The Voice is off to a sold start to this new season, even outdoing The X-Factor in a head-to-head battle one night last week.  The show has the tools for success, but it does need a big hit to come from one of these singers this season.

What The Voice has in its corner is major likeability, and it all starts with the coaches.  Fact is the NBC show's Fab 4 - Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera - sometimes make the singers secondary with their great chemistry.  These four are funny, smart, and above all extremely entertaining.

The back stories on the contestants are becoming better (holding their own with American Idol) - this is an important part of this show (like Idol) so you might build a connection with their journey.

The show brings in big name artists to help mentor the singers that the coaches select, which does make for good TV most times.

Above all, The Voice has a stronger niche than The X-Factor, but for the show to maybe get to the next level will take a singer who becomes a legit star.

Season 1 winner Javier Colon was off to a solid start after the show was done.  We waited for his first single, and "Stitch By Stitch" did pretty good with a Top-20 hit on the Billboard chart, and selling about 150,000 copies of the song in its first week of release.  After this start, the story did not continue as Colon left Universal Records less than a year later.

Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul is still working on his release that we should hear more about during this season of The Voice.

Chris Mann was 4th last season, and his Josh Groban style makes him one to watch.  His debut CD is out at the end of October - could he be the guy that gets the show an artist with a Top-10 hit song?

Tony Lucca was also in the Final-4 of last season's The Voice, and was signed to Adam Levine's record label recently.  What this means is the former Mouseketeer will work with Levine on his release, and we will wait and see.

Dia Frampton from Season 1 of The Voice has had 3 Top-10 singles in Canada, has toured with her coach Blake Shelton, and has won fans over, but has not broken through on the U.S. charts yet.

American Idol has been a hit making machine over the years for the most part, and got a boost with Phillip Phillips Top-10 smash "Home".  The X-Factor has not scored yet, but have seen 4 of its alum from the UK version of the show score big (two words - One Direction).  The Voice needs a big hit from someone to get this very entertaining show to the next level, and become the fixture it needs to be for years to come on NBC.