With steals in play, coaches share the wealth on 'The Voice'by jmaloni
Behind the Screens with Joshua Maloni
"The Voice" gives new meaning to '"lose the battle, win the war" - at least for those singers who are "stolen" in the show's "Battle" and "Knockout" rounds. For these performers, a loss in a head-to-head competition eliminated them from one team, and led to their selection by a second team.
While that might not sound preferable (losing is never ideal), consider this: Most singers enter the blind auditions hoping to work with either Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera or Blake Shelton. The singers who are stolen get the chance to work with two of these coaches. Such a once-in-a-lifetime experience can far outweigh a one-time hand raise.
Juhi and Will Champlin, two singers "stolen" in the "Battle Rounds" this season, seem to think so. She left Team CeeLo for Team Adam, while he joined Team Christina after spending time with Team Adam.
"Oh it's been crazy; it's awesome," Juhi said in a phone interview. "I mean, I think it's great, because going into like blind I was like, 'OK, I either want CeeLo or Adam,' and I ended up getting both, so that was a pretty good package for me."
"It was great," Will added. "I mean, I was pretty much open to like, depending on what I was going for, which coach I would pick, and ended up being Adam I went to. I kind of just aimed for edgy rock. ... And Christina was the only one that didn't turn for me at the time, but she ended up stealing me. And like the other night and which was like, 'Oh, that's awesome.' ... I just felt like it was really great. It felt great to win her ears over."
All four coaches have attained a rare level of success in the music industry, and all have taken a different path to stardom (Adam is rock; CeeLo is R&B-ish; Christina is pop; Blake is country). As such, each coach brings something new to mentoring.
"I think it's definitely differed," Juhi said. "I mean, that's the cool part about working with different coaches is they all have different styles. And they pick out certain things that the other coach wouldn't be able to pick out, and it's definitely, like, a great learning experience."
"You're going to get something from each coach that's special and different, and I don't think it's necessarily going to clash (with) what another coach would advise you and teach you, tell you what exactly - I don't think it would clash with what another coach would suggest in your performance," Will said. "So I think that it all, in my experience, it helps quite a bit to work with two different coaches."
More singers will be "stolen" this week when the "Knockout" rounds begin on "The Voice." The show airs Monday at 8 p.m. and Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC. Find more about the show online at www.nbc.com/the-voice.