The Voice Australia – Series Three Kicks Off – The New Coaches Are Great, But Oh So Much Filler
The new series kicked of with the new coaches Kylie and will.i.am joining Ricky Martin and Joel Madden. Ricky quickly realised that not being one of the shiny new Coaches meant he would find it more difficult to get the contestants on his team. Joel Madden gleefully tells him everybody wants to be the new guy and this is what it was like for him last year.
After the four “superstar” coaches singing Hall Of Fame by The Script it was down to the blind auditions or as they are better know the turning chairs part of The Voice. In 90 minutes there were very few audition but the good new is there was only one sob story.
Here are the contestants:
Kat Jade 23 year old from South Australia – Wrecking Ball
Kat does You Tube videos and wears pink cat ears on her head and she turned up to the auditions with her fiance and her ?gay best friend Rhyan. She did a lovely version of Miley Cyrus’s version of Wrecking Ball. Kylie was the first to hit the button and then Joel did shortly afterwards. Obviously she was thrilled and was snorting when she laughed. Joel tried to sell himself by telling her she has a really unique voice. She ended going with Kylie.Rhyan came out and got his chest signed by Kylie and she had to tell him to calm down.
Mat Verevis 23 year old from Qld but now living in Sydney – New York State Of Mind.
Mat studied Music Theatre and made a brave move of playing the piano and singing Billy Joel’s New York State Of Mind. The judges must of been trying to work out how old the person was who was audition and must have got a very pleasant shock when they turned around and saw a good looking young male. In the end they all turned around and Mat went with Will.
Frank Lakoudis 22 years old from NSW – Immigrant Song.
The rock version of Goyte seems to have a bit of a mad girlfriend. Tiana said if he win $1 million she will give him a child. So she is only in it for the money? Joel, Kylie and Ricky all buzzed in after his first raw screech. Ricky who does not appear to be selling himself as well as last year did not have a hope in getting him and it was no surprise that he was going to go with Joel.
Anja Nissen from NSW – Vanishing
She was the first one with a sob story about her grandparents house was destroyed in a bush fire and when they came to stay at her house she helped ease the pain by singing to them. Well that is how they were trying to link Anja to her grandparents story. She has one of the “big notes win votes” voices. Ricky turned first then all the other buzzed in and they gave her a standing ovation. Will said he “was not expecting that when I turned around”. He added “I think if you were on my team you would be on my team”. She ended up picking Will.i.am but they best be some OH&S policies put around the pairing as Will is a well know ladies man.
Eddie Brown 55 from Sydney sang and did not get selected as did Greg Byrne who also played the guitar.
Lionel Cole 45 years old NSW – Unforgettable.
For someone who does not want to be known as Nat King Cole’s nephew he mentioned it a lot, as he did his cousin Natalie Cole and he also sang one of Nat’s iconic songs. But let’s give the poor guy a leave pass as he was probably told to do all that by the producers. Because of this I thought I was going to hate him but he was quite entertaining, likeable and gave great TV.
His other claim to fame was the Black Eyed Peas (Will.I.Am’s band) opened for Lionel band back in the day. Once Will had been prompted to ask about it…”I know you from somewhere” Lionel told him the connection saying “you got famous, we broke up!” Joel, Kylie and Ricky buzzed in and he went with Ricky even after Kylie sat down with him on stage. However no one asked him why he was wearing a kilt, tie and jacket. The stylist when he hits the battle rounds are going to have to make a change.
Rosemaree Dinaro a 21 year old from NSW – Can’t Fight The Moonlight
Rosemaree had not told her father she was auditioning as he was her biggest fan and biggest critic. However her father was in the audience after being told by his mother that she had won tickets. Nerves obviously hurt her voice as she was pitchy. The judges had no intention of turning around and only Kylie was the coach pretending she might be considering buzzing in.
Carlos Velazquez aka C Major – Crazy In Love
Carlos has been producing for six years but he wants his time to shine. It was a great audition and the coaches broke out into dance fest. For the record Ricky has the most rhythm. He had his pick from all the four coaches. Ricky who had been struggling to get people on his team thought “I’ve got this” as he found out he was from Puerto Rico and was bonding with him in Spanish. Then Will started speaking the language as did Kylie. At least she got something out of having dated that spanish model for a few years. He did end up picking Ricky but it was a very amusing moment.
Personally I don’t think we have seen the winner yet, but who did you like from the auditions? What are your thoughts on the coaches? I am loving them all particularly Will and Joel and really is anyone missing Seal?
The Voice Australia on NINE Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday at 7.30pm.