The Voice Australia – The Third Showdown Was A Tad Lacklustre
The controversy tonight did not have anything to do with the singing it was more to do with Joel having the colours of Pepsi sprayed in his hair and on a badge on his vest. I am unsure whether he is still sponsored by Pepsi who knows but after the overt sponsorship in the previous hour on The Block Sky Rise I found it hard to get het up over the Joel Madden Pepsi conspiracy. Also the colours were the same as the USA flag….
It was a lacklustre night on The Voice with Seal showing he has a very weak team this year. Mitchell Anderson the 44 year-old was by far his strongest performer with his rendition of Joe Cocker’s The Letter.
Also Seal could remember he is no Deepak Chopra and should just stick to giving out music not life advice.
Apparently there was a feisty exchange between Seal and Delta after the Jac Stone sing Luka, which was not shown on television as it would appear they wanting to present the judges as still have a love fest going on. According to The Daily Telegraph where the journo was on set of the filming the exchange went like this:
In scenes likely to be sanitised in the editing suite, Goodrem angered the Kiss From A Rose singer when she described Jac Stone’s rendition of Suzanne Vega’s hit single Luka as “too introverted” and “went nowhere”.
While she praised Seal’s song choice, Goodrem cited artist differences with Stone’s performance, adding: “I didn’t feel I could completely engage.”
Given his chance to comment Seal asked the crowd to endorse the performance with applause then said to Stone: “that’s the sound of success.”
The emotionally fraught conversation continued during filming for the show’s website, when Goodrem explained she felt Stone had pulled faces and over-emoted.
Getting his own back, Seal snapped: “you do that.”
It would be good if Ricky would actually say something that meant anything.
I am on Team Delta on this one as Seal comes across as an egomaniac. In fact Joel Madden and Delta are my two favourite judges this year.
Though Joel gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph saying who he thought were the four strongest singers from each team. For the record he thought Michael Paynter from Team Joel, Celia Pavey from Team Delta, Harrison Craig from Team Seal and Miss Murphy from Team Ricky. It is interesting he went for Miss Murphy ahead of Caterina Torres. Full article here.
Tonight The Voice could have been subtitled “The professional singer trying to raise their profile” because most were professional performers.
Mitchell Anderson was first up for Seal and he did a great rendition and he has his cute vote winning dad sitting in the audience. Also Mahalia Barnes tweeted her support. I dismissed Mitchell early but he is a stand out in a very weak team and that is all you have to be on this show the best in your team.
The tension must have been starting early between the coaches as the chatting between them after this performance was painful and uncomfortable.
Next up was Nicolas Roy who sang Jeff Buckley’s Last Goodbye. It was a performance that was a bit all over the place. Sure he hit most of the notes but it did not elicit a standing ovation from the audience nor make me want to pick up the phone. Ricky said “How did you feel man?” Which is code for it was crap. Joel was the only one who was honest and said he never got comfortable the whole performance.
Jac Stone sang Luka. There were some nice moments in the song however at times it felt she was being over powered by the band. Joel loved it. Delta thought it did not go anywhere for her. She apparently has been mentored by Powderfinger, but just not sure she has much that is memorable about her in a season of folksy quirky girls.
Shawne Kirke sang Last Request it was nice enough but not memorable. Ricky thought he could have controlled his vocals a bit more. Delta however said she loved it.
Mitchell and Shawne will probably be the two to get through on Team Seal.
Team Ricky was up next and first up was Caterina Torres and she belted out a Beyonce song. As Joel said she was fierce. The advantage she has is not only does she look good, but is the only power female voice in the competition. Big notes gets votes. I want to see more of her, but I am not sure the song was the best fit for her. As they say in reality TV land it would have been great to hear a bit of light and shade in her voice.
James Walker was next with Mr Brightside. He is more a JJJ unearthed contestant. It was dull with nothing original about his tone. Joel said he saw him in front of a band. Seal liked his tone, Delta thought the girls at home would like him, and Ricky of course loved it. He said it was James own arrangement as he was a musician. His chances of moving forward in this competition is zero.
Next was Emma Pask the jazz singer singing Mas Que Nada. Sure she has a great jazz voice but it reminded me of a Carols By Candlight performance but it was note perfect. As Delta said it was a true pro’s performance. It will be interesting to see how she goes in the votes. However she has already won with Ricky saying he is recording a Brazillian album and would love her to be apart of it.
In lucky last spot was tenor Luke Kennedy who is looking to start a new chapter of his life and move out of his comfort zone and so he made him sing Andrea Bocceli’s Time to Say Goodbye. Go figure. Seal thought it was pure class. Joel was funny when he said it made him see him on a white horse with wings. Ricky said he needed to remain in his comfort zone for this performance but now we will go somewhere else. The crowd loved it. Also his suffering of depression back story will resonate with some the viewers.
Caterina Torres and Luke Kennedy will probably be the two to get through to the live shows from Team Ricky.
Who did you like?