Tuesday night, during the live elimination show on The Voice, the top twelve became the top ten. One of the judges’ performances, however, may have needed some tweaking. Shakira performed her hit single, Empire, from her recently released self- titled album. The Columbian singer was most definitely lip- syncing her way through her vocals.
Although the stage was full of fiery flashing lights, Shakira was noticeably disconnected from the song. During the coaching process, we often heard Shakira belt out beautiful notes. It’s a travesty that on a competition show where contestants are judged on their ability to sing live that a judge and coach is not actually singing, but merely jamming along to their record on stage, parading around. It is a possibility that the songstress just didn’t have time to rehearse, however, it is her song!
The Voice is currently at the top of the list for competition shows. X Factor is done and American Idol is on its last breath, but there’s something special about The Voice. It could be that the show is more about the coaches than the contestants themselves. The rivalry between the coaches each season is built up in addition to each coach’s cemented status of “celebrity,” giving endless promotion opportunities.
How well does a competition show predict a contestant’s success in music? Probably not very well. We have seen many stars in the last fifteen years who have fizzled out just after their television debuts. A handful have had phenomenal success, but the old adage goes back to- “not everyone can be famous.”
Keep in mind that these shows are basing vocal ability on a budding star’s ability to sing their version of an already famous song. Only time will tell the success of these contestants. As for Shakira, her “Empire” is of a different nature than she teaches.