Has The Voice Lost it?

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With The Voice currently in its third season, it seems to me that the show just doesn’t have the likability factor anymore. With singers singing the same songs and in the large part seeming to have little personality, it seems a far cry from the likes of Vince Kidd, Leah McFall and Ruth Brown, and even then, where are they now?

It also seems that the judges, apart from Tom Jones, can’t sing overly well. Regardless of your opinions on Jessie J and Danny Donoghue, the pair could sing. Kylie and Ricky, whilst being icons and musicians in their own rights, aren’t known for their room-silencing singing ability, but rather the overall package.

In America where The Voice is a huge hit, you’ve got judges such as Christina Aguilera, Shakira, Usher and Adam Levine. They not only have good voices, but have vocals that you instantly recognise. It seems that the UK show is a bit predictable with the standard; judge talks about how they are going to win; contestant with family walks across the bridge with a sob story; they perform with the audience ruining the potentially good performance with screaming and shots of the family screaming PUSH THE BUTTON; judge pushing button and the contestant picking some judge; repeat.

Watching The Voice this year, personally speaking, has not been very exciting and there isn’t one act that I will be backing. For the past two seasons there have been many that I’ve backed and have been astounded by their vocal ability – much better than those on other hit talent shows – and it has made me wonder as to why it wasn’t an instant success.

With pre-recorded ‘live’ results shows and judges that were too nice, just because they know how nerve-wracking it is as an vocalist/singer/musician, the package is getting a little boring now. The fact that the winners, in fact any of the contestants, seem to disappear after the show seems a little anti-climactic and highly annoying for those that paid money to vote for their winner.

With this in mind, here are some of my favourite contestants from the previous seasons of ‘The Voice.’

Leah McFall

I loved this girl. Everything from her style and voice was unique and I’m glad that she picked Will.i.am as a coach. Her vocals are already perfect, all she needed was production and guidance which is why Will was the perfect choice.

Vince Kidd

Vince, almost like Lea’s older brother, had pipes on him and could definitely hold a note. He also had stage presence and knew what he wanted to do. His audition has over 10 million hits on YouTube so other people must agree.

Ash Morgan

At first, I didn’t really like this audition but once I re-watched it, it became one of my favourites. This is easily the best version of the song I have ever heard. Jessie J agrees.

Ruth Brown

She has a true gospel voice. With the power and more of Jennifer Hudson you will be replaying the ending of this audition for sure.

Liam Tamne

He didn’t make it to live shows but he was a very good vocalist and had a lot of control. Jessie J walked off when he didn’t get through. I would have done the same.

Jaz Ellington

His encore version of ‘Ordinary People,’ was simply amazing and made Jessie J and Will.I.Am cry. That can’t be said this year.

Abi Sampa

Nerves showed this time but this song was original and showed her amazing vocals.

In my opinion, the singers of the show aren’t bad and any of them could win any other talent show. I just wish there was more variety than the same singers or people with guitars or people with sob stories. I want to see an original artist go on there and actually win it.

About Guy Humphrey

Guy Humphrey is an Essex born recent journalism graduate who loves fashion, beauty products and ranting on whichever topic that floats his boat. This tends to happen a lot. A typical Friday night is a bubble bath with Mariah playing and watching the telly. Bliss. @guy_humphrey