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The Voice is here and it’s giving juggernaut American Idol a run for it’s money.

The show kicked off with a bang on Tuesday night (NBC/CTV) and it didn’t shy away from telling the audience how much it’s NOT Idol. We’ve all seen the promo’s so it wasn’t a complete surprise how “nice” all the judges were. There was no awful singers, no open calls, basically everything Idol is not.

Right off the bat pre-determined (non-filmed) contestants were brought on stage and began singing. The judges (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguleira, Cee Lo Green) have their backs facing the artist. If they like what they hear they push a button and are turned around to face the artists (I got dizzy a couple of times). If more then one “coach” likes the artist then they must decide who they want to be teamed up with.

It was very interesting to see the reactions of the coaches when they saw the person that was singing. I would have appreciated it more if there was more genuine reactions but something tells me they were told to not make a big deal about it or were doing it out of respect.

Regardless.. it kept me entertained through the entire 2 hour show. If you haven’t guessed I am not the biggest American Idol fan. And this show will only take a couple of months from start to finish. Not like Idol where it’s a 4 month process.

And the viewing public agreed making it the number one show for the night and the best debut for a new series on any network since Undcover Boss (CBS) last year.

The one down fall? Carson Daly. He has never been my cup of tea and this did nothing to help that.

Did you watch? Will it take down Idol? Only time will tell.

 

Avoiding the crowds this New Years Eve? Having your own party at home with the goold old boob tube? No problem, Throng has got you covered! We’ve rounded up some of the best programming that will help you ring in the new year in style. If you know of a program that we don’t have listed let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it. Here we go!

Citytv New Years Bash 2011 (Citytv)
Citytv will ring in the New Year LIVE from Nathan Phillip’s Square in Toronto. One of Toronto’s longest running New Year’s party will kick off the night starting at 10pm/est. Hosted by Kevin Frankish and Dina Puglise (from Breakfast Television Toronto), Tracy Moore (from CityLine) and Gord Martineau (from CityNews Toronto).

Performances by Shawn Desman, Danny Fernandes, Stereos, These Kids Wear Crowns, Divine Brown and Blake McGrath.

For more information on the broadcast check out http://www.holidayguide.ca/citytvnewyears2011/ also if you’re in the area drop by. It’s a great family friendly party.

New Years in Niagara Falls (Global)
Thanks to the folks at Entertainment Tonight Canada, Niagara Falls will be set ablaze for 2011. The live show starts at 10pm/est on Global and will be hosted by ET Canada favorites Cheryl Hickey, and Rick Campanelli.

Great Big Sea, Barenaked Ladies and Kardinall Offishall will take the stage in front of almost 15,000 screaming fans.

Muchmusic’s New Years Eve Party (Muchmusic)
All of the years best music videos will air back to back to help you rock in the new year. Starts at 11pm/EST on Muchmusic.

MTV New Years Eve (MTV)
Hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings and coming to you live from Times Square in New York City. Special appearances by the cast of Jersey Shore (naturally). We hear they’re even sticking Snooki inside a ball and dropping her at the stroke of midnight. I wish I was joking, but I’m not.

Airs live at 10:30pm/est on MTV.

Dick Clark’s Rockin New Years Eve (ABC)
Dick is back for another year with the help of Ryan Seacrest, Fergie and Jenny McCarthy LIVE from Times Square. The show will feature performances from some of today’s hottest stars including Drake, Jennifer Hudson, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, and Train.

Additional appearances by Willow Smith, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield and Far East Movement.

NBC’s New Years Eve with Carson Daily (NBC)
Carson Daily brings his late night show to New Years Eve. Performers and special guests have not been released. Show starts at 10:00pm/est on NBC.

New Years Eve Live (CNN)
After nearly getting fired last year Kathy Griffin is once again teaming up with CNN’s own Anderson Cooper for the annual event. The show will feature reports from across the world and from the show’s base in Times Square. Also guaranteed? Kathy’s off color jokes which are sure to get her fired again in 2011.

Airs live at 11:00pm/est on CNN.

CBC Specials (CBC)
CBC isn’t doing the live funny business that the rest of the networks are doing. Their going for scripted comedies and sit down interviews.

Starting at 7pm is a Just for Laughs Gala, then at 8pm is the Air Farce New Years Eve special followed by Ron James’ New Years Eve edition at 9pm. Then your boyfriend George Stroumboulopoulos will take us into the new year starting at 11pm.

Please check local listings for all air times.