The Voice

Common Sense Media says

Fun singing contest features genuine talent, encouragement.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The competition prioritizes vocal talent over image.

Positive role models

The celebrity coaches offer honest, constructive criticism to contestants in a way that's positive and encouraging.

Violence

Friendly competition between the coaches sometimes leads to humorous threats to "bring each other down."

Sex

Occasional mild sexual references, including a humorous request for a contestant to "take his pants off."

Language

Occasional curses like "f--k" and "s--t" are fully bleeped with mouths blurred. 

Consumerism

Contract offered by Universal Republic. A disqualified contestant from American Idol competes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Voice is a singing competition that places more importance on vocal talent than image, unlike the popular American Idol. The show's overall messages are positive and encouraging, but there is the occasional bleeped language (with mouths blurred) and some flirtatious references. 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In THE VOICE -- a reality singing competition based on the Dutch series The Voice of Holland -- celebrity singers select and coach talented vocalists in hopes of helping one of them reach musical stardom. Hosted by Carson Daly, the show follows singer Shakira, R&B sensation Usher, country singer Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, as they blindly choose eight contestants each to mentor based on their vocal abilities alone. (Previous coaches have included hip-hop artist Cee-Lo Green and pop singer Christina Aguilera.) If more than one coach wants a particular competitor, the contestant gets to choose who s/he wants to be mentored by. Each coach works with their team of contestants to develop their singing and offers them tips and advice intended to help them build their careers. They also pit team members against each other in singing competitions to determine who will advance to live stage shows, where audience members will vote on who they want to advance the finale. The singer who impresses the most during the big live performance wins a recording contract and $100,000.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This series matches the musical competitiveness of American Idol but attempts to do so by underscoring the importance of vocal ability rather than looks and image. Part of this is accomplished by showcasing legitimately talented singers who successfully make it to the final on-camera auditions, rather than highlighting lackluster and/or musically challenged hopefuls for a laugh.

Much is made about the coaches' talent and celebrity status, but their primary function is to mentor the new artists rather than amuse viewers by insulting contestants and/or creating tabloid-worthy drama. Their ability and desire to constructively critique contestants in a way that's both honest and encouraging also creates a lot of positive energy. Overall, it's a formula that successfully creates an entertaining viewing experience that feels genuine.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it takes to be successful singer in the music industry. Is having a great voice enough to make it big? How much attention should be paid to a singer's image? 

  • How can critiques be helpful to those who want a career in the music industry? What's the difference between constructive and destructive criticism?

TV details

Cast:Adam Levine, Carson Daly, Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Usher
Network:NBC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written bysydneysinger101 May 7, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 
It's a great show, but a lot of the times the judges make sexual comments and some cussing.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byCityofbonesfan019 May 1, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 
Absolutely amazing!! 10X better than american idol and unlike american idol, looks have no influence on the judges decision!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 3, 2014
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9
QUALITY
 

Pretty Good!

I think that "The Voice" has alot of positive messages and good role models, but Blake almost always has an alcohol drink in his chair, in the Blind auditions, battles and knockouts they bleep language but in the live shows they can't you constantly hear damn, dammit, crap, etc.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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