May 12, 2011 12:00 PM by Shayla Perry
The competition is fierce on NBC‘s latest reality hit, The Voice. So how are the contestants handling the pressure? What’s it been like working with Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and the other celebrity coaches? Find out what Javier Colon, Beverly McClellan and Nakia had to say about their time on the show thus far in our recent interview.
You were one of the two contestants in that first round who was selected by all four judges; what made you select Adam Levine as your coach?
Javier Colon: You know, I honestly would have been absolutely just ecstatic to have just one person turn around and then stay in the competition.
But the fact that all four turned around was just — it was awesome. I was very flattered. And the reason that I picked Adam was because going into it I, you know, being the way the competition is set up your coaches are the ones that keep you in the competition or they send you home, you know, for these first rounds. So I just wanted to, you know, if I was lucky enough to have my choice between several judges or coaches I wanted to make sure that I picked somebody that I thought was enthusiastic and just really adamant about having me on their team.
And Adam [Levine], he was almost distracting me during the song because he was just so animated and so into the performance which really, really meant a lot to me and which is one of the main reasons that I chose him.
In your blog on the website you said that you actually tried to cancel your Voice audition. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Javier Colon: Yes. Okay so the Thursday before the auditions in New York basically I woke up and I was not feeling very well. I was doing a couple of college shows. I was actually in San Francisco. I woke up that morning and I almost had no voice. And I knew that the audition was on a Saturday. And I said you know what, I don’t think I’m going to be able to make it and I don’t think I’m going to sound good.
I probably just — you know — I don’t want to go and make a fool of myself. So I’m just going to call my manager and ask him to see if there’s any other day.
But I’m probably — I’m just going, probably cancel it because I don’t think I’m going to sound good. And he – I talked to him on Thursday. I said, “You know what, you probably should cancel it. I’m not going to feel better by Saturday.” And he said, “Okay, if that’s how you feel then that’s what I’ll do.” And then he tells me that he didn’t forget but he forgot to call and cancel on Friday.
So then Saturday came and I was actually feeling a lot better than I thought I would. And I called him and I said, “Hey, listen don’t cancel that audition.” And he said, “You know what? I completely forgot.” And I said, “Well great. Well then I’m just going to go.”
So I flew in to Hartford, Connecticut where I live. I flew to Connecticut and I drove to New York just in time for the audition.
You have such a distinct style. Are you open to changing that as Christina Aguilera kind of molds you and shapes your style, or are you pretty set in what you’re doing?
Beverly McClellan: I just like to sing man. So whatever she throws at me I’ll sing it, you know, pretty much.
What’s scaring you the most about the competition?
Beverly McClellan: Not being able to find Mountain Dew in LA. I’m just kidding, I’m kidding. It was a joke. It was a joke.
It’s all scary. It’s all very new for all of us. I think I can speak for us all that it’s all – all of this is something none of us has ever been through.
But it’s also a blessing too, you know? That’s what I think. It’s just my personal opinion.
Did the rivalry between the coaches intensify when the Battle Round began?
Nakia: I think, you know, with me in particular watching Cee Lo and Blake go head to head and try to convince me that I should be on their teams, Blake definitely was playing dirty and, you know, by making comments about Cee Lo. And then at the end of the day it actually kind of cost him me being on his team because he spent more time talking about why, you know, what was wrong with Cee Lo as a person instead of why I should be on his team.
So for me I think as we got into the battle rounds the coaches seemed to be a lot more supportive of each of their choices.
And the rivalry though seems to be a lot more heated because now the closer that we get they really, really want their team to win the show. So the further we go along I think you’ll see that the rivalry is definitely heating up.
What was your strategy going into it selecting a Cee Lo song? Were you hoping he was going to pick you or did you possibly think that that could derail your chances of getting picked?
Nakia: Well one I chose “Forget You” first and foremost it’s because “Forget You” is an instantly recognizable, wildly, accessible song all over the world.
Anybody who hears those first four bars of dah, dah, dah, you know, that, you know what song it is. And so my thinking was that sure it’s great that Cee Lo’s in the audience, but at the same time the American audience, the people watching at home will recognize that song and connect with that song thereby connecting with me because that may – what happens if no one does turnaround? I still needed the opportunity to connect with America in that one moment. So yes I chose it because, you know – or I knew choosing it was a risk because Cee Lo was in the audience. But having Cee Lo turnaround, I mean that in itself was hugely validating for me as an artist for him to say you know what you sang my song and that, you know, I think that you did a great job and I think I could do something more with you.
So to me it was not only a risk but at the same time it was also a chance for me to connect with, you know, the viewing public at home.
The Battle Round continues on the next episode of The Voice. Tune in to NBC on Tuesday, May 17 at 10|9c to see which contestants make it through to the next phase of the competition!
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