Lately, I’ve been hearing a voice.
No, let me be more specific.
Lately, I have been hearing The Voice.
I have found there are a lot of the blind auditions for the reality show on YouTube, and they are a lot of fun to watch.
The Voice, for those who don’t know (like me not too long ago), is a reality show in a whole bunch of countries, where three or four musical people form ‘teams’ of musicians they coach to try and be the last singer standing. The hook is that the first time the coaches hear the different people sing, they are sitting with their backs to them.
They can’t see the person; all they can go by is the voice. When they decide they want this person on their team, they push a button, their chair turns around, and now they can see the singer.
That, sometimes, is the great reaction. Some of these singers have voices and choose songs that give the coaches a picture of what they look like.
Sometimes, to put it simply, that picture doesn’t match reality. For example, check out Jordan Smith from The Voice USA doing Chandelier. The reaction of some of the judges when they turn around is great.
Other times, it’s the reaction of the family watching backstage when one of the judges turns around, and they know their son or daughter is into the main competition. Sydney Rhame’s audition of Photograph is beautiful to listen to, but her father’s reaction when Pharrell Williams turns his chair around is priceless.
Every once in a while, one of the singers chooses a song that was a hit for one of the coaches. When the coach hears those first few notes, there is usually a smile. One I found interesting was Lee Glasson, from The Voice UK, doing Can’t Get You Out of My Head with Kylie Minogue as one of the coaches. The way she listened to him singing was something different from watching her on most of the auditions.
The thing I like most about watching The Voice Auditions? It’s YouTube, which means when you watch one, it gives you a whole bunch of similar videos to check out.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to listen to Gabriella, a Canadian artist, singing The Scientist on The Voice France – again.