The Voice UK and Dean Midas Maynard
The BBC’s new show ‘The Voice’ is set to hit our screens soon and I can’t wait. For once a show that is truly just about the singing skills (raw talent) rather than the frustrating deluded fame hungry wannabes that can be found in the early stages of reality contests like X-factor and Britain’s Got Talent, who surprisingly still get airtime for their ridiculous shenanigans , oh yes I know its good for ratings/ viewers blah blah blah!!! But it makes a mock at times of the harsh reality real singers have to contend with nowadays in one of the most competitive industries in the world, the music business.
Four of the biggest names in music are looking for incredible singing talent to compete for the title of The Voice UK. They will be chosen purely on the quality of their voice, which is just music to my ears! I remember a chat a while back I had with Choice FM DJ Steve Clarke who was also excited about how refreshing this show would be when it actually arrived on our shores here in the UK. Which I personally think will be the feeling not just from the public but the music industry as a whole, a respect for finding pure unadulterated talent for once.
I think the BBC have made a great selection for their judging panel; age, experience, worldwide success and most importantly all 4 are respected musicians and artists. The judging panel is made up of Danny O’Donoghue of Irish band The Script, Music legend Sir Tom Jones,
Chart topping best sellers Jessie J and Will.i.am. Presenters for The Voice UK are the fabulous Holly Willoughby and funky Radio One DJ Reggie Yates at the helm of BBC One’s
vocal talent-fest, taking charge of proceedings on-screen and online.
If you are innately interested in understanding music properly then the BBC have again stepped up the mark in professionalism with insider advice from Jay Henry. Jay has worked with the likes of Jessie J, Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey. He has an astute knowledge of all things vocal. He will guide viewers through different types of voices and the range of categories some of our favourite singers belong to. If anyone knows how to finely tune a voice, maintain it and improve its performance, Jay Henry is definitely the man for the job.
In preparation for The Voice UK, I decided to talk to Talent Agent and Reality TV reviewer Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard.
Dean is regularly in demand for television, radio, press and online media where he reviews the big Reality TV shows like Britain’s Got Talent, The X-Factor and obviously now he will also review The Voice UK for The Huffington Post.
Nicknamed ‘Midas’ by the press due to his successful predictions, Dean has received widespread acclaim in the UK and was recently quoted at 50/1 by William Hill to be a judge on the X Factor.
Of the 34 shows that Dean has supported acts on, 30 of them have finished in the top 4 or higher and nearly all have gone on to have very successful careers. Dean is a man with a knack for spotting talent. His previous X Factor successes have included One Direction and Leona Lewis. This eye for spotting new upcoming singers, bands and talent in general, has earned him the nickname of the ‘New Simon Cowell’.
Dean’s wealth of experience reviewing, supporting and commenting on celebrity personalities has obviously gained him respect within the talent, sporting and reality circles. He now represents Janet Devlin, JonJo Kerr, 2 shoes and Chico to name but a few of his acts.
Dean is also honoured to be the Patron for https://www.teamhannah.org.uk Hannah was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia just after her 8th birthday in January 2004 please read her story and help her cause in any way you see fit.
With all the pointless TV that ends up on our screens I am for once happy to say I will be indulging in every minute of ‘The Voice’
I’ll be blogging my heart out over ‘The Voice’ and referring to Deans predictions throughout the entire Series. Dean I look forward to working with you on this and future projects. Bring on ‘The Voice’ BBC I just cant wait!
Written by Beauty and Entertainment Presenter Naomi Isted for Harley Street Beauty TV Series SKY 266 currently airing on Wedding TV UK, produced by Blondie Media Productions.