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The Voice Battle Rounds – Round One

The Voice Week 3 – Battle Rounds


This was another very long show, two and quarter hours with eight battle rounds involving 16 contestants, plus an opening number from the coaches.

The coaches started the show with their rendition of the U2 song One. Keith Urban and Joel Madden’s parts were fine, but I thought Seal and Delta Goodrem over dramatised theirs. The song is already emotional enough and did not need their over emphasis. For some reason the producers decided to show this section of the show in letterbox format.

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The screen returned to normal and we were introduced to the new mentors who will aid the existing team managers. Joel Madden was joined by his twin brother and Good Charlotte guitarist Benji. It was quite fun at times, as it looked like Joel was appearing in different clothes with different hairstyles or colours. Delta Goodrem was joined by fellow Australian singer/songwriter and former Savage Garden front man Darren Hayes. Keith Urban hooked up with Megan Washington, who he toured and performed with on his last Australian tour. Seal was joined by former Australian Idol contestant Ricki-Lee Coulter, who I am guessing he had never met nor heard of before the show. Ricki-Lee has lost a lot of weight since I last saw her on TV but I always thought that she looked good anyway.

Benji Madden

Benji Madden (I think)

Darren Hayes

Darren Hayes

Megan Washington

Megan Washington

Ricki-Lee Coulter

Ricki-Lee Coulter

The format of the Battle Rounds is that that the coaches have to select two members of their team to sing off against each other, on a boxing ring styled stage. Both sing the same song at the same time, alternating lines and harmonizing in other parts. At the end the coach must decide who performed the song the best and the other contestant is out. This process will eventually reduce each of the teams from twelve to six members.

Paula and Karise

Paula and Karise

Karise and Paula
First up were Karise Eden and Paula Parore. They were given the Amy Whitehouse song Back to Black. Seal looked like he was trying to hypnotize his girls by staring at them with unmoving eyes in the prep work. Paula sang it OK, but had no chance the moment that Karise opened her mouth. Paula looked nervous and not at all like a seasoned performer. All the judges agreed that Karise had the best performance, but they called it closer than it really was. So Paula goes home to Perth.

Ben Hazlewood and Chris Ninni sang The Only Exception from Paramore. It’s apparent that The Voice is much more edgy with its song selections, whereas Australian Idol stuck with older and more established tunes. Chris intimidated Ben in rehearsals, being older by 12 years and having a more powerful voice. But when it came to the on stage performance Chris was too theatrical. Ben felt it more. I thought the song really didn’t need the big notes done so big by either of them. Seal disagreed with me, but Delta, Keith and most importantly Joel agreed. So Ben goes through.

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Glenn Cunningham and Matty Chaps were given the Maroon 5 song Moves like Jagger. This was the closest one so far to call. They both sang really well together, this was probably because of Glenn’s experience as a backing singer. But Matty did his parts great too. I gave it to Glenn, marginally and Delta did too. So Matty goes home.

Jaz and Diana

Jaz and Diana at rehearsals

Diana Rouvas and Jaz Flowers sang the Kelly Clarkson tune Mr. Know It All. I sort of made my mind up in the rehearsal scenes that Jaz is too theatrical for my taste and Diana had more feeling. The performance confirmed that. The ladies also sang well together. Keith went with Diana, Seal and Joel agreed with me too.

Mitchell Thompson and Fatai Veamatahau
This was a really tough pairing as I wouldn’t want to lose either of these two from the show. They sang Love The Way You Lie, both did so well, which only emphasized my feeling that neither should go. I marginally gave it to Fatai. Seal thought hard and eventually agreed

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Rachael Leahcar and Adam Hoek were asked to sing the standard Somewhere Over The Rainbow, but the Eva Cassidy version. Now I believe that some of the contestants were brought in to be the whipping boys (or girls) and Adam was one of them. Not that he doesn’t have a good voice and he could sell records, but he is never going to be the kind of star this type of show is trying to make. It was a difficult song to sing and to me both sounded a bit off in rehearsal. But based on the auditions it was obviously more suited to Rachael than Adam. We saw Rachael being a bit tactical, saying in interview after the rehearsals that she did not want to show Adam everything she has. The onstage performance, I thought, got off to a bad start by Adam. Rachael’s second part killed it. I did not find it close, or think it was a tough decision. Delta went with Rachael, which, really, we all knew she would.

Abby Cardwell and Adam Martin sang Heartbeat. They both sang it OK but I never really felt anything and to some extent agreed with Seals statement. I preferred Adam for certain tones in his voice. Keith went with him too.

Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes

Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes

Prinnie Stevens and Mahalia Barnes, as well as both having exotic first names and vanilla surnames, we found out that these two ladies have been best of friends for about 10 years and have worked together. They sang Tainted Love by Soft Cell. I don’t know why Mahalia wears those tents to perform in. OK she is a slightly larger girl, but she does not dress like that all the time, as we saw in the rehearsals. Prinnie’s performance was sassy and sexy, both sang really well individually and together. Again neither of them should go, but on the night I gave it to Prinnie. Joel struggled and discussed it with Benji who firmly wanted to keep Mahalia, but Joel decided on Prinnie. Let’s face it Prinnie needs the show more. Mahalia has the family name, which must open many doors in the music business for her. She even had her half brother David Campbell in the audience for support.

The Voice is back tonight for round two of the battles and another two hour marathon. We will be back tomorrow with more reviews.

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The Voice Australia Videos – The Best of Week Two

The Voice Australia Videos


More Highlights and Undiscovered Gems


Before I started to write this article my gut feeling was that the second week of The Voice did not unveil quite as much talent as the first. But once I took a look back over my previous reviews and started searching YouTube for the video clips I realised it was quite a bumper week.

Let’s start with the Australian rock royalty, Mahalia Barnes, Jimmy Barnes‘s daughter, really delivered with her Tina Turner style version of Proud Mary.

Darren Percival gave us one of John Lennon‘s great songs Jealous Guy. This guy, jealous or otherwise, can really sing

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Glenn Whitehall sang the Sam Cooke classic A Change is Gonna Come

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Mitchell Thompson gave us A Team from Ed Sheeran. I believe that this kid has a lot of potential.

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Fatai Veamatahau. This one is even younger and gave a beautiful rendition of Songbird from Eva Cassidy.

Another talented youngster, but at 19 there maybe more to Brittany Cairns than she told us prior to going on stage. She gave us Gravity from Sarah Bareilles

Kieran Fraser sang a James Blunt song on the show and sounded soooo much like him. Here’s another, to prove the point.
Kieran FraserGoodbye My Lover

Although Mali-Koa Hood did get through on Joel Madden‘s team, I felt the judges’ enthusiasm did not match her performance. She proved to me again how good she is in this clip.
Ensemble – Golden cover Mali-Koa Hood

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Shauna Jensen sang a great version of Carol King‘s Natural Woman on the show and here she is doing it again.

Glenn Cunningham sang the Stevie Wonder song Lately in the show. I wish I could have found that, as it is a great song. But Glenn has some excellent clips on YouTube. Here’s his audition tape.

Now there were two ladies that I did not give the best of reviews. They both qualified and I have been told that they are better than I gave them credit for. My searches on YouTube have proved that those people that told me were right.

If you need proof listen to Cry Me a River sung by Emma Louise Birdsall

And Diana Rouvas with keyboardist Sam McNally performing Georgia On My Mind at Sydney‘s The Basement in January 2011.

Jerson Trinidad didn’t have any really good quality video clips that I could find. Despite the background noise and poor lighting in this clip, it does show off his great soul voice.

Jerson Trinidad with Dux Deluxe

I have heard that the word went out to a lot of professional singers to audition for The Voice. These next two clips prove that this is no beginners competition.

Abbie Cardwell has many clips on the net, but this is a pukka produced video. The song is called Candystore. The video is slightly PG rated.

Tamara Stewart has recorded three albums, she never made it through to the next rounds but this was not the first time she has been on Channel 9.

Tamara Stewart on Kerry Ann singing What It Means To Me

OK I am going to finish where I started. I stumbled across this clip from Mahalia Barnes during my search and it was too good not to include. The song is Never Loved A Man

The Voice is back on Channel 9 next Monday and we will be back on Tuesday with a new set of reviews.

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The Voice Australia Week Two – Tuesday Blind Auditions

The Voice Australia Final Blind Auditions


The final set of blind auditions for The Voice aired on Tuesday night. The last bunch of hopeful competitors were:-

Prinnie Stevens

Prinnie Stevens

Prinnie Stevens – Sang Sweet Dreams another Beyonce song. Beyonce seems to have been the favourite artist for source material among the competitors. Seal was first to turn his chair, followed by Joel at the very last minute. Seal cheer led the crowd chanting Prinnie’s name, but she went with Joel. I think she did enough to get through but I would need to hear more to be sure if she is the real thing.

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Anthony Dellamarta – gave us George Benson’s version of On Broadway. It was a good rendition and I think someone should have turned earlier. But no one did, until Seal saved him at the very last second. I liked Anthony’s response when Keith asked him how that felt; he said that was how he planned it.

Nick Len – had a strange way of speaking in his interview before he went on stage. I was not sure if it was an accent or an impediment of some sort. Nick played piano and sang Grenade a Bruno Mars song that I was not familiar with and that may be why he fell a little short for me. But he has a good voice and hearing him again will give me an opportunity to decide. Joel Madden was the only one to turn for him

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Virginia Lillye – Is a 42 year old rocker who has spent several years working in Germany, where heavy rock is very popular. She worried me a little when she said that the odd bum note doesn’t matter in rock. Amazingly for an Australian singing competition she was the first one to give us an AC/DC tune. She ripped into Highway to Hell but she did not have quite enough on the high end. No one turned.

Brittany Cairns

Brittany Cairns – Is 19 and said that she learned and did most of her singing in church. So I was surprised at what she gave us on stage. She sang Gravity from Sarah Bareilles a sultry slow ballad. All of the judges turned. Keith Urban described her voice as “Smokey, smoldering and soulful”. Brittany got very coy when it came to deciding which coach to go with. In the end she chose Keith, which he deserved with that summing up. This made Keith the first to fill his team.

Matty Chaps – An interesting name, sang the Thirsty Merc song 20 Good Reasons a tune I am fond of. It was a good, but not great performance. Matty knows how to work the crowd and he worked Delta Goodrem too, she turned her chair and had no opposition.

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Tamara Stewart – Is 36 and has made three country albums. She sang Paul Kelly’s Dumb Things, a theme tune that many of us lay claim to. She didn’t start great but got really good. I would have liked to have seen more of her, but no one turned

Jesse and Ashleigh – A couple of 17 year old school mates sang Lucky. It seemed like a musical theatre act. Both have good voices, but they are not to my taste. Delta picked them up to complete her team.

Chris Ninni – Built up his own hype before he went on stage, with references to Rocky Balboa and doing press ups back stage. He said he had worked in a Bon Jovi tribute act and he sang their hit Always. He did it well and Joel Madden turned at the last second, that completed his team

With only one more act required to fill Seal‘s last spot, we saw snippets of a bunch of acts that he rejected, but finally we saw:-

Fatai Veamatahau

Fatai Veamatahau

Fatai Veamatahau – A 16 year old from a Tongan family steeped in church music. She sang Songbird from Eva. Her voice was mature beyond her years and as good as her performance was, I think she’s got more. Seal turned and made her the last qualifier.

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Next week the competition changes, with competitors going head to head against each other to stay in The Voice. We will have to see if it provides the same level of entertainment that show has so far.

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The Voice Week Two – Monday Blind Auditions

The Voice More Blind Auditions


The judges continue to build their teams on The Voice with more blind auditions. Tonight we saw:-

Sam Ludeman – Who sounded a little like James Blunt. He sang a song called I’m not Over You. He went pretty well, but I thought he lacked power and wow factor. Seal was the first to turn his chair and then Delta Goodrem. Delta‘s carrot for him to join her team was that she had a lot of hot girlfriends. Sam said he already had one of his own and went with Seal

Viktoria Bolonina

Viktoria Bolonina. Bond Girl?

Viktoria Bolonina – Is a Russian girl who moved to Australia when she was 10. In a kind of cliche she sang the Kate Bush song Babooshka. With her heavy accent Viktoria sounded little like a night club singer from a James Bond film. Only Delta turned her chair, but they were both happy to be working together as Viktoria said she was a huge fan of Deltas and had learned English listening to her songs. Maybe we can expect to hear Ra Ra Rasputin from Viktoria in the next round.

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Glenn Whitehall sang the Sam Cooke classic A Change is Gonna Come, an unusual choice for a white man. But he has a nice soulful voice and it was a very good interpretation. Keith Urban turned first then Delta immediately after him. Glenn decided to go with Keith. Delta doesn’t win many when there is any competition.

Diana Rouvas – Sang Beyonce‘s Work it Out. It was a very funky song, but I felt she fell just short of being really good. Keith didn’t and she was on his team

Mithcell Thompson

Mitchell Thompson – was dressed in trousers rolled up well above his ankles, maybe there was flood in the studios or this is a fashion statement I am not up with. Mitchell is just 18. He sang a song entitled A Team which I was not familiar with. He has a classically trained quality about his voice and I think he has a lot of potential. I would have picked him and Seal did

Esther Welch – came on dressed in such a wide variety of colours it looked like she had been in an explosion in a paint factory. She sang Fell in Love With a Boy, it was a good fun tune and she had quite a range. I liked the low bits. No one turned their chairs but I would have.

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Jaz Flowers – Had starred in the stage musical Hairspray, but her career has been in a lull since then. She sang Big White Room a Jessie J song. I was not sure about her voice. I liked it in parts, in other parts I thought she over did it. All the judges but Joel turned their chairs and they had nothing but praise for her. She went with Keith Urban.

Kieran Fraser - is 38 and a karaoke king, having won numerous big competitions. He appeared on stage in trackie daks and a T shirt, an outfit surely more suited to watching the show from your armchair at home. He sang a James Blunt song Same Mistake and sounded more like James Blunt than James Blunt does. But he has a good voice and good control. Delta turned first then Seal at the last second. Joel Madden said exactly what I thought in reference to James Blunt. Kieran joined Seal, another miss for Delta.

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Cory Hargreaves – Sang the Queen classic We Are The Champions. The first few lines sounded kind of autobiographical, as he is 36 and has been around the traps, musically speaking. He has a good strong voice, but was just short of great. No one turned and he was very disappointed, as I think he saw this as a last chance.

Jerson Trinidad

Jerson Trinidad shorther than you think

Jerson Trinidad – is originally from the Philippines. He sang Ordinary People a John Legend song, who I think is a great artist. Jerson has a very good soul voice and impressed me, but Delta was the only one of the judges to turn around. They looked kind of funny when she hugged him and they left the stage together, as he is about half her height, which had not been apparent to me until then.

Michelle Serret-Cursio – Sang the Rihanna song Only Girl in the World. I didn’t like it at all I’m afraid but the judges did, all of them but Delta turned. She went with Joel.

Tomorrow night sees the last of the blind auditions. Joel Madden still needs three more voices to complete his team, Seal and Delta Goodrem both need two and Keith Urban only one.

We’ll be back with the final reviews of the first round tomorrow.

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The Voice Week Two Blind Auditions

The Voice Sunday – Week Two Blind Auditions


The Voice returned on Sunday night with a new batch of contestants. This was a long show at two hours with over 15 contestants appearing. Here’s how we thought that they went.

Ben Hazlewood – Sang Breakeven by The Script. Ben is an ex member of a UK boy band. He had a pleasant enough voice with some interesting tones, but I can’t say the same for the song, which didn’t impress me. He had to choose between Joel and Delta Goodrem who both turned their chairs, he went with Joel Madden.

Taga Paa

Taga Paa – is a 26 year old youth worker. He sang Stevie Wonder‘s hit Isn’t She Lovely. I liked his soulful voice and so did Keith Urban and Delta. They asked him his favourite artist, he said it was Michael Jackson and they got him to sing a little MJ, as he called him, without backing. There seemed to be a bit of flirting between Taga and Delta, but he decided to join Keith;s team.

Ben Bennet – is 17 he sang a pretty awful song called Teenage Dream. It may appeal to the tweenies, but it certainly did nothing for me. I agreed with Seal‘s comment that his voice was a bit thin at the top end. Ben made it onto Delta‘s team.

Jimmy Barnes

Oops! wrong Barnes but Jimmy's daughter Mahalia did him proud.

Mahalia BarnesJimmy Barnes‘s daughter sang Proud Mary. She started it slow and three judges turned before she speeded up the song, then Delta joined them. She pretty much killed it, in the Tina Turner style. All of the judges except Seal seemed to know her personally. Joel Madden and Keith Urban gave it the biggest sell job to get her onto their teams, she picked Joel.

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Abbie Cardwell – It was obvious from her outfit, before she said or sang a word, that she was a country singer. She sang Ode to Billy Joe a hit for Bobby Gentry in the late 60′s. I liked it. Only Keith turned his chair, after giving it a lot thought. I think the rest were happy to let her go with the country guy.

Sarah Lloyde

Sarah Lloyde

Sarah Lloyde sells shoes for a living. Her intro included a sob story about being bullied as child. She sang the Christina Aguilera song The Voice Within. Sarah is a very attractive girl, but there was too much sliding around the notes for my taste. Only Delta Goodrem wanted her for her team, but she got a lot of praise from all the judges.

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Darren Percival is a vocal loop artist, building walls of sound recording his voice in different layers. He sang the great John Lennon song Jealous Guy. Seal turned right away then Keith, then Delta, while Joel danced and played the crowd, before turning at the end. It was a good performance of a great song. Darren decided to go with Keith. I thought he was maybe better suited to Seal

Ben Potter – A young chubby fellah, came on dressed for going sailing. He sang You’re The One That I Want from Grease. It was a very slow unusual version of the song. I couldn’t really make up my mind about it. I liked it in some parts but not others. No one picked him

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Mali-Koa Hood has a very interesting high voice. She sang American Boy a jazzy soul song. I liked her performance and I would have picked her because she is the right kind of different. I was trying to work out who she reminded me of and I think it was Maria Muldaur who had a hit with Midnight at the Oasis in the 70′s. Mali joined Joel‘s team, but none of the judges seemed that enthusiastic.

Next was an interesting segment, as they put up a mother and daughter as contestants. The daughter went first.

Rebekah Jensen – Is 35 she sang Seven Nation Army. It was a great bluesy performance. I would have picked her, they didn’t. Blues music is perennially popular, but not in the pop charts. Blues sells albums and gigs and the best artists seem to go on forever, look at BB King still rocking at 86. But the judges seem to have no interest in picking up anyone who sings in a blues style.

Shauna Jensen is 57 and apart from being Rebekah‘s mother, she has been performing for 40 years. She sang a great version of Carol King‘s Natural Woman. She has a great voice and gave a great performance. All the judges seemed to enjoy it, but none of them turned. They were all wrong and Shauna told them so.

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Glenn Cunningham sang the second Stevie Wonder song in tonight’s show, Lately. I liked his voice a lot and it is a favourite song of mine. He sang it really well, so I would have picked him. Glen has sung, written for or performed with just about every one in Australia including Delta and she was only one to turn and pick him.

Emma Louise Birdsall

Emma Louise Birdsall – Before she walked on stage I thought that Emma looked like an opera singer, with her large necklace and her hair up. But she sang the Duffy song Mercy. I thought it fell a long way short of the original. But Seal turned early and danced in front of her and she responded to that, got better and joined his team.

The Voice is back on Channel 9 tomorrow night with more blind auditions and we will be reviewing those too.

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The Voice Australia Videos – The Best of Week One

The Voice Australia Videos


Highlights and Undiscovered Gems


The first week of blind auditions for The Voice is over, so I thought I would put together what I thought were the highlights of the week.

The voice logo

We have reviewed all of this weeks shows on this site. If you would like to see our thoughts and you haven’t already, you can check them out on these pages:-
The Voice – Does Australia have any more talent?
The Voice Australia Premiere
The Voice Australia Blind Auditions
The Voice Australia More Blind Auditions

Included here are some actual clips from The Voice, but some of my favourite singers either didn’t get selected or their clips, for some other reason, are not available. So I have scoured YouTube and found some gems for you, which include audition tapes for The Voice and stuff recorded before these guys got on national TV. Make sure you check all the way to the bottom of the post as there is a real find there.

OK I am going to start with the big closing number from the first episode of The Voice. Karise Eden belts out James Brown’s It’s a Man’s World in a style that reminds me in parts of both Joss Stone and Janis Joplin

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Sarah De Bono was the first act on night two, she sang Jesse J’s Price Tag

Jimmy Cupples not only has a Rock n Roll name, he is genuine old rocker. He gave us Wolfmother’s Woman

Melanie Dyer was not selected by any of the judges, which they all regretted once they turned around, so much so that they asked her to sing one of her own songs. This was much better than the cover that she did; it’s called Maybe in Mercury

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Here is the whole song recorded at the Sydney Entertainment Centre in 2010. There is no doubt this girl will be a star without The Voice, but I would have liked to have seen her on my TV a few more times.

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Much was made of Rachael Leahcar’s appearance before it happened, because she is blind. But all of the hype proved to be worth it when she sang her version of La Vie En Rose

I would love to have included Danni Da Ros singing And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, here. But the clip was not available and I could not locate anything else by her. Come on Danni get your publicity machine working. I know a man who can help, check out MaxPowerSolutions.com

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Gail Page sang a great bluesy version of the jazz standard I Put a Spell on You. Again the judges failed to pick up a great singer. For some reason, best known to her, Gail told the judges she had only been singing for 5 years, but her Myspace page says she started in 1993 and has performed with some of the big names in Australian music. Here she is singing some blues at The Basement in Sydney. The song is called Without You Here

Rebecca Tapia also missed out on qualifying for the next round. I could not track down her appearance on the show, but here is her audition tape. I think you will recognise the song, originally written by Leonard Cohen but covered by everyone from Jeff Buckley to Damien Leith

Interestingly I found a few clips of Rebecca Tapia singing with Guy Sebastian on YouTube. I wonder if he talked all of his friends and family into auditioning for The Voice

Peta Jeffress did qualify for the next round of the voice with her unique cover of the Oasis song Wonderwall. You have got to watch this to understand quite how different it is from the original.

Michael Duchesne performed the Doobie Brothers hit What a Fool Believes on TV. I wasn’t able to find a clip of the audition. But here he is performing his own song Girls, on the radio.

Carmen Smith got through The Voice audition with a great version of the Alicia Keys favourite How Come You Don’t Call Me (actually written by Prince) again that clip was nowhere to be found. But here she is with an Aretha Franklin cover It Won’t Be Long. For one woman with a voice and one man with a guitar this is damn funky.

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The Voice Australia More Blind Auditions

The Voice Australia Tuesday Blind Auditions


This is our review of the Tuesday 18th April episode of The Voice we have previously reviewed:-
The Voice Australia Blind Auditions
The Voice Australia Premiere
The Voice – Does Australia have any more talent?

Coaches Applause

Tuesday’s batch of new contestants on The Voice began with:-

Matt Etherington – He has played a wide variety of gigs, from grungy pubs to musicals. Matt appeared dressed in 2 parts of a 3 piece suit and wearing a tie, but he launched into Stevie Wright’s classic Australian rocker Evie. Matt knows how to play a crowd and had the studio audience on side right away. When he realised he was getting close to the end of the song and no judge had turned around he sang out to Delta Goodrem and she duly obliged.

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Kelsie Rimmer

Kelsie Rimmer happier now

Kelsie Rimmer – had an unfortunate start to life with a bottom jaw that jutted out pronouncedly in front of her, which gave her lots of confidence problems. She had surgery to have this fixed when she was 15 and now at 20 she is much happier with her appearance. She sang a Katy Perry song Teenage Dream. It was not really to my taste. The Aussie judges Delta and Keith Urban both turned around. Kelsie chose to go with Keith

Tom & Dakota – are a Queensland based duo, they sang Grace Kelly. Their voices were good and they were quite entertaining, but I didn’t like the song much and they never appealed to the judges, no one turned. In the wash up Joel Madden said he liked one voice but not the other, but as he never saw them perform he did not know which one.

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Peta Jeffress – sang a very jazzy sort of version of the Oasis song Wonderwall. She has a very individual voice and I would have picked her for that reason. Delta did… just, barely beating the end of the song. Peta seems kind of highly strung, so it will be interesting to see how she goes later in the competition.

Lakyn Heperi

Lakyn Heperi Skater Boi

Lakyn Heperi – sang Kids from MGMT. Lakyn is a skater boi, a semi professional skateborder who turned himself into a singer/songwriter when he badly broke his ankle and had 8 months off the board. He’s got the kind of looks that will probably appeal to the teenage girls, but once again the song didn’t appeal to me, it was too melancholy. Seal and Joel Madden turned and he struggled to chose between them. His decision was even drawn out over an ad break, but in the end he went with Joel

Danni Da Ros

Danni Da Ros a real belter

Danni Da Ros – Is 29 and married and her husband wants to start a family, but she still wants to give the singing career a really good shake. She has a slightly raspy belter of a voice and sang And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going a great old song from the musical/movie Dreamgirls. She gave it the kitchen sink and Delta turned around almost on the very first note she sang. Keith also turned around, Joel and Seal didn’t but all of them were full of praise for her. Danni decided to go with Delta.

Juddy Mac – is a 39 year old chippy, he didn’t exactly dress up for the show, appearing in a Tee shirt and jeans that I would imagine he wears on the building sites. Maybe he was taking full advantage of the blind audition. He sang the Gnarls Barkley song Crazy, but did a rock version of it. None of the judges turned around and I am not sure I would have either.

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Adam Hoek – Is an Aussie who lives in Holland and has appeared on The Voice there, where the show originated. He did not get through the selection process there. He sang the Kings of Leon song Use Somebody. I liked his voice and version, which proves I don’t mind the right kind of the ballad. Delta turned around and was the only one, she seems to be going with her instincts on tonight’s show, rather than watching what the others do.

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Paula Parore – Is from New Zealand, but now calls Perth her home. She sang Adele’s Don’t You Remember. Seal turned around on the first few notes. Delta followed then Joel after a while. She seemed to agonise over who to choose, although it seemed obvious to me she would go with Seal and her family had said that back stage.

Michael Duchesne

Michael Duchesne

Michael Duchesne – Was the last cab off the rank. He’s a 21 year old cement renderer. He sang the Doobie Brother’s What a Fool Believes. He seemed to start too fast, he stumbled and made a few mistakes at the beginning, but I liked his voice and I think he has potential. Seal hesitated, but turned eventually all the other judges said they never turned because they thought that Seal was the ideal coach for him.

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The Blind Auditions take a break now until Sunday at 6:30PM but there is a repeat showing on Saturday at 7:40PM which I assume will show this week’s highlights.

There are still plenty more to come, each of the coaches will end up with 12 singers. At the moment Seal has 6 and each of the others has 5.

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The Voice Australia Blind Auditions

The Voice Australia Monday Blind Auditions


We will get straight into our reviews of the contestants performances. If you would like to read our preview of the show, or our report on the first set of auditions, please check out The Voice – Does Australia Have Any More Talent and The Voice Australia Premiere.

The Voice Coaches

The Voice coaches in their spinning chairs

Sarah De Bono

Sarah De Bono took on Jesse J's Price Tag

Sarah de Bono - was first up tonight. She is a pretty girl with a mass of scarlet red hair, who teaches music to children as her day job. She sang Jesse J�s Price Tag and did a pretty good job of it, considering how good Jesse J‘s own voice is. Keith Urban was the first coach to turn his chair. She drew praise from all of the judges but chose to join Joel Madden‘s team.

Cam Tapp - was up next, a stay at home Dad. He sang Superman by Five for Fighting. I didn’t like the song, so I didn’t enjoy it. At the end of the song he sang “So glad its over” (in sort of operatic style) and I was too. Seal was the first to turn his chair, but he did not like that sentiment and told him it was not the words of a star. Personally I think Seal was being a little precious. Cam joined Keith‘s team, but I would have let him go home.

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Gail Page - is 48 and has only been singing for 5 years. She turned up with her family, including a son who was older than most of the other contestants. She sang the jazz standard I put A Spell On You. I loved it. It was a great bluesy performance. But none of the judges picked her and I think the show could do with a big bluesy mamma. Delta Goodrem changed her mind after it was too late, this was the first sign tonight of why Delta has no one on her team yet.

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Laura Bunting

Laura Bunting the new Kate Bush?

Laura Bunting - has a musical theatre and acting school background and has appeared in some of the big stage productions of recent years. She played piano and sang Kate Bush‘s Wuthering Heights. It was a good performance and an excellent Kate Bush impersonation. But from that I find it difficult to see what else she could do, as Kate Bush is a unique artist. The judges did not agree with me and Laura chose to go with Joel Madden, even though Delta wanted her and I think would be a better match.

Brett Clarke - is a huge Keith Urban fan and bravely, as it turns out, chose to sing one of Keith�s songs in front of him. He had a very pleasant country voice, which is not really my thing, but Keith liked it and was the first and only coach to turn his chair. The others being happy to let him go with Keith.

Rebecca Tapia - is another musical theatre girl. She sang a slow and bluesy version of Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You. It was a good performance of a great song and once again I was amazed that none of the coaches turned around. Delta again dragged her heels and failed to pick up a quality singer for her team.

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Yshrael Pascual - is a gay man who showed up in a lot of eye makeup. I was surprised when he sang the Rolling Stones Miss You. I don’t know why, Mick Jagger has never been afraid of applying the mascara himself. In parts of the song he reminded me of Prince, maybe it was the purple suit and tie. Despite the Stones and Prince being amongst my favourite artists Yshrael did not appeal to me. But once again I was at odds with the judges. Keith Urban turned right away, all of them turned eventually, Yshrael went with Seal.

Chris Sebastian

Chris Sebastian brother of Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian

Chris Sebastian - the brother of the most successful Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian was up next. He sang Beyonce‘s Halo. I thought he lacked a little vocal control in parts at the beginning. But he came good later in the song. Does Australia really need two singers who look and sound the same? Delta is apparently a good friend of Guy Sebastian and knows Chris. She was the first to turn and Seal joined her. But she really can’t sell herself to these artists and even pulled out the Australian card. Which seems totally irrelevant when the show has imported an English and an American judge and an Australian who lives and has made his career in the U.S. And all Australian artists who want to make it really big have to go overseas at some point, including Delta herself. Chris chose Seal which was the right decision for him. But Delta was so upset by this she had to walk off the set to compose herself.

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At this point there was an ad break and something aired that I feel compelled to comment on. Anyone who has read this blog before may know that I am not a fan of the repeated showing of promos for shows. Well the promo that appeared here was beyond belief. They were advertising that tomorrow nights news will include a promo for The Block. So not only do Channel Nine think that their promos are worthy of being called news, they even run a promotion about it, unbelievable.

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Another point worth mentioning is the presenter/host of The Voice Darren McMullen. I’ve never seen him on TV before and so far he has shown no sign of personality whatsoever, apart from what seems to be an Irish accent. Maybe they should have gone with an established presenter.

Rachael Leahcar

Rachael Leahcar the blind audition of the blind girl

Finally they rolled out Rachael Leahcar the very pretty blind girl for the blind audition, who they had been plugging all through the show and last night too. She sang a great version of La Vie en Rose. Starting with the first verse or so in French. She has a big voice in a small frame and that together with her blindness will make her one of the biggest stories of the series and surely a favourite to win it. Delta and Joel Madden turned first, simultaneously, followed by Seal and then Keith Urban right at the end. Everyone got emotional, especially Delta and Keith. They all had some kind and appropriate words to say that I would like to think were not prepared for them. Sorry I’m an old cynic. Leah chose Delta to be her mentor and I am not sure who was more happy about it. Delta escorted her offstage and hugged her and her parents.

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I’ll be watching tomorrow night to see how they top that.

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The Voice Australia Premiere

The Voice Channel 9


I have been well over reality TV and talent shows for some time now. I never watched the last series or two of Australian Idol and have avoided all of the Channel 7 offerings, as they insist on having Vile Sandilands on all of them and that man is the definition of the term “not worth watching”. But The Voice seemed to offer something else, even though I was thoroughly sick of all the promos that have been running, since before Christmas it seems.

The voice logo

The reason The Voice seemed different was because initially the judges pick their contestants without seeing them, listening only to their voice with their backs to the stage. So I thought this may cut out all of the snide comments and opinions about people’s body shapes, fashion sense, weird haircuts or whatever, that Australian Idol became famous for.

Secondly the judging panel did not seem to be cast as ‘the nasty one’, ‘the nice one’, ‘the music biz guy’ etc. As has become the norm.

Finally and most importantly, I had read that all of the contestants could actually sing. So it would not rely on ridiculing people, making them feel small and destroying their dreams.

The Voice Coaches

The Voice Coaches/Judges Seal, Joel Madden, Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban

Well the first show lived up to all of that. The judging panel of Delta Goodrem (The Pretty One), Joel Madden (The Punky One), Seal (The Black One) and Keith Urban (The Other Pretty One, OK maybe The Country One) started the show with a dramatic rendition of Seal’s song Crazy. They all sang parts of the song, while Delta played piano and Keith laid down some nice guitar licks.

During the rest of the show I enjoyed the banter between the judges and their assessments of the contestants, even the ones they sent home.

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The Contestants

Casey Withoos – Is a big girl and undoubtedly would have drawn comments about that on Australian Idol. But she has a very good, pure voice and with the mega success of Adele, there must be every hope for her. She was wanted by all of the judges, but she chose Seal.

Adam Martin – I liked his voice, it seemed to have a lot of feeling, but I found that I had forgotten about him by the end of the show. He will need to boost up his presence to make it on the show, but he could sell records. He was also popular with the judges and he chose Keith Urban.

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Jerome O’Connor – Sang Coldplay’s Yellow, so that put me off right away. I think Coldplay make music for people to slash their wrists by. I think his voice was OK but he may have gone off key a few times, it’s difficult to tell with that song. None of the coaches wanted him and I wouldn’t have picked him either.

Melanie Dyer

Melanie Dyer sent home but will be seen again somewhere soon

Yianna Stavrous- A very attractive girl, who has been performing professionally in an all girl trio. I thought she was a little pitchy and probably wouldn’t have picked her up, but she will get by on her looks. She ended up on Joel Madden’s team.

Carmen Smith – Has a wild mop of wooly hair. She sang Alicia Keys How Come You Don’t Call Me, soulfully and really well. I don’t now why the judges didn’t turn around sooner, but when they eventually all did she chose to go with Joel Madden too.

Jimmy Cupples – I wonder if that’s his real name. He was a genuine old rocker at 46. He sang Wolfmother’s Woman. He has a great voice and it was an excellent performance, but I think he will struggle to get anywhere in what really is a young man’s game. Joel Madden and Keith Urban both wanted him on their teams and I liked Joel’s reference to the Australian boys chat and plea to Jimmy to go with an American. But he still chose Keith.

Melanie Dyer – Sang Domino, she has a good voice and is a beautiful girl. But I thought her voice lacked power at first and was a bit unsure of her myself. None of the judges selected her, but they all changed their mind when they turned around. They asked her to sing one of her own songs and that was better and they all regretted not picking her.

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Karise Eden – They saved the best until last. Karise’s intro came with a heavy dose of hard luck story. The sort of thing you expect from this type of show. But she had an awesome Joss Stone / Janis Joplin like voice and sang a great song, James Brown’s Man’s World. Once again all of the judges wanted her, almost immediately. She chose to go with Seal.

Karise Eden

Karise Eden a real belter

Monday night’s show promises more tear jerking with a blind audition for an actual blind girl. Despite that, I will be sticking with this show for now.

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The Voice – Does Australia have any more talent?

The Voice – Channel 9 Sundays


Channel 9 have been flogging to death their new talent show The Voice, which begins this coming Sunday (15th April). The big scoop / unique feature of this show is that the judges can not initially see the contestants when they select them for their team. So what? Big Deal!

As the judges themselves say in the promos you don’t normally see an artist when you first hear their music, it’s usually on the radio. But maybe, just maybe this may mean that the music can stand for itself.

The Voice Australia Judges

Joel Madden, Keith Urban, Delta Goodrem & Seal. The Voice Australia Judges

I’m very much over the Reality TV / Talent show phenomenon. Especially since Channel 7 chose to have Vile Sandilands presenting all of their talent shows. I wouldn’t look out the window to watch him if he was performing in my street, in fact I would probably throw rubbish at him.

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The question is, after Australian Idol, X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent etc. is there any more talent worth watching? Well according to the reports, the answer is yes. Rumour has it that all of the contestants in The Voice can sing. Which is good news. Hopefully that fact, together with the blind auditions may mean that this show does not rely on belittling the contestants and destroying their dreams. Of course that does not mean there will not be a heavy dose of hard luck stories to pull on the heart strings, but I will be watching initially to see if this talent show is any different to the norm.

The latest scoop from The Telegraph is that Australia‘s sweetheart Delta Goodrem is fiesty in the show. What also slips out in the article is that Delta has quietly been going through more male celebrities than Madonna on a wet Wednesday. Adding to her previous conquests like Mark Philippoussis and Bryan McFadden she’s now done and dumped a Jonas Brother. There were rumours during the recording of The Voice of a hook up between her and Joel Madden, but he hotly denied them, being married to Nicole Richie. But his brother Benji is on his way, to feature as a mentor in The Voice and we all know his rep. Paris Hilton, Sophie Monk etc. So a clash of the titans could be on the cards.

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It’s easy to think a sweet-as-pie pop princess who made her music debut almost a decade ago will just slip into place beside international stars Keith Urban, Joel Madden and Seal on Channel 9′s much-hyped talent series, The Voice.

But here’s the twist. This is a competition – four celebrity-led teams battling to find the next singing star – and Delta Goodrem is about to show Australia just how she can get her game on.

Watching her match wits and even trash talk her co-stars during blind auditions will expose a side of the songbird the public has not seen.
When more than one celebrity “coach” shows interest in a contestant, a war of words can erupt.

Sitting in the audience for one pre-recorded battle, it’s obvious her male counterparts are, at times, taken aback by Goodrem, who is flirtatious one minute and dismissive of her rivals the next.

Unsettling them is part of the game. Surprising them is how she likes to operate.

“Maybe it’s just that people have known me since I was so young and I was really shy when I first stepped on the scene,” Goodrem says.

“I was always this fun, jokey, relaxed (person) with that fighting spirit, outside of music.

“This show has been great to just be me up on stage and have all these sides (to my personality). I’m really glad after 10 years that people are still being surprised by me.”…More at Rivalry between stars fuels Voice

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