YMMV / The Voice

  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Christina telling a contestant she wants to play with them.
    • CeeLo telling a contestant he can put her in different positions.
    • Gwen telling a contestant he turns her on.
    • Pharrell telling a contestant her voice is seductive.
    • Blake telling a contestant his voice is saxy.
    • Adam praising a contestant's balls.
  • Broken Base:
    • There are a lot of fans of this show who absolutely stop watching the moment the performers hit the live shows. The reason is because at that point, the show stops being about "the voice" and starts being about who the audience likes the most. Since the former is the entire selling point of the show, this could double as a Broken Aesop.
    • It has been noted, several times, that singers who are "special" somehow (such as the blind contestants Rachael Leahcar and Andrea Begley, the aboriginal ZK and the stuttering Harrison Craig) got special consideration for their "courage" rather than their musical talent. In addition, the older, fatter, less attractive contestants often seem to be Voted off the Island first, for some mysterious reason.
    • Big time broken base with which was better, the original coaches or Adam, Blake, Usher and Shakira (see also Seasonal Rot).
  • Creator's Pet: Some people felt that Cassadee Pope from Season 3 was this due to her having received constant praise by all judges, coming in with an already existing fanbase (she was the frontwoman of the pop-punk band Hey Monday), and outlasting several fan favorites.
  • Dork Age:
    • Season 4 was criticized for having too many country acts. Individually no one really minded any of them, but because there were so many of them and they lasted for so long (4 of the top 6 acts were country) some people got bored of listening to so much country when previous seasons had been defined by the variety of contestants.
    • Season 6 is widely seen as this as well. Popular aspects of the show such as the knockouts were removed, voting was delayed by a week and the talent pool was widely criticized as bland and uninteresting (some speculate these changes were improvised on the fly for the sole purpose of making frontrunner Christina Grimmie the winner; she ultimately finished in third place). Fortunately the producers appear to have learned their lesson, as subsequent seasons fixed these mistakes and were more widely praised as a result.
    • Season 9 was criticized for an oversaturation of country acts, boring song choices, the early elimination of several frontrunners, a handful of mediocre artists overstaying their welcome, an ultimately pointless wildcard twist, having a boring finale (with Christmas songs being performed instead of the original songs used in previous seasons) and Jordan Smith's victory being a Foregone Conclusion.
  • Ear Worm: THIS IS THE VOICE!!! *guitar riff*
  • Elimination Houdini:
    • Rachael Leachar, Andrea Begley, and Harrison Craig were gushed over for their "courage" and their "nobility" because they were disabled more than they were for being talented singers.
    • Season 7's Ryan Sill was widely panned for his amateurish vocals and blatant favoritism by his coach Gwen.
    • Despite reaching the Season 9 semifinals, Braiden Sunshine was universally panned by viewers for his mediocre vocals, lackluster song choices, total lack of stage presence, cocky attitude and overreliance on the teenage voting demographic. This was exacerbated by the fact that he knocked out singers who were generally regarded as far superior.
  • Foe Yay:
  • Glurge:
    • How many times must we hear about Trevin Hunte's music teacher putting him down?note 
    • Or how many times singers like Harrison Craig, Rachael Leachar, and Andrea Begley are "courageous" or have "overcome great odds" or "are showing such determination for coming on the show despite being physically impaired" somehow.
    • The saccharine sob stories of tradgedy were almost wall-to-wall during the first two series of the Australian version.
  • Ho Yay:
    • Christ on a cracker, Adam and Blake. Hell, you could make a Drinking Game out of the number of times those two flirt! Even Usher commented on it after Adam stole a country artist from Blake's clutches. The word "therapy" was used somewhere. It's become a Running Gag for the comedic season finale montages to feature one about Blake's Ho Yay. In the second season, it was about his and Adam's "bromance". The season three montage focused on how he seemed to flirt with everyone, regardless of gender; complimenting the attractiveness of women, men, and himself. And season four went with how Blake/Adam seemed to turn sour (which sometimes came off as Belligerent Sexual Tension) and was possibly threatened by Blake/Usher.
    • Blake kissing Terry McDermott.
    Terry McDermott: I knew it! I knew I'd get a kiss!
  • Hype Backlash: Trevin Hunte again. Initially, he was praised for having a powerful "gift" of a voice after doing a couple of "emotional" ballads and was marked as the frontrunner for the competition. So, he sang another ballad… and another one… and another… and another… Considering that other contestants such as Cassadee Pope and Amanda Brown really stepped it up later on in the competition and evolved their styles while Hunte kept doing big ballads over and over again to win over voters, some reality TV reviewers on the Internet have become sick of Hunte making it through week after week with his ballads, especially after his former teammate Amanda Brown was eliminated from the competition. Also, some non-NBC polls on viewers' favorite The Voice contestant to win have consistently put Trevin at dead last on who they're rooting for. Here's one example of both review and poll backlash.note  Just to clarify, he has done more uptempo songs such as "Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves and "Scream" by Usher in order to change things up, but reviewers have also said that he falters on those performances. Thus, he was very reliant on the ballads. He was eventually eliminated in the semifinals, so it did seem like the public got tired of all his ballads.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Many just watch the show because they're fans of one or more of the coaches.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: Whenever you see someone in the auditions and you know and root for them... and then when they're singing the judges press their buttons. Best sound ever.
  • Narm:
    • Some countries' version of the theme song had a pause at the end of the line "This is the voice… of [[Country X]]", which sounds pretty hilarious. Sadly, a number of them wised up after the first season and changed it to the generic guitar riff instead.
    • The Voice Australia had an awful habit of exclusively focusing on sob stories and tragic events in the players' past.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: Adam Levine doesn't seem to like how the Instant Save was handled in Season Six, given that it was used to pick from the bottom 4 of 8 and the bottom 3 of 5.
  • Shocking Elimination: The most infamous example is Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons in Season 4 (sparking Adam's infamous "I hate this country!" comment).