Why Many Fans Can No Longer Stand ‘The Voice’

The Voiceoften hailed as a superior American Idol focuses on curating singers to reach their full potential – has been on the air since 2011. The original coaches were Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, and Christina Aguilera.

Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton
Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton | Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

While Blake Shelton and Adam Levine have been mainstays, the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Pharrell Williams, and more have since filled in for Aguilera and Green.

From constantly swapping coaches to diverting attention away from “the voices” (no pun intended) and towards contestant backstories, many fans have grown tired of the show. While the show still boasts impressive ratings and a devout fan following, this piece will highlight the reasons why some viewers aren’t happy.

‘The Voice’ focuses too much on country artists

If you’re a fan of a Nashville-born kid with a bit of twang then this trend is probably not of your concern. However, with many country artists flocking to the show, and heading straight for the man who has crowned the most champions, Blake Shelton, many viewers feel that other genres are not getting their fair share of attention.

With Kelly Clarson and Blake Shelton going to bat for country artists, many are simply tired of witnessing an intense desire to snag a country star over a singer with a different background.

As the Chicago Tribune reported, Kelly Clarkson once stated, “I want a country artist like a fat kid wants cake, y’all.” Kelly Clarkson, a Texas native with two Academy of Country Music Awards under her belt, is another country-leaning influence on the show (in addition to Shelton), and many feel that one is enough.

The dramatic backstories take up too much time on ‘The Voice’

Many fans argue that the backstories provide necessary insight and help forge a connection between the viewers, coaches, and contestants. However, others say that the show should focus more on the talent aspect and less on the life aspect. The show, in the end, is called The Voice.

While backstories allow the contestants to reveal who they are, where they come from, and why they desire a career in music, some fans feel that they take away from the show’s essence and divert attention towards factors unrelated to vocal ability and performance chops.

Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s bickering is getting old

While watching Blake Shelton and Adam Levine go back and forth on the first few seasons was entertaining, their squabbles fail to offer the same amusement value that they used to. Once you hear a joke, it’s simply less funny the second time around. This is common knowledge.

While the context of the various light-hearted arguments may change as the seasons continue, the underlying essence remains the same: the two have a shtick that isn’t going to receive a refresh anytime soon.

Fans also argue that with so much emphasis placed on the various dynamics between the given coaches, the show just becomes about them, and not about the music. The Voice should be a reality competition show before anything else.

‘The Voice’ coaches are always changing, which means someone is always unhappy

While consistently changing the coaches on The Voice keeps things fun, it also leads to one major drawback: those who do not like a given judge are going to retaliate. One person may love Jennifer Hudson but hate Kelly Clarkson. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, if the four coaches remained constant, fans would just grow to accept the choices.

Because the coaches change frequently, many fans erupt in outrage and beg for a switch when they do not like a choice. This isn’t great for The Voice when it comes down to the show’s internet presence and devout following. You can’t please all of your faithful fans, which means the creators risk losing a handful every time they change the coaches.