Will.i.am Says The Best Singer Won’t Win The Voice
Will.i.am is telling us something we all know when he told the Daily Telegraph the best singer does not win singing shows like The Voice Australia.
He told the paper:
“It’s typical TV. They rarely vote for the person with the best voice. It isn’t really the best voice that wins, even though the show is called The Voice.
“There is something sentimental, tugging on emotion, or people gravitate to that (artist’s) personality that factors in on why someone wins.
“Although the beginning of the show is about the voice, the end of the show is always up for the people’s vote and the people always vote via emotions.’’
He is right, and it can depend on the compelling back story a singer has. Series one winner Karise Eden had the disadvantaged upbringing including being in foster care and last year Harrison Craig had the stutter and being abandoned by his father.
This is is different as they appear to have pulled back from pushing the sob stories, except perhaps if being a member of Hi-5 can be classified as being a traumatic experience…
The other thing will.i.am could have mentioned is that the four best singers don’t even necessarily make it to the final. It is the best or most popular singer in each team. If there are a few good singers in the one team towards the end of the series they have to cannibalise each other.
However in “real life” the singer with the best voice does not necessarily make it to be the most famous or successful. Ms Minogue and Madonna are two examples and it is other reasons that made them international superstars and why fans love them. Maybe reality TV is mimicking real life.
The article also shows why he is a coach on the show. But have to say it is in a bit of will.i.am speak:
“I wanted to come on the show because I have a label, through Universal, and it’s a great fishing pond, if you will, to find artists. And I noticed very few people who join these competitions come out to actually have careers,’’ he tells Switched On.
“If you could work out the politics in this stuff … you know how long that person can get to record music, when you can put it out, the contract they sign before you’ve even said ‘lights, camera, action’, there’s like heaps and heaps of politics.
“If you can work around the politics and get out of that little web, maybe these contenders have a shot at a career.
The article also has Kylie saying that she finds it difficult to watch herself on TV.