Did you watch the premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” last night? I did, and I looooooooooved it. When I first heard NBC was doing another singing competition show, I literally groaned out loud. With the network’s “The Sing-Off” and “America’s Got Talent” already on the air, along with Fox’s “American Idol” and upcoming “X-Factor“, did we really need another talent competition? Probably not, but I’m glad they decided to bring over Holland’s hit reality show, “The Voice of Holland” over to North America.
If you’ve watched the peacock network at all during the past few weeks, you were undoubtedly inundated with promos for the show. Most notably, their heavily touted unique “blind auditions“. The judges are forced to listen to the contestants’ voices. If they like what they hear, they press the button and their amusement ride-style chairs whip around, revealing the identity of the singer. If more than one judge wants the singer on their team, the judges pitch their mentoring skills to them, in hopes the singer chooses them.
The thing I enjoyed the most about the show was there were no gimmicky horrible performances used as comedy filler. That’s my biggest complaint about Idol and other reality shows. Just show me the talent. If I want to hear horrible people sing, I’ll record myself in the shower. Having said that, I’m glad that there were some singers tonight, who weren’t picked by any of the judges. They weren’t awful, they just didn’t have “The Voice“.
Besides the talent, what I really found entertaining were the judges. Once again, when I heard what musicians were involved, I wasn’t impressed. Considering everything Christina Aguilera has touched lately has turned into golden poo, I thought she’d kill this show too. Surprisingly, she came off actually cute. Don’t get me wrong, she’s still a DIVA, but it wasn’t as harsh. The chemistry between the judges was enigmatic. I loved them playfully competing with each other. Cee-Lo Green and Adam Levine were by far my favorites.
Since, I’m still covering “American Idol“, I’m not going to recap “The Voice” until the live performances or until “Idol” ends, whichever comes first. If I recapped both singing shows at the same time, I think I’d kill myself. You could only use the word pitchy so much in a week without going cray cray. Instead, I’ll just quickly comment on the singers and reveal my favorites. If you missed the show, NBC is airing it again tonight, but if you just want to hear the voices, watch all the performances below.
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Song: Breathe by Faith Hill
Loved her, but thought the hairline of her wig or weave was distracting. Definitely one of my favorites so far.
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Song: Live Like You Were Dying by Tim McGraw
He’s “The Voice’s” answer to Idol’s Scotty McCreery. Patrick is more country pop than Scotty, which I like.
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Song: Rolling in the Deep by Adele
Cute little lesbian. Liked her take on Adele’s hit song, but still love Haley’s on Idol more. Vicci has potential and definitely a dark horse.
Hometown: Tacoma, WA
Song: Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
How adorable are these two? Liked them and their folky vibe, but they have limited appeal and limited range. Loved the judges faces when they heard a second voice thrown in the mix.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Song: I Kissed a Girl by Katy Perry
I was wondering how long it would take for an Idol reject to make an appearance. For those keeping track, it took 30 minutes. Loved Frenchie in Idol, but not so much last night. I wished she had picked a different song. This Katy Perry track was not her friend. She was extremely lucky to have one judge press their button.
Hometown: Sebastian, FL
Song: American Boy by Estelle
Claimed her good looks have hindered her. Poor, pretty photogenic girl. Not as powerful as the other voices, but has an appealing radio quality about it. She’s on my short list.
Hometown: Jones Creek, TX
Song: Bless the Broken Road by Rascal Flatts
Probably my favorite country song in the past few years. Was the first singer to have all four judges press their buttons. Watch and see if it was warranted.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Song: Come As You Are by Nirvana
Pure genius. Her arrangement of this grunge classic was brillballs. It had Xtina green with envy that she hadn’t thought of it first. One of the more unique voices of the night.
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Song: Breakeven by The Script
This teenager has a voice beyond her years. She impressed but I’m worried she’ll falter during the live performances as young competitors often do on Idol.
Hometown: Austin, TX
Song: Just The Way You Are by Bruno Mars
He was one of two auditions, the producers hid their face from us. It felt like we were in the judges’ chairs. When they finally revealed him, I was floored. His Mormon parents were white and all of a sudden this black soulful singer appeared. Totally shocked me.
Hometown: Stratford, CT
Song: Time After Time by Cyndi Lauper
My favorite performance of the night. His one negative for me was he actually had two records released already. He’s already had his chance. Check Wikipedia to find out more info. That said, loved his rendition of Lauper’s classic. Such power and clarity in his vocals.
Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Song: Piece Of My Heart by Janis Joplin
Another lesbian featured tonight. Yay, LGBT. She was a bit growly for my taste, but I loved her weird head shakes during the chorus. I think Xtina tried to hide her real emotions when she saw Beverly. Me thinks she’ll be one of Christina’s cuts.
The Judges & My Picks
If I was one of the judges, the singers I would want on my team would be Tarralyn Ramsey, Javier Colon, Rebecca Loebe, Kelsey Rey, Vicci Martinez, and Elenowen. How about you? Here’s how each judge’s team is shaping up.
Adam’s Team: Javier Colon, Jeff Jenkins, Rebecca Loebe
Cee-Lo’s Team: Tje Austin, Vicci Martinez, Kelsey Rey
Christina’s Team: Frenchie Davis, Beverly McClellan, Tarralyn Ramsey
Blakes’s Team: Elenowen, Xenia Martinez, Patrick Thomas