Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, CA — October 8, 2019
The popular NBC Show, “The Voice,” is now in its 17th season. Episode Five was broadcast last night as blind auditions continue for the judges, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton, and Gwen Stefani. A local face popped on the screen as Brennen Henson, a graduate of Fenton High School, performed a cover of Vance Joy’s “Riptide.”
The lively performance had the judges nodding their heads to the music and really enjoying Henson’s version of the song. Gwen Stefani liked the singing accompanied by Brennen’s guitar so much that she was the first hit the button turning her chair to face the stage. Blake Shelton followed suit, but just to see Henson and comment on how much he liked his voice. Shelton quickly deferred to his girlfriend and Henson chose Stefani to be his coach.
Brennen Henson worked for local auto dealer Lasco Ford in Fenton and was known for his upbeat personality and love of Music. Brennen now lives in Nashville where pursuing his dream of a career in the music industry.
What’s Next for Brennen
As the blind auditions continue Brennen will wait until Gwen fills her team of 16 artists. Then the competition begins. If you are unfamiliar with the format of the show here is how the contestants progress through the various rounds.
The Blind Auditions
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them — thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his/her team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he/she can face the artist he/she has selected. If more than one coach pushes their button, the power then shifts to the artist to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
Once the teams are set, the battle is on. Coaches will dedicate themselves to developing their team of artists, giving them advice, and sharing the secrets of their success along with the help from their celebrity advisers. During the battle rounds, the coaches will pit two of their own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience.
After the vocal battle, the coach must choose which of his/her singers will advance to the next round of competition, while the losing artist is available to be stolen by another coach. Each coach has two steals during the battle rounds.
At the end of the battles, only the strongest members of each coach’s roster remain and proceed to the new knockout rounds. The artists will be paired again with a member of their team, but this time they find out only minutes before performing who they are being compared against. The artists each select their own song to perform individually, while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach’s confidence and decision to take them to the live shows. Their coach will choose the winner and the artist not selected will be sent home.
The Live Shows
In the final live performance phase of the competition, the top artists from each team will compete each week against each other during a live broadcast. The television audience will vote to save their favorite artists and the two artists with the lowest number of votes will be sent home each week. In the end, one will be named “The Voice” and will receive the grand prize of a recording contract.
The Lasco Press will continue to follow Brennen as he competes this season on “The Voice.” Episodes air Monday’s and Tuesday’s on the NBC Network.