The Voice Australia – A Nice Break From The Sad Back Stories
Caterina Torees is going to be the Samantha Jade of The Voice Australia. She is an attractive pop singer who also had a worldwide record contract which fell over. All four judges were in a lather when they turned around her and saw the full pop package standing in front of them. Expect to see her get to the live shows. Ricky sealed the deal as they both spoke and connected in Spanish. The judges know they only need one good singer to win the competition and he may have it with her.
There was an ebb from the relentless flow of back stories last night as last week I got emotive story burnout and by the time Luke Kennedy revealed his battle with depression I started to stop caring.
However Viva Lale’s tale was truly tragic when she revealed she was related to six of the victims in a huge house fire in Queensland. Unfortunately for her none of the judges turned when she sang One Sweet Day, and to be fair they should not have, as she had a nice voice but nothing truly special.
I was thinking last week that to get in front of the judges on The Voice you had to have a compelling back story, be related to someone famous or have slept with someone who is famous. And lo and behold Atlanta Coogan had sang with the Black Sorrows and procreated with Joe Camilleri. Her voice just did not do the Dusty Springfield tune Son of A Preacher Man justice and it was no surprise she was not selected.
Nicholas Roy a music producer sang Falling Slowly and since he was the first person we saw to audition on the episode savvy viewers knew all the four judges would turn around and they did. He ended up going with Seal, however as a producer himself it will be interesting to see how he take direction.
Katie Reeve a 26 year old from Sydney talked about her weight because it is not really all about “The Voice”. She sang Janis Joplin Piece Of Your Heart, which was an interesting choice as Janis was so entenched with last year’s winner Karise Eden and it was acceptable but nothing truly original about it. However Ricky Martin buzzed in as did Delta in the dying chords of the song. She went with Ricky. For those interested here is her official website and it will be interesting to see what she does in the competition with a good song choice she could be a dark horse.
Josh Kyle who has an album out sang Fragile has just returned from London. Delta and Ricky turned around. His My Space page has his original songs on it and it has a bit of a jazz vibe about it. He selected Delta. Hopefully a personality will emerge as the show continues.
Karen “Miss Murphy” Andrews has a covers band and she sang I’d Rather Go Blind. Miss Murphy is her other less shy persona however I did not see much charisma emerge from her alter ego, but she could sing and all four judges turned around. After all the judges promised her the Earth she picked Ricky. She might need to come out of her shell a bit to get a fan base but if she does there could be no stopping her.
Marisa Quigley a 39 year old who gigs in hotels around Australia was looking to get a lift from her appearance on the show. She sang We’re All Going To Die Someday which was a country song none of the judges ever looked like they were going to hit that button.
Nick Stenmark left his job in advertising in Sydney to immerse himself in music. He is in a band called Feeding Edgar. His music also had a country twang to it. Have to be honest I thought his voice was pretty ordinary but maybe the rock star vibe might come through to get him votes. Lucky for him Joel Madden turned around as the other judges did not look very enthusiastic in fact they had nothing to say to him at all.
The judges have to pick fourteen singers and the places are starting to fill up all four have some strong singers on it and that is all you need either a strong voice or someone who is connecting with the fans at home.
The Voice Australia – On NINE Monday and Tuesday at 7.00pm.