'The Voice' - 13 Best TV Shows
(Part of OTRC.com's list of the 13 Best TV Shows)
4. "The Voice" -- NBC's singing competition series has emerged as the new champion among the likes of "American Idol" and "The X Factor." The show boasts a coaching line-up of some of the most respected names in the music industry, including Adam Levine of Maroon 5, Blake Shelton, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, Usher and Shakira (the latter two not pictured above).
Why we love it: Since its debut in April 2011, "The Voice" has grown into its own as a mature, inspirational singing competition that showcases some of the most genuine and riveting new music talent around. Despite critics who question the show's validity, having not produced a traditional Top 40 music star, the show thrives in its development of talent and authenticity, rather than cookie-cutter pop flair.
The chemistry between the show's revolving chairs of coaches also provides a much different dynamic than its competition. The camaraderie between the judges and the focus on more positive constructive criticism allows the show to stray from soap operatic territory, with less focus on in-fighting and more focus on the contestants.
The formula for "The Voice" has proved to be both a ratings and critical success, earning more than 14 million viewers for its most recent season finale and receiving the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program.
When does the show return? "The Voice" recently concluded its fifth season on NBC, which its original lineup of coaches (Levine, Shelton, Green and Aguilera) taking to their revolving red chairs once again to find the next great voice in music. Levine, who was recently named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive, coached season five's winning contestant, Tessanne Chin, marking the singer's second time coaching the show's winner.
Season 6 premieres on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC, with Usher and Shakira taking over for Green and Aguilera once again.