One of the rare quibbles with The Voice is that not every blind audition makes it to air. Many performers – usually the ones who only turn one coach’s chair – make teams but have their audition cut down as part of a montage sequence. Both fans and critics have expressed concern about this in the past, so The Voice Examiner went straight to the source to find out what the artists think.
Team Gwen singers Hanna Ashbrook, Tim Atlas and Noah Jackson were the three contestants who were edited into Season 9’s first blind audition montage (which you can watch by using the media player included with this article). What did they think about not having their full auditions shown on television?
“I was kind of bummed that they didn’t show it,” said singer-songwriter Hanna during a conference call with media outlets including The Voice Examiner earlier this week, “only because my family and friends were super looking forward to it. But to be honest, I wasn’t 100 percent happy with my audition. It was a ton of pressure, but I still did the best that I could.”
Added Noah, “I, like Hanna, was disappointed, because all of my friends from home were watching and a lot of my friends across the country were trying to see me.
“But overall I did find with my audition, I got a lot of good feedback from the coaches,” he continued, “and aside from the slight disappointment of that [montage], I’m just excited to see the next few episodes come on.”
Tim found a silver lining in the situation. “It’s disappointing to be montaged, obviously,” he told us, “but it was also amazing to see how much support I could get from 15 seconds on television. I mean, it was just awesome. My audition went well. I thought I performed well. Gwen pressed her button at the first line and I was really happy with it.”
Audiences will likely not get to see what he was so happy with – though NBC posts full performances on its YouTube channel after every Voice episode, they have only ever uploaded the montages and not the full unaired auditions, as was the case this week for Hanna, Noah and Tim.
That means fans will have to wait for the battle rounds to meet these three artists, whose battles can also be montaged depending on the result. Several past singers, such as Team Adam’s Adanna Duru from season three, have been montaged more than once; Duru later went on to finish within the Top 11 on the most recent season of American Idol.
Meanwhile, blind auditions will continue Monday for at least one more week, so fans can keep watching to see who else makes The Voice‘s Top 48.
The Voice continues tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.