I've had an absolute whirlwind time recently. Ups and downs both literally and figuratively, with flights at crazy o'clock in the morning and tears at crazy o'clock at night. It was a rather hormonal week for me, but a busy and exciting one at that!
Side note: count how many times I say the word 'crazy' in this... I should vary my language (my English teacher would be disappointed in me), but I feel that crazy accurately describes my life right now.
It started off with the airing of THE KNOCKOUTS. I was very nervous for this, for I knew how amazingly Brooke and Liz had performed and I did not know if people would like or connect to my performance. However, my nerves were put to rest as it ended up coming up really well on TV and I was proud of my performance upon seeing it. The Voice Australia wardrobe ladies did a fantastic job and I got to wear the incredible sparkly boots and a gorgeous dress from Lenni. The support from you guys was incredible, thank you, thank you, thank you.
Getting through the Knockouts meant it was onto the battles! I was paired with one of Seal's saves from the Knockouts, the talented Camryn Jordans (who was previously on Team Kelly!). We sung Issues by Julia Michaels, which is such a cool song but definitely not something I'd choose for myself. I found it quite a difficult song but I managed to pull it together. I had a blast getting to do the whole choreography and channelling my inner almost non-existent sassy attitude. The outfit I was put in was, again, THE BEST THING EVER (thank you wardrobe!!). It was this Cherry-print top and short combination set, and I had these amazing sparkly boots that were customised by the style team with diamantes. I definitely felt the part thanks to this outfit!
Somehow, I got myself to the lives. I didn't think my performance was my best and my voice did not come off very strong. But, Seal has faith in me (which is SO COOL and I'm so grateful for it) and I got myself a spot in the lives of the Voice Australia Season 6.
I'm currently rehearsing and getting ready for the Lives now. The past week has been one of the most unbelievable times of my entire Voice journey. I can't wait to share everything with you this Sunday (7:00pm, tune into Channel 9 for a good time). On Wednesday, I got to attend the Voice Live Launch party. The lovely gang from Napoleon and Redken did our hair and makeup, and wore this gorgeous dress from Mussen (one of my favourite little boutiques in Canberra). I literally got a ride with Seal to the event with my fellow teammates Berni and Rennie in a gorgeous Mercedes Benz van. We all did a Facebook live and sung an impromptu Kiss From a Rose in the car. WITH SEAL. What is life? We chatted, had some laughs and simply had a normal conversation with Seal on the way to a media event. I still can't believe I'm saying that.
When we got to the venue, there was a red carpet entrance. It was so strange being actually on the red carpet and not watching someone else on it. We stood in front of a Voice/Channel 9 backdrop and there was plenty of camera flashing and clicking. There were group shots, single shots, different angles poses, lots of people talking at us and it was a little overwhelming but still the coolest thing ever. I couldn't believe it was happening.
Berni, Rennie, Seal and I moved on to an interview with THE RICHARD WILKINS. Many of the questions were unavoidably for Seal so Berni, Rennie and I were mostly just standing there smiling awkwardly. It was a very surreal moment.
When we got into the event there were lots of media people waiting to talk to the coaches for interviews and photos, so we were simply left to mingle. The first person I talked to was ALFIE ARCURI (last year's winner of the Voice). The first thing I said to him was 'I LOVE YOU' (why did I do that, oh dear) but luckily, Alfie wasn't even phased and we had a good chat with a few others about the show. After chatting with some other people (mostly my dad), it was time to gather at the back to get ready for our team performances.
We were singing, in our teams, our coaches' songs, so Berni, Rennie and I were singing Kiss From a Rose. It was safe to say we were very nervous. Team Delta opened with a phenomenal version of Delta's song The River. Their harmonies and the contrast in their voices was the best thing ever. Then Team George sang a gorgeous version of Do You Really Wanna Hurt WITH THE MOST BEAUITFUL HARMONIES OOOOOF. Then Team Kelly brought the house down with When Love Takes Over.
Then it was time for Team Seal. Rennie, Berni and I nervously walked up on stage. Sonia Kruger had a chat with Seal and then it was time to sing Kiss From a Rose. It went pretty well and Seal even joined in with us at the end- TALK ABOUT CRAZY. The rest of the night involved meeting people from the media, music and TV industry and I also got to have a chat with Boy George, Kelly Rowland and Delta Goodrem. They were totally normal, casual conversations like we were friends! I have no words to describe the night apart from crazy, surreal, exciting and insane.
I now sit in the Artist Green Room, preparing for tonight's live shows. We've all worked so hard on our performances and I can't wait for Australia to see them. This week has been one of the busiest and most fun one of my life! I'm so grateful for this moment in my life, and hopefully I'll be able to hold onto it for as long as possible.
I have endless amounts of love for you all. I hope you know that! I feel so lucky and I honestly can't believe this is happening to me.
I'll see you tonight through the cameras from The Voice studios. Here's hoping this ride will continue through the weeks to come.
Have a wonderful Sunday evening. Talk soon you wonderful people!
Yep. I did it. I got 'sucked into the world of reality TV', although it was one of the best decisions of my life.
After my blind audition aired and I could finally let my secret out to the world, I had to prepare big mental speeches as to why I went on The Voice for when I next saw many of my music/gig friends. A lot of people I know are very against The Voice and would do their best to hide their disappointment in me for going on it when I told them- but you know what? I've had the best time ever so far on the damn show.
Right from the first audition, the production team were phenomenal. They made sure you were able to be completely prepared for the first audition and had us booked in timeslots so we weren't waiting in lines for five hours. The audition in front of the producers was so much fun and they really took time to get to know us and hear our voices and music. One thing led to another and I landed myself a blind audition. They pretty much let me do what I wanted with the song and I was in control of everything. I didn't want something to be mentioned in my on-screen story? Sure, no problem. Wear that cute dress I love with my performing boots? Cool. They wanted to keep my makeup and hair as natural as possible as I was young and made sure everything was appropriate and that I was doing well.
The duty of care by the team is amazing. They are all the loveliest people; so easy to work with and super helpful and many of them are musicians themselves. I've gotten to work with an incredible live band, meet some of the coolest people (i.e. the AMAZING CONTESTANTS!!!), learn a lot about the music industry, the TV world and myself as an artist and person in general. I'm so grateful for the opportunity, and can't wait to see what happens next!
The night that my blind audition was INSANE. I had no idea people would react the way they did and it made me feel so wonderful and grateful. The audition came across really nicely on TV which I'm really happy about AND lots of people wanted to buy my EP (THANK YOU GUYS!!). Thank you for saying such kind things to me, and I can't believe the support I'm receiving- it's so crazy. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Here's to the next round of The Voice! The blind auditions are now done and dusted, and we are getting ready for the Knockouts which start tomorrow (mine will be on tomorrow!).
Hope you are all having the most wonderful day wherever you are x
PS. A side note to the ladies in the comments on The Voice's Facebook that are getting salty about me being school aged: I am still at school. My parents would never let me give up my year 11 and 12 education for this! I am still doing my exams, handing in my assignments and doing quite well actually. Thank you :)
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