The Voice – Why Hellooo Diana Rouvas? Where Have You Been? Thankfully Not A Figment Of Seal’s Imagination.
“For all the people at home that don’t really understand what is going on here when you rehearse here everyone sings great, when you are faced with the fact that seven million people are at home are watching, and it’s live that is what separates the men from the boys, and the women from the boys and you delivered such an incredible performance.” said Seal to Darren Percival. What? I know the media releases outlining the ratings have a bit of spin in them, but not that much!
Seal is the gift that keeps on giving and this week he was deluding himself about the size of The Voice’s audience in Australia. For the record the ratings are a very fine 2 million, one third of what Seal was suggesting. However the looks on the other judges faces when he announced this was priceless.
Also Seal’s delusion carried over to his clothing as really the shirt with the fingerless gloves was really not a great look. Don’t expect to see it on the high street soon.
However really these insignificant issues compared to Carmen Smith being told she had to withdraw because she had an unfair advantage because she was in a Guy Sebastian film clip.
However apparently there is no conflict of interest with Delta Goodrem saving back up singer Glenn Cunningham last night. Would love to ask Matt Hetherington and Ben Bennett what they thought of that. These two were the ones who ended up being punted from Team Delta last night.
Also Seal selected to save Chris Sebastian, brother of Guy. Now neither of these two male singers have given a stand out performance yet on the show, either in auditions, the battle rounds nor live performances.
On Team Seal Emma Louise Birdsall and Karise Eden were the two with the highest vote, with Seal electing save Fatai V and Chris Sebastian. Michael Duchesne and Sam Ludeman were eliminated.
On Team Delta, Viktoria and Rachael Leahcar had the highest public vote, and Delta decided to save back up singer Glen, and Danni Da Ros.
Rachael Leahcar has had significant publicity throughout the show and whether this gave her an advantage in the public vote who knows, but one singer who has had very little coverage has been Diana Rouvas who is on Team Keith.
And the Megan Washington replica made sure Australia sat up and took notice when she gave the outstanding performance of the night singing Love On Top. She showed she was sexy, charismatic and could sing. However she has barely got an inch of column space since the show began. It will be interesting to see if this has a impact on the amount of votes she receives.
The judges tonight gave more constructive criticism of the show, which does show how programs now react to comments on the internet. Speaking of social media I am not quite getting the V Room headed by Faustina. The concept is interesting however it does need to be fleshed out a bit more.
Team Keith – Darren Percival – Where Ever I Lay My Hat
With that song Keith was trying to get on side the people he thinks will vote for him – which is the older female. He is probably right. Seal thought it was an incredible performance, but then Seal thinks there are 7 million people watching him.
However Joel Madden also likes him saying, “Outside my team you are my favourite singer in this competition”.
Keith was starting to look peeved with the other judges as they just don’t shut up. Once he finally got his say Keith said he could feel there was a bit of weight in the pressure in his voice.
Hopefully he is safe, but his performance was not that memorable.
Team Joel – Prinnie Stevens – Turn Me On by Nicki Minaj
She looked as sexy as hell, but her high notes were a bit off, unless that is how that song is meant to be sung. However the judges all love her and Delta thinks she is in her own lane, meaning there is no one else like her in the competition.
It was interesting to see that they gave her a fair bit of choreography in the routine compared to others which did make the performance pop a bit more on stage. Matt Lee from So You Think You Can Dance is the shows choreographer. He is doing a good job – adding to the performances not overpowering it.
Team Keith – Adam Martin – Lonely Boy
He reminded me of a young Chris Issak. Will he and Lakyn be battling it out for the teen vote? He told Seal he felt more in his comfort zone. Seal said that he connected which was Seal’s buzz word of the night. Keith said you won’t be a lonely boy and he thought the routine had the right swagger and he hopes Australia agrees.
Team Joel – Sarah De Bono – Listen
Darren McMullen introduced her as Brittany Cairns? I hope that was not an omen for her. However he did apologise for it after she finished singing blaming it on the Brittany army that was in front of him when he was announcing the song.
She did sing well however expect there is going to be an amazing performance emerge from her at some stage if she gets to stay in as she has the voice. Joel said Australia witnessed the star that you are.
Team Keith – Jimmy Cupples – Sweet Child Of Mine
Jimmy doesn’t like taking direction well and was playing more up to the live audience then to the one at home.
However his voice is unique and very much like Axel Rose the lead singer of Guns and Roses, also considering he is a rock singer he was hitting a few less bum notes then some of his colleagues. The cameras panned to his parents in the crowd and they are probably hoping their son may finally make a decent living out of music.
Seal was critical of him for missing rehearsals because he was sick, which apparently he has been all week. Seriously was he meant to come and risk contaminating the other 12 contestants? The only person he disadvantaged was himself. Seal was hinting his work ethic was not great.
I get the feeling that Keith won’t be saving him next week with his comments “You have the voice” and “I commend you on making artistic choices”.
Team Joel – Ben Hazelwood – Lego Man
Delta loves Ben apparently maybe she wishes she had him on her team. The performance was not memorable, and Joel wished he had connected with the crowd more. He is in danger of going.
He also got his first tattoo influenced by Joel which shows he is not real bright either.
Team Keith – Taga Paa – Fight For You
He started off strong and then slipped a bit. He would be great in a boy band but not sure he can carry off a solo performance. His likeability factor is high but with all the other heart throb boys singing tonight he might find it difficult to find a voting niche.
Seal thought he delivered tonight.
Team Joel – Laura Bunting – Somebody I Used To Know
Laura is one singer I really want to like and she was one of my favourites after she sang Kate Bush at her audition, however tonight she should have ticked all the boxes but it didn’t quite get there for me tonight She looked rather demonic and it was overly dramatic or a bit too much musical theatre in it. Delta thought it was the perfect song but thought it was a little aggressive.
“Not sure the people watching understand you as I understand you,” said Joel. Laura is starting to fall behind the front runners.
Team Keith – Diana Rouvas – Love On Top.
Why hello Diana. Stand up and take a bow, while your at it what about an encore? What there are time issues with the live shows? They are running late? Before tonight she unknown, but she seized her opportunity and today Sports Bet must be ringing off the hook with people wanting to place money on her to win.
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Team Joel – Lakyn Heperi – Forever Young
The Voice’s answer to Reece Mastin, however Reece did have better stage presence. Lakyn was a little bland. However with the amount of squealing girls he would not matter if he had not sung at all and it looks like he will be safe this week. It was one of the worse performances of the night. Seal thought he looked a little disinterested.
Team Keith – Brittany Cairns – Different Worlds
She looks like she has a little crush on Keith Urban, but she would not be alone there. Great voice, but still a little beige for me. She has been given the pimp spot as Rachael Leahcar was last week, so they obviously want to see her get through.
Predictions to go:
Team Keith – Jimmy Cupples and Taga Paa.
Team Joel – Ben Hazlewood