Last year (2015) I had a problem: The problem I had was with The Voice (UK) Blind Auditions: –
It was the weekend of the final round of the Blind Auditions. All the judges; Sir Tom Jones, will.i.am, Rita Ora, and Ricky Wilson, were down to their last one or two team places. Quite naturally they were looking for an act that has that something awesome about it. Ricky is the first to fill his last place, followed by Rita. Sir Tom fills one of his last two places.
Now there are still a few acts to go, so Will and Tom were looking for something amazing. The following acts range from pretty good to really good, and both Tom and Will turned for the second-to-last act, which in my opinion; and this is only my opinion mind you, wasn’t quite as good as the act before. I have a feeling Rita would have turned for that act before had she any team places left, but she had a full team; hence that artist wasn’t selected. Tom was disappointed that he hadn’t turned for at least 2 acts, but had he done so he wouldn’t have got his last choice in.
…Anyway that left just Will-i-am with 1 place on his team and with 1 act remaining. Before the act he was saying to Tom that he had to turn or they’d all have to come back next week. (I’m not sure how tongue-in-cheek that actually was.)
The last act was good – a Tina Turner song sung in the style of Tina Turner but with a different sound by a guy who normally does a drag-act in workers’ clubs. It wasn’t something I feel would have turned any chairs – definitely not Will’s – had it been on earlier when everyone had places to fill. I wouldn’t have turned for it had I been a judge.
That last act got Will’s chair turned. – He needed 1 more act, and the act was the last act. – He had no choice: I can say with a large degree of confidence that he wouldn’t have turned for it except in the circumstances as above. – I’m not so sure about the others though: I have a feeling Tom might have turned but I’m more on the not side of that one.
So that’s what happened in February 2015. – I have a feeling something very similar is going to happen in 2016. Sir Tom Jones has been replaced by the uber-glam and ultra-sassy Boy George. Also Rita Ora has this year been replaced by the pocket rocket glamour puss; Paloma Faith. – Nevertheless the ultra-over-cautious procrastinating will-i-am who was responsible for last year’s debacle remains. Ricky Wilson is also thinking too much and pressing too little this year at times. The eventual outcome could be more of the same old possibly?
When I wrote the original article “The Voice is Unfair” on my old website back in 2015 I stated the following: –
“I think I’m going to apply for The Voice UK next year and, if I pass initial auditions and get selected for the Blind Auditions (Initial auditions is where I cocked up back in 2013 at Cardiff.), I’ll try to swing it so that I go on last. I’ll deliberately do the strangest act I possibly can – knowing that someone will turn – like maybe doing a Bob Geldof and playing the candelabra or something, or imitating Miley on a wrecking ball but falling off at or near the end… Something along those lines anyway.”
If the very last act is chosen out of necessity again this year I think I’ll definitely try to swing it in the future: I’ve nothing to lose and I will be assured a place in the competition – no matter how crappy my act is; deliberately or otherwise.
The thing is that it’s just not fair. I wonder if it’ll happen again this year (2016)? This article is written with just days to go until we find out.
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