The Voice – Yes We Get It – It Is All About The Voice
The Voice’s iconic moniker of the hand has reached out the TV to grab the viewer by the “proverbials”. Sunday night it rated 2.17 million viewers, though I think I also saw a later figure of 2.98million, anyway who cares it was a lot and it may assist Channel Nine who has been the tortoise to Channel Seven’s hare in the race for ratings.
It should be noted that the shows that have been delivering the big numbers for the Networks this year have been reality. So it is proof this genre is just getting stronger.
The four judges Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden, Keith Urban and Seal competed to get the best contestants. Delta again having a hard time getting selected. However she did not sell herself very well to the contestants, also did she not buzz in fast enough which may not have been helping her cause. As the saying goes a fussy girl is a lonely girl.
Again we were told it was all about The Voice but when ever the judges turned around and saw an attractive person, they were just that little bit more animated and excited.
Seal confirmed this when he was pitching for first singer Sarah De Bono he said “Your beautiful, you’ve got the whole thing”.
Sarah was a teacher who was “surprised” in her class room by host, Darren McMullen, presenting her with a ticket to the audition. Considering they would have had to get consent forms signed for all the students it was hardly a surprise.
The girl with the pink hair sang Price Tag, and all judges bar Seal buzzed to get her.
Joel did his double entendres of “I really want her”, he is pretty smooth that Madden boy, and Keith gave his longest speech ever saying “it is about having an original edge which you have – strikingly, sonically, the way you look, the way you listen to us.”
She ended up selecting Joel, and Delta did not look happy.
Cam Tapp was up next he was a father of twin and a stay at home dad. Is this code for unsuccessful muso? He has been singing for 25 years. He also spoke about a serious car accident and said he made a deal that if he made it through he would always follow his dreams.
He sang Superman. Seal pressed first and then Delta. Seal did not look real thrilled when he turned around. Delta said it was “the perfect song to pick” Seal looked doubtful and made it clear he did not want him on his team. Seal told him he did not like it that he said “thank God it’s over” at the end of the song. Seal said it was not the personality of a star. So Cam ended up picking Keith.
Gail Page was 48 years old and has only been singing for five years. She sang “I Put A Spell On You”. She had a strong jazzy voice, but I wonder if they could tell by the timbre that she was older then most and no judge pressed the button. Delta then became dramatic after the song saying she wanted to now press the button. Chances are she will have the opportunity to pick her up when they go through all the singers again if they don’t have their full quota for the teams. It will be interesting to see if she actually picks her then.
Laura Bunting a 24 year old was up next had some serious musical theatre credibility by working in Buddy Holly, and Wicked. HoweverShe wants to perform as herself. She sang “Wuthering Heights” and also played the piano. She was fantastic. Joel and Delta pressed the button.
Delta said “I understand who you are and have ideas for you already”. Clearly it did not appeal and she chose Joel. Laura could go quite far in this competition.
Brett Clark from Tamworth sang a Keith Urban song Memories Of Us. It was a risk but he pulled it off and Keith picked him. I am not a fan of country but his voice was very pleasant.
Rebecca Tapia was another person with some good performance credentials. It was revealed she had been touring with Burn The Floor (a Jason Gilkison’s dance show) for the past three years, but her dream is to be a recording artist. She had a strong voice which belted out a ballad and it was a bit of a surprise no one wanted her in their team. particularly Delta.
It did make me wonder whether the judges were trying to guess what type of person was singing when they were listening to her. And who they thought was singing may have been different to who actually was. She may get picked up by a judge at a later date.
Carpet cleaner Yshrael Pascual wants to give up his day job. With his eyeliner and funky clothes it looked like he was going to bust out an 80’s song but he sang Miss You. All the judges pressed but he picked Seal. His voice was one of my favourites of the night.
Next up was Chris Sebastian the younger brother of Guy Sebastian. Well clearly he can not audition for The X Factor, so The Voice or Australia’s Got Talent it is for him. He sang Halo. The issue for Chris being who is brother is that when he does sing people automatically compare voices and it is not as good as Guy’s.
Delta turned around and was thrilled when she recognised him straight away. Seal turned around and clearly did not know who he was. When he and Delta were trying to convince who he should go with, Delta kind of blew it as she had thought he might pick her because they did know each other. But what relevance did her “This is my country I love Australia” comment have to do with mentoring?
Seal said “You are a diamond in the rough” and outlined what exactly how he would help him, also batting back Delta’s “it will be easy with me”. Seal saying it won’t be easy but he will be a better singer at the end of it.
Chris selected Seal and Delta was quite upset, she had to leave the set to compose herself. Considering at that stage she had no one on her team I felt a tad sorry for her.
The final performer for the episode was Rachel Leahcar – the legally blind girl they had been using heavily in all the promos.
Michael Idato TV writer for the SMH tweeted “I don’t want to be thought of as the blind girl who sings.” Nine’s promo dep’t didn’t get the Memo, clearly.
She was this episodes example about why the show was all about “the voice” not who you are. She did have cracker voice singing the hell out of La Vie En Rose. However I did wonder if the judges had been tipped off so they all turned around so we got that TV “moment”.
For Keith and Joel it did not seem like that it would be the type of voice they would normally swing around for. The judges are selecting on voices that they like but also ones that will fit into what they think they can do with it. Well that is what I have been interpreting from some of their comments when they explain to the singer why they have not buzzed for them.
Don’t get me wrong Rachel deserves to be selected however the whole scene did have my cynical mind wondering.
Another factor was when Delta she turned around teared up before she had finished the song, it was like she knew she was blind. Personally I did not think when she was singing it was that obvious she could not see. Now Delta may have just been moved by the voice, or the judges may have gathered she had been brought onto stage and heard her being orientated and then guessed she was blind.
However it was great that Delta finally got picked by someone. She was very keen to get Rachel on her team.
“I could share with you with what I went through’ said Delta, meaning her cancer battle at the same age,” I would just want to help you in anyway I can”.
I note not one judge said I think you can win the show.
Anyway it was a heart warming moment in another entertaining episode of The Voice and she will be popular with the viewers.