Have you watched season after season of The Voice, but felt there was something off about the entire show? Don’t worry, plenty of people feel the same way, and with good reason. The Voice might be a hit series for NBC, but it’s bad news for anyone wanting an authentic singing competition.

From the way the show treats its contestants, to the format itself, reality strongly suggests this TV series is completely fake. Here’s what you need to know before you #VoiceSave anyone else.

The show’s roots are in television, not music

On its surface, The Voice seems very similar to other singing competition shows such as American Idol or X-Factor, yet there’s one very big difference: the main forces behind those other shows have ties to the music industry. Respective creators Simon Cowell and Simon Fuller are men with decades of music industry experience and relevant connections. The show runners behind The Voice are centered on television. According to the show’s IMDb page, practically none of The Voice producers have anything to do with the music business.

Oh sure, the series dangles a six-figure prize and a recording contract in front of its winners, but when the people behind the show lack a genuine connection to the music industry, it explains the contestants’ struggles to forge careers that actually go somewhere.