If you've been watching The Voice this season, you know who Vicci Martinez is. When you hear her sing, several words come to mind: impressive, powerhouse, FIRE! Since her first audition with Adele's Rolling In The Deep, she has been consistently impressing the judges and America with her skill.
But will she win the competition? If this were another voice competition show, we'd have our doubts. But from what we've seen, this fiery, powerful young woman might just win it all! She took time out of her busy rehearsal schedule for an interview, in which she talks about her time on the show so far, her fellow lesbian competitor and what she hopes to gain from this experience. Here are some HIGHlights:
The Voice has been airing for a couple of months now and it’s really a bona fide hit. How does it feel to be a part of this refreshing show that is so popular?
It’s really just bizarre. We all just really enjoy each other’s company and really have a good time with each other. So it’s weird to be having that experience with each other while we’re part of a ground-breaking show. It’s very popular, and definitely helped with our popularity as well. Yeah, it’s pretty crazy.
You did some interviews when The Voice began airing in which you said you would not hide who you are or hide your sexuality. Last week, America voted to save Beverly, who’s also gay. That was so refreshing after watching America vote in young guys on American Idol for the last several years. What was your reaction to the fans voting to keep Beverly?
I was really, really happy. They didn’t show us in the back room, but I definitely just kind of went crazy. I couldn’t believe it. I felt Beverly also wasn’t really up to date with Twitter, so she wasn’t Tweeting as often, and she wasn’t asking for votes. It was just really cool to see how many people showed up and were so supportive.
I thought it was going to be the opposite – like maybe Frenchie would get America’s vote and Bev would get saved by Christina because she just did a real flawless performance.
It was a wonderful moment for lesbian fans too with Beverly representing, kicking ass and getting voted in. I mean she doesn't exactly look like the girl next door and she’s not 19 years old.
I know! It was funny, because when I saw her right after, she gave me a hug and was like, “Girl, there’s a lot of lesbians in the world, there must be a lot of lesbians out there.” She was like “You’re gonna get saved no problem.” Haha!
Other than one of your own, do you have a favorite performance that you have seen this season on The Voice?
There have been a few that I just loved. I know I’m not the only one…but I really liked what Dia did on her Kanye West song. I liked her twist of it. I also really enjoyed Frenchie’s song (“When Love Takes Over”) that she did at the end of the first live show. And obviously when we did “Everyday People” that was just a big party on stage. That was lots of fun.
There is this news coming out about Cee Lo Tweeting something that has been called ‘anti-gay.’ Clearly he knows you are a lesbian and he wanted you on his team. What’s your take on Cee Lo’s Tweet?
Its funny, because I got asked that question when Blake had Tweeted something before the show even aired, I believe. I think it’s just one of those things. He (Cee Lo) got a bad review and I think it probably just hit him emotionally. I know that feeling too sometimes. I think he probably had his phone in front of him and you know… It’s too bad sometimes that everything is so accessible. You just don’t even get the time to maybe think about it a little bit.
I think that’s maybe what happened, because Cee Lo just loves the crap out of me and Nakia (a gay male contestant on Cee Lo's team). And right away, he messaged us and was like, “I just want you guys to know that this just came out and that’s not how I feel. They are totally messing it up, blowing it up, and I just want to apologize to you guys first.” He was like, “so, if you start hearing stuff, just know that I love you and that’s just sometimes what happens in the business.”
Sounds like not only does she have an incredible voice, but she has a good head on her shoulders!
Best of luck to you, Vicci! We're gonna be rooting for ya!
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