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'The Voice': Coaches call Kat a contender

by jmaloni
Mon, Oct 21st 2013 11:25 am
`The Voice`: Host Carson Daly holds Kat Robichaud's arm in victory upon her `Battle` with R. Anthony. (NBC photo by Tyler Golden)
"The Voice": Host Carson Daly holds Kat Robichaud's arm in victory upon her "Battle" with R. Anthony. (NBC photo by Tyler Golden)
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Behind the Screens with Joshua Maloni

As "The Voice" narrowed its field of competitors almost in half during the "Battle Rounds," coaches Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton began to identify standout singers. In the second episode of the show's second round, Kat Robichaud was branded as one to watch after she triumphed over R. Anthony.

"Kat, I was the only idiot that didn't turn around (for you to be on my team); you know, it's just - my biggest regret from the blind auditions was that," Adam said following Kat and R.'s performance of Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." "I just love your intensity, and I love how you kind of commit."

"Kat - I mean, look at her arms," Blake said. "Even right now, just her arms, she's pumped. I got a feeling that if she's checking the mail, she does it with just like this (makes an aggressive grabbing motion). I just think, no matter what she's doing, it's that type of energy. That intensity. I give this to Kat. I really do."

"Kat, when you sing, you have this stance, and this presence, and it's kind of like a tiger. I just see that claw coming out - you just rip right through a vocal," Christina said.

Kat's coach, CeeLo, called her "a dynamo."

"I need a natural disaster like you," he said. "I need a storm like you."

The coaches' comments were in line with their remarks following Kat's blind audition. From day one, they have branded her as a wild child and a rebel rocker.

The singer said she couldn't be happier with their comments.

"I think I was just on cloud nine," Kat said in a phone interview. "There's just no feeling to describe that. I just felt so good about my performance, and I was just so happy in that moment. And it was just like high-fiving a million angels. It was unbelievable.

"And all the coaches were so generous with their comments. I really just could not have asked for more. And also I felt like ... R. Anthony was just so gracious. And he put on such an amazing performance, as well."

"I just feel really lucky to be on CeeLo's team, to have had the coaches say the things that they have said," she added. "I just love - Blake's always got the best comments about, you know, like me ripping the mailbox apart. Like where does that even come from? That's really funny. But then CeeLo called me a storm and (Christina) a tiger, and it was just one of those moments in my life that I'll just never forget. It was just awesome."

Kat entered "The Voice" looking to take the next step with her music career. She's taken advice from CeeLo and his adviser, Miguel, and she is honing her craft daily, readying to return to the stage.

"Every day I've been practicing piano for hours, because it's the next instrument that I really want to get into," she said. "I've played guitar for almost a decade. Now I want to play piano because it's - I want to center a band around me writing on the piano and playing the piano, because it's a little bit more of the glam rock I'm going for - the theater rock - with Queen and David Bowie.

"I really love Amanda Palmer and she has an enormous impact on me. And I've been a fan of hers for years. So I'm just hoping from the show I'm just going to make a lot of connections and it's going to help me network with a lot of other really amazing musicians that I can hopefully work with in the future and just create really awesome music with."

Kat said "The Voice" has put her back on track with her intended career path.      

"It's what I planned on doing all along," she said. "When my band broke up about a year ago, I never had any intention of stopping - you know, not playing music anymore. I always wanted to play music. I just realized this isn't working in this capacity. I have to move on. I have to start something new. And right around that time, I got the opportunity to audition for 'The Voice,' and so I took it, because it is such a great way to network, to learn, and to grow as a musician."

Kat is headed into the "Knockout Rounds" where, she promised, "I'm just gonna' bring it; I am going to be that dynamite; I am going to be that tiger. I am going to do this!"

The "Battle Rounds" continue tonight at 8 p.m. and tomorrow at 9 p.m. on NBC. For more on "The Voice," visit NBC's official website at http://www.nbc.com/the-voice.

>>Follow Kat on Twitter @katrowbeeshow.

>>Follow Joshua Maloni on Twitter @joshuamaloni.

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