This week, NBC premiered a new series called “The Voice“; it’s a singing competition with a fresh premise when compared to American Idol:
The show’s innovative format features three stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the competition enters into a battle phase, and finally, the live performance… During the blind auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the contestants perform, but they don’t get to see them – thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by a contestant’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the contestant. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel to face the contestant selected. If more than one coach selects the talent, the power shifts to the contestant, who may choose which coach they want to work with throughout the competition. (via NBC)
During the première, fifteen contestants stepped on stage to have their blind auditions. For three of them, the coaches (or judges) unimpressed and they were disqualified. By the end of the night, twelve were chosen to move to the next stage. Out of those twelve, I was impressed with five, possibly six. Frenchie Davis, one of the better singers to have appeared on season two of American Idol. It was pretty craptacular that she was disqualified that season, but she went continued with her career and went on to perform in Rent on Broadway. I’m glad to see her on this show; she’s a wonderful singer. Another contestant who impressed me was Beverly McClellan, who sang Janis Joplin’s Piece of My Heart. She has one of those great “rock” voices and did quite well with that cover. Rebecca Loebe, really wowed me, and I actually purchased her cover of Nirvana’s Come As You Are on iTunes; she has a beautiful voice.
Javier Colon, was amazing as he performed True Colors. I didn’t make the connection that he is the same Javier that came out back in 2003 with a single called “Crazy”. I used to play that song all the time, but eventually he seemed to disappear from the scene and I forgot about him. This show could really push him into the spotlight and he would truly deserve it. Patrick Thomas may not be my cup of tea (he sings country music and I’ve never been able to get into that genre) but he has an awesome voice. He sounded like he should already be a successful artist in country music. Last on my list is Xenia; she has that whole sweet, raspy voice thing going for her. Kind of reminiscent of Norah Jones.
After looking at the teams being put together by the coaches (Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton) so far, I’m not feeling Team Cee Lo. Of all the singers, he has three of the ones that left me cold. Vicci Martinez‘s take on Adele’s Rolling in the Deep sounded like karaoke. Kelsey Rae sounded cute and pop-ish while singing American Boy, but there was nothing about her that held my attention. And Tje Austin had some difficulty with the notes in Bruno Mars’s Just The Way You Are. Each of the other judges has two of the people I think are noteworthy, so hopefully Cee Lo will pick up some great singers soon, because his roster is lacking.
That said, at this point in the competition, it looks like the ultimate winner will be female, but we shall see.
- Former ‘Idol’ Contestant Frenchie Davis Tries to Win Us Back on ‘The Voice’ (VIDEO) (tvsquad.com)
- NBC’s “The Voice” (kymx.radio.com)
- Backed By Star Power NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Premieres Tuesday on DISH Network (dishtvblog.com)
- ‘The Voice’ Recap: Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine Kick Off Rivalry (mtv.com)
- The Voice’s swivel chairs and coaches deliver a surprisingly good anti-American Idol (realityblurred.com)