Last night’s battle round on The Voice had a few memorable moments: Team Joel’s young heartthrobs Lakyn Heperi and Nick Len were pitted against each other to sing Angus and Julia Stone’s “Big Jet Plane,” and Guy Sebastian’s younger brother Chris battled Yshrael Pascual in a performance of Katy Perry’s “Firework” that unfortunately didn’t wow the rest of the coaches. I attended the taping of this particular battle round over a month ago and thought it would be fun to share a few facts of what goes on behind-the-scenes and what didn’t make it to air last night . . . Find out when you keep reading.
- It takes a long time to tape eight battle round performances. Anyone who’s been to a show taping will know that you need to get to the studio about an hour before the show starts, and that you’ll probably only get home an hour after it ends. I made my way to Fox Studios at 5:30 p.m. and it finished around 10:30 p.m. Taping of the actual show went for around three-and-a-half to four hours, so as you can imagine, a lot was edited out of what we saw last night.
- There’s an art to maintaining Delta Goodrem’s hair. Delta has gorgeous, long hair, and to make sure it stayed in place for the duration of the recording, we noticed one of the hair stylists showing her how to use her fingers to make sure the front pieces still had lift and volume.
- The coaches and mentors chatted and hung out in the breaks. We’ve seen so much friendly camaraderie between the coaches on the show — hugs here, praise aplenty there — and it doesn’t seem to be an act. Between performances they moved around to chat to the other coaches/mentors as their makeup was touched up.
- The coaches gave a lot more feedback. When the battle round episodes air, we hear roughly one line from the coaches, but they actually gave a lot more constructive criticism. An interesting comment Keith Urban said after Chris and Yshrael’s duet of “Firework” was that he believed the song was written “with auto-tune in mind,” making it a difficult song choice for any singer. Seal was quick to defend the song.
- The coaches and mentors had long ‘time out’ sessions. Did you notice how host Darren McMullen had to count down Delta and Darren Hayes’ time out conversation last night when they were discussing Danni Da Ros and Sarah Lloyde? Their time out went for over five minutes and the audience started getting restless.
- Mali-Koa Hood’s stage entrance had to be re-shot. Mali-Koa was knocked out of the competition by music theatre veteran Laura Bunting, and after the performance, feedback and Joel Madden’s decision, it turns out the camera wasn’t on when she walked onto the stage. It needed to be re-shot, but luckily it was just her walk, and not her singing, that had to be taped a second time.
- Joel offered to work with Mali-Koa. You couldn’t tell from last night, but Joel took a time out with brother Benji to discuss who to choose between Laura and Mali-Koa. When delivering his verdict, he told the girls that whoever he didn’t pick to go through was welcome to work with him and Benji — that’s how much he liked her.
- I sat near one set of family members. I sat a few seats away from where the contestants’ family members were switched in and out. It was really sweet to see their reactions if their loved ones made it through, and obviously gutting when it went the other way.
Did you attend a taping of The Voice, or do you have any other similar experiences?