I disagree about The Voice. Yes, they have yet to have any breakout pop radio stars, but Cassadee Pope's album went to number 1 on the country charts, and has a platinum single, Danielle Bradbery is also doing well in country her album was a top 20 hit, she's signed to Taylor Swift's label, and she's still not old enough to drink, Josh Kaufman just finished up in the Tony-awarding musical Pippin. Runner ups and top six winners are also still working on an uphill climb. I'm sure it's similar for other Idol winners also. They may not become stars, but they are able to become working vocal artists - as opposed to working in Starbucks to pay the bills while working on their craft. Of course, Idol is the show that by it's title promises stardom. The Voice is about finding talent. The real point of these reality shows though is entertainment, and the Voice is consistently that. The judges have good chemistry, the talent competing is generally good, and the coaching sessions are interesting. On The Voice what comes across is that everyone involved really cares about music and as a music lover it's great to watch. Idol on the other hand, has always been about star-making, and it stopped being fun to watch a long time ago.
They should have thought of that a lot earlier. The fact is the show from day one has always been about Castle and Beckett and their relationship. Ultimately that's what grew the audience beyond NF's Firefly fanbase. It's Caskett that's made it popular. Try changing that formula in season seven and you get....well you get what's been happening - falling ratings.
Here's what concerns me. The Double Down was fun because it was Castle AND Beckett as a team against Ryan & Esposito. Having everyone trying to beat Castle doesn't sound fun. It sounds like yet another attempt to take the focus of of Caskett and make it just Castle. Just like the wedding - they made the AU more important than the actual wedding. Sure, Beckett was in the AU, but it was all his POV & about him. The show has always been about them.
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