I've been following NBC's "The Voice"for yea many weeks, along with X Factor. Each show has a separate set of talents and, of course, different rules.
It's on The voice that I note the oddest contenders.
Which is not to say there's anything wrong with odd. Odd people are people too. Further, when we're talking entertainment and such as stage presences, well, odd is good.
First, there's Melanie Martinez, an Adam team member. Melanie's cute but come on, she looks like Minnie Mouse. I don't get the bows in the hair and the childish look. But Melanie does have a very unique voice. I doubt she'll win this thing but she shouldn't pass by our lives without note for her spirit and courage to dare to look different.
Then there's Nicholas David, who's not all that odd looking though he looks nothing like a rock star, go with me here. Nicholas is a fellow who's made a complete change in his life, losing many pounds, converting to a more devout religion, marrying and now with two children. He looks like the guy behind the hardware store counter to me. David is on CeeLo's team .
Rudy Parris looks like the singer Meatloaf. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Rudy's been a backup singer for Buck Owens, raised his daughter alone, is on Blake's team and I don't think he'll win this competition.
On Christinia's team we have De'borah. No that's not a mistake. I suppose her name is Deborah but De'borah (pronounced D...bor….ah…) appears to be deliberately altered to create this new name. De'borah, dear Lord, she's a fine sweet woman-child but evidently she has gender issues. De'borah plays piano and alleges to have been blocked from a musical future because of, well...her gender issues. She's one to watch I tell you and, on some level, she's entertaining. But she's no winner of this or even any of the more popular musical competitive reality shows.
So The Voice now goes on to what they call the "Knockout Rounds". With each team now culled down via the Battle rounds, where the celebrity team captains choose who competes against who and with what song, the Battle rounds involve the contenders not knowing in advance who they will sing against and further, song choice is determined by the contenders. The Knockout rounds are advertised to be swift, challenging and will narrow down the competitive field for the coming lives rounds.
From the show's web site:
At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach's roster remain and proceed to the new knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their team, but this time they find out only minutes before performing who they are being compared against. The artists each select their own song to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
Below all posts on this Blog on this subject:
The Voice 2012 Begins: It's Not DUETS, It's Not American Idol, It's Not X Factor. It's THE VOICE. But is it any good?
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