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The Voice starts strong: the best series debut since post-Super Bowl Undercover Boss

NBC’s The Voice had a good debut creatively, and viewers showed up. While Dancing with the Stars‘ results show had more viewers, The Voice had extremely strong ratings among viewers 18 to 49, the only people who matter. The show had a 5.1 rating, which “delivered the highest 18-49 rating for a series premiere on …

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The Voice’s swivel chairs and coaches deliver a surprisingly good anti-American Idol

The swivel chairs made their first appearance last night on NBC’s hyped singing competition The Voice, and from the coaches to the contestants’ talent, the show worked in surprising ways. As some delicious icing, it took a big swing at American Idol when Frenchie Davis auditioned, explaining how the Fox show ditched her because she …

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Kara DioGuardi finally talks American Idol, from “the depths of humiliation” to “moments of joy”

Kara DioGuardi’s memoir A Helluva High Note: Surviving Life, Love, and American Idol was released today, and in it she describes everything from being “rejected and disrespected publicly” to “the depths of humiliation” of being on American Idol for two seasons. This is the book she told TV critics to wait for when they asked …

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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 …

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