The Voice – A Hit Show, But Did They Have To Put The Fat Girl Up First?
The Voice kicked off with a cracker first episode tonight and to just make sure the viewer knew it was all about being judged on “your voice” they unsubtly put up the fat girl first.
Casey Withoos managed to give all the right grabs in saying “this can be the only time where I can be judged on my voice”. Yes she had a good voice, but also this is the one show where if you are a little outside societies norms for beauty you may have a better chance of getting through the preliminary auditions and get to sing for the judges.
Lets face it the judges are judging blind but the producers and talent scouts are not. Yes they are looking for people with great voices, but they are also looking for people who can sledge home the point of the show and Casey did exactly that.
Having said that there were no singers that looked like elephant man up on the stage. In fact no one was particularly unattractive on tonight’s episode.
Casey sang Samson and all four judges pressed the buttons which meant they wanted her on their teams. Seal ended up prevailing over Delta. I note Joel and Keith did not fight to hard for her. Maybe because both of their wives are skin and bones they might be a bit cellulite adverse.
Speaking of the judges and host Darren McMullen, it is a little ironic that the person who has the broadest Australian accent is Keith Urban and he has not lived here for over a decade…
Second singer on our screens was Adam Martin who has heartthrob written all over him even though he came out with that well used cliche “Music is basically my life”. He sang Apologize and all judges picked him bar Seal. He ended up going with Keith even though he had botched up his name.
If a singer gets more then one judge pressing the button the performer gets to choose which person they would like to mentor them. Delta Goodrem was having trouble getting any of the singers to choose her. Maybe the singers thought she didn’t have the industry experience the other three have, or maybe slight sexism was occurring, or maybe because of her poor taste in men they think she is lacking in judgement. However it must have been frustrating for her.
Yianna Stavrou was 19 years old desperate to not be judge on her looks but her voice. To do this she wore a top with more cleavage than Delta’s which was saying something. She revealed she had been in a girl group called Trinity for five years but they were more known for their dubious dance moves. She sang S&M and busted out the old Trinity shake your arse skank moves. Joel looked happy that he picked her and his brother Benji who he will be a mentor on his team was probably doing back flips when he saw Joel’s selection. He is the ultimate wingman.
Joel is also not bad with the double entendres “You looked like you are open to a lot things” said Joel. And she nodded her head in agreement.
Next up was Jerome O’Connor a 25 year old who his currently unemployed as the music store he worked at went into liquidation. Sign of the times. But he must be consoled by the fact that he did not get selected he still has a stunning wife. It must feel pretty bad for the performers as they get near the end of the song knowing the judges are not going to turn around.
Next was Carmen Smith a highly experience backing singer to Idol alumni Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, and Stan Walker, she had decided seeking fame via a reality TV show is obviously the way to go. She sang “Why Don’t You Call Me“. Her voice was fabulous.
Joel Madden pitch to her by saying “I’m crazy, your crazy and we would be crazy together”. And she bought it. I thought she would have gone with Seal as he is more soul and gave her a great line about her having more voice then that song gave her the opportunity to show and to stay in her lane. Maybe the yellow varnish on Seal’s finger nails was turning the ladies off.
Jimmy Cupples who is going to be the old man of the competition at 46 years of age was seeing this as his last chance. Because of family responsibilities he has had to do a lot of gigs he did not want to do. He also said people had told him he if he had been good looking he would have been successful. I had always thought ugly vocal singers in rock bands were de rigeur, think ACDC and ZZ Top. He sang rock song Woman and he had a great voice.
He ended up going with Keith Urban.
Melanie Dyer sang Domino but turned it into a country song did not get picked even though she was put there so there were some country singers for Keith to mentor. Personally I thought her voice was a bit wonky, but Joel Madden was full of regret once he turned around and she sang another song.
Karise Eden is 19 has had a troubled childhood growing up in foster care, but for once the voice lived up to the back story. She sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s World” and I hope she rips through the whole Janis Joplin catalogue while she is on the show. All four judges buzzed. However she chose Seal. She could be the Eliza Doolittle of the competition a bit of razzle and that noise ring pulled out along with that rasping voice she could definitely attract a large fan base.
Channel Nine look like they have a hit on their hands with this show there is some definite talent, the judges are fresh to our screens and the drama of the seat swivelling is entertaining.
It is on again Monday and Tuesday night at 8.00pm.
UPDATE: The Voice had 2.17 millions viewers last night according to the ratings, leaving Dancing With The Stars in their wake which got 1.07 million viewers. And best not mention The Biggest Loser at 739,000 viewers.