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The Voice Australia – Harrison Craig’s Audition Was Contrived And Over Done

Reality TV has always been at the forefront of diverse casting on our screens.  This genre was the first to put people of different ethnicity, size and sexuality on the screens and for this they should be applauded. The latest forefront they are busting  is casting people with a disability and again this is a positive thing, however do that have to make it so contrived and so much in flashing neon lights saying look this person has a disability.

The Voice did it last year with Rachael Leahcar and this year we see it again with Harrison Craig. His whole audition was contrived and over done. For a reality show that was all about the singing, they had him and his stutter all through the commercials of the Logies, then the viewers were introduced to him early in the second audition episode and then we had to wait right until the end to hear him sing.

The producers were making his stutter a big deal. Then he sang and he had a nice voice and tone but again like Leahcar all four judges turned around and heaped praise on him. Which was strange as even though he described his style as Popera it had a musical theatre tone to it, very similar to the audition Mark Steffanoff who earlier in the episode where no coach turned around.

Seal who is like a walking self help book just managed to ask the right question to elicit information about his stutter. He ended up picking Seal to go with. Harrison is a good looking nice guy and he is going to go far in the competition. He is getting loads of publicity as well as seen by them covering his story on ACA tonight, this will give him an advantage when it comes to the public vote as people will have connected with him.

Seal again is putting together a strong team as is Delta but the poor girl again has to put up with the rumours of her bonking people from the show. Only one week in and the Seal and her getting it on stories have started. Last year I wrote it was sexist the coverage of her as at one point there had been rumours about her most of the judges and host. See that blog post here titled Delta Goodrem Might Not Be Shagging Anyone.

Even though most of the episode was about Harrison there were some solid performances.

Danni Hodson  from Sydney sang Sometimes I’ve Got A Good Feeling – All four judges turned around. She went with Joel. She seems very untrained so with some mentoring could really improve.

Mark Stefanoff the gay boy from Adelaide did a nice musical theatre number but no one pressed the button as they did not want that type of singer on their team.  His consolation prize was that Ricky was going to introduce him to his agent so he can work in Broadway. Hopefully it will work out for him.

Ryan Sanders who sang Brother did have a compelling back story. Both his parents died when he was six and he moved from the UK to Australia to live with his uncle. It must have been an extremely difficult time for him. He also had an interesting voice. Seal liked his tone. Seal clearly had been briefed about the loss and asked him what  had happened to make him sing that way.  He then went onto give him the Seal philosophy lecture saying  “there are no negatives without positives” and “Tragedies in our lives give us the ability to communicate in a certain way”. Delta kept it real and told him that she thought he could go final four. He ended up going for Seal.

Most singers tonight had a compelling back story. Please note if you were a singer who got flicked just before the judge stage and are seeing performers of lesser ability before them, maybe make sure you have a better back story next year as reality TV talent shows are not ALL about the singing.

Skye Elisabeth moved to Sydney away from her mum who has MS. She gigs as well as working in retail. She had an interesting voice singing Put Your Records On. Seal turned first and nabbed her. Not sure this girl can go the whole way.

Anna Weatherup is a 30 year old and she is a gigging muso. Hopefully admitting she is a Seven Day Adventist won’t go against her as she did a beautiful rendition of Fields of Barley. They all buzzed in, she chose Delta. My favourite audition of the night.

Nick Kingswell who had won another competition and went to Nashville, but said the country path was not for him and his now a session guitarist and sings covers. He sang I Need A Dollar. I thought he was going to be better then he actually was.  Ricky was the only one that hit the button and that is all you need to get you through to the next round.

The same happened to Emma Pask is a known jazz singer and she sang Blue Skies. Joel Madden was the only one who turned around. Cannot see what he is going to do for her but it will be interesting to watch. We did learn that Delta does not like jazz.

Tib Horvath is 45 year old poor man version of Brian Mannix. He  sang Jet’s Are You Going To Go My Way. His wife looked at him like she was still his number one groupie which was cute.  He was not happy  no one buzzed and cut Delta off when she was talking to him. His teen daughter was devastated as in her eyes her dad is a star and that is the way it should be.

Who did you like from the second audition of The Voice?  

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