My name is Mark Franklin. 

I’ve been blogging about singing shows since American Idol Season 7.

In that time, I’ve watched Idol peak and wane in popularity. I’ve cheered the demise of Simon Cowell’s over-hyped and overblown The X Factor.

I’ve become a big fan of The Voice, with which NBC has done what was once unthinkable — replacing Idol as the most entertaining singing show on TV.

Heck, I’ve even had to rename the blog from simply Idol Chatter to Idol Chatter / Voice Views to reflect that show’s popularity.

Keep checking back and you’ll find live blogs when the shows air, predictions between shows and photo galleries.

I’ll also try my best to keep you posted on what former contestants are up to. But with 14 seasons of Idol and eight seasons of The Voice in the books, there are a lot of them. So if I miss a new music release, don’t hesitate to give me a nudge.

You also can follow along on social media — here for American Idol: Twitter and Facebook; and here for The Voice — Twitter and Facebook.

And, please, if you disagree with anything you read … or, heck, even if you agree, feel free to comment. The more comments the better.

Hope you enjoy Idol Chatter / Voice Views. Feel free to email me at

© Mark Franklin, Idol Chatter / Voice Views, 2008-2017. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Idol Chatter or Voice Views with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Chloe Kohanski became the first female rocker to win The Voice in Season 13. She became the sixth member of Team Blake to win the show. To read what Chloe has to say about her musical future, head here.