September 02, 2011 8:50am PT by Jethro Nededog
'The Voice' Season 2: On the Scene at the L.A. Auditions (Video)
NBC’s The Voice held its final open casting call for Season 2 on Wednesday in Los Angeles. And The Hollywood Reporter was there at the L.A. Forum in Inglewood, Calif. to check out the sights and sounds, speak to performers waiting for their chance at stardom, as well as the person who heads up the operation, the supervising casting director, Michelle McNulty.
“We’ve been to eight cities across the country,” McNulty tells THR. “We’ve been out on the road for like six weeks. We started in Chicago, did New York, Atlanta, Nashville, Houston, Orlando, San Francisco and now home. We’ve found some incredible talent. I’m really excited for the new season.”
McNulty says she and her team have seen thousands of auditions so far, much more than the show’s inaugural season. That’s typical for a new show.
“We definitely had people who wouldn’t normally come out to a competition show like this come and audition for us,” McNulty tells us. “Because they’ve seen not only the success of the show, but they’ve seen how the artists are treated on the show. That’s a huge thing.”
While the open casting calls are over for this year, McNulty has a few tips for performers who would like to audition next year.
1. Know what kind of artist you want to be. “Especially for this show, there aren’t theme weeks so much. It’s about knowing the kind of artist you want to be,” McNulty says. “If you want to be a country artist, you come in and sing country songs. If you want to be a pop artist, sing those pop songs.”
2. Know your capabilities as an artist. “Song choice is very, very important,” she points out. “Just because you like the song doesn’t necessarily mean you should sing that song. It might be out of your range. So, it’s important to know your range as an artist and to sing songs that are good for your voice.”
3. Practice just as much on the verse, as you do with the chorus of a song. “This is sort of how you know a singer that’s been doing this for a while and is really rehearsed and confident in what they’re doing,” she says. “They have the same control in their voice in verse as well as the chorus.”
Watch more in the video above from McNulty and meet some of the people vying for a spot on Season 2 of The Voice, which debuts after the 2012 Super Bowl on Feb. 5. on NBC.
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