Our readers went gaga recently when Polina Gagarina took a coach’s chair in the Russian edition of “The Voice”. Well the surprises keep on coming! We were abolutely astonished when, on the most recent episode, we saw Maria Katz (aka Youddiph) appearing in the blind auditions. Maria was the first ever Russian Eurovision representative back in 1994. She performed her song “Vechny Strannik” (Eternal Wanderer) in Dublin and came a very respectable ninth place. So what on Earth is she doing on “The Voice”?
Polina Gagarina was the first to press the button and turn her chair. Russia’s latest Eurovision star was shocked to see its first. Alexander Gradsky, who already holds already three victories as a coach, easily recognised Youddiph by her voice and because of that didn’t press the red button. That would’ve been a little awkward for him. The judges asked her what she was doing and she had this to say:
You know, at some moment I became bored… So I’m often invited to interviews, as some Eurovision veteran or who knows who, but they don’t allow me TO SING! So, I thought about it and decided “Why not?”.
Both Polina and Grigory Leps, who was the second judge to press the button, argued that they cannot teach Maria anything, but at the end Maria chose Grigory Leps, saying: “You’ll have to bear me, sweetheart!”
It looks like “The Voice” is not only a starting platform for new and unknown artists, but also a way for established artists to get back on track. Should those artists get out of the way for younger talents? Let us know in the comments below!