There was an article published this morning in The Age about how social media is going to massively affect, if not ultimately determine, the result of The Voice Australia.
In essence, the article claims that through having the most followers (over 600,000), plus famous spouse Nicole Richie (three million) and an army of celebrities with countless more fans, Team Joel is going to celebrate a popularity victory with Sarah De Bono. Despite this, Team Seal’s Karise Eden is still the bookies favourite to win. So who’s going to take it home?
Rachael Leahcar (Team Delta)
Why: There’s the obvious backstory – just imagine if a blind girl won The Voice Australia? More importantly, Rachael has managed to justify her position in the Final Four, even beating out Delta’s fedora-wearing backup dancer. Sorry Glenn, we position of baby boomer finalist has been filled by Darren. Back to Rachael, while she hasn’t improved as much as other finalists, her audition of “La Vie En Rose” is to this day, one of the best performances in the competition.
Why Not: It’s now painfully obvious that she’s the weakest singer of the Final Four. While her audition may have been one of the most memorable, she hasn’t shown much improvement over the course of the competition. Even though Faustina couldn’t get a decent interview out of Malcolm X, it seems young Rachael doesn’t have the personality to handle the media. Then again, neither does Delta.
Best Performance: Edith Piaf – “La Vie En Rose”
Final Position: 4th.
Darren Percival (Team Keith)
Why: The guy can obviously sing and the public vote for him consistently. In fact, unless Sarah De Bono pulls off something magical, this looks like a Karise VS Darren showdown. He’s even managed to survive boring choice (“I Believe”) after boring choice (“Wherever I Lay My Hat”) after boring choice (“Shower The People”) after boring choice (“A Song For You”). Keith Urban may be good at holding Nicole’s purse but he’s shit at picking songs.
Why Not: I could construct an actual thesis on why Diana Rouvas should be standing there. This should have been an all-girl final and I’ll take it one further and say Diana was possibly the strongest in the competition. So let’s say Darren wins this thing. How many people are going to go out and by a debut album by a 40-something man. Lock up your daughters people….literally.
Best Performance: Stevie Wonder – “I Believe”
Final Position: 3rd
Sarah De Bono (Team Joel)
Why: This chick is a quadruple threat. She is a bloody talented singer, unintimidating to teenage girls, interview ready and she gives guys De Boners. Her blistering performances include “Listen” and “How Will I Know” but there’s not a shred of arrogance behind it. The social media trend will influence the voting (how much is to be determined) and if she can do her best performance at the finale, it’s in the bag for her.
Why Not: De Bono has a tendency to go under the radar. I can’t even remember her audition of “Price Tag” and “Here’s Where I Stand” was semi-underwhelming. Though voting has swayed in her favour previously, teenage girls HATE seeing pretty young females do well, but love seeing pretty young males do well (which is why Lakyn sang like an orca whale after getting harpooned, and lasted so long.)
Best Performance: Beyonce – “Listen” (but her Whitney came close!)
Final Position: 2nd
Karise Eden (Team Seal)
Why: Karise Eden has reliably nailed it, week after week. The public seem to go berserk for her with both voting and song purchases and she looks set to have the kind of post-reality show career that doesn’t make people want to self-mutilate. From her audition of “It’s a Man’s Man’s World” to her “Hallelujah” emotional extravaganza, she’s become a likeable, marketable, Aussie chick next door – almost a sure thing.
Why Not: It’s hard to fault her. Last week she was dressed like The Corpse Bride and people were too busy loving her performance. Speaking of, the only thing you can be surer of than someone singing “Hallelujah” on a reality TV show is that Channel Nine are looking for replacement hosts and social media correspondents.
Best Performance: James Brown -“It’s a Man’s Man’s World” (a million views and counting!)
Final Position: Winner
So what do you think then?