FOX has released a trailer for their new singing competition show, The Four. No word on who is going to be judging the show, but we can say that FOX is hoping The Four will compete with ABC’s reboot of American Idol and the powerhouse show of The Voice.
Voice contestant Darby Anne Walker stopped by On Air with Ruben Jay to discuss her future in music, movies, and writing. Walker discussed her feelings of the Voice.
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The Voice has been a monster of a reality competition show. It has won multiple Emmy awards, dominated ratings, and cultivated the perfect environment for music legends to continue making money and promote their music. The Voice has single-handedly kept Christina Aguilera, Gwen Stefani, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys relevant when it was likely that their popularity would eventually rely on their earliest hits.
With that being said, the show has seen ratings slip year after year. With American Idol’s return next year, it’s time for The Voice to reinvent itself and be the powerhouse show we know it can be. Here are three things they can do to keep dominating the ratings:
#3 – Focus on the talent, not the coaches!
Both Idol and The Voice had this problem in recent years. It seems like The Voice producers want to change up the group of coaches and they do it only for the sake of change. In 5 years there have been 12 different coaches, and only two are considered staples. While it’s cool to have a surplus of successful talent on the show, the appeal has been about the coaches rather than the people that the show is actually about.
Pharrell Williams infamously told TVGuide.com that the show isn’t about making stars, it’s about being a TV show.
“The show is not about someone signing a record deal and getting signed. The show is about a bunch of people who really care about people that they encounter, and make sure that they’re changed when they walk off.”
The show may not be about being a record label, but it should be about creating stars that people want to invest their time and money in to support. Right off the bat, American Idol created a superstar in Kelly Clarkson. People were so excited about her winning that they couldn’t wait to see what the show could do next. Fans then provided their support for Clarkson by making her millionaire and spreading her music.
When a show takes an ordinary person with extraordinary talent and help make that person into an ultimate star, the result is an incredibly loyal and excited fanbase. The show should stop trying to get their audience to care about their ever changing coach roster and focus on creating at least 1 superstar per season.
Mary Sarah was one of the odd on favorites for Season 10 of The Voice. She had seen some success early in her career singing with some major country artists, and when she made her blind audition, Marah Sarah proved to the world that she belonged on a big stage with the biggest of names.
Here are three of our favorite Mary Sarah performances!
#3 – “My Church” by Maren Morris
Up until this week, Mary Sarah had done mostly older country songs and she hadn’t shown herself as a young country artist. Doing this Maren Morris song really showed her as a young contemporary country artist that could perform the music of today.
#2 – “I Told You So” by Randy Travis
While this song took Mary Sarah back to her roots of classic country music, “I Told You So” by Randy Travis helped Mary Sarah show her vocal ability and remind America why she deserved to be where she was. This song is such a powerful song from Randy Travis, hearing a woman do it well gives this song a much more powerful and convicting feel to it.
#1 – “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield
Another classic country song that Mary Sarah made her own. She took this song and made it young. I could actually see her doing a song like this on her eventual EP/Record. This is a song of a young woman wanting to express the same love like Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
Bonus: Watch Mary Sarah Interviews
Rock Legend Sting is set to perform on NBC’s hit reality competition show The Voice, according to TVLine.com. While there has not been an official date set for Sting’s performance, his new album 57th & 9th comes out on November 11th, so Sting will probably be performing before the annual Thanksgiving episode of The Voice.
The Voice season 9 finalist Barrett Baber has announced that he is released a full length album on November 4th. The album, A Room Full of Fighters comes just a year shy of Baber’s time on the hit reality show The Voice where he finished 3rd.
Barrett released his single “Kiss Me Hello” shortly after his stint on The Voice. Baber was also opening for Rascal Flatts in Las Vegas as part of their residency at The Joint in Hard Rock.
Baber released album art and track list seen below.
The Voice is on fire right now. Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys killed week one and are giving Blake and Adam a run for their money!
Here are the top 3 auditions in the first week of season 11.
The mother of a young child, Lauren brought the feels to the Voice. Such a crazy awesome audition.
Competition has never been this heated for the number one spot on The Voice. With Damien voted back as the fourth contestant of the Top 4 as The Voice Wildcard last week, America has made it clear that it knows what it wants. An army of Team Adam, consisting of Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison, and Damien, was pitted against Team Blake’s lone member, Craig Wayne Boyd, in one the most intense nights of the season. Each artist was given the chance to perform 3 times: once singing a song chosen by their coach, once singing a duet with their coach, and finally, releasing their debut singles. All 4 contestants gave their all in the hopes of become #1: with an automatic recording contract with Universal Music Group, and of course, being named The Voice.
Out of the 3 performances given by the Top 4, it is not surprise that the most memorable and incredible ones were the debuts of their first singles. The gesture enabled viewers to get a taste of what is to come for each artist in the future, and solidify their fan status for the contestant of their choice.
Viewed as the underdog of last night’s show, Craig Wayne Boyd proved to Coach Blake (and former Coach Gwen) that they were not wrong to pick him way back in the beginning of this competition. Coach Blake gave Boyd a song that he’s been “carrying around in his back pocket for years,” demonstrating the strength of their friendship and Shelton’s belief in Boyd. Boyd’s release of “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” left the crowd roaring, and Coach Blake beaming with joy and pride. In the words of Coach Gwen, Boyd is, “ripe and ready to pick,” while Coach Blake comments that the “song was meant for [Craig] and it found its way to [him].”
Next up was Matt McAndrew with his debut of “Wasted Love,” which Coach Adam observes to be a hybrid of everything Matt has ever done. Being that there is no other version of this song, Matt shares, “This is my chance to not rely on anyone else’s success,” and solely, “rely on my artistry to sell this song.” McAndrew would be happy to know that he did just that. The raw, passionate performance of such an emotional and meaningful song literally set the stage on fire, and McAndrew shed a tear when Coach Adam said that it was “one of the best song’s [he’s] heard in [his] life.
Chris Jamison’s single “Velvet” showcased his strength in all 3 genres of R&B, soul, and hip hop. The song not only displays Jamison’s talent with his flawless falsettos and a catchy tune, but his progress on the show. “A star was born on this television show with you,” observes Coach Pharrell, who also shares that “watching this metamorphosis” has been nothing but pleasurable for the judges and the rest of America alike.
Last to release his debut single was Damien, with “Soldier.” The ballad comes with a powerful message, illustrating the strength that Damien has had through the years and even in this competition, and his fight to stay in it. Damien has gone above and beyond to fulfill his dreams, and America proved that he deserves a second chance when they voted him last week as The Voice Wildcard. His performance left all 4 coaches on their feet, and Coach Adam shares that he is “bursting with pride at how unbelievably well [Damien’s] thriving” makes him the “happiest coach that [he] can ever be, win or lose, in the entire world.”
There you have it America, The Voice Top 4, bigger and better than ever. The debut of their singles shows us that each is truly unique, and all have an equal shot at becoming Season 7’s The Voice. Be sure to make your vote count and help make one of these artists’ dreams come true, by voting on NBC.com, the official NBC app, or via Twitter or Facebook, or simply download tonight’s performances on iTunes. Best of luck to these incredibly talented and deserving men on the competition that will change their lives forever!
On last night’s episode, The Voice made a bold, unprecedented move that changed the dynamic of the competition entirely. After the Final 3 contestants saved by America’s votes were announced, the other 9 eliminated artists who made up the Top 12 were given a chance to perform on The Voice stage one last time, in the hopes of becoming the Finale Wildcard and completing the Final 4, This gave the Top 12 the ultimate second chance to become number one. This also presented the perfect opportunity for someone from Coach Pharrell Williams’ team to once again be a part the race.
The Final 3 who were saved by America’s votes were Chris Jamison, Craig Wayne Boyd, and Matt McAndrew, leaving Damien and Taylor John Williams with one last shot at being in the running with a final performance in the hopes of becoming the Wildcard. The phenomenal performances given by the Top 12 truly made the decision all the more difficult for America. Each artist sang his/her heart out, only leaving the crowd and the coaches wanting more. Luke Wade’s rendition of “Have a Little Faith in Me” made the coaches exceptionally proud, as they commented that Wade “dug so much deeper” during this number and was “back in control.”
Damien and Taylor John Williams proved that they would do whatever it takes to become the final contestant to complete the Final 4 with their performances of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars and “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak (respectively). Coach Pharrell was impressed with Damien’s “real soul singing,” while Coach Blake commended Williams for “changing stuff up” for this final performance.
The Voice has given America an opportunity unlike ever before, in which your votes can save an artist who thought that winning The Voice was no longer in the cards for them. The final member of The Voice Final 4 will be announced by host Carson Daly this morning on The Today Show. Best of luck to the Top 12!!
With yet another week of competition, things start to heat up even more as the The Voice Top 5 give their semifinal performances that will hopefully land them a spot in the Top 3. These 5 extremely talented men give their all as they perform numbers their coaches picked out for them, and not a single person, contestant and coach alike, was disappointed with the outcomes. The night opened with a duet between Coach Blake Shelton and country star Ashley Monroe, as they sang a soulful rendition of “Lonely Tonight,” kicking off yet another night of great talent.
Coach Adam Levine picked Michael Jackson’s “She’s Out of My Life” for contestant Damien. Choosing a song that showcased an emotionally vulnerable vocal was just the right step for Damien at this point in the competition, and Shelton comments that the number left him “on the edge of [his] seat.” While the King of Pop is a difficult artist to cover, Coach Adam couldn’t have been more thankful that Damien trusted him with his selection and had enough faith in their friendship to stick with the number, and as a result, did an “unbelievable job.”
The night switched gears as Craig Wayne Boyd gave a lively performance of “Working Man Blues,” which left not only the crowd in high spirits, but the coaches in disbelief. “That is the kind of performance you see from someone who knows exactly who they are and knows exactly how to get up there and have a great time,” comments Pharrell Williams, proving that Coach Blake’s song was the right one. With an effortless stage presence and engagement with the crowd, Boyd proves that he is a natural artist. Coach Blake even goes as far as to say that regardless of the outcome of this competition, Boyd may even “come out as a superstar in country music.”
Next up was Taylor John Williams with a song he absolutely loves and has performed dozens of times before. Coach Gwen wanted to make sure that he performed a number that he enjoyed, and his performance of “Falling Slowly” from the musical Once was not only original, but hauntingly beautiful, as he fearlessly reached all the high notes and went beyond the simple melody of the tune. Shelton was especially in awe of the strength and range Williams’ falsetto showcased, while Levine labels the number as the “perfect choice.” Coach Gwen was exceptionally proud of Williams, who she feels “knows exactly what to do,” and is on a mission to make his dreams come true.
Matt McAndrew showcased one of the greatest vocals he has ever done with his rendition of “Make it Rain” by Ed Sheeran. The combination of his riffs and the slow electric guitar made for a powerful yet eerie performance which received a standing ovation from Pharrell Williams, who simply called McAndrew a “star.” Coach Adam is blown away as he comments, “You astound me. As a guy who can do so much so effortlessly and gracefully, you are so humble.”
The final performance of the night was from Chris Jamison, who coincidentally performed his own rendition of his coach’s (Maroon 5’s) next single, “Sugar.” Using the incredible falsetto he started singing in 2 years ago, Shelton comments that it is “what [they] look forward to every week.” Coach Adam shows nothing but complete pride in Jamison, as he believes that he has had to work harder than anyone else to be in the Top 5, after experiencing a few setbacks along the way.
With 5 extraordinarily talented men pitted against each other in the fight to prove that they indeed have “the voice,” your vote is more important now than it has ever been, America. Vote wisely and help three of these contestants ascend into the Top 3, in the competition that will change their lives forever.