The Voice UK returns this weekend and we are super psyched. Tom Jones, Olly Murs, Will.i.Am, and Jennifer Hudson are back for more British singing fun. But this year there is going to be a surprising new change to the series: trios.
We’ve seen duos on both the UK and the American version of the show before. Historically, they don’t do very well, getting eliminated usually by the knockout round. But The Voice UK will now have trios competing for the first time ever. This has been a fixture on other shows like America and Britain’s Got Talent, but never on The Voice. A trio is a very different animal than an individual singer. It’s a whole band as opposed to even a singing duo. Jennifer Hudson said,
“It makes the Blinds that much more fun and interesting. When you hear one voice, you think ‘hmm, I wonder if they’re older or younger’, I wonder if it’s a male or female. But now we have trios it’s like … ‘who is singing what?”
I don’t know how I feel about this. On the one hand it will spice up the show so it isn’t just some young singer…but isn’t that the point of the whole show? It isn’t a competition for bands but individual singers. It’s implied in the title of the show that it’s not the point of the whole enterprise. It’s called The Voice, which is singular, not The Voices. However, I doubt that it is going to make much of a difference when it comes to picking a winner.
Even when you look at the Got Talents, music groups almost never get to the finals. I didn’t say never, I said almost never. I believe that the reason this happens is that the fans find it easier to cheer on an individual performer over a group. This is basic psychology. It is easier to follow one person’s story than a group. While this change might be an interesting gimmick to boost ratings, I honestly do not think it will work. I predict that the trios will disappear early in the show. I also anticipate a healthy backlash from the fans.