The Voice Israel
Many are familiar with the new TV show called The Voice that has quickly gained popularity in the United States. The show has also become a fast hit in Israel and other countries around the world. The Voice consists of a panel of four famous judges sitting with their back to the stage as they listen to blind auditions and fight for the artists they want on their teams. With each passing round artists from each team are eliminated until finally one winner is left standing. But does it really matter how much talent each contestant actually has? It seems to me that most of these vocal star shows are similar in that the winner isn’t and doesn’t necessarily go on to be the most successful, but can simply be marketed to the public.
Popular Israeli musical artists, Aviv Geffen, Sarit Hadad, Shlomi Shabat and Rami Kleinstein, judged the contestants singing abilities, while Michael Aloni hosted the program. During the blind audition, Reiter’s singing abilities were considered to be so exemplary that she even got Kleinstein to stand up and dance while she was singing. It remains to be seen whether or not Israel’s The Voice Season 1 Winner Kathleen Reiter makes the most of her new found fame and can successfully break into the music business. It has been proven time and time again that in the American equivalents of The Voice Israel such as programs like American Idol many non winners have gone on to become even more successful than those who took home first place. While winners of American Idol such as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood have stayed in the limelight other winners from later seasons such as Fantasia Barrino and Kris Allen have faded into the background. Stars like Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert who were put on the map by American Idol have gone on to receive record deals and acting jobs despite the fact they didn’t claim the title. It will be interesting to watch for other Voice Israel contenders Tzachi Halevi, Raz Shmueli, and Chanan Ben Simon to see if the show was enough to fire up their careers.