It’s hard to compete with a successful, established show like American Idol. However, The Voice strongly held its own ground last year, with an impressive debut season. The show follows a similar format, but focuses more on the talent than the other facts such as appearance and style. This year, the judges assure fans can expect a variety of changes across the board. Keep in mind that The Voice not only has to compete with American Idol, but The X Factor, too.
Just what changes can fans expect for the second season? The first major change is the singing competition plans to focus on social networking. Christina Milian will join Carson Daly, but not as a co-host. Instead, she will be a social media correspondent. This means that she will read your tweets and Facebook comments live on air. She may even strike up specific conversation during the show and run polls.
Christina Aguilera told reporters today that fans can expect harsher criticism from the judges this season. Last year, the judges focused on getting comfortable with their jobs on the show, unsure what to expect or how to react in situations. The judges are comfortable now and plan to find even better talent this year. Adam Levine told reporters at the NBC Winter TV preview that it’s important to focus on criticizing, not just being mean. "There's a different between critical and willfully just mean. There's a constructive way to tell someone they weren't as good as they could have been," he said. "Telling someone they were terrible doesn't get us anywhere."
The biggest change for the season will be additional mentors during the group training sessions. Adam Lambert and Lionel Richie will help Team Christina, while Ne-Yo and Babyface join Team Cee Lo. Team Adam will receive help from Robin Thicke and Alanis Morissette, and Team Blake will work with Kelly Clarkson and Miranda Lambert.
Are you ready to see what talent The Voice presents this year?