Talent is Easy to See in The Voice Blind Auditions
January 8, 2019
The Voice returned to our screens last weekend for its eighth series, and its third on ITV. With each week of auditions come more names into The Voice betting odds, so keep an eye out for your favourite acts and be sure to check their odds to win.
Opening the show were the four coaches, Tom Jones, will.i.am, Olly Murs & Jennifer Hudson singing Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) by Eurythmics. This was the first point of realisation, or perhaps a reminder that, all of the coaches can actually sing. If you think about the other talent shows on TV, there’s always one or two judges who aren’t primarily singers. This lot, however, most definitely are.
While this is good for coaching purposes, is it good enough to find the next superstar? Time will tell.
The first bout of auditions got off to a flying start, with people of all ages and backgrounds stepping up to sing for their supper. Well, for their place in the competition at least.
The First Blind Auditions
The first episode of this series took six lucky voices through to the next stages. Let’s see how they weighed up and which coaches they chose…
An on-call firefighter from Aberdare in South Wales, Mike Platt was the first audition of the series, and sang Maria McKee’s ‘Show me Heaven’. His voice wowed the judges, with all four of them hitting their buttons to turn around. Will described the performance as “spectacular”, but Mike felt he couldn’t betray his fellow Welshman Sir Tom Jones. So, Mike became the first member of Sir Tom’s team, and the first successful audition.
The first trio of not only the series, but in the history of The Voice! Remember Monday from Surrey made it clear that it was a great decision to allow trios to enter the competition this year. The three girls sang Seal’s ‘Kiss from A Rose’ and their harmonies were top-notch. Jennifer Hudson got them to sing their harmonies acapella to demonstrate how good their voices work together. With a number of local gigs under their belt they’ve proven their confidence, and we’re sure this will be reflected in The Voice betting odds before long. All four coaches hit their buttons to turn, and girl power prevailed as the girls chose to join team JHud.
Wow! At only 16 years of age, Brieya from Devon took on Lauryn Hill’s adaptation of the classic ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You’. She even had the guts to still put her own spin on this adaptation and it was incredible. Both Will and Olly were keen to coach Brieya, and her decision was based on ‘who was ready to fight for her’. Naturally, Olly and Will had a press-up-off. As you do. She decided to choose team Will, which for her singing style and nature seems like a fantastic choice. She is a really promising character, and it will be interesting to see how she fares in The Voice betting odds as we see more auditions come through.
Peter and his guitar were the next successes of the blind auditions. He took on the country song ‘Bless the Broken Road’ to which Sir Tom spun around. When he told the coaches his name, Tom asked, perhaps as a half-joke, if he was related to Lonnie Donegan. The answer was yes, the ‘My Old Man’s a Dustman’ singer, was his dad. Coincidentally, Peter’s dad had also written for Sir Tom and performed with him, too. While some viewers got suspicious about it being planned that only Tom would turn around, the majority were stunned by the coincidence. Peter then put down his guitar to play the piano, accompanying Sir Tom as he sang the song Lonnie had written for him. Needless to say, Peter is now on Tom’s team. Let’s wait and see if there’s any favouritism in there.
Seventeen-year-old Molly from Cornwall knew she wanted to be a singer ever since she played Mary in the school nativity. After twelve years of prep, she graced the coaches with the most angelic voice. She sang Eva Cassidy’s ‘You Take My Breath Away’ and Olly hit his button to turn within about 3 seconds of her starting to sing. Sir Tom and JHud also turned their chairs around but after a plea from Olly, Molly joined his team.
Currently an understudy in London’s West End for the same character which Jennifer Hudson played in the original Dreamgirls film, Nicole’s dreams most certainly came true during her audition. The 24-year-old sang ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman, which warranted turns from Jennifer, Olly and Tom. The fight between the coaches was non-existent, as JHud and Nicole duetted to ‘And I am Telling You’ from Dreamgirls, it was clear that Nicole was made for team JHud Productions. A very worthy place, she has one heck of a voice, does Nicole.
Now let’s not forget this is just week one, but if any of these six hopefuls is a star in your eyes, then you may get the best odds if you strike while the iron is hot.
As it stands, the coaches with the most people on their team at the end of week one are Sir Tom Jones and Jennifer Hudson. Don’t forget, if you’ve already decided which coach you would like to win, there are many bookies including this option in The Voice betting odds. As ever, this can change week by week, and they will eventually end up with the same number of acts once the blind auditions are complete, but if one is shining out for you already, go for it.
Laura has been sharing her opinions on all kinds of popular culture for over a year, with a strong focus on great music and questionable TV. A massive Geordie who has a love of all things Newcastle United, when she isn't sprinting across the Tyne Bridge to St James Park, we normally find her in-front of the TV watching Shrek, Coronation Street or Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.