Like most people interested in music, I did not miss an episode of The Voice. I thought it was great entertainment and the music was fantastic. I think the reason so many people enjoyed The Voice was because the talent was good.

Everybody who auditioned for the judges on the show were judged purely on their singing ability and not on their looks or from a record company perspective, their marketability. Unlike other singing or talent competitions, the TV audience watching The Voice did not have to endure terrible auditions from people who thought they could sing but clearly could not. Frankly, that is not entertaining…it’s just cruel and embarrassing.

I always felt that The Voice had a positive vibe. The judges who became the contestants’ mentors were fantastic. Most of the time I found myself making comments during a performance only to hear that my views were similar to the feedback provided by the judges after the performance. I guess when I grow I want to be a judge on The Voice. 🙂

While the contestants were great, I think the actual stars of the show were the judges. Seal, Joel Madden, Keith Urban and Delta Goodrem were excellent. They worked hard to attain their success and along the way they would have experienced the highs and lows of being a musician. Sharing their knowledge and experience would have only helped their contestants. It was great to see how the judges tried to get the best performances out of their contestants and hopefully aspiring musicians and singers learnt something from this show.

The four finalists Karise Eden, Darren Percival, Rachael Leahcar and Sarah De Bono were great contestants. I really loved Darren’s style of performing and I also enjoyed Rachael Leahcar’s song choices. I thought all of the finalists performed really well on the night but I didn’t hear any “hit” singles from the original songs performed. It will be interesting to see if radio supports these artists by playing the original songs. I did enjoy the finalists’ performances with their mentors. Each performance was outstanding.

As for the winner Karise Eden, it will be very interesting to hear how the record company works with her to release her 1st album. She has a fantastic voice but what type of songs will she sing with such a unique voice?

Channel 9 did really well with The Voice. The producers of The Voice, Shine Australia, must be proud of their efforts. The whole production was excellent and the ratings were very high. They got the formula right. The Voice had excellent judges/mentors, a positive vibe, wonderful music and was extremely entertaining. What more do people want from a TV show?

It will be interesting to see how Channel 7 goes with ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ and ‘The X Factor’…after all The Voice has set a very high benchmark.

By STEVE YANKO

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Steve Yanko is a Music Teacher, Musician, Song Writer & Consultant who loves working in the world of music.