At the conclusion of week two, 14 new artists stepped into the spotlight and advanced one step closer to realizing their dream. While few graciously and gallantly took over the Hollywood Studio, others stumbled into the limelight and will likely have a short stay on Season 12 of “The Voice”.
Before getting into Monday and Tuesday night’s auditions, I would first like to address a new theme beginning to surface more frequently on this reality show: the pity party.
Millions of individuals have witnessed horrid acts of violence, drug abuse, neglect, etc. However, America does not need to hear 1000 pre-packages featuring artists cry their eyes out. It’s understandable for a contestant seeking to be open about their past issues in order for watching voters to get a feel for who they are.
My primary concern here is that this is about finding “the voice”. This is about discovering an artist with musical talents and transforming them into the next singing sensation. Hearing repetitive stories about death, and fighting abuse & neglect provides mere subtext. While I do not fully object to introducing hardships, it would be refreshing to see an introduction package with positive messages and minimal sob stories.
Monday March 6
Of the nine artists showcased Monday night, three presented potential to stick around deep into the competition.
|Artist||Audition Song||Rating (1-10 scale)|
Coach: Blake Shelton
|“I’m Every Woman”
Instruments: piano, drums, & violin
Original Artist: Whitney Houston
|(7) Micah exhibited exquisite power and control in her upper register throughout her audition.
Coach: Adam Levine
Instruments: drums, bass guitar, keyboard
Original Artist: Leona Lewis
|(6) Gaby has a lovely falsetto and intense emotions that oozed in the chorus of her performance.
Coach: Adam Levine
|“Let’s Get it On”
Instruments: organ, drums, piano,
Original Artist: Marvin Gaye
|(9) From nailing one of Gaye’s most epic songs to having Levine compare him to Prince, Kawan truly displayed remarkable talent.
Tuesday March 7
The sophomore episode of this week was not as impactful in comparison to its predecessor. Five artists found new homes, but do not be surprised if all five are gone by the conclusion of the knockout rounds. Truth of the matter is, these five were good singers. Just not the voice.
From Carole King to Rod Stewart, classics were performed under the bright lights of the blinds, yet nothing struck me as overly special Tuesday night. A bright spot, however, was lit by Malik Davage from Washington D.C.
Davage sang Miguel’s “Sure Thing” and evoked heartfelt emotions within Coach Levine- the only to turn around. The R&B/Soul piece featured several intricate runs and riffs, and despite his pitchy upper register (which Levine called out) Davage showed enough promise to get into the live playoffs.