The Voice: Why are the judges being so nice with their rejection comments?

The Voice judges turn down contestants gently


by Selina Maycock |
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If you tuned into The Voice this evening and was expecting to hear the judges insult some of the contestants for being rubbish at singing at the audition stages then you’ll have been disappointed.

After all…it’s not the X Factor [that finished last month!] So we asked to explain why they’re kind with their comments. “We are empathetic because we’ve been told no before. We’ve had the doors slammed in our faces before so we know what it feels like to be on the other side. Just because you tell someone no doesn’t mean that you have to crush them.”

Ricky Wilson added: “It’s not a negative programme.”

And if you wondered whether knockbacks would help the contestants in the long run, it didn't do Rita Ora any harm – she had THREE labels turn her down. She told us: “I got my first publishing deal when I was 14 and I got my first record deal when I was 16 and that both fell through in two years’ time and then I finally got the deal that I’m in now and still I was only 18 and didn’t release a song until I was 20, when Hot Right Now came out.

"And I was so frustrated when I was signed to a label I was like ‘what is going on?’ You have got to grow and you’ve got to feel it. It’s all about time and patience.”

And if you wanted to know why she didn’t give up…

She says: “Because I can’t see myself to do anything else. I honestly can’t do anything else.”

If only The Voice had been around….

Well actually, Rita added: “Yeah I would [have auditioned for The Voice]. They’re so lucky to have these amazing opportunities, we never had those.”

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