I only watched the voice maybe twice last year and I thought it was at least tolerable as opposed to the other singing shows on TV--it seemed to at least be focused on the right things. Needed something on the TV for background noise while I got some stuff done so I had it on before, and it just reminded me how out of touch I am with these shows. First of all, the spectacle of it is just as stupid as it was in Idol the two or three times I've seen it over the last few years. Seems this show went down the same road of staging vs. actually singing. The big thing for me, and this happened when I watched Idol back in season one, is that stuff that sounds horrible to me gets unbridled praise from everyone else, and it leaves me confused. The one girl who sang that Katy Perry song sounded absolutely horrible, and that singing a KATY PERRY SONG, and I though for sure they would rip her apart, but they couldn't have been happier. I thought the guy who did the coldplay song did great, but they were like "meh"... I don't get it, but then again , that's why I don't really watch. But what was up with the "instant elimination" thing? He said they never did that before so I thought it was odd... I'd think they only reaosn they'd have to do that is if something got mixed up with the timing and they needed people gone faster?