The Voice – First Live Shows – The Coaches Did Not Take Through The Best Performers
It was Team Seal and Team Joel singing in the first live show and both teams showed there was not a lot of depth in either of them. What was interesting was both coaches decided to take through singers that were not their best performers of the night but ones they wanted to work with again. This was particularly tough in Team Joel as Kyomi Vellas who had the best performance of the night may not get through on the popular vote as she is up against Michael Paynter who has a fan base from his previous career and Michael Stangel who not only sang well but has the back story of having a heart and brain tumour.
Michael Paynter was first up singing for Team Joel with Bruno Mar’s hit Locked Out Of Heaven. This time he played the guitar but the song seemed to high for him he came across as a bit screechy. He does have a confident on stage persona and the hair cut was an improvement. Delta who is clearly a fan said he has the potential to win and that he was a good singer and then she added he was a bit pitchy here and there. He probably had the weakest vocal performance on his team on the night.
Next was Michael Stangel singing Four Walls. He has an interesting voice and he sang it really well but he is not a superstar. His compelling back story will bring him in votes and he got through with the most votes last week so clearly has a fan base.
The intense Danny Ross singing The Joker was up next. They appeared to be determined to give him the stoner ’60’s styling which will polarise people. Not that he had worry about getting the votes as Joel took him through to the next round saying he still had not finished working with him. It was an interesting rendition and he bounced around the stage but I don’t think he will win this season’s series for Joel as he is far too polarising. You are either going to like him or hate him.
Kyomi Vella was last up for team Joel and it was no surprise she busted out a Bjork song It’s Oh So Quiet. She showed just how amazing her voice is. She was the stand out of his team which Joel also said, and she is giving something reality TV fans like and that is growth in each of her performances. Each time she sings it is better then her last performance. Tonight she marked herself as a contender, however she now has to rely on the public vote and if she doesn’t get through it will be an injustice. However expect her to get signed by a record company.
It was Team Seal’s turn next and all of the song choice for all his singers were not good. There was not one compelling performance.
First up was Mitchell Anderson who sang the Doug Parkinson arrangement of The Beatles song Dear Prudence. He did not hit a bum note but the song went nowhere. Ricky said he was so powerful on stage and Seal thought it was the best he had performed it. By the way ladies Mitchell is married and his first baby is on the way.
Busker Alex Gibson sang Johnny Cash’s Prison Blues and he was a bit overshadowed by the band but he has a nice voice and a lot of likeability.
Jac Stone sang Alanis Morrisett Uninvited she had the smoke machine and the guitarists. Sure it has the vocal gymnastics in it but it was boring. She has a good voice but not sure she has the star quality. It is unlikely she will get any further.
Harrison Craig was given the lucky last spot and he sang I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You. It was good and the judges loved it and gave it a standing ovation but again it was not incredible. Harrison appears to have transformed by this show as now his stutter is barely there. It has gone from a completely debilitating speech impediment to something that is barely noticeable. I suspect it has more to do with his speech therapy he has had for many years. Obviously it is still an issue for him as it looks like he would best sit in the musical theatre world rather than being just a singer.
Surprisingly Seal took forward Alex Gibson into the next round which leaves Mitchell and Jac Stone hung out to dry as Harrison will get the popular vote to go forward in the competition.
Did you think the judges took through the right contestants?