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.

That in-depth coaching you see on TV is strictly for the cameras

Aren’t you amazed that these megastars with established music careers, upcoming albums, and arenas to fill are able to take time from their busy schedule to work with dozens of Voice contestants? Well, you should be because it doesn’t happen. At least, not to the degree the show’s editing makes you think.

Just ask Ddendyl Hoyt. During an interview with the Washington Post, the Season 6 contestant said her Voice mentor wasn’t as hands-on as TV viewers were led to believe. “What [Voice viewers] don’t show is all the coaching that comes from the staff,” Hoyt said. “The vocal coaches, the band director, the producers—everyone has notes for you.”

She claimed much of the “coaching” comes from a team of staff members—not the celebrity judges. What audiences see is reportedly only a tiny part of the process. Though Hoyt was “Team Shakira,” she said she only met with the Latin pop princess for taped portions of the show. Otherwise, for her and the other contestants, “the majority of our growth was left to us on our own,” she said. Bummer.