The Voice – Now The Public Can Vote Will It Still Be About The Voice?
Tonight for the first time on The Voice the viewer will get the first opportunity to vote for contestants on the show and it will be interesting to see which of the singers have managed to entrench themselves in the public’s pysche.
But let’s be frank will we be voting solely on The Voice or will it be other factors? I note there are not any unattractive contestants in the top 24.
Here are some of the things which may influence a viewers voting patterns:
- The back story;
- The contestant’s social media strategy;
- The talent;
- Song choice;
- If we know or have a connection with them in real life;
- Their coach;
- The amount of pimping they are getting from the publicity team, some do appear to be getting more than others;
- The montage we get to see of them before they sing; and
- Of course “The Voice”.
Now what is the format with the voting?
We vote for two to save singers, the judges get to select two singers to remain and two are eliminated.
How to vote?
Well the SMH has the full enchilada on this. You can vote via phone or text for SMS or for free on Facebook, but of course you will need a Facebook account. Also if you by one of the songs from itunes you get two votes.
The article queries the amount of money the show will be making from this. However there was a lot of money invested in the format and the judges so they should not be criticised about their profit. Channel NINE risked $20 million on buying the format alone and those international judges would not have been cheap. So before they even heard a voice there was some serious coinage spent.
If they keep production values high I am happy to pay to vote. We are a small market compared to the USA, and money must come from other thing then just advertising slots.
The other issues is whether the singers/contestants on the show should be getting a cut from the money that is coming in from the itunes sales. I am mixed about this. But let’s face it these issues are only ever raised when there is money being made and the show is a hit.
We know that currently the contestants would be on a weekly stipend to cover expenses they have in their real life but they are getting huge exposure and have the opportunity to win $100,000 and a record contract. Also other contestants this year will also receive record contracts and performing opportunities.
However I do think there should be a Survivor type payment system in place where the longer you stay in the more money you should receive. This should apply to all reality shows not just The Voice.