6. RATE THE COACHES, PART 2. In the first season, the coaches were frequently available for interviews after shows and their comments often reflected insightful takes on the show. Access was significantly limited this year to the coaches, with Levine getting an A for taking time to walk red carpets answer questions posed by print and online reporters in addition to the TV magazines. Green and Shelton both get Cs; Aguilera flunked this part of the test.
7. CHANGE IN DIRECTION. Were there more episodes, a gradual build of exposing the artists could naturally flow as the show progressed. As it is now, back stories are crammed in and audiences only see snippets of the long hours they put in. While America is picking its favorites, though, the show continues to push the "team" concept even when they are down to two or a single contestant. By the time "The Voice" is into its semi-finals, viewers have stopped rooting for Team Adam and have latched onto the individuals. The news was Jamar Rogers was eliminated, not Team Cee Lo lost a solid competitor.
8. TWO HOURS TO GET TO A TWO MINUTE ANNOUNCEMENT. "The Voice" finale had strong moments -- Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Rich Girl," the Jermaine 4 doing "I Want You Back" and Simms unleashing her inner-Joe Cocker on "With a Little Help From My Friends" - but it felt like mish-mash designed to connect with multiple age groups. Justin Bieber's overly hyped appearance helped hold onto eyeballs, but his song lacks the zip of his earlier hits; Flo Rida and Simms did not make a compelling pairing; and every eliminated female contestant except Erin Willett had tone and pitch issues. The finale did not capitalize on the show's charms.
9. UNSOLICITED CAREER ADVICE. After the show, Paul said "this is a life changer, a confidence booster and I needed it." Now he needs to make an album that would appeal to fans of Journey, Seal and Luther Vandross. He needs strong producers and songwriters who will craft songs using classic templates. Simms needs to use "The Voice" as a stepping stone to secure an endorsement from the types of acts she covered. Whether that's through a duet or an opening slot on a tour, the magic of Simms voice requires a great guitar player alongside her and the sooner she secures that the better. Unlike other singing shows, "The Voice" is not connected with a management company, meaning the singers can stay with old managers or sign with new ones.
10. REMEMBER, 'AMERICAN IDOL' IS STILL NO. 1. Much was made of the ratings this year for "The Voice" but it still attracts only about two-thirds as many viewers as "Idol." Where "Idol" slipped and "The Voice" significantly gained was in the 18-49 demographic that advertisers crave. The three network singing shows deliver that demo audience like few others -- ABC's "Modern Family" and CBS's "Big Bang Theory" are among the leaders -- but the singing shows are best at delivering significant live audiences, meaning the commercials are being watched. As long as those numbers hold, singing will be a big part of network schedules and the combination of seven-figure judges' salaries and the platform it provides for new music means Aguilera, Levine, Green and Shelton are likely in for an encore.