Best Reality shows: The Voice
Network it airs on: NBC
Years it’s aired: 2011 to present
What it’s about: Multiple contestants go up against each other to prove they’re the best singer and performer. Yes, it’s a singing competition, but there is a slight twist to it.
Four coaches (rather than judges) listen to the voices. It all starts with the blind auditions, so the coaches can only work with the voices. They then decide whether they want to bring the singers onto their team, giving the singers a chance to learn from the celebrities in the industry while competing for the win.
Why it’s one of the greatest: The blind audition stage is something that makes this show stand out from the rest of the reality TV shows out there. It’s all about the voice.
And it’s not just about being good, but being in a style that the coaches can work with. Adam Levine was unlikely to work with country singers when Blake Shelton would have been a better coach for that style. Kelly Clarkson was more likely to coach pop singers than R&B or hip hop performers.
The coaches aren’t there just to judge. They’re there to mentor and help the singers become better. Yes, there is a judging element, but it’s not quite the same as the likes of American Idol where the critique can be on the harsh side (or it used to be!). The aim is to help individuals grow and succeed, giving them a chance in the industry even if they don’t win.