The Voice 2013: Fans complain that Saturday’s series two debut was more about The Coaches than The Voice! Was it?

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Fans of The Voice will of course know that the show returned to the BBC on Saturday night – and was beaten in the viewer ratings by ITV’s Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – with an extra-long edition…

However, irate viewers have taken to internet forums to complain that the 100 minutes of the show was more about the coaches, Jessie J, Danny O’Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones and Will.i.am, than it was about the singing talent auditioning.

Remarking on Jessie J specifically, one fan said, “Points lost for the awful Jessie J who is insistant on stealing the limelight, even in the middle of someone singing.” (sic)

Another viewer wrote, “It’s called The Voice. I want to hear more singing and less judges arguing.”

And on Digital Spy’s forum, a fan added, “If anything I felt they ramped up the irritating parts at the expense of the bits I enjoy more during this episode than last series.”

andrea begley the voice 1Another poster commented, “The judges were chatting and faffing around a little too much DURING performances but were humorous and not too cliche-ridden whilst persuading acts into their teams.”

I have to say, I entirely agree with many of the critiques made online. I found the gushing, the clichés, and the self-congratulatory nature of all the coaches to be rather nauseating…

I also felt that the coaches were patronizing and saccharine, particularly over visually impaired singer Andrea Begley, especially when Jessie said “I applaud you” for having tried out for the show. I appreciate that she meant well, but it was, well, patronizing.

But there, last year, Jessie cried over someone’s alopecia…

Nuff said.

Here’s a reminder of Andrea’s audition, and please do let us know your thoughts about all of the above…

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