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Need more proof why The Voice is the hippest singing competition on TV? To hype this week's start of the battle rounds (two contestants sing in a boxing ring, only one advances), the video below presents the members of the four teams -- Team Blake, Team Adam, Team Shakira and Team Usher -- doing Hadouken moves.
Credit The Voice producers for tapping into the latest, admittedly kind of weird, trend now emerging on the Internet: People are making videos inspired by the '90s-era Street Fighter video game, in which one person strikes a martial-arts-like pose, and his opponent(s) go flying in the air. "This is about a million times cooler than planking and Tebowing," says gameinformer.com. (We'll let you decide for yourself what's cooler in the strange world of Internet memes -- check out more people showing off their Hadouken moves in the clip below.)
What's so special about an in-the-know promo? Not much, but it reminds us that, while American Idol has been sticking with its familiar formulas and same old theme nights, the people behind The Voice are working hard to stay current. As a result, the two shows have become the Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon of talent competitions. Even the filmed sessions with the contestants' mentors -- which are featured on both singing competitions -- are somehow fresher on The Voice. Watch Team Usher contestants Jess Kellner and Taylor Beckham prepare for their upcoming battle duet in the video below.
Of course, The Voice will always be derivative. Its very existence is thanks to Idol's trail-blazing success, and it has taken elements from other shows, too, on its way to becoming a hit. Like they did on The X Factor, for instance, the judges of The Voice are bringing in mentoring partners to help guide their teams. Starting this week (Monday & Tuesday, 8 p.m. ET, NBC), this season's mentors are Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott (helping Team Adam), Sheryl Crow (Team Blake), Pharrell Williams (Team Usher) and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte (Team Shakira).
But the fact is, we now live in a world that's chock full of TV talent shows. And at the moment, The Voice is the most watchable one out there.