Sarai mesmerizing hair raising ‘high notes’ at The Voice
Chechi, one of The Voice (NBC) contestants, had all the four judges rushing for their chair buzzers to face their blind auditionee, as she performed her heart out from one of the best of Mini Ripperton’s 1975 soul classic song, Lovin’ You, a song best known for the “whistle tone” singing high notes.
The show’s innovative format features five stages of competition: Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, Knockouts, Playoffs and Live Performance Shows. During the Blind Auditions, the decisions from the coaches are based solely on voice and not looks. The coaches hear the artists perform but they don’t get to see them, thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, they push a button to select the artist for their team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that they can face the artist they selected. If more than one coach pushes the button, the power then shifts to the artists to choose which coach they want to work with. If no one pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
“You’ve set the bar so high for this competition,” Niall Horan said. “I can see like a finalist already in you, it’s like a ready-made star in front of us.”
“The thing about that whistle tone, sometimes it’s like a one-trick pony kind of thing,” John Legend said. “What you really thrilled us with today was that you have so much to your voice than just that.”
Gwen Stefani added, “What I loved about you was the love and confidence that you had onstage. You were in complete control of that room, and of my heart, in that moment.”
Sarai chose to be part of Team Gwen among the coaches.
‘Chechi Sarai is a singer, songwriter, and producer whose accolades outnumber her time in the music industry. A Michigan native born to Nigerian immigrants, Chechi’s influences are an eclectic mix of several cultures. Equally at home working in Afrobeats, R&B, and Soft Rock music, her versatility as a performer and composer is unmatched amongst her peers. In her professional career she has sang live backgrounds for Kanye West, Lucky Daye, Deboroah Cox and more. She also choreographed and danced for Teddy Riley, and has opened as a solo act for many international artists including 2face, Gyptian, Flavour, and Baby Charm.’ [Source: www.chechisarai.com ]
The artists are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the next round. After each vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his or her artists will advance to the next round of competition.