The Voice debuts tonight: Will it be different than all the other failed singing competitions?

Tonight, NBC debuts yet another singing talent competition. But instead of mimicing American Idol, like so many others before it, The Voice is more like The X Factor, Simon Cowell’s series that will debut this fall, with musicians mentoring contestants instead of judges criticizing them.

The show’s previews are trying hard to differentiate it from other singing competitions, and executive producer Mark Burnett did produce a well-received by not quite hit competition series, Rock Star.

But will the show stand out from all the knock-offs to come before it? And do people really want to watch two singing competitions at the same time? Most importantly, will Christina Aguilera be able to stay upright in her swivel chair?

We will see at 9 p.m. ET. I’ll be commenting live on Twitter, so follow me to celebrate its greatness or mock its ridiculousness, and if you’re on the west coast, see if you need to bother to tune in or not.

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