OneUp on ‘The Voice’ (screen capture image via NBC)
Adam Bastien and Jerome Bell, a gay vocal duo with hopes of winning reality talent competition The Voice, delivered a smooth-as-silk rendition of The Spinners’ “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” this week.
The Motown steps, falsetto & full-on tenor vocals, plus obvious chemistry showed these two, who perform under the moniker “OneUp,” have what it takes to go far in the competition.
After three judges (Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton) hit the red button, Hudson asked how the two came together.
The answer was awesome and made Clarkson cry.
“We met, and then we fell in love, actually,” says Adam.
But Clarkson became even more moved when their family came out onstage and it was a veritable rainbow of gorgeous diversity.
“At a time in this country when its so divisive, this is such a beautiful thing,” said a clearly emotional Clarkson. “It is proof that in this country love is limitless. It can happen anywhere, any way…It’s the most beautiful thing that’s happened to me this season.”
Hudson chimed in saying, “I want to be in the family!”
Blake was patient for a while, but finally made a fervent pitch to coach the two pointing to his history of success with duos on The Voice.
“I have had the most success with duos of any coach in the history of The Voice. Why not pick a coach who has a proven track record with duos on The Voice,” said Shelton. “You need a cowboy, come on!”
After what Clarkson describes as a “Survivor tribal council meeting,” the boys decided their coach would be…?
And the video cuts to black before we get to see the pick.
Check out the boys blind audition below and then check in to The Voice on Monday at 8 p.m. on NBC to find out who OneUp chooses as a coach.
NBC’s The Voice made history this week by introducing the series’ first transgender contestant, Angel Bonilla.
After wowing the judges with her performance of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down,” Bonilla explained that she was from the Philippines where she was born as “Carlos.”
“As early as 5 years old, I already knew that I am a girl trapped in a boy’s body,” Bonilla says. “Growing up in a very conservative family, it was very difficult for my father. When my dad saw me as a girl for the first time, he was puzzled. He’s not sure if I am his son, but he embraced me. I promised him that I will do great things. I wanted my father to be proud of me, and I’m doing this to honor him.”
Bonilla was thrilled to accept Adam Levine as her mentor. Looking forward to the next round on The Voice.
Former NFL player Esera Tuaolo amazed The Voice judges and the audience with his rendition of Andra Day’s “Rise Up” on the premiere of the singing TV show.
Tuaolo, 49, kept his sexual orientation a secret from his NFL teammates during the nine years he was a defensive tackle, but the player revealed on Monday night’s show what it was like to finally come out.
“When I finished in the NFL, I came out to my family. When I said those words for the first [time], when I said that I was gay, it was like this huge mountain just crumbled,” the former Minnesota Vikings player said.
“I felt light as a feather, but when I jumped on the scale I was still that 6’4”, 300 pound Samoan that’s gay and played in the NFL.”
Going from NFL star to singer has been part of his journey to living his life to the fullest.
“What The Voice has given me is an opportunity to reach for the stars,” he said before stepping onto the stage.
My hubby, Michael, has known Esera for years and says he’s one of the nicest guys.
He does a great job on “Rise Up,” one of my favorite songs. Watch below.
Sundays just got that much better with my new buddy Esera! And he’s a great singer too? Double whammy! #VoicePremiere— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) September 26, 2017
Out singer Billy Gilman sang with fellow Team Adam member Andrew DeMuro in a head to head matchup on last night’s The Voice, taking on Michael Jackson’s classic “Man in the Mirror.”
What did the judges think?
Blake Shelton: “I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a more evenly matched battle. Billy has this voice that just cuts through everything, just like a laser voice. It’s so good, man. Then Andrew has all these little runs and things that he throws in there that separates from Billy. So, I don’t think you can go wrong here either way.”
Alicia Keys: “Billy your voice started out in this crystal space. And then you think of where we are in the world. It ended up making me feel that maybe things aren’t so bad as they sometimes seem, so thank you for that.”
In the end, Adam Levine moved Billy Gilman on to the next round.
I think they really were evenly matched here. Hottie Andrew is right in there, vocally on point and totally present in the moment.
And yeah, I’m always a sucker for a good “Man in the Mirror” cover.
Back in 2000, Billy Gilman became the youngest singer to have a Top 40 hit on the country music charts with his first single, “One Voice.”
His debut album of the same name went on to be certified double-platinum. For several years, he was famous as “that child country singer.”
Gilman came out in 2014 just days after fellow country singer Ty
Herndon came out publicly. At the time, Gilman said he’d struggled with
Nashville due to “whispers” about his sexuality, and in the aftermath of
Herndon’s story, he felt the time was right. You can read my post on Gilman’s coming out here.
Last night, Gilman was a surprise contestant on The Voice, and just like 16 years ago, created a sensation.
Now an adult, Gilman has found his true voice, his true sound; and all four judges were impressed.
I have to say I heard about his appearance before I saw it.
My first thought was, “Well, he’s not new to the industry and he had his shot. This might not be fair.”
But watching the video below, I think there is a new ballgame here in that Billy Gilman of today is a different singer, a different artist and a different person that the “Billy” of 2000.
Truth be told, he kicks butt here. Terrific vocal and presence. I’m thinking good thoughts for him as he starts this journey on The Voice.
And even more that he’s bringing visibility to the LGBT community.