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The Voice
The Voice

Learn English meaning of 'The Voice'

Date: Aug 14 2015

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Simple Past Tense

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Do you like to sing? Many people like to sing in the shower or car, or even around the house. But are you brave enough to audition for a singing competition? It takes the right kind of personality and musical talent to win a show like “The Voice.”

If you’re a fan of “American Idol,” you have an idea of how these shows work. But “The Voice” is different in one particular way. The judges can’t see the people who are singing for them, so they can’t make their choices based on what the singer looks like. This is an important difference because it gives everyone the same chance to win.

Amy loves watching “The Voice,” but Kellie needs more information. Read on in today’s English lesson about pop music.

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Kellie

Kellie

Amy_L

Amy_L

Kellie:  So, Amy, I heard you’re a fan of the show “The Voice.” Is there a lot of good talent that’s on it?

Amy_L:  Yeah! It’s undiscovered singers. And what happens is they do what’s called a blind audition. And the show has these four judges who are also very famous singers. And they have their backs turned to the person auditioning. And so, it’s not based on looks. It’s just based on talent. Once a judge chooses a contestant, then they can coach them, and we get to watch the singer evolve.

Kellie:  Interesting. Wow. I was just thinking that it was strange that singing is a competition these days. I feel like singing should be fun, not just a competition. But what you were saying about a singer finding their voice is pretty cool.

Amy_L:  Yeah. And also, these singers get to meet their heroes. The people coaching them are famous singers who can show them how to become better artists. So it’s not just watching one singer do their thing, but they’re also learning from somebody they really admire. You should come over. We should watch it together!

Kellie:  Yeah! I would like that.

Amy_L:  Yes!

 

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Amy is a big fan of “The Voice.” She enjoys watching the singing competition for many reasons. The judges listen to the singers without looking at them, which gives everyone the same chance of winning based on their talent. Amy also likes that the show is an opportunity for people to meet and learn from the musicians they admire.

Kellie’s opinion is that singing should be enjoyable and not a competition. She doesn’t understand why there are shows like “The Voice” at all. When Amy invites Kellie to come over and watch it, however, she agrees. Kellie is open to waiting until she’s seen it before making a decision about the show.

Do you watch “The Voice?” What do you like about it?

 

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NIJ321655

NIJ321655

United States

I like the show I can which it all the time it like dancing with the Stars.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

04:38 PM Sep 24 2016 |

S&W

S&W

China

I watched The voice of China and I didn’t miss any episode of this.I like this partten to find talents on singing.Singers can change the original style of a song and made it in their own way.That was a creative idea to make music more multiple

02:40 AM Aug 20 2015 |

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Michele1

Michele1

Italy

the “Voice ” had been and will be forever FRANK SINATRA ,only…

12:30 PM Aug 17 2015 |

La Princesse de la vie

Egypt

I watched one season of the Arabic version of the show, and I found it nice and unique from other singing shows. It’s fun to watch this show if you want to hear a diversity of voices and music. However I’m not a really big fan of such programs. It just depends on my appeal.


11:48 PM Aug 16 2015 |

2 people like this

Wuthering

United States

The voice is one of well- know show in the US . To me , so many of them have tattoo which I am kind of allergic . lol …....... 

03:30 PM Aug 16 2015 |

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psycycu43

psycycu43

Taiwan

I’d never hear this show, but “Briten got talent”. also i believe it’s an other good TV show.

07:05 AM Aug 16 2015 |

soudeh99

soudeh99

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I think some voice calm people

01:56 PM Aug 15 2015 |

Tizona

Tizona

China

i’m big fan of this!I watch The Voice of china before,it’s so interestingใ€‚when i first contact with this the show,i’m crush on it.It’s fair when the judges can’t see the singers,whatever the singer ’s looklike,every one have the same  chance to be choosen.The voice of china in 4 season nowใ€‚but lately there are some nagetive news about the show in china๏ผŒthe judges kown the competitors in advance and then prentented they don’t kown each othersใ€‚It’s means both of the judges and competitors act in some waysใ€‚In the other hand๏ผŒwhether if you can participate in the show depends on your family backgroundใ€‚


so i stop watching The voice of chinaใ€‚I am watching the voice of us now๏ผŒthe judges are so cute ๏ผit’s more interesting and more fairใ€‚


in a word๏ผŒi love the show๏ผactully๏ผŒi like music very much๏ผŒmy classmate supported me to participate the showใ€‚I‘m still not courageous enoughใ€‚

01:43 PM Aug 15 2015 |

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nadaabdulraheem

Saudi Arabia

I like this program because it provides a different idea. It realy helps the coaches to focus only on the participants’ voices. In the other talent programs may be the judgers affect by the competitors’ exterior and beauty more than the talent or the skills. I watch this program for Arabs in a Saudi channel ‘MBC’. It is interesting. 

01:39 PM Aug 15 2015 |

julito1

julito1

Argentina

I think that  ”THE VOICE”  is not as yet being aired in my country, otherwise  i would have liked to watch it. What a great opportunity for unknown and talented singers is this contest , to audition in front of large audiences , and in case of winning to have the back up or coaching of famous artists  that through their experience  would  catapult  them to stardom.

09:11 PM Aug 14 2015 |

Lilt

Lilt

China

I like playing the guitar, so I like this kind of program.Many singers play the guitar there.

11:54 AM Aug 14 2015 |

ScottAntasco

Cote D'Ivoire

I’m a fan of music. However, I won’t be aside of a such competition like”the voice”. Then, I love watching it on TV and I’m really open to hearing of it everywhere in the world… Maybe, I never got a chance to participate in a such competition but i’m still remembering all its marvellous educations to the actual world. Actually, I might say that it’s a source of knowledge and education…....

phn_uk

phn_uk

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’m a huge fan of this show. I watch both The Voice US and The Voice UK. In my opinion, the idea behind this show is fantastic. The judges do not see the competitors and and their decisions is based purely on their voice. So their looks, styles and acting are meaningless here. Sometimes when a judge presses their button and turns round to see the singer, they become completely shocked and surprised cause sometimes they don not expect what they hear.


Furthermore, the judges in this show are all professional and they work with their team as they are one of their family members, they care about them, giving them valuable advice and have their back on and off the stage.


The energy of this show is great, the atmosphere is magnificent and the judges are friend with each other, kind and they often joke about each other that is really funny.


Anyway, if you like such shows, I strongly recommend you to give it a try, You will love it.

NavidArash

NavidArash

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

No, I’ve never seen “The Voice” so far, but I watched some episodes of “American Idol”. Generally I am not interested in these kind of shows that participants always get emotional and go screaming , crying and sometimes even crazy.


I couldn’t agree more with Kellie. She just hit the nail on the head, when she said “singing should be fun, not just a competition. I got a feeling that It’s fame and fortune that only matter for all the guys out there and not singing itself, I don’t know maybe I got it the wrong way.


It’s unfair to comment on something when you haven’t tried it yet, but I guess the blind audition’s feature of this new show is welcomed by almost everyone and it’s more fair for participants to compete like this.

07:27 AM Aug 14 2015 |

aaamry999

aaamry999

Saudi Arabia

good

02:15 AM Aug 14 2015 |

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