Thursday 25 December 2014

The Voice week 4 Blog - Am I the only one confused by the rules?

Published 08/04/2013 | 15:03

Kelly Mongan performs on Sunday's show.

AFTER a very weak show last week, The Voice redeemed itself with a far more entertaining show this week.

However in what seems to be the trend to this series this year, it started strong yet had a weak finish.

The results segment of the show is just so flat, where’s the tension? Where’s the drama? Where’s the coaches throwing strops and slapping each other? I want it all.

A lot of it comes down to the way in which the results are delivered, where each coach and their acts comes out individually.

It breaks the flow of the results, and it stops any sort of tension from building.

Couple that with the rules that seem to change every week, which just leave the audience confused.

There was a great video shown on the engine room segment (which is one of the strongest parts of the show) when Bressie was confused about the rules during his VT, as someone tried to explain them to him.

Who was going home? Who was staying? How many acts did each judge have? What day is it? No one seemed to know.

Dan Browne could write the next DaVinci code trying to decipher the rules of the show. Maybe I’m just simple.

Maybe on Sunday evening my brain doesn’t want to complete the complex mathematical equations which seem to go into making the show’s rules.

So basically the results segment went as follows – “Mary, you’re through. But John, you’re not out yet. But you might be out. But you might not be. We’ll see in a minute when Dave gets through and Sally may or may not be out. You just wait there for the minute John.”

"Now Sally, you've thrown the unicorn dust over John, which means that Fidelma gets through, and you are eliminated, but you might not be eliminated yet" - you get the point.

It’s almost impossible to build up any sort of tension, and couple that with no shots of the concerned family and friends.

Then we have the pointless moment when each judge is asked why their remaining act should or should not be eliminated, and the agony goes on.

I’m hoping next week when it’s just the final ten that things get simpler – but it probably won’t.

Next week the final ten will probably be twelve, because two people we thought were out weren’t out, because they got the highest combined points in the complex matrix of The Voice voting.

Anyway, back to this week's show.

 

Tammy Browne

I think Tammy fell into trap we often see on these shows, she let the judges comments on her first performance drive her too far out of her comfort zone. Regardless of what the judges said in her first week, Tammy delivered a stunning vocal and got through on the public vote. The uptempo song didn't suit her, she looked a tiny bit awkward on stage. Vocally it was still incredibly strong, but I don't think the song choice was right. A tragedy that she came up against Aoife, as they are probably two of the strongest female vocalists in the competition.

7/10

 

Aoife McLoughlin

Aoife was my favourite contestant in the first week, and she cemented that place this week. She is some way in front of the competition as the strongest female vocalist in the competition. She has the power but also a beautiful tone and emotional depth to her voice. She can sell a song better than most of the competition. She was more confident looking this week, but I think she still needs to believe in herself on stage more. She looks great on camera and this week the nerves didn't impact at all on the vocal. In my eyes still the runaway winner of the series so far.

9/10

 

Andrew Mann

I said after his first performance he couldn't rely on the big rock performances to get through every week. He has buckets of charisma on stage and it shone through during this performance. He sings as someone with life experience and it gives him a confidence few others in the competition have, and vocally he was pitch perfect. A big loss to the competition.

8/10

 

Katy Anna Mohan

Huge pitching issues during the opening few bars of Katy Anna's performance. There's a very fine line between displaying technical vocal ability and losing the melody, and during the first verse Katy Anna gave us the latter. She did pull it back together during the chorus however, and she is very charismatic . She has plenty of potential, and if she finds her comfort zone she could be a potential winner.  I do feel this was the wrong song choice for her and she was lucky to get through over the stronger Andrew.

5/10

 

Shane McLaughlin

A much more controlled and stronger performance than we saw in his first week. We've seen a progression from his first week and that's what's this show is all about. The tones in his upper range are stunning, but I don't think they're being exposed enough just yet. Still think he has a bit more to go.

6/10

 

Kelly Mongan

Another very big song choice from Kelly, however this week she pulled it off. She showed a lot more control in her vocals and shook away most of the nerves which held back her first performance. Having written her off in the first week I have to say she's right back in there with a shot at winning. She looks stunning on camera, she's very charismatic and now that she's got her vocals back under control I'm really looking forward to her next performance.

8/10

 

Dylan Powell

Progression was something important so so many of the contestants this week, and it's where Dylan fell down. It was still just too casual for me, if someone said he missed rehearsals and just threw it together you couldn't argue. Vocally it was actually very strong, and his vocal was one of the more interesting in this years show. I do just think it was too similar to what we saw before and it may have cost him.

7/10

 

Keith Hanley

I just don't get it. Was he meant to be singing it with an accent? Besides that oddity, Keith was vocally completely solid, and showed off some of the amazing range in his vocal. Very charasmatic on camera, but there's still not coming together for me just yet. We need to see some more emotional depth in his performances. It's the only thing holding him back - can he deliver a song with emotion? Still an incredibly strong performance.

8/10

 

Tammy Browne

I think Tammy fell into trap we often see on these shows, she let the judges comments on her first performance drive her too far out of her comfort zone. Regardless of what the judges said in her first week, Tammy delivered a stunning vocal and got through on the public vote. The uptempo song didn't suit her, she looked a tiny bit awkward on stage. Vocally it was still incredibly strong, but I don't think the song choice was right. A tracery that she came up against Aoife, as they are probably the two strongest female vocalists in the competition.

7/10

 

Aoife McLoughlin

Aoife was my favourite contestant in the first week, and she cemented that place this week. She is some way in front of the competition as the strongest female vocalist in the competition. She has the power but also a beautiful tone and emotional depth to her voice as well. She was more confident looking this week, but I think she still needs to believe in herself on stage. In my eyes still the runaway winner of the series so far.

9/10

 

Andrew Mann

I said after his first performance he couldn't rely on the big rock performances to get through every week. He has buckets of charisma on stage and it shone through during this performance. He sings as someone with life experience and it gives him a confidence few others in the competition have, and vocally he was pitch perfect. A big loss to the competition.

8/10

 

Katy Anna Mohan

Huge pitching issues during the opening few bars of Katy Anna's performance. There's a very fine line between displaying technical vocal ability and losing the melody, and during the first verse Katy Anna gave us the latter. She did pull it back together during the chorus however, and she is very charismatic on camera. She has plenty of potential, and if she finds her comfort zone she could be a potential winner.  I do feel this was the wrong song choice for her and she was lucky to get through over the stronger Andrew.

5/10

 

Shane McLaughlin

A much more controlled and stronger performance than we saw in his first week. We've seen a progression from his first week and that's what's this show is all about. The tones in his upper range are brilliant, but I don't think they're being exposed enough just yet. Still think he has a bit more to go.

6/10

 

Kelly Mongan

Another very big song choice from Kelly, however this week she pulled it off. She showed a lot more control in her vocals and shook away most of the nerves which held back her first performance. Having written her off in the first week I have to say she's right back in there with a shot at winning. She looks stunning on camera, she's very charismatic and now that she's got her vocals back under control I'm really looking forward to her next performance.

8/10

 

Dylan Powell

Progression was something important so so many of the contestants this week, and it's where Dylan fell down. It was still just too casual for me, if someone said he missed rehearsals and just threw it together you couldn't argue. Vocally it was actually very strong, and his vocal was one of the more interesting in this years show. I do just think it was too similar to what we saw before and it may have cost him.

7/10

 

Keith Hanley

I just don't get it. Was he meant to be singing it with an accent? Besides that oddity, Keith was vocally completely solid, and showed off some of the amazing range in his vocal. Very charasmatic on camera, but there's still not coming together for me just yet. We need to see some more emotional depth in his performances. It's the only thing holding him back - can he deliver a song with emotion? Still an incredibly strong performance.

8/10

 

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