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Interview with Mark Isaiah and Lilli
Passero of "The
Voice" on NBC 5/10/17
Moderator: Kaitlin Blanco
2017 1:00 am CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you for standing by and welcome to The Voice Elimination
Press and Media conference call. During the presentation all
participants will be in listen-only mode. Afterwards we will
conduct a question and answer session. At that time if you
have a question please press the 1 followed by the 4 on your
telephone. If at any time you need to reach an operator,
please press Star 0. As a reminder, the conference is being
recorded today, Wednesday May 10, 2017. I would now like to
turn the conference over to Kaitlin Blanco with The Voice
Kaitlin Blanco: HI everyone, thanks for joining
our call today. Joining us today from Team Adam we have Mark
Isaiah and Lilli Passero, she'll be joining us shortly.
Out of respect for all journalists queuing up, please
ask only one question at a time. I will now turn the call
over to the question and answer portion. Go ahead.
Operator: Thank you very much. Ladies and gentlemen, if you
would like to register a question, please press the 1
followed by the 4. One moment.
And our first question
is from MJ Santilli with MJís Big Blog. Please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi Mark. I was wondering how you were able
to keep a positive attitude week after week being in the
Mark Isaiah: Well, just I mean, I've been
enjoying this whole journey so far. I mean, I've been
enjoying this experience and this journey and that's all I
can think about at the moment that I'm on that stage. Just
the fact that I'm there, you know, standing in front of
millions of people just performing live on television every
week so, you know, I can't be mad. There's people out there
that donít get the opportunity to be where I'm at, I was top
ten, I've accomplished more than what I thought I would
accomplish and I'm super grateful for this experience so I
mean, all I can do is keep a smile on my face and I have the
support from everyone, all of my fans and back at home. So I
feel great and I'm super excited that I got the opportunity
to make it this far in the competition.
Mark Isaiah: You're welcome.
And ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder for questions,
please press 1, 4 on your telephone keypads. Our next
question is from Beth Kwiatkowski with Reality TV World,
please go ahead.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi Mark, thanks so
much for taking the time for this today.
Oh of course, thank you for having me.
Kwiatkowski: So when you learned that you were in the bottom
three with Vanessa in the lead, I'm wondering what was going
through your mind. Like what did you think your chances were
staying and then how did that mindset change after hearing
all three of the performances?
Mark Isaiah: I mean,
first of all, everyone is so incredibly talented on the show
and when I was at the bottom three with those two ladies it
was just all love. I just felt like, you know, whoever went
on definitely deserved it because we all worked so hard to
get there where we were and I mean, just watching the
performance, it was amazing. They were just giving it all
out and I'm glad Vanessa was safe, she definitely deserved
that especially after that performance but I mean, it was
just such an awesome experience being there and being able
to share that experience with everybody on the show.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay, thank you.
Operator: And we have another
question from MJ Santilli, MJís Big Blog, please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Adam, your coach Adam mentioned that you -
he's allowed you to choose your own songs and I was
wondering what criteria you used for songs week after week?
Mark Isaiah: So what's that, sorry about that? I'm at
the airport, I can't really hear you that much?
Santilli: Yes, Adam, your coach Adam Levine said that - he
allowed you to choose your own songs and I was wondering how
you chose your song?
Mark Isaiah: How I picked my
song it was just something that I kind of already had
planned out before I even did the show because even - I've
always had the mindset of doing the show and I kind of
already had my list of songs I wanted to do and some of them
were on it and I think those songs, especially were easy to
make arrangements with for me because they're kind of my
style like pop and R&B so I just picked my genre and put my
own flavor to it, you know, just made my own arrangements to
it. And I'm glad that Adam believed in me as much to keep me
on the show this long and to be able to give me the tips and
advice that he gave me this whole way through the
MJ Santilli: Did you change your - did
you look - did you change your strategy at all when you
chose your Save Me songs?
Mark Isaiah: Not really,
not really. I just take the songs that I really already had
planned to do on the show it's just I take them for (the
times) I guess. Yes, but I always had my list of songs that
I wanted to perform on the show.
MJ Santilli: Thank
Mark Isaiah: You're welcome.
And we have also now been joined by Lilli Passero and our
next question is from Beth Beacham.
Beth Beacham: Hi
Mark, congratulations for making it so far on the show.
Mark Isaiah: Thank you so much, I appreciate you.
Beth Beacham: I was watching last night and I noticed
Adam and Alicia had some very inspirational words for all
three of you and with Adam he said something really good
when he said that it's, you know, your success is determined
by what you do, by what you do in the future and how do you
plan to apply the things that you learned on the show now
going into further your career after the show?
Isaiah: Oh man, there's so much that I can apply from what
I've learned on the show to my actual career. Just, you
know, my personality now and the way that I carry myself on
camera and off camera it's just different now because now
I've gained more experience, you know, being an artist and
everything like that and basically this is like boot camp
honestly like the whole show behind the scenes it was like
boot camp preparing you to become the best artist and then
to do your best and Adam was a great coach in doing that and
helping me to become a better artist and do my best on
Just I mean, performing, interviewing and
everything behind the scenes, it's going to make it easier
for me to go out and do my own thing, you know, start doing
my solo music and start going on tour, you know, futureÖ I
told Adam actually after the show I was like, yes Adam, I'll
see you at the Grammys soon. He was like, yes, I wouldnít
doubt it. We're definitely keeping in touch and hopefully in
the future we'll get some music started.
Beacham: Okay, thank you. Best of luck.
Operator: And our next question is from
Beth Kwiatkowski, Reality TV World, please go ahead.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi Lilli, a question for you that I
asked Mark earlier. When you learned that you were in the
bottom three with Mark and Vanessa, I'm wondering what was
going through your mind, like what did you think your
chances were of staying and how did that mindset change
after hearing all three of the performances?
Passero: It's funny because you never know what's going to
happen but I did sort of have - I had this little gut
feeling that it was getting near to my time to go home. So
when I wound up in the bottom three it was a bit of an
overwhelming experience because you're sort of preparing
yourself to leave before you know the results. So I think I
was preemptively kind of feeling everything when maybe it
wasn't time yet.
And seeing the performances didn't
change anything for me. I still was pretty sure I was going
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay, and Lilli you were very
sick a couple of weeks ago. Could you talk about what you
went through and how it affected your journey and your
performances on The Voice? I mean, Adam noted last night
that you hadn't really broken through in the competition yet
so I'm wondering why that was and whether your illness
played a role in that?
Lilli Passero: I donít want to
say that my illness played a role in it. I think that my
illness just affected my - that one week, because we didnít
have time to land on the perfect song and the perfect
performance. And then after that I think because I can be
flexible and versatile in some ways, and also because I
think I was one of the least fully flushed out artists
before I came to the show. I didnít already have a clear
lane to share with my coach. It was more about discovering
that lane so it was really - our time together was kind of
more about learning about each other and trying things
rather than sticking to what we already knew I should be
doing. And also a lot of the music I love is not necessarily
music that would be conducive to the audience on the show.
So, I'm amazed that I got as far as I did with kind of just
trying to figure it out as I went.
But I think that
the sickness had little to do with it, just that one week.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Did you think you did finally find
your lane though by the end of your time on The Voice orÖ
Lilli Passero: Well, it's funny because I grew up with,
you know, with standards, the Great American Song Book and I
sang Unforgettable as a little girl and Town Without Pity,
you know, the (vibe) that I never sung before was incredibly
familiar in terms of the music that I grew up on but I donít
think that my lane necessarily is the music I grew up on, I
think that the music I grew up on is one of my influences
and I'm influenced by so many different kinds of music. So,
it was more about the lane that I left in was more about
illuminating some of my influences rather than the lane that
- I'm not about to put out a jazz album but you will always
hear it in my singing and in my music.
Kwiatkowski: Great, thank you.
Lilli Passero: Yes.
Operator: And the next question is from MJ Santilli,
MJís Big Blog, please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi
Lilli, you attended Carnegie Mellon University, I was
wondering if you consider yourself an actress who sings or
singer who acts?
Lilli Passero: Unfortunately I'm
sorry to tell you this, I donít really respond to either one
of those. I donít - I've never been comfortable putting
myself in a box and I donít think I'm going to start now.
I'm very fortunate to be able to do both and to say that I
love doing both and I will continue to do both.
Santilli: Are you interested in a Broadway career?
Lilli Passero: That is an interesting question. Because I am
an actor, there are certain straight plays, of course, that
I would love, love, love to do. I have not always really
responded to a lot of current musical theater for whatever
reason, maybe because I was raised on the classics that when
they donít look like that it's hard for me to get excited
about them. You never know what the future holds and if the
right role came along it would be an honor to participate in
anything that I believe in so, you know, we shall see.
MJ Santilli: So how do you see yourself moving forward
musically? Would you like to make an album coming off The
Lilli Passero: I think to start with an EP to
really throw myself into making a couple of like great songs
that I'm really proud of and see how people respond to them
and then go from there.
MJ Santilli: What kind of
style would you be interested in your album to be?
Lilli Passero: I think the easiest thing to call it would
probably be vintage pop. You will hear jazz, you will hear
blues, you will hear influence from the doo wop groups of
the 50s and 60s, you'll hear a lot of things.
Santilli: Great, thank you.
Lilli Passero: Thank you.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, Mark Isaiah has
dropped from the call. He was at the airport and perhaps his
connection was lost, however we still do have Ms. Lilli
Passero on. And our next question is from Beth Beacham with
Hollywood Junket, please go ahead.
Beth Beacham: Hi
Lilli, how are you and thank you for joining us?
Lilli Passero: Good thank you, how are you? Thank you.
Beth Beacham: I'm good. On your style I really loved
actually your take on Unforgettable, I thought it was very
beautiful. I - it just really reminded me of like
(unintelligible) and I - that's kind of what I compare you
to, like your style, but do you think that maybe thinking
that - other people, do you think maybe not ready to embrace
a female (unintelligible) or like what do you think about
Lilli Passero: I donít know, I mean, I think if
the artist - I think the artist can transcend the song, I
think it's more about the person you're watching and less
about what they're signing so I think I connected with as
many people as I could and I'm not really interested, or it
doesnít matter to me as much who I didn't connect with
because thatís out of my hands.
So, I think the world
is ready for anything as long as it's the right time for it.
Beth Beacham: Okay, I agree. Thank you.
Passero: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question
is from Beth Kwiatkowski, Reality TV World, please go ahead.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi Lilli, I just want to talk to you a
little bit more about your Instant Save song. Looking back,
do you think it was the right song to do in terms of showing
your strengths and full potential? Maybe you wish you had
done something different.
Lilli Passero: Yes, that's
interesting. I mean, maybe a bigger flashier song would have
done the job. I think that Alicia's pitch for Vanessa was
really like remarkable. Like I was - I almost started crying
listening to her fight for her. I think there's so many
factors that go into it and, you know, from the beginning I
never thought I would get this far and I even said like God,
how amazing would it be to get to the top 12? And then I got
to the top ten so maybe it was something I manifested that
it was just my time to go home, I donít really know. I think
it's hard. I understand the desire to want to find the
answer, find the solution or pinpoint the exact moment or
all of that but I donít know if that's necessarily something
you can do.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Okay, and also what was
it like working with Adam in general? I mean did you two
always agree on song choices and style and performance
techniques? Did it take you time to get on the same page? I
mean, what were your rehearsal sessions like with him?
Lilli Passero: They were interesting. He - I mean, first
of all, they were always fun. He's like such a fun guy to
hang out with and he's so smart and he knows so much about
music and he's very passionate, he really knows what he
wants and I think he knew what he wanted more than I knew
what I wanted and so it was - you know, we would like get
head-to-head on things and at the end of the day I would -
if I feel a million percent about something like I'm going
to stick up for it. But if I'm kind of unsure then I'm more
likely to allow someone who knows more than me to have the
So he was picking my songs at the end and
he really inspired me to be more confident in them because
with Unforgettable I was really nervous to sing it
especially because the Nat King Cole version is so - it's
held so near to so many people and also because of the
nature of the song I thought well at this point in the
competition do I need to do something bigger or is this the
right choice for me? And he really encouraged me to stop
worrying about the competition and to just focus on me and
doing something that looked really good on me and I really
admire that about him. That even though he's working for the
show he is not married to the outcome of the show, he's
married to the outcome of who we are as artists and people.
Beth Kwiatkowski: That's great. Thank you, Lilli.
Lilli Passero: Thank you.
Operator: And ladies
and gentlemen, as a reminder, 1, 4 for questions and we now
have Mark Isaiah back on with the rest of us. Thank you, Mr.
Isaiah. The next question is from MJ Santilli, MJís Big
MJ Santilli: Actually, this question is for
both of you, Lilli and Mark. What drew you to audition for
Lilli Passero: I'll jump in. My parents
brought it up to me, they thought it would be a great
opportunity for me to kind of get my career to the next
level to put my abilities and what I do in front of a bigger
audience and they thought I had nothing to - they said you
have nothing to lose only so much to gain and they were
right and I'm glad that I divorced my comfort zone to do it
because I never wanted to be a part of a competition before.
And I didnít even want to this time but I'm so glad that
I allowed myself to participate in it because it was so, so,
MJ Santilli: Mark?
Hello. So, what made me want to audition for The Voice? I
just always had the passion for music and I remember
auditioning when I was 17. I went to the New York
(unintelligible) and I auditioned there like at the open
call and they accepted me and then the next one I wasn't
accepted like they didnít call me back or anything like that
so I was like really let down for that and so I just decided
to keep following my dreams and never give up. I just
couldn't find anything else that can replace music in my
life, you know what I mean, so I was just like I've got to
do it again and I prepared myself. I had to work on my
confidence again like I said before my blind audition and I
just did it, went out there and I made it all of the way to
the top ten and I couldn't be more grateful to everybody
that was a part of it or had such a good time on this
experience and it really helped me grow.
What do you see yourself doing next?
Next I mean I'm definitely going to start putting everything
to use that I've learned on the show like I'm going to start
definitely recording music, I'm going to (do a single) as
soon as I can and just start promoting and finding
connections and producing at the studio and stuff like that.
MJ Santilli: Thanks.
Mark Isaiah: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question is from Beth Beacham,
Hollywood Junket, please go ahead.
Beth Beacham: Hi
this question is for both of you. Last night when Alicia was
fighting for votes for Vanessa, what did you guys think
about that? Did you think it was fair when she said to vote
for Vanessa or a vote for her would be a vote for Vanessa?
What did you guys think of that?
Lilli Passero: I
mean, you know. Oh, go ahead Mark. Hello?
Isaiah: Oh, I thought you were going.
Oh, okay, I'll go, I'll go. I mean, like she said, I donít
know if you guys saw the whole episode but like she said in
the Mother's Day video, you know, to be a mother is to be a
lioness and I think Alicia sees the people on her team as
her cubs and I respect the hell out of her for saying and
doing whatever she has to do to protect Vanessa and that
same spirit is what got me on her team during the blinds. I
mean, she decided that she wanted me and she sang me a song
and made sure she got me and I really admire and respect her
for doing everything in her power to get what she wants for
what she believes and, you know, that's just the way it is.
Of course it's fair, if anything it's something that we
should all aspire to do ourselves to have that kind of
passion and fire.
Mark Isaiah: Yes, perfectly said
actually. That's exactly what I would say.
Beacham: Thank you.
Lilli Passero: Thanks.
Operator: And our next question is from Beth Kwiatkowski,
Reality TV World, go ahead.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Hi I
just have one more question for Mark. Adam said a couple of
times that you chose all of your own songs for the live
shows. So did he blindly trust your choices or did he ever
suggest any other songs at times and you kind of turned down
his input, like what was it like working with Adam?
Mark Isaiah: Yes, it was like that for once, one time it did
happen. He tried to change my song but I strongly felt like
the song that he was giving me wasn't - I feel like maybe it
wasn't appropriate for that week because I was getting a lot
of requests from my fans, you know, I try to hear out
everybody that comes out to me. But I mean we worked
together and just the fact that he's been on the show for so
long and to think that my ideas, the idea that I'm bringing
to the table, are good and that he believes in me as much to
make my own arrangements and to pick my own songs, it's
He does help with arrangements and he's just
an awesome coach. I'm really glad that I got to meet him and
work with him.
Beth Kwiatkowski: And are you glad
that you chose Sorry for your (instant) song and was that
your choice or Adam's suggestion?
Mark Isaiah: To be
honest with you, that song was - so for the last eight songs
we've got to like pick from list that they provide for us
and out of that list that was the most familiar one I was
with and, you know, it as getting to the point where it was
hard for me to learn two songs every week because I was at
the bottom every week and so I was really working twice as
hard as everybody else on the show just performing twice on
TV and still having to learn two more songs for the next
week and practice my last day's song and my live song plus
the coach song that we did with Adam, Hey Jude, so it's been
a lot, a lot of songs coming in place and so that was the
one that I was most familiar with on the list that they gave
me and I just picked that one because I just had to make it
easier on me for that week.
Beth Kwiatkowski: Great,
well you both did a good job so thanks again guys.
Mark Isaiah: Thank you so much, appreciate it.
Passero: Thank you.
Operator: And our next question
is from MJ Santilli, MJís Big Blog, please go ahead.
MJ Santilli: Hi Lilli, one last question. Could you compare
working with Alicia versus working with Adam?
Passero: Sure I can try. It's night and day. They're very
different people I think that's why they are both coaches on
the show because they're both wildly qualified but very,
very, very, very different.
I think Alicia would have
had me - I mean as you saw she probably would have thrown me
down a slightly different lane in terms of song choices but
other that that I mean, I always felt kind of like in aw of
her when I was around her. I donít know if it's because
she's a women and has that like maternal kind of queen-like
vibe to her. And then working with Adam, I mean you really
forget that he's Adam Levine because he's so down to earth
and he's very easy going and he treats you like a buddy
right way. He's very frank and straightforward and he
doesnít hold anything back and it makes you feel like you're
with your best friend who you can say anything to.
And he was super, super dedicated and committed to finding
the right things for me and I really appreciate how much he
cared and how he never gave up and put his all into doing
everything that he thought he could to let me shine. Working
with him during the live week - we got much more time
together than I got with Alicia so in a way I felt like I
got to know him better but I'm so grateful that I got to
work with both of them. I'll probably be having realizations
for the rest of my life about things that they left me with.
MJ Santilli: Thanks, good luck.
Operator: And we have no other questions
at this time. Ms. Blanco, I'll turn it back over to you.
Kaitlin Blanco: Thanks everyone. That wraps our call for
today, again, if you would like a transcript you can email
me at Kblanco@mprm.com. Thanks everyone, enjoy the rest of
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, that
does conclude our press call for today. We thank you for
your participation have a great rest of the day. You may
disconnect your line.
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