Did Reality Singing Shows Just Jump the Shark?

This week on NBC’s The Voice, Erin Martin and the Shields Brothers performed in one of the show’s “battle rounds.” In this part of the competition, two competitors sing a song together and their judge, who selected the song and helped both prepare, decides which performer moves on in the competition. For this battle, their judge Cee Lo Green selected Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” This odd performance was the result. [March 2014 Update: The official video of the performance is no longer available, but the Shields Brothers later put together their commentary on the performance in the video below, which adds some additional information about the story behind the performance.]

After the performance, fellow judge Adam Levine said it was “weird” and made him feel “uncomfortable.” Cee Lo Green selected Martin as the winner, eliminating the Shields Brothers from the competition.

What do you think of the performance? How does it compare to American Idol? Leave your two cents in the comments.

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