Well, there you go, Sofabettors. It happened. The show was called The Voice and we were repeatedly told that it was “all about The Voice.” Foolishly, most of us (and the rest of the viewing world) refused to believe that it could be true. “A show that’s ALL about The Voice?” we thought, “It’ll never work. Not in my lifetime.”
Well it did work, somehow, strangely. After the eliminations of J. Marie Cooper and Jaz Ellington, Leanne really was the only contestant capable of singing the fuck out of a song and never dropping a fraction of a tone out of place. She could belt, she could simper and her range was out of this world. Perhaps it was foolish to have underestimated her for so long but we’re all of us cynics and failed to see how a holiday entertainer nearing 30 could take the crown with a powerful but arguably indistinct voice. The public decided to play fair and The Voice won it on the night, possibly by quite a bit (Leanne came close to evens on Betfair during her final number. What a pity the Beeb will never publish results).
I’m sure some of you bet on Leanne for Tom’s top act, probably before the arrival of Ruth Brown as I know Andrew did, but major kudos to anyone who bet on her for the win before now. Much like Tyler, she was floundering near the bottom of the leader board for a long time. In its latter stages, The Voice was not as predictable as it started out. Early favourites Jaz, Becky and Ruth walked the plank at the semi-final and later favourites Bo and Tyler landed short of the final prize. What a bugger that we’ll never know how they placed. I was convinced Tyler had it in the bag when he performed I’ll Be There but The Usher cover was truly appalling and I believe that was when his odds began to look like a dried up turd. Bo, essentially, was too samey and slightly self-indulgent whilst Leanne projected the wow factor and a sense of personal growth. There’s no simpler way to say it – she had The Voice.
A lot of lessons to be learned in preparation for next year’s series and that’s when I’ll think about putting my money where my mouth is. It’s been a rocky road of picking up the show’s style and working out it’s format, motivations and demographic. Perhaps we should feel a little silly but, after all, we all thought the same. I thought it, the market thought it and 99% of our wonderful commenters thought it. High fives to the guys who championed Leanne during this week of her surprise ascension. I thought you were getting carried away.
We’ll be doing a proper post-mortem tomorrow and a more comprehensive look back on the series later in the week. Until then, may the odds be ever in your favour.