With the tension building each week as more and more contestants are eliminated on The Voice, we’ve started to notice some similarities between our favorite music competition and this year’s smash success The Hunger Games.
Come on, how many times have they said the contestants are singing for their lives?
Picture this: Because they’ve had lower ratings in the past few years, NBC (aka the Capital) is punishing celebrities Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Christina Aguilera by forcing them to offer up two tributes (contestants) — one male and one female — to participate in a fight to the death.
What makes this even more painful is that each of these “tributes” have incredible vocal talents. The network forces the contestants to participate in teams and watch each week as their teammates disappear — an act that is partly their own faults.
How many times do we hear the judges say that the process is “stupid” and “painful”? Maybe Cee Lo is constantly in tears because he knows he’s sending youngsters like James Massone to their musical deaths.
Carson Daly makes a great gamemaker, moving the show along when the coaches are too busy being sentimental. And Christina Milian makes a great escort (very Effie-Trinket-esque) presenting the contestants in the best possible light, both on camera and online.
It’s clear that Blake Shelton is modeling his coaching after Katniss’s mentor Haymitch Abernathy — both sincerely care about their tributes, but struggle to stay out of the bottle long enough to help them.
But of the remaining eight from districts Adam through Christina, who will be the 2nd Annual Voice Games winner?
Our bet is on Jamar Rogers who not only has street smarts from his painful past, but can also belt into a microphone with unbridled passion and strength. But he shouldn’t underestimate the gravely grit of other-worldly rocker Juliet Simms, who is not only his teammate, but his strongest opponent.
They are the Peeta and Katniss of The Voice — the kind-hearted fan favorite and the determined girl on fire.
Then there’s former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca who may not be the strongest tribute, but definitely has some wealthy sponsors in the form of Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez. Their sponsor gifts may ensure his safety over Katrina Parker next week.
Jermaine Paul has the build and vocal talents of a winner, but Erin Willett’s surprisingly powerful sound and painful story are not to be underestimated.
After Xtina snipped single father Jesse Campbell, not finding him worthy of being her male tribute, she was left with alternative-sounding Lindsey Pavao and operatic Chris Mann. Lindsey has evaded elimination several times, reminding us of young Foxface. Plus, the feathers in her hair make for great camouflage.
Will Jamar win the games earning himself a record deal and a house in Victor’s Village? Comment below!
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