Review: The Voice of Việt Nam (Live Round – Whittling Seven Down to Five)

So I was catching up with The Voice of Việt Nam, Việt Nam’s version of the United States hit The Voice.

A lot of the premise is still the same, but there are some things that I found to be rather interesting.

First let’s go back to what I mentioned about reality television in Việt Nam in general

I didn’t realize this show existed until I was chatting with family in Việt Nam and noticed a news article on site about a contestant on Việt Nam’s version of The Voice… also known as “The Voice of Việt Nam”. Complete with a Facebook Page, “The Voice of Việt Nam” is similar to that of the first two seasons of America’s version of The Voice. The blind auditions, the battle rounds, then the live rounds.

Each judge/coach has to comprise teams of fourteen vocalists from the blind auditions, then during the battle rounds those fourteen are whittled down to seven. As of this past Monday (September 24) the Live Rounds have begun.

The judging / coaching panel includes:
Thu Minh: Dance, Pop Ballad
Trần Lập: Rock, hardrock
Hồ Ngọc Hà: Pop, R&B, Ballad, Dance
Đàm Vĩnh Hưng: Việt Nam Pop

Unlike the United States version of The Voice, the judging / coaching panel tend to stay more in the similar realms and don’t really stretch out that much.

So it has been two weeks and already there are changes between the Việt Nam version and what we know in the United States:

First off from the Battle Rounds each coach has a team of seven vocalists.

Two of the teams (Thu Minh and Trần Lập) sang in the first Live Show episodes on September 24th. Instead of having the “Results Show” the day after, in Việt Nam, the “Results Show” occurs a week later on October 1st.

So the other two teams (Hồ Ngọc Hà and Đàm Vĩnh Hưng) will have their first “Live Show” appearance on October 8th, with their “Results Show” happening a week later on October 15th.

Now the teams of seven are reduced, but not by any significant margin. What happens is that during the “Results Show” automatically two vocalists are saved by the Public Vote per team. What I found to be interesting – and I really wish the United States did this – is that the shows producers actually chose to post the results breakdown on their website.