The Voice – The Judges Are Cool, The Voices Good, And The Stories Behind Performers Interesting
All roads lead to Jimmy Barnes on The Voice tonight, there was Mahila Barnes who is his daughter, and performers Darren Percival and Shauna Jensen had both sung with him.
Mahilia Barnes was seen to be the big drawcard for the episode, she has been talked about before the series began, she was the big story in the Sunday Telegraph, and she was promoted as soon as the episode started.
In the article she said she would have previously avoided a reality TV show.
“To be honest, if you’d asked me that question a year ago my answer wouldn’t have been very nice. But I saw something different in this show. Unlike the others, there’s a lot of integrity.
“Generally speaking, those other shows are not geared towards professionals. The Voice was different and they wanted people who know who they are as artists, people who had worked.
So with all this promo going on you guessed she was going to get through to the next round, however there was a lot of pressure for her to be good. Mahilia did not want to be known as Jimmy’s daughter, but as soon as she started singing she kicked butt, though there did seem like some Jimmy Barnes like rasps in her rendition of Proud Mary. All four judges turned around.
Joel who knows her said “We are practically family” and later said don’t feel obligated to go with him with his tongue firmly in his cheek.
Seal pitched by saying “You owned, it your took it, you nailed it”, Keith Urban said he should go with him as he was the first one to turn around. That argument is a tad redundant.
Mahlia went with Joel.
How cool are the judges? Joel Madden is exhuberent cool, Keith laid back cool, and Seal is smooth cool. I love the way they all groove in their chairs before turning around. Obviously the judges are told to be lively in the chairs and do the dramatic will I or won’t I press the button. Unfortunately for Delta Goodrem is currently being overshadowed by the other judges however when it comes to coaching she may have a chance to show her musical talent.
Most contestants tonight were profession musicians. First up in the episode as Ben Hazlewood is 23 who was in a boy band in the UK which broke up. He said “Music is my life I live it and breath it. He sang “Breakeven”. He started of shakey but improved. Joel seems to be building a pop team buzzed as did Delta.
“You have a great voice and the girls love you” said Joel.
Ben predictably said “Thank you so much Delta, but Joel. ” To be fair Delta she did not really pitch very hard for him.
Taga Paa a 26 year old youth worker sang Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. Keith pushed and then Delta followed closely behind. I liked this guy he had a great personality. When Delta said what do you want to do in the competition and he retorted “I want to win”. Keith asked him to sing a bit of Michael Jackson and this did the trick to get him on Team Urban.
Ben Bennet a 17 year old school boy now going to a performing school in Sydney, was originally from Townsville, where his dad is still living to support the family. Delta was the only one that pressed. Seal said he thought it was two people due to the different strength. Delta got peeved with Ben when he went to ask Seal a question about what sort of song he should have sung.
Abby Cardwell has apparently been signed to labels a few times, but they had never worked out. She sang “Ode To Billy Joe” and since she was country it appeared all the judges just were waiting for Keith Urban to buzz in which he did. If there is going to be a country singer take out the competition, this is it.
Sarah Lloyde busted out Christine Aguilera’s “The Voice Within”. She had Delta written all over her and she did buzz. Then all the guys went “Oh wow” because she is attractive. Seal said she was a potential winner, funny that he did not buzz in on “The Voice” alone. And Joel said “you have a beautiful voice and you are beautiful.”
I wonder if the show stops becoming about The Voice once the battle episodes to begin. Obviously when the judges turn around and they see someone that is attractive their smile appears to be bigger. However Australian viewers have shown in the past on voting reality TV shows that there have been some diverse winners.
Speaking of attractive Darren Percival is a forty something singer who has sung with Jimmy Barnes sang “Jealous Guy” all four turned around. Hopefully he will get to the voting section of the show, as he should put in some great performances, as well as be a bit different from the younger pop wannabes. He just about dismissed Delta when she spoke tom him, but was much more respectful to Keith Urban. However Seal sealed the deal with him when he said “I like the way you didn’t over sing”.
It was disappointing that Ben Potter who did a quirky rendition of “Your the One That I Want” did not get on the show. He looked disappointed and it was no consolation when Keith said that he loved the arrangement.
Mali-Koa Podd a 20 year old sang “American Boy”. Personally I think there are much stronger singers in that mould, but Joel buzzed in. However he did tell her “That song I would not necessasirly picked for you”. So maybe later on she will razzle.
Next up were mother and daughter auditioning separately but together. Rebekah Jensen was the daughter and Shauna Jensen was a 57 who has also sung with Jimmy.
Rebekah sang first with “Seven Nation Army”, and no one turned around. I wondered if it was because her voice was very similar to Mahalia Barnes and there can only so many soul singers you can have in the competition. Maybe which order that you audition in might be an advantage or disadvantage in getting selected.
However her mother, Shauna, was very upset for her.
And then Shauna came in and they did not buzz for her either. I loved it that a contestant finally gave it back to the judges. She said “Are you mental? ” and “I thought I was damn good. I think you have made a bit mistake.”
Seal to his credit said that she did not hit the events in the song. Meaning the points in the song when the crowd is meant to stand up and will make the judges hit the button. Delta gave her a hug and off she went.
Glen Cummingham who has done backing vocals for Delta and others sang “Lately”, lucky for him and Delta she buzzed in. She was thrilled, but she did not say whether she had recognised his voice. I am sure the person who is to sing off against Glen is not going to be happy as you wonder if Delta will be biased. Or conversely it could put her in an awkward situation where she feels she has to put him through….
Last act for the night was Emma Louis Birdsall a 20 year old who sang Mercy and Seal was pretty excited he jumped out of the chair and started swaying his hips. Now that is a way to get a singer on your team.
Who were your favourites from the night?