BBC The Voice – Cody Wows the Nation with The Chain By Fleetwood Mac
BBC The Voice is becoming interesting. At last, in Cody, Jolan, Lydia Lucy and Kevin we have four coruscating, genuine musical talents who each deserve to win next Saturday. Personally, if it’s about all round star power, charisma, authenticity and the voice, I’d bet on Boy George’s Cody, followed by Ricky Wilson’s Jolan. Cody’s choice of The Chain by FleetWood Mac was surprising, brave and an emotional tour de force. With a voice that could slay dragons, she more than made it her own, and you could see Boy George glowing with pride. Does Cody remind you of anyone? With her striking, Punk Princess persona and soaring voice, she is the new Sinead O’Connor. If anyone else really deserves to win, it is Jolan, the baby-faced rock ‘n’ roll comeback kid, singing his heart out in memory of his beautiful mum. He put every ounce of rock fire power into a daring and faultless version of Prince’s Purple Rain. I could see him playing rock stadiums, to the delight of thousands of fans.
Of course, if Will. i. Am, the philosopher and flower power professor of dreams has his way, it will be the lovely Lydia Lucy, who wins The Voice. He’s right. She is a gifted, all-round artist, not someone who just sings other people’s songs. Her phrasing, her confidence and her star power shines for all to see. I don’t think she needs to win The Voice to become a super star, though of of course it would help. As for Liberty X’s Kevin, he has a voice like smoke and rain, but I feel he needs to take more risks. If he wants to be crowned the winner of The Voice next weekend, he needs to drive us all crazy. He needs to reveal his musical and emotional vulnerability. He needs to break our hearts.
More importantly, each of these four finals are also capable of producing a hit album, not just pleasing their social networks. Something previous winners have failed to do. Talent shows, notably the Ex-Factor, can seem horribly fake, silly, one dimensional and manufactured. The Voice does genuinely seem to reflect the state of the country’s musical talent. It’s good to see it is in such good health. It’s encouraging given the challenges of making music in the age of sharing and the internet.
Vangelis, The Greek God Singing in His Bedroom
It is the diversity of the show that transforms The Voice into watchable, sometimes really exciting television. Y0u do really get the sense that someone extraordinary could become a star, like Vangelis, who sings like a Greek god, or more specifically, like Demis Roussos. Sadly, he wasn’t quite able to cast off the gauche astonishment that he was no longer just singing in his bedroom enough to wow the public. I am sure this isn’t the last we will hear from him.
So who has the musical edge? As the judges chorused, when it is this close, it is all about the song choice, and crucially, who the public identify with. Pick the wrong song, and it could mean all the difference between winning or being out of the contest.
Will.i.am is Like a Prophet, but this time Boy George and Ricky Wilson Have the Edge
I think Boy George and Ricky Wilson have the edge. Boy George has really developed as a judge. He seems to have mellowed as the show has progressed, and he is the judge who seems to take his duties most seriously, and really nurtures and inspires his singers. I like Boy George. Shall we all root for him and Cody? Ah, but I do love Jolan as the rock pretender.
And let’s not forget that what really makes The Voice watchable. It is the combined super, duper talent and vocal experience of four musical mega stars – Paloma Faith, will.i.am, Boy George and Ricky Wilson. On with the show!