The Voice is one of the most popular reality TV shows currently on the air—and its popularity, at times, even exceeds that mainstay of singing TV shows, American Idol. The Voice, like American Idol, is a singing reality competition with the ultimate goal of crowning the winner with the best voice. Unlike American Idol, the Voice uses its panel of judges to create ‘teams’ who get coaching and other benefits from the judge that decides to take them under their wing. This is just one of the few unique factors that has made the Voice so successful and continues to put it in the limelight of reality television. But just how much do you really know about The Voice? Let’s delve into 3 secrets that might just surprise you!
The show’s producers can do anything they want
It’s a common snipe at reality TV to suggest that a competition must be “rigged,” especially if a competitor that many people feel was more talented didn’t win. (American Idol season 2, anyone?) But it’s less well known that, in the case of The Voice, the show can very well be rigged—and it’s plainly stated in the show’s contract.
The contract clearly states that the show’s producers have the right, at any time, to: ‘cut anyone; bend or break rules at their discretion and script winners.’ This essentially means that the producers are allowed to pick a winner and do whatever it takes to see that winner crowned.
Contestants must legally agree to be potentially humiliated or portrayed falsely
Any competitors on the show must agree to a legal contract that states that the show is allowed to “[portray competitors] in a false light,” and that they may be exposed to ‘public ridicule’ or embarrassment because of the show. The contract also states that the producers reserve the right to send contestants for psychological testing, and then air the results in public.
Voting doesn’t always go off as planned
The show is well known for using various times of voting ballots, including online ballots through the multi-media platform, iTunes. In the show’s last spring finale, however, it was revealed that all votes through iTunes would ‘not be counted’ in the finale because there was apparently a glitch in the system. This caused uproar among fans, who claimed that the “glitch” was merely the producers using their powers to rig the results.