Following Monday night’s new episode of “The Voice,” we had an opportunity to take part in a conference call with a number of our favorite contestants in the blind auditions — and with that, we have some quotes from the two contestants who managed to shine the brightest (at least through our own objective eyes).
Tony Vincent – The Broadway veteran, best known for his parts in “Rent” and “American Idiot,” managed to win Cee Lo Green over with a stirring rendition of Queen’s “We Are the Champions” — one of the toughest songs that anyone can audition to on a show like this.
Despite having such an extensive amount of experience in the performing world, though, he admitted to still have some nerves that kicked in before the performance:
“It was sort of a combination of anxiety and freedom at the same time — because I knew when I hit that stage, I didn’t have to be a character. I could just be myself and sing what I want to sing without having to tell a story except for what the lyric was in the song. It was actually nerve-wrecking and freeing at the same time if those two things can co-exist.”
Jamie Lono – Another guy who ended up on team Cee Lo was Jamie — a pretty mild-mannered musician whose story largely revolved around him working at a sandwich shop. However, he managed to come on stage and deliver what was one of the most breathtakingly original renditions of the Johnny Cash classic “Folsom Prison Blues” that we’ve ever heard. (It also led to Cee Lo hilariously arguing that his love for sandwiches was a reason Jamie should join his team.)
When asked how Jamie came up with his twist on the classic, he explained that it was part of a natural process that he goes through with every song he performs:
“The way I look at music is that there is only kind of music and that’s good music. Whenever I hear songs that I like no matter what kind of [genre] or where I hear it, I take it in and try to understand it. I get to know the song, and then I make my own rendition. It was just such a great song, it was hard not to make it even better.”