While “The Voice” here in America has sputtered out a little bit, we have to say that the blind auditions are one of the best twists to any reality shows on television. There’s such a rush out of seeing coaches turn around in the middle of a performance with their shiny red chairs, and then watching the person in question try to contain their overwhelming excitement.
So what did we learn from this premiere? Despite its obvious similarities with the American shows, the judges had a great chemistry here, as well — will.i.am was dropping names left and right, Jessie J took the approach of focusing on her passion for music, and Danny O’Donoghue chose to try and make an appeal by just singing along and being as exuberant as humanly possible.
However, the true legend of campaigning just so happened to be the music legend himself: Tom Jones. After the performances, he could not only name-drop the likes of Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, but also make it relevant in the process to the person actually on stage.
As for the standout outs, there were plenty — including Jessica Hammond from Northern Island, passionate Tom Jones fan Samuel Buttery, and rocker Adam Isaac, who made the brilliant decision to mash-up The Beatles’ “Come Together” to another hit in Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
In the long run, it still seems to be seen whether or not “The Voice” will be a success in the long run, but you have to love the fresh feeling that the show brought to the UK Saturday night. After having dominated the talent show field for years and years, Simon Cowell may finally have some serious competition for #1.
What did you think about the series’ premiere?
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