The American music industry has undergone tremendous changes in the past
decade, but one thing has remained consistent: the fastest, if not
easiest way to national stardom is through American Idol. The show,
known for its hilarious auditions, interactive viewership, and notorious
, has launched the career of several high-grossing stars from
Kelly Clarkson to Carrie Underwood to Adam
. Pondering the state of American celebrity, Time television
and media columnist James
wonders if The Voice
the past might do battle against the voices of today:
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