The new season of “The Voice” kicked off on Monday and continued last night with hopeful singers aspiring for a spot on one of the teams. The mentors are Adam Levine, who has won twice, Blake Shelton, who proudly holds three winning trophies, and the new mentors are the fabulous Gwen Stefani, and the suave Pharrel Williams. And from the get go, the camaraderie among these coaches was evident, as though they have been competing on this stage for a long time, all of them are fun, passionate about what they are doing, and most of all they are honest in their opinions about the one who just auditioned, whether this has earned a spot on one of the teams, or perhaps needs to hone their talent for a while longer before earning one of those coveted spots.
In a good way they go for each other’s throat when asking a singer to be in their team, Adam is hilarious seeming somewhat helpless and innocent, Blake never afraid to point out that he is a three time winner, Gwen, not a bit shy, does play the card of being in the business since age 17 and starting in a band that reached great success, No Doubt, and Pharrell very subtle and pointing out that he is a producer who could have a record deal ready at any time, if he is chosen as the coach.
Those performing have risen the bar in this already very competitive show, Adam so far has three singers in his team and as usual they are singers with much stage presence who consistently learn and grow as the show progresses, Blake has four singers and these are four people who will gain much from one who has been a mentor for a while and knows how to win, Gwen also has four singers in her team, and they each received a t-shirt Gwen had designed to give out to those who picked her as their mentor, and Pharrell has five singers already, powerhouse vocalists who also gave as much as they could during the audition.
There are many spots left in each team, the auditions are so far the best yet on this show who demands that those who come forward and ask for a spot on one of the teams; bring a voice that will engage the coaches and give that one note during their performance that will have everyone in a collective wow, because that is the moment when the mentors push buttons and chairs turn around, meaning that they are on their way to achieving greatness.
This show is humbling and fascinating in that these performers come with shyness and apprehension to audition for four well seasoned performers, hoping that at least one chair turns and they have a spot in one of the teams, and of course when all four chairs turn, then there is indeed a validation that they are on the right track. Then as the weeks progress these singers grow by leaps and bounds and become more secure in their performances and those who are contenders for the title start to become household names and viewers and audience members take the time to vote for them and hope that their favorite singer eventually wins the grand prize. Yes, “The Voice” is now in it’s 7th season and it is always fascinating and delightful to watch people rise up from anonymity and reach what for most is only a dream. Recaps, episodes, and information can be found at www.nbc.com/thevoice
“The Voice” runs on Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. EDT on NBC.