The Voice UK – Take Two!

Read about my experiences at the Belfast Voice UK auditions over at my music site if you’d like to :-):

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So yesterday The Voice UK rolled into Belfast for the Irish leg of their auditions. And yours truly went along to audition. It was my second time auditioning for the show. I auditioned two years ago too.

My sister and I got the train into Dublin and then another train to Belfast for the audition. We arrived and couldn’t remember where the hotel was from the last time so we waddled around asking for directions which some lovely people helped us with. Thanks. 🙂 We got there in the end and I nearly tripped over the carpet when I was going into the hotel before registering and then nearly missing the holding room which the girl I registered with had pointed me towards. Socially awkward, much? 🙂

So then we were all waiting in the holding area for the group to become ten people before we could be brought up…

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The Voice UK Final Review: The Winner Is Crowned!

As you can see in my previous post Kevin Simm was crowned the winner of the 5th season of The Voice UK. Below is my final live show review of the season:

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – Gladys Knight & the Pips – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

Proceedings were got under way by the first of team Ricky’s finalists Jolan. I think Jolan took on a very big song here which was admirable but I didn’t feel it suited him and again like last week that surprised me because I thought it might. I love the song so much that it needed to hit me and sadly it didn’t.

Lydia Lucy – Alicia Keys – No One

Next up was team Will’s finalist Lydia. Sadly I don’t think this performance really worked to be honest.

Kevin Simm – Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko – Stay

Next up was the first performance by the newest champ. I loved the styling and the staging. It is probably unpopular to say but I didn’t enjoy his vocal on it. I actually preferred Kevin’s performances prior to the live shows really.

Cody Frost – Tears For Fears – Mad World

The final came to life for me when Cody sung this song which was a perfect song choice for her. It was haunting and beautiful.

Next up was the duets with the coaches:

Jolan Gidney-Craigen and Ricky Wilson – Lenny Kravitz – Are You Gonna Go My Way

I love this song and it didn’t work. Jolan is good on the guitar though.

Cody Frost and Boy George – John Lennon – Imagine

This was beautiful. The only thing was that I did feel like George sung most of the song and it would have been nice if Cody had sung a bit more too. But it did sound good.

Kevin Simm and Ricky Wilson – The Killers – Mr. Brightside

I love The Killers and this didn’t work. I think the problem for me with both Jolan’s and Kevin’s duets with Ricky were that they were two rock songs that I love and they sounded kind of poppy and commercial which is fine but it’s not how I see those particular songs.

Lydia Lucy and Will.I.Am – Will.I.Am – Boys & Girls

I enjoyed this performance. It was probably my favourite of the duets on the night. Very creative staging too.

Throughout the night we seen the finalists going home for their homecomings, we were invited via television to Kevin’s sister’s wedding to her new husband and we had appearances from The Kaiser Chiefs and Cyndi Lauper both of who I love so that was pretty brilliant. The other finalists who didn’t make the final were also there in the V room and it was lovely to see them all back especially Jordan.

Soon the final 2 were revealed and it was time for both Jolan and Kevin to sing the winner’s song All You Good Friends. I’m not crazy about the song so I agree with Boy George on that but I hope it does well for the charity and good luck Kevin! 🙂

The Winner’s Single

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – All You Good Friends

Kevin Simm – All You Good Friends

And the guest performances for the final were Meghan Trainor and Shawn Mendes:

Meghan Trainor – NO

Shawn Mendes – Stitches

Finally to end let’s relive Kevin’s winning moment:

Download Kevin’s track now at:

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Kevin Simm Wins The Voice UK!

 

Last night former Liberty X singer Kevin Simm was crowned the winner of The Voice UK beating fellow Team Ricky member Jolan Gidney- Craigen into second place. Earlier in the evening Cody Frost from Team George and Lydia Lucy from Team Will were eliminated from the competition.

Following his win Kevin said on his Twitter page,

On the night Kevin sang Stay by Rihanna ft Mikky Ekko, Mr. Brightside by The Killers with Ricky and his winning song All You Good Friends which is released in aid of charity and can be downloaded on iTunes at:

Well done Kevin! And the three other finalists too! 🙂

 

 

The Voice UK Review: Final Four Revealed!

Well last weekend was the semi-finals of The Voice UK and the 8 semi-finalists sung for a place in the final. They all also sung with their coaches. Here is my review of the semi final performances:

Kevin Simm – Adele – Rolling In The Deep

Kevin changed it up this week with a faster track which has to be admired. However it wasn’t his best performance. A lot of notes weren’t great but he had the unenviable task of opening the show and for that he did well.

Lyrickal – Charlie Puth – See You Again

This was probably Lyrickal’s best performance on the show. Some of the lower notes were slightly off but all in all his vocal wasn’t half bad on this and his rap was really good. He can be very proud of this performance.

Heather Cameron-Hayes – Justin Bieber – Sorry

The first lady to take to the stage in the semis was Heather and she smashed it. It was beautiful. The arrangement of the song was brilliant and Heather’s vocal was excellent.

Cody Frost – Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

Cody was brilliant on the night. She rocked out to this track and it was sensational. She proved she is well-deserving of her place in the final. Brilliant. Well done Cody!

Lydia Lucy – Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

Lydia was brilliant on the night. It was a beautiful, emotional performance. She changed up her style and it worked brilliantly.

Jordan Gray – Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark

This is where it gets sad for me because I think Jordan is sensational. A ready-made pop/rock chick. I was really sad she didn’t get through to the final because I look forward to her performances as she is such an incredible singer and performer. She was brilliant as always on the night and the future is so bright for her. Good luck Jordan! You have earned two fans in me and my sister.

Vangelis Polydorou

This took me back as this track was huge when I was a teenager. He performed it stunningly. It was haunting and well if you’ll excuse the pun beautiful. Stunning Vangelis, just a stunning performance.

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – Prince – Purple Rain

I thought this song would suit Jolan’s voice but in reality it wasn’t his best performance. In saying that he did hit the money note in the song but his vocal wasn’t always on point throughout.It probably is an unpopular opinion but I wasn’t crazy about his performance on the night. I preferred his performance the week before if I’m been honest.

And then there were some performances with the coaches …

Team Ricky – Huey Lewis and the News – Power Of Love

First up was reigning champion Ricky and his lads Kevin and Jolan. The three boys went go-karting in the week and met Craig David and performed Huey Lewis and the News’s Power Of Love. It was a good performance and they all done a good job.

Team George – Culture Club – Victims

This was a beautiful performance from Team George. One of the best of the group performances. Their voices blended beautifully. In the week George showed them some of his stage costumes from over the years and it was wonderful to take a look back at some of his looks. Like a mini exhibition in a museum. Fabulous.

Team Paloma – Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart

The other best team performance came from Paloma and her girls Jordan and Heather. I love Janis Joplin and they performed it brilliantly with plenty of sassiness. In the week they had afternoon tea. How grand! 🙂 They also met and sang for Lianne La Havas.

Team Will – Chic/The Sugarhill Gang – Good Times/Rapper’s Delight

This was good. Will’s performances with his teams are always a bit of a show to behold and I look forward to them each year and as always really good. In the week the team had afternoon tea. Again how grand! 🙂 Will invited Lydia’s granny and Lyrickal’s mum along too which was sweet.

And there was guest performers on the night …

Zara Larsson & Tinie Tempah – Lush Life + Girls Like

Birdy – Wild Horses

Well done to all the finalists and semi-finalists! 🙂

Now that the wonderful Jordan is no longer in the competion, I’m Team Cody and Team George all the way. Good luck to you both at the weekend! 🙂

 

 

First Voice UK Live Show Review: Jordan Gray Steals The Show

 

The first live show of BBC show The Voice UK took place last night and the last ten performed for the first time live following two finalists Chloe Castro (from Team Ricky) and Beth Morris (from Team Paloma) leaving the show. It was a mixed bag of performances but Jordan Gray (from Team Paloma) stole the show with her amazing rendition of Florence & The Machine’s Shake It Off.

Below is my review of live show 1 performance by performance:

Team Will

Lydia Lucy – Somebody Else’s Guy By Jocelyn Brown

Proceedings began with Team Will and the first singer on his team to sing was Lydia Lucy. The song didn’t really suit her. I don’t know if her vocal is very distinctive and personal taste wise I probably prefer singers that you switch on a record and you know it’s them without knowing they have a track out. I don’t know if I find that with Lydia’s vocal which isn’t to say by any means she can’t sing but I think she needs to find a song that makes her stand out more and while I love this song it wasn’t the song to do that.

Lyrickal – Just Like A Child By James Morrison

Lyrickal’s performance wasn’t great vocally but I appreciated that he tried something new that we hadn’t seen him do on the show before. The emotion with which he sang the song was great.

Lauren Lapsley-Browne – Dreamer By Livin’ Joy

It pains me to say it but this didn’t work. The song kind of swallowed Lauren’s vocal up and it didn’t really suit her but she did Ireland proud by getting to the quarter finals. Not everyone can say they got to that stage and we’re very proud of her.

Team Paloma

Heather Cameron-Hayes – Stitches By Shawn Mendes

If Heather had have been on another team last night she probably would have got the fast pass into the semi-final because she was in the top three performances on the night so it was great she got through on the public vote. She sang this song beautifully and her piano playing was stunning too. Oh and the piano and dress co-ordination was quite cool too. She is definitely a dark horse to make the final next week.

Jordan Gray – Shake It Out By Florence & The Machine

Everything was perfect about this performance by Jordan Gray. Her vocals were on point, the staging was incredible and she looked amazing. She’s a natural performer and a true artist and she’s put herself in a great position to win the entire contest after her performance last night.

Team Ricky

Kevin Simms – I’m Kissing You By Des’ree

There is no doubt that Kevin has a great voice but he has sung all ballads throughout the contest so far and last night he did another ballad. He sang it very well but it was very much in his comfort zone. In saying that a singer can sing anything and I’m glad he has the chance to come back next week and show that he can do something different because I believe he is more than capable of doing so.

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – Yes By McAlmont & Butler

Jolan sang Yes by Mc Almont & Butler and he did a really good job on the track. Jolan was definitely in the top three performances on the night and has really set himself up as a contender for voice glory. If it is to be our 3rd male winner in a row I think it might be Jolan who wins.

Team George

Harry Fisher – Space Oddity By David Bowie

This didn’t really work unfortunately. Harry has a great voice but it was a big ask to perform a David Bowie track in the first live show. David had such a storytelling vocal and that was missing so it wasn’t the right song but he is a great singer.

Vangelis Polydorou – Here Comes The Rain Again By Eurythmics

Another huge song for a first live show. It didn’t suit Vangelis’ vocal but I’m glad he has the chance to come back next week because he has had some good performances up to this point.

Cody Frost – Ordinary World By Duran Duran

Cody was really good on the chorus of this song but on the verses her vocal sounded a bit low. It wasn’t her best performance on the show but I’m sure she’ll come back fighting next week in the semi-final because she’s really talented.

 

So basically round 1 goes to Jordan but anything can happen next week which makes everything very exciting! But outside of reviewing performances it has to be said that it is immensely brave of each of the finalists to even go on that stage. Not everyone would have the guts to put themselves out there live on prime time television and that in itself regardless of how a performance goes is incredibly admirable so well done to the ten of them on that! 🙂

Below is the performance by the coaches and the performances by the guest performers Stevie McCrorie and Years & Years.

 

 

Jordan Gray Star Magazine Interview (Issue 627)

 

The Voice UK finalist Jordan Gray recently did an interview with Gemma McCartney for British celebrity weekly Star Magazine with photos by Rex/Shutterstock. In her very articulate and at times witty interview the 26-year-old Essex lady, whose stage name is Tall Dark Friend, talks about her girlfriend Heli, why she auditioned for The Voice instead of rival talent contest The X Factor, the reception she has got from the public since appearing on the BBC talent show, what Paloma is like as a mentor, her amazing sense of style and what winning the contest would mean to her.

Talking about her journey on the show so far she said that she didn’t “believe in fate or destiny but it does feel like something quite peculiar is going on in my stars. It’s like I’m in the middle of a Cinderella story.”

On her decision to audition for The Voice over The X Factor she said,

“I’m not naive to the fact that people are curious about transgender. The Voice has integrity, I knew they’d deal with things the right way. I felt like they were going to promote my artistry, not my genitals. At no point have I felt exploited.”

Asked about whether she was worried about how she would be perceived by the public and what the public response to her had been like she said,

“Of course. I’ve been female for two years and it’s my responsibility to be a positive example of a transgender woman and a human being. I thought it (the viewers’ reaction) would be 50/50 good and bad, but it’s been 98.8 per cent positive.”

Speaking about the messages she received from viewers who were confused about their gender she said that there had been “so many!” and added,

“It’s really overwhelming and heartbreaking. I’ve had messages from as far away as South Africa, America, Russia, Bangkok and Australia.”

When asked if her girlfriend Heli is fan of the show she said,

“She doesn’t even have a TV, so this is probably the first thing she’s ever watched. We only got together last year.”

On her style she said that she liked “getting dressed up” but that she isn’t “very glitzy” and continued,

“My style is all over the shop really, but I’d like to be a female Russell Brand.”

On her dream she said,

“As a kid I wanted to be a superhero and I don’t think I’ve ever let go of that. I want to change the world!”

Speaking about her mentor Paloma Faith she said,

“She gives life-changing advice. She said I shouldn’t feel like I have to sing like a woman, because I don’t have a very feminine voice.”

Finally on how she would react if she became the 3rd female winner of The Voice UK and the fifth winner overall she said,

“I would cry. But then I am on 300mg of oestrogen a day!”

Good luck Jordan! 🙂

My Song Choices For The Voice UK Final 12!

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The final 12 have now all been chosen on The Voice UK and just for a bit of fun I have decided to do a blog post on what I think songs would suit each of our finalists in the live shows. My sister and I are always saying what we think suits peoples’ voices on the talent shows. We’ve missed our callings obviously! 🙂

I’ve picked three songs that I think would suit each finalist and it was more difficult to pick what I think would suit some finalists’ voices more than others because some of their genres are not what I listen to as much as others. However safe in the knowledge that I am a mere blogger who can’t affect anyone’s chances of achieving their dreams below is my choices for each singer:

 

Team George

Cody Frost

The Cranberries – Zombie

4 Non Blondes – What’s Up

Shakespears Sister – Stay

Harry Fisher

Sam Smith – Lay Me Down

Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine

The Drifters – Stand By Me

Vangelis Polydorou

Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven

John Lennon – Imagine

Tears For Fears/Michael Andrews feat. Gary Jules – Mad World

Team Paloma

Beth Morris

The Gossip – Standing In The Way Of Control

Pat Benatar – Love is a Battlefield

Aerosmith – Walk This Way

Heather Cameron-Hayes

Christina Perri – Jar of Hearts

Kelly Clarkson – Because of You

Greenday – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

Jordan Gray

Annie Lennox – Cold

Vanessa Carlton – A Thousand Miles

Seal/Alanis Morissette – Crazy

Team Ricky

Chloe Castro

Skunk Anansie – Hedonism

Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Coldplay – Fix You

Jolan Gidney-Craigen

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain?

Bon Jovi – Always

Snow Patrol – Chasing Cars

Kevin Simm

Katy Perry – Firework

Adele – Someone Like You

James Bay – Hold Back The River

Team Will

Lauren Lapsley-Browne

Jennifer Hudson – Love You I Do

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – The Power of Love

Beyonce – Best Thing I Never Had

Lydia Lucy

Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

Beverley Knight – Shouda Woulda Coulda

Calvin Harris feat. John Newman – Blame It On The Night

Lyrickal

Mr Hudson feat. Kayne West – Supernova

Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre, Queen Pen – No Diggity

Tinie Tempah – Pass Out

 

What would you like to hear any of the finalists sing? Comment below! 🙂

 

 

My Tips On The Voice UK 2016!

So The Voice UK enters it’s knockouts stage this weekend with the singers whittled down to the last 32 vying for a spot in the live shows. In preparation I have complied my eight tips for Voice glory this season below:

Jordan Gray

I was so glad that Essex’s Jordan Gray returned for the battles after one of Paloma’s team sadly had to pull out because I loved her audition of Bob Dylan’s Just Like a Woman. Her battle with Theo Llewellyn singing This Woman’s Work was one of the best battles this series. Also I’m addicted to her song Hang With The Happiness. She is definitely my winner this season.

Rick Snowdon

Hartlepool’s Rick Snowdon wowed us all in his blind audition with a rock version of I Put a Spell on You. The gravelly rock tone of his voice is quite magical and in ballads has an ethereal type of quality. But in his battle with Bradley Waterman he showed us that his voice is a very versatile rock voice. He is my second favourite in this year’s show.

Deano Boroczky

Deano Boroczky’s stunning version of You Do Something To Me ensured his spot at the battle rounds where he took on Megan Reece in his battle singing I Try which ensured his spot at knockouts. He has a very unique vocal which sounds amazing.

Cody Frost

Cody Frost finished the first blind auditions of the new series on a high with her version of Lay All Your Love On Me before impressing once again in her battle with Heather Cameron-Hayes ensuring that she is currently joint favourite to win the show.

Harry Fisher

Harry Fisher has a wonderful soulful voice and impressed in his audition with Let It Go. Next he took on Charley Birkin in his battle when they sang I Can’t Stop Loving You which booked his place in the knockouts.

Vangelis Polydorou

Vangelis Polydorou’s rendition of Do You Really Want To Hurt Me was certainly a risk considering Boy George knew the song inside out but his beautiful arrangement of the song impressed the man himself and ensured his place on George’s team. He impressed once again in his battle with Melissa Cavanagh to book his place at the knockouts.

Alaric Green

Alaric’s beautiful vocal of Broken Vow ensured his place on team Ricky before his battle with Chloe Castro which was one of the best battles this year. When Ricky chose to keep Chloe, George stole Alaric booking his place in the knockouts.

Rachel Ann

Rachel Ann ensured her place at the battles following her version of In for the Kill in her audition before taking on Cork’s Aine Carroll in the battles singing This Is The Last Time which ensured her spot at the knockouts.

Stevie McCrorie Wins The Voice UK!

Tonight Scotland rocker Stevie McCrorie won the fourth series of The Voice UK beating off stiff competition from our very own opera singer Lucy O’Byrne in the last two. Joint third was Sasha Simone and Emmanuel Nwamadi.

Following his win Stevie said,

“I’m so lost for words right now. I can’t thank everyone enough for doing this for me. ‘I never thought this was possible… Everyone that’s voted for me, please go and buy that single and start my career.”

Earlier in the evening proud mentor Ricky said of Stevie,

“It’s brilliant to see a man who had a dream following a dream.”

McCrorie’s version of Adam Levine’s Lost Stars was set to be brought out three hours after he won. On the final he performed the track as well as his audition song All I Want by Kodaline, I’ll Stand By You by The Pretenders and a version of Get Back by The Beatles with his mentor Ricky Wilson.

Well done Stevie on your win! 🙂 Also well done Lucy! Girl, you did Ireland really proud! 🙂 And well done to Sasha and Emmanuel too! 🙂

Watch Stevie’s crowning moment here:

My Top 11 Tips On The Voice UK 2015!

So The Voice UK 2015 is well underway and here is my eleven tips for Voice glory this season:

Sharon Murphy

Sharon Murphy had two turns on the Voice from Tom and Ricky and opted to join the silver fox Mr. Jones. With a unique and emotive voice Sharon, from Galway and now living in Clare, is doing Ireland proud.

Mitch Miller

With Rita turning at the last second, 26-year-old Mitch Miller must have been sweating! But I am so happy he got through. He has a very quirky, unique voice.

Emmanuel Nwamadi

Emmanuel Nwamadi has a beautiful voice. It’s soulful with a bit of R ‘N’ B and a few overtones of rock too. Very clear vocals and I’m glad Ricky turned around.

Howard Rose

With his unique take on The Who’s My Generation, Howard Rose managed to get two turns from Tom and Ricky. Again he opted to join Team Tom.

Sasha Simone

Sasha Simone also managed to get two turns from Tom and Ricky with her unique, soulful voice and opted also to join Team Tom. (Ricky must have been getting pissed off after a while! Hehe! :-))

Daniel Duke

Belfast’s Daniel Duke has an amazing folk voice and is doing Ireland proud like Sharon. (As are Claudia and Lucy, our other Irish contestants on the show this year). Tom swooped in to bag another great singer here.

Vikesh Champaneri

Singing an emotive and brilliant version of Adele’s Hometown Glory, Vikesh managed to get three turns from Rita, Tom and Ricky who he chose as his coach.

Lisa Ward

Rock chick Lisa Ward got two turns from Tom and Will and chose Team Tom after her amazing performance of Weak by Skunk Anansie.

Clark Carmody

Hairdresser Clark Carmody sung Sam Smith’s I’m Not The Only One amazing and had two turns by Rita and Tom. He opted to join Team Rita.

Stevie McCrorie

Firefighter Stevie McCrorie was the last to sing on the first show and he sang Kodaline’s All I Want brilliantly and all the coaches turned around. He decided to join Team Ricky.

Autumn Sharif

Completing Team Ricky was Autumn Sharif and she had two turns from Tom and Ricky. At last Ricky won a pitch against Tom this season! 🙂