New Year, New Me Season of The Voice!
Yes, you read that right—NBC’s hit singing competition, ‘The Voice,’ is back for another season! Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams are settled in their chairs and they’re ready to find 2015’s next superstar! Partially unrelated side-note: I can’t be the only one who wants one of those notorious red chairs, right? Okay sorry, back to the music…
On Monday February 23rd and Tuesday February 24th, an era now known as the 8th Season of ‘The Voice’ officially began as blind auditions took over our televisions. During the first two nights of the season, we were treated to a few incredible auditions and a few not-so-incredible performances. Some even got a “perfect” four-chair turnaround, a milestone that Carson Daly would later brag about. According to the host, one of the four-chair turnarounds was the fastest in the history of the increasingly popular series. That has to be a good sign, right? As much as I’m “over” the televised music competition fad, it kills me to admit that I have high hopes for the eighth season of NBC’s ‘The Voice.’
Night One was jam-packed with show-stopping moments, making me wonder how things are going to progress throughout the season. There’s no doubt in my mind that biggest surprise of the first night came when Adam Levine somehow ended up with zero Team Adam members. Personally, I believe anyone who rejects pleas from Adam has a few loose screws in their head. I mean… Have you seen him?! Have you heard his voice?! Hey Adam, I really can’t sing but I volunteer to be on your team any day!
In true ‘The Voice’ fashion, Night Two was also full of big voices and contestants with even bigger personalities. With so many strong voices on a single stage, I’m was on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Adam Levine would be riding solo all season or if he would finally find his perfect match. Spoiler alert: Team Adam officially has some members! Night Two was a little less exciting but definitely still fell into the “worth watching” category. I think it’s safe to assume that this season will continuously fall into the “worth watching” category. Don’t be afraid to send me a “Meg, you were right… Again” tweet once you’ve become hooked to the weekly singing competition!
While “you were right, Meg” is the recurring theme in my life, it seems that a supportive, feel-good vibe is going to be the theme of the eighth season of ‘The Voice.’ Based on what I’ve seen so far, the judges (or possibly the producers) seem to be sticking to the idea that they can turn an “ordinary” person into a crucial player in the music industry. The feel-good vibe was present in the judge’s feedback, as well as the support from the audience but one instance during the first night really stuck out…
As sixteen-year-old Bryce Sherlow took a risk to show off her voice, none of the judges turned their chairs. Although Bryce’s disappointment was evident, she received arguably the greatest consolation prize any music fan could ask for. After finishing her shaky audition, Sherlow told Pharrell that her high school a cappella team won nationals with a cover of “Happy.” So, how did Mr. Williams react? In true Pharrell style, oversized hat included, he hopped onstage and performed an impromptu and unexpected duet with the sixteen-year-old. Making for a great television moment, Pharrell even changed on line of the song to “don’t let this bring you down.” Fellow judge Christina Aguilera responded with, “That’s what The Voice is all about!” See… Say it with me: “Meg, you were right!”
At some point, the feel-good needs to simmer down as the competition gets hotter, right? While it’s no secret that things are going to get harder for the contestants, I can’t predict who’s going to end in the finals (partially because there’s still more auditions!) but I can guarantee that we’ll be watching the entire season. Before I go, below is the beginning of an 8th season cheat sheet….
Team Adam: Tonya Boyd-Cannon, Blaze Johnson and Deanna Johnson
Team Blake: Sarah Potenza, Cody Wickline, Joshua Davis and Brooke Adee
Team Pharrell: Lowell Oakley, Meghan Liinsey, Sawyer Fredericks, Anthony Riley and Mia Z
Team Xtina: Rob Taylor, Treeva Gibson, Gabriel Wolfchild and Joe Tolo
For now, I’m going to watch all of the auditions again and silently hate myself for having zero talent when it comes to singing. I’ll also be keeping an eye on our Twitter so be sure to send us a tweet at @weknowthedj and let us know what you think of the first two nights of blind auditions!