Next Tuesday, a new singing contest called "The Voice" premieres on NBC. The aggressively promoted show is a Mark Burnett production and features some big-name talent (its judges are Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Maroon 5's Adam Levine.) "The Voice" is in direct competition with the very similar "American Idol," of course, but also with "Dancing With The Stars," since it will air the same night as the "DWTS" results shows.
So anyway, in perhaps related news, next Tuesday ousted "Idol" contestant Pia Toscano will perform live on "DWTS," while her rumored new boyfriend, Mark Ballas, dances to her song.
Coincidence? Or an unprecedented "DWTS"/"Idol" alliance forged solely to sabotage "The Voice's" big premiere? I say it's the latter. There are no "coincidences" on shows like these.
Really, this all seems a little fishy to me. As unjust and shocking as Pia's elimination was...well, she did place NINTH. Only ninth. While the usual promo circuit--"Leno," "GMA," "Ellen," "Regis & Kelly," and other talk shows--is expected and normal for any rejected "Idol" finalist, getting a prime spot on "DWTS" seems a little extreme for a recent, lower-rung castoff who doesn't even have music out yet. Such opportunities certainly were not handed out to past shocker-elimination singers back in the day, not even Chris Daughtry.
Conspiracy theorist that I am, I not only wonder if Pia's "DWTS" performance is part of a master plan to thwart "The Voice," but if that master plan also includes the orchestration of the entire Pia elimination controversy and the Ballas tabloid romance that seemed to develop only days later. I wouldn't rule it out, at this point. And if this was a plan, it was a genius plan.
What do you think? Does this whole scenario seem suspicious to you? Does "The Voice" stand any chance of winning in the ratings next Tuesday? And if "The Voice" does have a lackluster premiere night, Nielsen-wise, will that set it up for season-long failure?
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