And the winner of The Voice 2016 in Australia is Alfie Arcuri… what a triumph for Australia’s favourite singer. He is sure to encourage other young hopeful singers to ensure the continuing development and success of Australian performance artists both locally and internationally.
The four finalists Adam Ladell, Alfie Arcuri from Team Delta, Ellen Reed from Team Jessie and Tash Lockhart from Team Ronan certainly gave their all.
However the voices of both boys to my mind in this particular edition of The Voice, were deserving of becoming the final two. They were both exceptional.
What’s it all about Alfie
Is it just for the moment we live?
At aged 16 runner up Adam Ladell may have been the youngest, but he was a young man who has proved disability is not a barrier to success and how we all have to be brave in the face of our many fears.
He won Australia’s hearts from day one as he showcased how the magic of music helped him to overcome Tourette’s syndrome, which disappears when he sings.
He wanted other young people to know that even if you have a disability you can do what you want to do if you are brave in the face of all odds, and wonderfully he had ‘the voice’ to prove it.
One might have said in the past, it was a gift from God.
Architect Alfie Arcuri a winner aged 27 gained greatly in confidence throughout the show, and he was emotionally stronger by the end of the contest. Age and life experience had a lot to do with that as well.
For me however Alfie’s ‘all of me’ the song that ensured his place in the final was truly sublime. His voice has a wonderful clarity, great depth and a warm resonance, one that proved irresistible over the length and breadth of this very challenging competition.
When you walk let your heart lead the way
And you’ll find love any day Alfie, oh Alfie
What’s it all about Alfie?*
Judges Ronan Keating, Jessie J, Delta Goodrem and The Madden Brothers both performed and voted on the ‘voices’ finale performance, although the audience voting is perhaps the most important aspect of the result.
The Voice Australia has proved a popular show for Channel 9 and since its inception, has gone from strength to strength.
Over the last few years it has continued to raise the bar of excellence, perhaps even further than the producers would have first thought possible to achieve.
At first Adam chose Ronan to mentor him, and then thankfully he was saved by Delta from elimination in a very difficult ‘battle round’ and holding his head high, went on to win his way through each stage to end up in the finale.
His “Viva la Vida’ was a standout as he proved both his pitch and style were spot on for many of the fans.
How wonderful for all young Australian hopefuls wherever they come from or grew up to be faced with a possibility they could win such a competition, one that would given them an opportunity to expand their reach.
The show has introduced the audiences both in the room and on television to styles and types of voices and music they perhaps have not ever encountered before and the cultural mix too has been very impressive.
Vital to our inner wellbeing popular music helps us to make a rhythmic connection with each other and provides an insight into both our society and culture.
Really great voices like Alfie Arcuri’s reflect with passion all that is good about living in Australia today.
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016
Images courtesy The Voice Australia, 2016, Channel Nine
*Lyrics to Alfie by Burt Bacharach