My husband and I love to watch reality TV. Our favorite show these days is “The Voice,” a singing competition starring musical artists Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton.

We also have a love-to-hate relationship with “American Idol,” a singing competition featuring Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey.

The hubs can’t stand Nicki Minaj, and I don’t like any of the judges but Keith Urban. Every time Mariah Carey opens her mouth to critique the singers, I fast forward the DVR.

“That’s enough of that,” I say. Every time the camera hits Nicki, he says, “I really don’t like her at all.” Our insulting jabs at the judges are usually the most entertaining part of the show, at least to us.

But “The Voice” is different. We love it. And I don’t mean just a little. We really, really love it. One big difference between the two shows is that Voice judges choose singers for teams. The judges mentor the singers, and then the teammates compete against each other in “knockout rounds.” Winners of the rounds are chosen by the team’s own judge.

At every commercial break, one of us says, “You know, this is really a good show” or “I love those judges” or “That was a no brainer, who wouldn’t pick Adam Levine for their judge?” Actually, I’m the one who makes the Adam remarks, which my hubs just ignores.

In our opinion, the singing talent on “The Voice” is far superior, as a whole, to “American Idol” talent. While Idol has maybe one or two world-class singers, Voice has a dozen or more.

Besides the performances, the judges are the best part of the show. They’re hilarious, lovable and very kind to the singers. No fast-forwarding necessary.

Catch “The Voice” at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday on NBC.

Contact Kristi Johnson at or (254) 501-7548

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