The Voice

The Voice: Real singing or just another TV competition for the fame hungry?

It’s taken me a while to bring myself to tune into The Voice for reasons I’m sure you can imagine. I’m always unsure what to say when my young students eagerly ask who I like best from the X Factor and I was expecting much of the same – sob stories, overacting, crazy outfits and melodrama, coupled with the snide comments we’re used to from Mr Cowell.

The judges provide a balanced mix of expertise of successful vocalists and producers within their own field.  During the first show Jessie J and The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, Sir Tom Jones and listen to each contestant with their back turned to the performer, enabling them to concentrate purely on what they came there to do – sing. If the judge likes what they hear, they press a button and turn around, then bid against other judges to “win” the singer for their group.  Instead of the usual bitching and “banter” between the judges, we see them listening and focusing on the singer, giving positive feedback and constructive criticism regardless of whether the singer is through to the next round or not. Of course there’s still some one-up-manship but then it wouldn’t be TV otherwise, would it?

Satisfied that I could take the show half seriously, I tuned in again this week for the “battle round” where two singers are paired together to perform duets, with only one singer to make it through to next week’s live show.  What a disaster. If ever there was a nodule-inducing encouragement to over sing, this was it. Every pair who entered the battle ring was almost preset (or had perhaps been coached) to out sing their opponent at the top of their lungs, “give their best” and show the judges what they could offer. Unfortunately, all I heard was a lot of embellished screeching, wailing and straining more likened to child birth than a good vocal performance. The fierce desperation I witnessed was just plain awkward.

What do I think of the Voice? An improvement on previous formats for sure, but in my opinion not a show with the long term interests of the singers it lures in.

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Luisa Santos-Stephens
Luisa Santos-Stephens
14:56 20 Nov 19
Jennifer is an incredible singer. We had her with Cafe Society to play at my 40th and it was everything I could dream off- they played beautiful music, and brought a very good vibe to the party. All the guests talked about how great they were, with a repertoire of very nice songs which we loved to listen to, but at the same time allowing us to keep the conversation going. I can’t recommend her enough.
Lisa Purcell
Lisa Purcell
19:34 03 Sep 19
Jenny sang beautifully at our wedding in August 2019! She moved many members of the congregation to tears with her amazing singing. We absolutely loved it and would highly recommend her. Each time we meet up with friends and family that were there, they all comment on how amazing her singing was and how much they enjoyed it! She sang a Maori love song perfectly - commented the relatives from New Zealand! X
Rachel McGuckin
Rachel McGuckin
16:06 27 Jun 19
Jenny was the absolute highlight of our wedding ceremony. We picked some tricky songs and she had the whole audience joining in at the chorus. Luckily they didn't join at all points because it gave everyone a chance to hear her beautiful voice as well! I can't recommend highly enough.
Kate McNamara
Kate McNamara
14:36 12 Jun 19
Jenny was amazing from the moment I enquired about her playing the violin at our wedding ceremony. So quick to respond, helpful, friendly, flexible & professional, and was able to recommend songs and even learnt a new song for the exit music. I was so confident that she had everything under control which was invaluable and it was something on the day that I knew I just didn’t have to worry about. Jenny is so talented and it really added to the ceremony, I am so pleased that I found her! Thank you so so much!
Aimee Curry
Aimee Curry
13:56 15 Feb 19
We highly recommend Jenny! She played amazing violin music beautifully at our wedding. Jenny was so lovely and was so approachable and helpful to plan our ceremony music which was a highlight of the day and also the drinks reception music.
T Whyte
T Whyte
19:17 30 Jan 19
Jenny sang at our wedding - her music set the tone and made for a truly special experience. She has a beautiful voice, is very easy to work with, and worked seamlessly with our (very exacting) venue to get everything just right. Thank you Jenny!
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