I’ve never been to a talent show before, so I can only imagine the nerves and anxiety that you get before you get on stage. This is only exacerbated when the talent show is televised; when you not only sing / dance / perform to impress judges and audiences, but also viewers in homes across the country.
In The Voice UK: Blind Auditions, the judges base their decisions purely on someone’s voice-their chairs are turned around so that they can’t see who they’re looking at, eliminating any prejudice or bias based on appearance. It’s a tough task for Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Olly Murs and Sir Tom Jones, but the idea presents a refreshing spin on an industry that has misfired before because it looks too much. If they persuade the judges to hit the button and turn their chairs round, the contestants will have the opportunity to talk about themselves and start a conversation once they have stopped singing. That’s exactly what happened when Solomon Burke delivered her performance of “Cry to Me” by young singer and actress Bethzienna Williams.
It was Tom Jones who was most fascinated by Williams, wondering chiefly how she knew that particular song. When she told him it was due to her love of Dirty Dancing, he confessed to having a bit of an affinity to the track as well.
That was all it took for the hype train to leave the station. No sooner had Jones confessed to singing the song that very same summer (last year), did people begin to call for him to join Williams on stage and perform an impromptu duet.
Never one to let an audience down, Jones, famous for iconic hits such as “What’s New Pussycat”, “Sex Bomb”, and “She’s a Lady”, grabbed a mic and began to sing.
For Williams it must have been a dream come true … a legend of the music scene standing opposite her on stage and belting out one of her favorite songs. What’s more, instead of letting the moment overcome her, Williams played her part perfectly, leaving the audience to behold a spectacle worthy of the rapturous cheers and applause.