Should Kerry Ellis have entered The Voice?
Date: 5 April 2012
I don’t watch things like the X Factor and The Voice very much, normally a few clips on you tube or the odd episode is on in the background sometimes. However recently I have been shocked to see genuine theatrical talent, one of them a huge West End star pop up on BBC’s The Voice.... and get rejected at the first round.
First up was the delightful Twinnie Lee Moore (Flashdance, Desperately Seeking Susan, Chicago), whilst the audition was a little pitchy at times it was still very good - rejected. However the latest one was a shock to everyone who loves theatre. Kerry Ellis from Wicked, Les Mis, Oliver, Chess, We Will Rock You etc. etc. decided it would be very exciting to work with superstars (I am sure Brian May her constant collaborator was thrilled with that remark) so off to The Voice she went.
She sang a big powerful version of "Son of a Preacher Man" only to be rejected. Kerry herself looked embarrassed when she was sent packing, and so she should be. This is not the first time West End and Broadway talent have turned up on these shows (I remember seeing a few members of the cast of Taboo on one here quite a few years back, and rejected) and it really get’s under my skin. If you want to be in theatre, train all your life to be in theatre, get to work in theatre and then jump ship and try to become a ‘pop star’ it feels a little like a smack in the face of the theatre world.
Of course this is just my opinion, but the thing I love about working in the theatre is that you can go on stage and feel like a star and then come off stage and just get on with your life. Theatre has never really been about becoming a worldwide name, it’s always been more about enjoying success in what you do. So if these West End performers have decided the pop star life and the celebrity life is for them then I guess I say good luck to them.
Just don’t fail on UK reality TV shows..... you are all far better than that.
- Craig Hepworth
Any opinions expressed above do not represent the view of Whatsonstage.com nor any of its staff or contributors beyond the bylined author.
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|If I were Jessie J, I would have been more embarrassed having come from a musical theatre background and yet not know one of the west end biggest stars! Says more about those on the panel I think. Reality shows are rubbish ratings chasers and this simply proves it. My answer is Kerry should have concentrated on landing her next leading role. Skewer would have got more respect. - Graham S||27 Apr 12|
|I thought she did what every performer thinks they can do - get out there onto reality TV and win it. When they didn't pick her, I thought she held herself like a true professional in a potentially humiliating situation. There is so many other factors at work than whether her voice is good or not - that's Reality TV! - Chris||11 Apr 12|
|I really feel for kerry and my heart goes out to her. Musical Theatre is a short term thing, they use you then when your not flavour of the month its on to the next west end wendy. I think she was brave to go on that show. She has already achieved so much and more than most women. She should be proud of her success. - jayne||06 Apr 12|
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