TV tonight: The Voice nears finale and The Great Christmas Light Fight

The Great Christmas Light Fight: the ultimate in Christmas decoration. Photo: The Great Christmas Light Fight/ABC

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2013–“The Voice” is one of the few competitive reality shows that has increased its viewer numbers from last year. It certainly doesn’t hurt that judge Adam Levine was recently named “The Sexiest Man Alive,” of course. But the show’s success is rooted in a lot more than simply an A-list singer’s sex appeal.

Levine is just one of four judges who display a genuine dedication to their coaching duties. Along with Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green have all melded into a likable and well spoken panel of judges who appear to really enjoy their jobs.

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Rather than depending on the dubious draw of animosity between judges that other competitive reality shows often employ, the judges of “The Voice” feel more like family with each passing episode. There is a lot of good natured teasing among them, but it never goes any further than that.

Above all, the judges on “The Voice” display a respect for both the competitors and each other that makes the show a joy to watch. Take note reality show producers: Contrived controversy is tedious and insulting to the TV audience. They know it’s usually as phony as the latest WWE story lines that are always designed to draw numbers for the next choreographed Super Slam.

Tonight at 8 p.m. on NBC, the final three contestants will have one last shot at impressing all of us before the champion is named on the Tuesday night season finale. Among the competitors are 28-year-old Jamaican-Asian singer Tessanne Chin, 16-year-old Jacquie Lee from Colt’s Neck, N.J. and Will Champlin, the 30-year-old singer-songwriter son of Bill Champlin from the band Chicago. Good luck to all.

If your viewing tastes yearn for something a bit more seasonal and festive, look no further than “The Great Christmas Light Fight” at 9 p.m. on ABC. There is always that one family in the neighborhood that is so obsessed with outdoor Christmas decorating that their house can be seen even from the International Space Station. The beauty of this show is getting to see the over-the-top decorations without having to live close enough to be blinded by the lights.

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According to a press release;

“’The Great Christmas Light Fight‘” is a new competition series in which 20 families from across America will decorate their homes to the extreme for Christmas, in ways that would certainly make even Clark Griswold envious – with a total of $250,000 in prizing ($50,000 won each week).”

“The Great Christmas Light Fight” sounds like an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours during the holiday season. But all bets are off,  in my book at least,if any of the contestants use blow up characters in their decorations. Air mattresses and party balloons get filled with air, not Santa Claus or Rudolph.

Every time I spot one of these monstrosities, I secretly wish for a strong wind to whistle through the ‘hood and blow these misbegotten mini-blimps up against anything with a sharp edge that will pop them. Deflating bad taste is important even during The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

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