This is a question that’s been on my mind since the recent unveil of judges for The Voice Nigeria. I was so excited when Africa Magic made the announcement last year that there would be a Nigerian adaptation of the popular American singing competition.
Of all the singing reality TV shows, The Voice is my best because of all the drama it brings with it. Unlike other competitions where most of the attention is focused on the contestants, in The Voice, the judges are important characters that add to the intrigues of the competition.
What makes The Voice judges exceptional is their unique appealing charisma which one can either hate or love. I love Adam Levine’s bitchiness and Blake Shelton’s gentle giant poise. The other two rotating judges also add spice to the show depending on their personality.
Therefore, I had greater expectations that the judges chosen for The Voice Nigeria would have appealing character that will fit the script. Bearing in mind that The Voice is coming a bit late on our screens, there is a ray of hope that 2Baba, Waje, Timi Dakolo and Patoranking will live up to their American counterparts. It is very imperative that they do because that’s the selling point of the show.
However, their selection brings to fore the lack of good personalities that can attract audience on reality TV shows. What is mostly obtainable on the shows are popular faces who at times don’t fit the script.
Either they have little knowledge of their responsibility or lack the charisma to attract audience. Of course, organisers often harp on the celebrity status to get high ratings but if the celebrity fails to deliver, the ratings would take a nose dive.
Now if the organisers widen their search instead of leaning on the celebrity factor alone, perhaps, they can get personalities that will not only bring drama on stage but also exhibit adept professionalism.