Mika @ The Voice France auditions in Paris Nov/2014

I spent a long weekend in Paris and saw the Voice auditions both on Saturday and Monday. My schedule was not as tight as usually so I had some extra time to see Paris and to give some thought to talent show issues. I enjoyed watching the recordings surprisingly much even it’s the second season for us to watch. I wanted to use a possibility to travel and meet fans I wouldn’t otherwise meet between the gigs and must admit I miss Mika if haven’t seen him for a long time, watching talent shows gives a bit comfort (even it’s not the same as seeing him on stage).

I often wonder what he really thinks about these talent shows. He never tells his honest opinion and is probably not even allowed to while working for the shows. I’m always impressed to see the amount of work he puts into the television shows. It’s such serious work and nothing like free, creative lifestyle we imagine artists usually living. He works really hard and under strict rules. I felt absolutely exhausted in the end of the both recording days and all I did was watching and following the show (so can’t even imagine how he felt after focusing for hours and hours).

I really enjoyed watching the Voice coaches after the lately XF judge drama/game. I have no idea how the coach relations work behind the scenes but the side showed to the audience is lighter, funnier and more entertaining. I’m sure we will see sharp comments and emotions during the competition but generally the atmosphere is less tense and dramatic and more focused on contestants. Mika is not acting any differently, we just see two two different concepts and two atmospheres. I prefer more relaxed atmosphere but I’m still interested in seeing him working with his talents in both countries (especially as he has a good chance to win in Italy).

Surprisingly the settings for Saturday and Monday nights were very different compared to each other. Saturday showed the new coach Zazie as a star. She is definitely brilliant is her role (obvious even to me following the show via translations). I liked many of her comments – actually very similar with Mika’s points of view – and found her interesting and fresh compared to Jenifer and Florent Pagny. I do like them both but also already know their style and find it boring. Neither of them takes risks like Mika or now Zazie who won several contestants Mika wanted for himself on Saturday, simply giving good arguments (being funny at the same time). I didn’t like most of the contestants they fought for so I didn’t mind Mika losing the battles. He looked a bit confused but used his sense of humor (which seems to fit well with Zazie’s humor). I hope they will make an interesting couple during the season. Some challenge and competition will do him good and the audience will enjoy watching them as long as the spirit stays good.

The level for Saturday wasn’t so good (imo) and I found even many singers who were chosen to the competition annoying. Mika saw potential in some contestants and in the end of the first recording session his team started to actually look quite promising and very much his style despite of losing a few battles for Zazie. On Monday the level for contestants was better and the setting looked different. Mika had his confidence back and he got a couple of particularly good contestant into his team. Zazie kept lower profile and Mika focused on the two other coaches he ignored on Saturday.

It’s often easy to guess which coach each talent will choose. Classy, strong voices go traditionally to Florent Pagny’s team. Jenifer gets safe, fashionable singers. Talents with a lot of potential and an interesting voice seem to know that Mika is the best choice for them. Now Zazie (with her quite radical taste) competes with him. We saw a couple of surprises on Monday. I was happy to see a talented girl with an absolutely fantastic voice and classical style going to Mika’s team. She had a great energy so I’m very much looking forward to Mika choosing her more pop style songs. On the other hand, a young girl with a lot of potential and very unique style chose Jenifer over Mika (I felt sorry for the girl as I really can’t see Jenifer developing her talent).

Mika’s team looks colorful and interesting already. He has a great eye for new potentially successful singers, we know that two talents from his last team are high on the French charts with the biggest success in the history of the Voice France. He sounded proud of his contestants on Monday and for a good reason. I’m not surprised. I was expecting both Kendji and Frero Delavega doing well and enjoyed watching Kendji performing on Monday much more than watching Sister Christina on Saturday even I don’t otherwise listen to his music.

The two recording nights were full of funny little details. I leave sharing jokes and comments to French fans. My own favorite for this weekend was the coaches singing Zazie’s song twice on both nights. I kept my fingers crossed hoping that one of them will forget the lyrics so we can see the performance several times. So bitter sweet watching Mika singing like this. Always lovely to see him on stage but the moment was tiny and made me miss his gigs even more. I really like the song and was told the lyrics are clever (just wish I could understand them).

Another and even more special moment happened on Monday when Melachi did a little appearance on the show sitting first on Mika’s and then on Florent Pagny’s chair. She was beautiful and totally uninterested in the audience/photographers and just wanted to sit near Mika and lean her head on him. The whole audience had a collective awwww moment watching them. I’ve mixed feelings about Mel appearing at television recordings. I love dogs and especially seeing Mika with his dog. I can totally understand how much he is missing her when not together. On the other hand traveling is stressful for a dog and would never bring my own dog to a situation like a television show and wonder how Mel was experiencing it.

Mika was wearing his white, shiny suit with red details. Elegant suit as always even not as stunning as the previous one with the flower detail. I prefer navy but loved his cool red “watch” (designed by a Belgian designer) he was wearing as an accessory with his suit. His hair looked like a sculpture and his stylist kept spraying it trying to control an exceptionally wild curl. He seemed sharp during the night and his make up artist added his make up every 15 minutes so I didn’t realize he was not well until saw him after the show from a close distance. I felt so sorry for him as he was obviously dead tired and I wished he wasn’t always so patient with his fans, all he needed that hour was rest.

The organization around the Voice France works well and fans seem to be welcome  as long as we leave the best seats to young and beautiful people. The French fan base looks suddenly surprisingly old: mostly women 30-50 years. Some youngest fans possibly followed Kendji after his win last year. Was so good to see familiar faces in Paris again. The long-time French fans were lovely as usually, I always enjoy their positive vibe. This time I had a possibility to spend time also with Melissa, Camille and Isa. A huge thank you to the girls for being so kind and helpful and giving me translations, really enjoyed getting to know them all better. I met Wesley from Brazil and he is absolutely adorable, I had no idea as I hadn’t met him before. Such a positive person, I wanted to bring him home Finland with me. A couple of photos from my mobile (again, let me know if not okay to post them here). The last one is really tired and taken after 2 AM.