The blind auditions of The Voice UK continued April 7, 2012. Aired at 7pm on BBC the show ran for 80 minutes making sure that it over ran Britain's Got Talent on ITV.The first two acts that auditioned went to will.i.am. Both had more than one judge to choose. First up was Joelle Moses who got a standing ovation from the judges and had her pick of the crop. As the competition moves on the judges are being more selective. All want a fair selection of girls and boys with talents that compliment their own style. This means that they are becoming increasingly picky.
Good singers such as act number three found no takers. Act four was quickly snatched by Tom Jones after having the choice of Danny too. Cassius Henry who followed is a former pop success. For various reasons he is looking at starting again. So how did he do?
Well after much posturing, and teasing the audience, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue pressed the "I Want You" button. So on it went. Some great and some good performances. Not fair to say any were not so good. The acts included backing singers, cheerleaders, a very short guy, younger and older performers. The short guy, Chris, sang Cee Lo Green's Forget Her but for whatever reason none of the judges selected him. Pity.
Rock wannabee Nathan James was an unusual The Voice performer. Having decided there was no money for him in a rock band he tried his hand at a solo performance. Living on a Prayer wowed the audience but not the judges.
Friend of Amy Winehouse Tyler James went for Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, but with a reggae feel to it. Almost at the death will.i.am pressed the "I Want You" button. Last up was Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, more popularly known as Bo Bruce, who was a great performer and went to Danny O'Donoghue.
Next week the last of the blind auditions will be aired but of course the amount of places left will be limited. Catch you then.
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Saturday night TV entertainment in the UK tends to be more of the same. Tired talent shows, repeats, dire game shows and the like. Tonight, March 24, 2012, a new show kicked off at 7pm on BBC1. Yes The Voice UK is another singing competition but at least the format is new to British audiences. It has a different set of coaches and a fresh feel to those we are more used to
It may not be new to the world but The Voice is to the UK and looks set to be a winner.
The coaches certainly have a good musical pedigree. Sir Tom Jones, Jessie J, will.i.am and Danny O'Donoghue all performed together before the show proper began. A rendition of The Black Eyed Peas, tonight's gonna be a good night, and let the fun and games begin.
Tonight was the blind auditions. Each coach sat with their back to the singers as they were auditioning. One, more or all of the coaches can turn around and choose to select an act. If more than one hits the "I want you" button the act can decide who they want to work with. Each coach will end up with 10 acts and the competition will begin the search for The UK Voice.
The idea with this format is that each singer is simply judged on their voices. Whether they are not so young, chunky, look nothing like a possible singing superstar or the like is immaterial
First up was Jessica Hammond. All the coaches wanted her. She had the pick of the bunch. Will.i.am all but grovelled for her to join his team but in the end she went for Jessie J. Next was Sean Conlon. In spite of talent and a past career as a member of boyband 5 he went home empty handed.
Sam Buttery sang Set Fire to the Rain. All but Tom Jones thought it was a girl singing. Tom jumped at the chance of coaching Sam. Next up was 34-year-old Toni Warne. A battle with alopaecia since a young age had taken its toll on Toni. Then a few years ago she lost all her hair. Her audition was powerful but her story brought the first tears of the Voice UK. Toni joined Jessie J's team.
So the show progressed in this way. Entertaining in its own way. More were selected others sent home. The final act of this week came around and will.i.am still had to manage to secure an act. J Marie Cooper wowed the coaches and the studio audience. She received a standing ovation from the coaches. In the end she opted for will.i.am as he was the first coach to turn around.
The show ended with Tom having three acts, Jessie three, Danny one and will.i.am one. Next week the blind auditions continue as the coaches continue their search for The Voice UK.