Local singer and ukulele player Daniel Rosa is giving it another go — proving that if at first you don’t succeed, well, just fine-tune those vocal chords and give it all you’ve got.
The Riverside-based crooner is set to compete in Season 3 of NBC’s popular singing competition “The Voice,” featuring such music industry giants as Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green.
Plagued by nerves in the Season 2 premiere, Rosa’s performance of Neon Trees’ “Animal” failed to turn any of the judges’ chairs in the initial blind audition.
“I thought I was going to be devastated when I got home, but I was very inspired to move on. (It gave me) something to work on and get better,” he said.
During the blind auditions, the decisions from the musician coaches are based solely on voice and not on looks. The coaches hear the artists perform, but they don’t get to see them — thanks to rotating chairs. If a coach is impressed by the artist’s voice, he/she pushes a button to select the artist for his team. At this point, the coach’s chair will swivel so that he can face the artist he has selected.
If more than one coach pushes the button, the power then shifts to the artist to choose which coach they want to work with. If no coach pushes their button, the artist is eliminated from the competition.
A steady showing with current hit “Somebody That I Used to Know” on Monday’s premiere garnered Rosa a nod from both Green and Shelton.
Rosa said that while he’d long hoped for Shelton to take him on his team, he opted for singer/songwriter and producer Green in a last minute decision.
“I thought I would go with Blake. But for some reason, I just felt that (Cee Lo and I) are both big guys and I felt like he would respect me as an artist,” Rosa said.
According to Rosa, he was already considering a second try when the show called him.
“That just helped with my confidence. I felt like I was ready and the show did, too,” Rosa said, adding that painful knots had lodged in his stomach in last season’s performance.
Rosa hopes his past experience will help him make a stronger showing this time around.
“The greatest thing to have happened was for me to not make it on the show last season. I learned that I needed a lot of work. I needed to trust myself,” Rosa said.
He also said he’s thrilled at a growing fan base, adding: “Thank you so much for believing in me. I appreciate people having confidence in me.”
The show’s format features four stages of competition: the first begins with the blind audition, then the battle round, the brand new knockouts and finally, the live performance shows.
Fans can follow all the action at http://www.facebook.com/NBCTheVoice and on Twitter at @NBCTheVoice and #TheVoice.
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