If you were watching The Voice last week, then you may have recognized a familiar face.
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Frenchie Davis[/lastfm], an ex-American Idol hopeful, has returned to primetime television to prove that she has the best voice in America.
[pullquote quote=”Everybody’s serious. Everybody’s talented, including the judges.” credit=”Frenchie Davis explains the stiff competition on ‘The Voice'”]
Frenchie’s departure from American Idol made headlines back in 2003.
She advanced to the semi-final round when racy photos suddenly surfaced on the internet.
Producers chose to disqualify her from the competition, even though she was an early favorite on the show.
Since Idol, Frenchie’s had huge success on Broadway. She starred in the musical Rent and even scored a Grammy nomination for her work in the musical Ain’t Misbehaving.
And now she’s back and better than ever on NBC’s, The Voice!
Having endured the audition processes for both Idol and the The Voice, Frenchie explains what sets the NBC show apart from all other singing competitions:
I think The Voice is the first singing competition on television that’s truly been all about singing…it’s not a panel of non-singers judging a bunch of singers. It’s a panel of fellow artists who are not judging us, they’re saying, “This is where I think you can grow as a singer. And this is how I think I can help you do that.” Everybody’s serious. Everybody’s talented, including the judges.
[pullquote quote=”My focus has to be just making sure that win or lose, I can walk away and be proud of what I did on stage and be proud of the way I conducted myself.” credit=”Frenchie Davis”]
The 31-year-old performed the [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Katy Perry[/lastfm] hit, “I Kissed A Girl,” during her blind audition.
You think it’d be easy to slide on through with such an impressive resume, but Frenchie’s past experience doesn’t mean anything when the judges can’t actually see the person who’s singing.
In fact, it took quite a while for any of the judges to turn around their chair at all! Frenchie explains how she felt in that moment:
I was so excited. I’m like, “Somebody please turn around!” And then Christina [Aguilera] saved me.
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What if all four judges had turned around? Frenchie had to weigh all the pros and cons:
Initially, the answer to that question would’ve been Cee Lo because I’ve been such a fan of his for so many years, but when I look at it as who can help me grow as a singer, I think Christina was the right choice. Especially after seeing the other powerhouses that she picked, I’m clearly on the right team.
So far, Team Christina is full of incredible singers. After the blind auditions wrap up, Frenchie will have to compete against her own teammates in the battle round.
If Frenchie’s feeling any pressure, she definitely isn’t showing it!
It’s very likely that she’s [Christina’s] going to put me up against another powerhouse because the reality is everybody she’s picked so far can sing their butt off. So my focus has to be just making sure that win or lose, I can walk away and be proud of what I did on stage and be proud of the way I conducted myself.
So who else will get the coaches’ stamp of approval on The Voice? The blind auditions continue tonight at 9/8c on NBC!
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