18 November 2012 1:53 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Not all reality singing competition contestants are created equal. And when the best of ‘em are sent way too soon to the results-show guillotine, it can result in a creative tailspin worthy of the World War I Flying Ace under heavy fire from The Red Baron.

That was pretty much what went down this past week on The X Factor and The Voice — and on an all-new Reality Check, my cohost Melinda Doolittle and I try to figure out (with some help from our friends from Homeland, Doctor Who, and Sherlock) where voters went wrong, and how the shows can restore their respective mojos. »

- Michael Slezak

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