When you are not one of the people actually sitting in the coaches’ chairs on “The Voice,” everything is far more subjective. Are we hearing something different than those in the studio, or are we affected subconsciously by the fact that we can actually see the people who are singing?
From the standpoint of a viewer at home, we may have enjoyed Cassius Henry’s audition on the show Saturday night more than just about any other this season. As someone who already has some experience in the industry, he clearly knew how to channel some of the energy of one of our favorite songs of the past five years in Ne-Yo’s “Closer.” It’s a song that allowed Henry to come across as emotionally raw and vulnerable without us knowing anything about him — and that in itself is a rarity. (A note to future contestants — always pick a song that shows off a sensitive side over something that you can sing at a karaoke club.)
The only thing that really surprised us about this audition? That the only people to turn their chairs around were Danny O’Donoghue and Jessie J (who actually gave him a pretty constructive critique for someone who could have otherwise just begged for him to join her team). It was this that Cassius really seemed to be drawn to more than anything else, and he ended up joining her team as a result.
As a whole, we are loving the whole feel of this show at the moment — while there’s no chemistry yet on par with what we see from Blake Shelton and Adam Levine here in America, Danny has been a surprising star on the panel. Who knew that the most enthusiastic coach would be the one with the least amount of name recognition?
What is your favorite audition from Saturday’s blind round?
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