This post was written by guest blogger and reality TV showbiz observer Daniel Cohen. Catch up with him on Twitter here.
How fickle viewers are. Two months ago thousands of people were raving online about how great it was that The Voice was coming to the UK. Finally a show where people would be judged on how they sang, not how they looked. A show were judges would be coaches and nice to the contestants. How these people looked down on those that watched X Factor….. those cruel people that just went for looks over singing ability.
My, my, what a difference a few weeks makes. This weekend the first live show of The Voice went on air and the same viewers sang an entirely different tune.
“OMG!! What are they wearing.”
“The coaches are way too nice, they should be more critical.”
“they need a Simon Cowell!!”
“I find it so stupid putting all these middle aged singers on. They might have great voices, but they’re so fat or dated looking, who’s honestly gonna buy their records except the radio 2 blue rinse brigade?”
And most importantly, the message boards were filled with insults about the looks of one particular contestant Sam Buttery, who obviously immediately lost the competition. Pages and pages that questioned the young man’s gender, calling him too camp to be on TV and they are just some of the nicer comments…
Most interestingly one viewer said:
“Looking like this he’d never have a chance in the real world.”
Really? Not even when judging his “Voice”?
Interestingly Sam has been one of the most vocal anti X Factor contestants in this show. The irony is that he would have gone a lot further on that show, as the X Factor audiences loves his kind of performances. And yes Sam, they would have paid too.