Tuesday, April 29, 2014

NBC's "The Voice": why can't there be more than one woman judge at a time?

The latest news from NBC's "The Voice" is that Christina Aguilera won't be back for the fall season; instead, No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani will fill the "female judge" slot. I remember being underwhelmed by Stefani as a guest mentor on "American Idol" way back during season 6 (was that the last season I watched?). She seemed distant and chilly, though who knows how much of that was editing.

Still, she's bound to be about a million times better than Aguilera, who was admittedly less horrible the last time she was on.

So, all in all, I'd consider this a good trade.

Except that Aguilera will apparently be back in spring 2015, bumping Shakira off rotation. Now, I like the spring line-up of judges the best, as I think Usher does a really good job helping his team members with their performances; and Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are just hilarious in making fun of each other.

It does raise the question, though, of why NBC seems compelled to have only one female judge on at a time? Surely the TV audience's heads would not explode if exposed to, say, Stefani and Shakira at the same time. . . .

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