That fact might surprise you, but it is the truth. I competed at two national karaoke competitions and was a resounding winner at both.
That’s why I was feeling quite confident when I was invited by The Voice to participate in a special charity event. Held at the Hyde Sunset Kitchen in Hollywood California on April 21 2016, entertainment journalists were invited to sing in front of The Voice judges with $1000 being donated to charity.
It was an incredible opportunity and the umpteenth example of why NBC has always been a leader in terms of promoting their programs in fun and creative ways. That said, shockingly this wasn’t the first time that I had done something like this.
Exactly a decade earlier (2006!), I participated in Media Idol, a similar affair designed to promote Canadian Idol.
In any event, the chance to karaoke in front of Adam Levine, Pharrell, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton is an opportunity that you simply cannot turn down.
I booked my flight almost immediately.
That said, knowing that I would be singing against other journalists… I knew that I would need to add another “p” to my performance pedigree, and that was practice.
A couple of weeks before the event, I invited a few other Voice reporters from other outlets for a “fun night of karaoke.” The translation was a chance for me to see who I would be up against at The Voice event. After a couple of soul-stirring renditions of the Backstreet Boys, I knew I was ready to make any chair turn and especially the ones occupied by the coaches.
One of the main advantages that my karaoke experience has afforded me is the ability to recognize that karaoke is not about the singing. Instead, the winner is often the one who throws caution to the wind and is willing to humiliate themselves the most in the name of good fun. With that in mind, I knew that no one else really had a chance. I also spent the night before the performance buying construction paper for a special DIY-project that I hoped would ensure my performance being the most memorable.
That said, taking the stage in front of music superstars is completely nerve-wracking and despite me feeling quite comfortable with my level of preparedness prior to the event, nothing can really prepare you to face Adam Levine, Pharrell, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton.
While I gave it my all, I don’t think any of the chairs would have turned if my performance was an actual audition.
That said, it was an incredible experience and one that has provided me with an entirely new insight into how difficult it must be for all the kids who audition for the show.
Thanks to NBC and The Voice for such an amazing opportunity.
Stay tuned for Inside Pulse’s coverage of The Voice finale as well.
Murtz Jaffer is the world's foremost reality television expert and was the host of Reality Obsessed which aired on the TVTropolis and Global Reality Channels in Canada. He has professional writing experience at the Toronto Sun, National Post, TV Guide Canada, TOROMagazine.com and was a former producer at Entertainment Tonight Canada. He was also the editor at Weekendtrips.com.