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Thoughts on "The Voice Australia" (Season 2)

May 17, 2013

 

So! I've been meaning to start a blog for a long time now. So much cool stuff happens on tour, in music and around the world and I've been wanting to share my experiences. Having so much to say and not knowing where to start, this kind of started accidentally….After seeing the majority of my good friends get kicked off "The Voice" (or not even get through the first round), I finally felt the need to share how this all made me feel. This is from a professional singer perspective - not an audience member perspective! It is absolutely biased as I want to see the people who dedicate their entire lives (and every last cent they have) to music get a leg up. It's what every singer dreams of! My argument below is flawed in that I'm coming from an idealistic point of view. Still…. this particular Facebook post (below) struck a nerve with many of the music community. At last look, this personal Facebook post had been shared 55 times, liked by 340 people and had 149 comments. For something that started out as just a little vent for my immediate music community friends (about 50 people) I couldn't believe the reaction. Totally unexpected. I figured this would be a good way to kick off my blog so here is that Facebook post:

 

THE VOICE. What the hell is this show about?!! I thought it was genuinely about the voice. It has become ABUNDANTLY clear to me that it is not. It is about making TV that rates and TV that is talked about. Do you know that in the 1hr & 1/2 Blind Audition shows there was only 15 minutes of music?! This frustrated me no end because I was excited about seeing people SING! I was excited to hear the music! I wanted this to be a music show. It is not.It feels like the professional singers are being used as fodder, being used as filler to give the show credibility and that is very disappointing to me. To have a guy go through tonight doing the worst version of “When The Levee Breaks” by Zeppelin that I have ever heard when Lyric (who smashed “Shy Guy”) goes home?! COME ON!!!! Ridiculous. I could rant on and on about the teams being split up unfairly for the showdown rounds too or some of the bizarre blind audition moments but I’d need a much longer post to cover that. I am disappointed that a show that actually has the potential to help, support and boost the live music scene in this country is actually, potentially(?), doing more damage than good.The way that some of the singers who have recorded and released their own original music are labeled “backing vocalists” rather than the front people that they are and not featuring their OWN music as part of their “backstory” is annoying to me. And what is wrong with being a backing vocalist anyway?! Why is it that they might now be able to “really make it” if they step out from that roll?! So much annoyance. All the labels handed out:“blind girl”, “stutterer”, “backing vocalist”, “guy on crutches”.. etc, stay LONG after the show is over and the contestants have to live with them. But at least they’re getting paid appropriately considering what they contribute to the show…. ??Oh, wait a minute, hang on…!!!!!Then there’s the “International Featured Artist” slot that we were subjected to tonight. “The Wanted”?! If anyone was watching the twitter feed tonight you would’ve seen a large amount of tweets saying “UnWanted #thevoiceau”. Why wasn’t an Aussie artist given that slot? Do we not have great artists in this country who could use a little extra air time? Am I that naïve to think that Australian made is good enough and worthy?!Only one Aussie in the coaching panel. Scottish host. I would've thought there would have been an Aussie actor/presenter who that roll could’ve gone to. I don’t get it.I don’t believe that I am the only person who knows that we have an incredible pool of talent in this country and I know I’m not the only person who would WATCH more home grown talent on the box.In lieu of that, I have but one choice. I am turning off The Voice Au. I am done. I’m not going to waste another minute of my time watching friends and colleagues being thrown under the bus for ratings and drama. I am going to go out and watch them do shows – original shows, cover shows – whatever. I am going to continue to support original music and I am going to make sure that we keep the live scene thriving – not sure how, but that is my new quest.Let’s get the Sydney scene BUZZING again people! Lets try and get punters up off of their couches and out into venues. Again, not sure how- I’m open to suggestions – but lets freaki' do it!

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