Camila Cabello Brings Her X Factor To ‘The Voice’ As The New Coach To Beat


Camila Cabello on ‘The Voice’ season 22. (Picture: NBC)

Some of the best coaches in the history of The voice have been talent contest alumni themselves, such as american idol’with Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. With Kelly off the show after eight consecutive seasons, another superstar with a singing competition background is filling her red seat: Camila Cabello, who got her famous start in the x Factor girl group Fifth Harmony. And after last season’s disappointing show of Gen Z-friendly pop star coach Ariana Grande, followed by The voice‘s unprecedented one-year hiatus, the likeable Camila so far seems to be exactly what this series needs. To use one of Kelly’s favorite catchphrases, Camila has arguably the best photo of navigate this show this year.

“It feels very round because I also started the singing competition show,” Camila explained during Monday’s season 22 premiere, although—like Kelly and J.Hud before her—she never mentioned the actual singing competition show that gave her for convenience. her big break. Even the participants put in a lot of effort and not to forget The X Factor in the air. And there was a funny bit later when Camila’s castmates mistook her for someone who had appeared on America’s Got Talent, Search starsor America’s Funniest Home Videosbut not The X Factor.

As for those castmates, the other seats occupy this vote season there are three returning coaches: EGOT winner John Legend (Camila’s “bestie”, as she was his team advisor last year) and meet-cute vote power couple Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Blake seemed delighted to have Gwen back on the show (this is their first time on the panel as husband and wife), but the incumbent coach was clearly threatened by Camila, who came to the set with attitude, spunk and really cunning strategy that seemed to work. At one point, Camila even challenged Blake to turn to a country singer, Orlando Mendez, mainly because she wanted to spar with Blake. And (spoiler alert), Blake lost!

Blake generally had a rough night – he didn’t recruit a single contestant to his team during the two-hour episode – so he pulled out all the stops and at one point brought out a furry, hoof-shaped, ultimately uncooperative mascot that reminded me of that kidnapped goat Raquel from? The Brady Bunch. (Because Blake is supposedly the GOAT of) The voicedo you understand?)

Blake also introduced a shady Season 22 tactic/gimmick, commanding stagehands to mute Camila’s mic when she got too vocal. Blake tried to shut down Camila during Monday’s first audition by country/pop singer Morgan Myles, and he still tried channeling songbird Kate Kalvach during the final audition by Kacey Musgraves. But Camila was so determined, she just couldn’t be silenced. And then came the hilarity.

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Below are the successful Blind Auditions from Monday’s Season 22 premiere:

Morgan Myles, 35: “Hallelujah”

Wow, seriously? This one exaggerated song, straight out the gate? Obviously there have been many beautiful, often Jeff Buckley-inspired renditions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” on The voice (and idoland X Factor, and every other TV talent show), so I’m not sure we needed another one. That said, Morgan’s version was “so beautiful,” as Gwen noted, and when this veteran of the “edge of country” industry kind of soiled it and let out that growl, she caught all the attention of the coaches. John called her performance “exquisite” and even “one of the best Blind Auditions I’ve seen in a long time.” Camila said to Morgan, “You have a beautiful tone. I want to hear records from you.”

Who turned around? All four coaches but Camila blocked Gwen! “I’ve done my homework. I know how Blocks works and I immediately thought, ‘Gwen will want her,'” explained the crafty new coach. “The new kid on the block has blocked me!” Gwen gasped.

Result: Team Camilla! I think Camila comparing Morgan to Rihanna was more convincing than Blake sharing war stories of his own early struggling Nashville days. “We should all be a little scared of Camila,” John commented.

Omar José Cardona, 33: “Separate Roads”

Omar, the showman, had such theatrical leanings, I wish he’d re-enacted Journey’s laughably bad music video “Separate Ways” with Paul Mirkovich’s band playing aerial instruments in the background. I honestly think this would have improved this performance. I appreciated Omar’s swinging mic stand and ’80s rock influences, but he made a noticeable effort to achieve those powerful Steve Perry tones. Gwen was way too excited when she gushed, “I haven’t heard a voice like this since the ’80s,” and Camila was downright blasphemous when she said that Omar had “Freddie Mercury vibes.” Perhaps this performance sounded different/better in the hall.

Who turned around? All four coaches, surprisingly. Everyone seemed especially surprised that John spun first.

Result: Team Legend! I thought Omar would definitely go for ’80s Queen Gwen, but it seems that John’s comment, “You’re the kind of artist who can win The voice‘ the deal sealed. I’m not sure if John is right about that though.

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Ian Harrison, 20: “The Night We Met”

The symbolic indie folk of this season, Ian did a beautiful rendition of Lord Huron’s song, dedicated to his father, a musician, who died by suicide when Ian was 9 years old. He wasn’t a power singer—more of a Lewis Capaldi/Damien Rice type, with oddly British-sounding round vowels—so the coaches took their time to turn around. But Gwen, an artist who often wears her own heart on her designer sleeve, seemed particularly intrigued by Ian’s “voice of character” and vulnerability. ‘You are a super interesting artist. You showed your heart, and it was very pure,” she said.

Who turned around? Blake, John and Gwen.

Result: Team Gwen of course.

Emma Brooke, 19: “California Dreams”

Emma’s dramatic, slowed-down rendition of the Mamas & the Papas classic reminded me of the lion from The masked singer Season 1 (this was a good thing; the lion, also known as Rumer Willis, was robbed!). Emma is classically trained, and that proved both good and bad; she would do well in the future to pollute things herself.

Who turned around? John and Gwen.

Result: team legend. John is also classically trained, so this pairing made the most sense.

Orlando Mendez, 26: “Beer never broke my heart”

This one could have gone either way. A Cuban-American singer born in Miami – Camila’s hometown – Camila seemed like an obvious coach for Orlando. But…Orlando is a country singer, who sings about beer! (Blak’s incentive/congratulation award to his team members this season is a custom beer.) Gwen seemed to want this confident performer too, trying to convince Orlando, “In fact, I’m the country now.”

Who turned around? All four coaches. Camila even urged Blake to turn around because she wanted the satisfaction of luring a Country competitor away from Team Blake. In bold!

Result: Team Camilla. “Camila, let’s do this, girl!” shouted Orlando. This was Camila’s second four-seat contestant of the evening — and the episode was far from over.

David Andrew, 25: “falling”

A professional backing singer for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Mickey Guyton and Kane Brown, David had stage presence and a really cool look. In fact, he looked a bit like John Legend, having once been John’s stand-in on a TV recording, duet with Carrie Underwood during rehearsal. But David’s “dream is to take center stage”, and he deserves that opportunity. I loved his sophistication, restraint and pure tone, as did Gwen, who called him “literally stunning” and praised his “style, energy, atmosphere and sparkle.”

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Who turned around? John and Gwen, both of whom gave him a standing ovation.

Result: team legend. Of course, David had to go along with his short-haired doppelganger.

Jay Allen, 36: “Until You Can’t Do It Anymore”

Jay’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and died three years ago at age 54. He wrote a benefit single in her honor, “Blank States,” which eventually grossed over $50 million. Later on Monday’s episode, he sang that song for the coaches, and it was much more powerful than the more conversational Cody Johnson cover he auditioned for; in fact, it almost felt like a coronation song winning moment. But Jay’s star quality was undeniable from the start. Blake joked that Jay’s tattooed heartthrob looked like a UFC fighter, and Jay could put up a good fight on this show.

Who turned around? Blake and Gwen.

Result: Team Gwen! Jay did say he has a “rock side” so apparently that gave No Doubt’s country music moonlighting frontwoman an edge here. “Blake, I’m a huge fan and I respect you so much, but I have to choose your wife,” Jay explained sheepishly.

Kate Kalvach, 27: “Rainbow”

Kate, the daughter of traveling musical pastors, began singing secular music with the encouragement of her Czech-born husband and mentor. I expected a big church gospel voice, but Kate had more of an indie vibe. At first I thought her pronunciation was too closed and unreadable, but when she started opening up, both vocally and emotionally, the magic happened and the coaches finally turned around. She really has a unique style. “I don’t think we’ve had anyone who can go in and out of his head voice and chest voice so flawlessly,” Gwen noted.

Who turned around? Blake, Gwen and Camila – all at the last minute.

Result: It is a cliff hanger! We’ll find out when the second episode of season 22 Blind Auditions airs Tuesday. Blake, of course, did his best to silence Camila as she made her big sales pitch, but she just jumped out of her chair and yelled her words of praise at Kate. Meanwhile, Kate grumbled, “Blake was my first choice, and he even fought for me,” so I don’t expect Blake’s luck to change in the opening minutes of Tuesday’s episode. See you then.

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