Reality Check: We Tell American Idol How to Fix Its Farewell Season! Plus: The Voice Winner Spoiled Already?

American Idol, we have a problem. Actually, make that two (OK, three) problems.

There are several genuinely talented vocalists left in the show’s Farewell Season, but producers are structuring weekly results announcements in a way that creates unnecessary anxiety and hampers the quality of performances. At least that’s what my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I argue on this week’s episode of Reality Check. Oh, and did I mention our resident Idol grad has a perfectly elegant solution to the situation?

As for the ghastly theme of this Thursday’s episode — Most-Performed Songs from Past Seasons — um… is it too late to call an audible?

All that, plus heated debates about Trent Harmon and La’Porhsa Renae’s latest performances, the possible rebirth of Tristan McIntosh and the sudden slide of Dalton Rapattoni.

Melinda and I also dive into the opening week of The Voice‘s tenth cycle — and wonder if the show buried any sense of suspense by putting the absolutely fabulous Alisan Porter in its premiere.

Press PLAY above for Part 1 of this week’s Reality Check, and below for Part 2 — then hit the comments with your thoughts on the week in reality singing competitions!