March 26, 2013 04:20 PM by Lisa Princ
The Voice returned last night with the addition of Usher and Shakira, but even more impressive than the new judges, was the amount of talent on the very first night. Today, Christian Porter, Danielle Bradbery, Judith Hill, Kris Thomas, Mark Andrew, and the Morgan twins chatted with the media about their experience thus far.
With the amount of talent in only one night so far this season on The Voice, something tells us that it may be the best season yet. Luckily for all of us, the talented contestants from last night’s show dished during a press conference earlier about their experiences. Check out the interview highlights below!
Why the Morgan twins decided to go with the same song they did on American Idol ten years ago: We decided to go with that song because first, it was given to us by producers. But it was also the best song for our harmony. It was the best way in the shortest amount of time to show the coaches what we could do.
Why they changed their minds from Usher to Blake Shelton:
We went in wanting either one of them actually. We were thinking that Usher would definitely turn around because it was R&B song. However, after thinking about it, we’ve always been in Country bands, and thought that may be the best for our career, so we chose Blake.
On coming in as a duo:
Even though there is a curse of the duos so to speak, I feel that we actually have an advantage as a duo. We can harmonize – that’s part of our gimmick, part of our act. We don’t feel that we have to work harder. It’s kind of nice too, because it’s like having your security blanket there with you at all times as well. Hopefully, because we’re basically the same person – you know, same DNA and all – it’s not really a duo.
Judith Hill on why she chose to go with Adam Levine:
I think it’s just going to be interesting collaboration. He’s a great pop rock guy and I am excited to see the possibilities. I think it will be really cool and interesting.
Judith Hill on why she chose The Voice at this time:
Back then, it was a very sensitive time, the world was in mourning. Michael just passed, and I was in a place where I was overwhelmed and I needed to process things. I had a lot of work to do, and it was important to respect the time we had with Michael. I’m glad because the time I took away really helped me figure out who I am as an artist.
Whether or not Judith would have rather performed that song for Christina Aguilera:
I would have loved for her to be there, but I would have been really worried, like maybe she would not have liked my version. I guess I was a little relieved that I didn’t have to perform it for her, but I love Christina, she is an amazing vocalist. It was intimidating to cover a big song like that.
Judith on her biggest competition and how she feels being a front-runner this early:
There are so many incredible artists this season. You’ve got a lot of great talent coming, and this is just the beginning. It’s a long road, and we all just do our best. I can only do my best and we’ll see what happens. There are so many great singers, and everyone is different. They’re such great soul artists out there too, there are so many, I can’t answer that question.
Mark Andrew on going from a band member to a solo artist:
It’s kind of tough to make that transition, as I’ve always been in bands. It’s moving into my own thing, I guess. It’s definitely different. When you step out on your own, it’s a whole new experience. It’s challenging for me.
Christian Porter on his song arrangement last night:
That song process was influenced by a You Tube star, I took his version of the song and I covered his version. I didn’t cover LMFAO’s version of the song, but his. I really worked with the band and made it my own.
Kris Thomas’ song choice motivation
I just picked it because it was a song I loved growing up. I really didn’t know what to expect, knew I was a guy doing it in the same key she (Whitney Houston) had done. I had that little feeling in the pit of my stomach. I prayed about it and decided to take a chance and it worked out.
Kris on how Memphis helped him and why he chose The Voice over American Idol:
I guess I would have to say getting to work with the countless musicians here. I mean, Memphis has the best musicians, and it’s helped me immensely. I am not bashing American Idol in any way, but The Voice strictly has to go on your voice. It has nothing to do with your age, or your physical appearance. It is just talent.
Danielle Bradbery on being compared to season 2′s compared to RaeLynn:
I can see how everyone is I remind them of RaeLynn. She’s a blonde country singer – just like me. We have really different voices though and I think that is what makes us different.
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