Behind the Screens with Joshua Maloni
Fans of "The Voice" may be in for a big surprise when the "Knockouts" begin. One of the show's top talents is about to make her debut (of sorts) - a full five weeks into the season.
Through the first two rounds, audiences have only seen snippets of Amy Whitcomb. The Utah-based singer, a member of Team Adam, was montaged in her blind audition episode, and then again during the "Battle Rounds." The "Knockouts," we're told, will be the first time her entire performance is shown on "The Voice."
That Amy hasn't been featured more prominently is somewhat of a surprise considering her talent, her fashion sense, and her previous experience with NBC.
"Honestly, it's been very frustrating," she said in a phone interview Wednesday. "And a lot of it is because, I think, when I was on 'The Sing-Off,' I was used to a lot; I got a lot of face time and I was really grateful for that."
Amy said that, while she's put in as much work as any of the performers on "The Voice," "I'm not really getting as much exposure but, you know, when it comes down to it, I know there's a plan, and I know there's a bigger picture. And so I really I can't be upset, because it's been a wonderful experience, and behind the scenes for me growing as an artist and musician. So even though I really, you know, would love for America to hear me sing ... I've still been learning quite a bit. And so, you know, hopefully it will still open doors and create new opportunities for me."
Amy defeated Agina Alvarez in the "Knockout Rounds." When coach Adam Levine selected her to advance to the "Knockouts," Amy knew she had a good chance to get more airtime.
"I definitely have had a lot of fun preparing for this (round), because I knew that I finally would have, you know, my moment," she said. "And I think that there's been a ton of growth and improvement throughout the show already that hasn't necessarily been seen. And so, you know, hopefully I get to get out there and people will just, you know, kind of see out of nowhere, like, 'Where did this girl come from?' And I can just at least have that moment and treasure that moment.
"I've just been preparing to make sure I soak that all up and do the best that I can."
So, what can fans expect from Amy? A pop-rock blend of Kelly Clarkson, Journey and Aerosmith.
"I'm definitely charismatic and a little bit over the top," she said. "I don't know if you saw my outfit, but I was wearing a leopard jumpsuit and so I, you know, I like to be hard-hitting, and I like to be intense, and I love a nice blend of pop and rock.
"And so that's my genre and that's, you know, I want to channel my female Steven Tyler as much as possible. So that's kind of my direction, and who I am as an artist, in a nutshell."
While "The Voice" is all about vocal talent, and giving singers a shot at a music career, it is, ultimately, a television show. And, as such, singers are asked to perform in an environment unlike any other they've encountered.
Amy said her time on "The Sing-Off" taught her how to navigate her way through such an adventure.
"As different as the experiences have been ('The Sing-Off' is a competition show for a-cappella groups), I definitely don't think I would be prepared for 'The Voice' had I not done 'The Sing-Off.' And it got me really prepared for the busy schedule and for, you know, interviews and just being good and quick on camera, and just prepared for the whole TV aspect thing, because I think a lot of contestants, you know, they're thinking they're entering a singing competition, but you're really entering a TV show.
"And it's different; it's a different industry; and fortunately, this show, there's amazing things to showcase talent, and that really, the focus really is the artist. But I'm just glad that I was able to come into (this) and not be blindsided by the fact that, you know, they're still trying to make a great TV show, so things are glammed up - they're kind of blown out of proportion sometimes.
"But it's necessary, and it's fun, and so you just roll with it. Not to mention the singing experience on big stages like that and with a bunch of cameras, that was huge, too, because, otherwise, I think I would have (been) even more terrified on stage than I already was."
Fans can watch Amy confidently take the big "Voice" stage during the "Knockouts," which begin this week.
"The Voice" airs Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. on NBC. Visit the show's website at www.nbc.com/thevoice.