
xoxo, Liz & Lisa