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Interview with Jesse Larson, Davina
Leone, Lilli Passero and Brandon Royal of "The
Voice" on NBC 3/29/17
Moderator: Kaitlin Blanco
2017 1:00 pm CT
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen thank
you for standing by. Welcome to the NBC Universal The Voice
Season 12 Advancing Artist Press and Media conference call.
During the presentation all participants will be in a
listen-only mode. Afterwards we will conduct a question and
answer session. At that time if you have a question please
press the one followed by the four on your telephone.
If at any time during the conference you need to reach
an operator please press Star Zero. As a reminder this
conference is being recorded Wednesday March 29, 2017. I
would now like to turn the conference over to Kaitlin Blanco
with The Voice PR. Please go ahead.
Hi everyone. Thanks for joining our call today. If you would
like a transcript you can email me at
K-B-L-A-N-C-O@mprm.com. Joining us today from Team Adam we
have Jesse Larson and Davina Leone. From Team Alicia we have
Lilli Passero and Brandon Royal from Team Gwen should be
joining us shortly. Out of respect for all journalists
queuing up please ask only one question at a time. You will
have the opportunity to follow-up. And if your question is
for the larger group please designate one artist to speak
first. I will now turn the call over to the question and
answer portion. Go ahead.
Operator: Ladies and
gentlemen if you would like to register a question please
press the one followed by the four on your telephone. You
will hear a three-toned prompt to acknowledge your request.
If your question has been answered and you would like to
withdraw your registration please press the one followed by
If you are using a speakerphone please
lift your handset before entering your request. One moment
please for our first question. And our first question comes
from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice Views. Please
proceed with your question.
Mark Franklin: Yes my
question's for Davina. Davina how are you today?
Davina Leone: I'm great. How are you doing?
Franklin: Pretty good. So hey, so take us back to that
moment when the battle's over, you've heard all the feedback
and Brandon's been declared the winner. What's running
through your mind? Did you think this deal was possible at
Davina Leone: I honestly I knew it was
Adam's last deal and I knew there was still maybe like eight
pairs of, you know, people battling after me. So I was like,
oh there's no way he's going to lose his last steal on me.
There's so many people he has to see.
So when I was
giving that speech I was pretty much just like okay, I guess
this is it. Like I was really happy for Brandon but we were
going for the win and the steal so it was kind of like oh.
And then when he cut me off while I was talking hit that
button I almost fell to the ground. It was like so surreal.
Mark Franklin: And what did you think of the
performance overall? Were you pleased with it?
Leone: I was so happy with it. We practiced so much and we
really tried to make the chemistry happen and tried to make
the sultriness happen. So the fact that the coaches liked it
and thought that we nailed that was so gratifying because we
practiced a lot.
Mark Franklin: Okay, well thank you
very much and congratulations.
Davina Leone: Thank
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen as a reminder to
register for a question please press one - four on your
telephone keypad. Our next question is a follow-up question
from the line of Mark Franklin with Voice Views. Please
proceed with your question.
Mark Franklin: Yes this
is for Jesse and Lilli. I was hoping each of you could tell
me what you think turned the battle in your favor? If we
could start off with Jesse please.
Jesse Larson: You
know, I'm not sure to be honest with you. I know both Taylor
and myself both gave everything we had in the performance.
And it's possibly maybe it was just a personal preference
thing at that point. You know, maybe Adam just saw something
that he particularly liked a little more out of me than
Taylor. You know, it's hard for me to say because, you know,
I'm my own worst critic so when I watch it and listen to it,
you know, I think, you know, I did a pretty good job but, I
think Taylor did a great job so and I'm not totally sure.
Mark Franklin: Okay. Now I know you can't talk a whole
lot about knockout round but is there anything musically
you'd like to showcase next - in the next round?
Jesse Larson: I guess...
Mark Franklin: In terms of…
Jesse Larson: ...that I liked. Yes,
yes, yes. I got you. I guess I'd like for to have a song
that allows me to sing a little more, sing out a little
more. You know, everything I've done is kind of been
controlled by the boundaries of the song itself. So, you
know, I'd like to get into something that allows me to
stretch out just a little bit vocally.
Franklin: Okay. Thank you very much and congratulations.
Jesse Larson: Yes, thank you very much.
Franklin: And then if we could go to Lilli please.
Lilli Passero: Hi.
Mark Franklin: Hi.
Passero: Yes so you're...
Mark Franklin: Overall how
did you feel about the battle and what do you think turned
the tide in your favor?
Lilli Passero: Ultimately I
felt really good about it. Lauren and I practiced as much as
we could without driving ourselves crazy. And I think what
turned it in my favor is pretty much exactly what most of
the coaches said. The song - the style of the song to the -
was exactly kind of the style of music that I feel most
comfortable in. It had the vintage vibes that a lot of the
coaches commented on during my battle audition, I'm sorry
during my blind audition. And it was really easy for me to
slide into it, into the groove of it so I think that helped
And even though Lauren did an amazing, amazing
job, you know, the style of the song was just I think
perfectly suited to my vibe. And then also it is a song
about heartbreak and pain and what we go through. And being
a little bit older I think I've just had a little more
experience with that than Lauren had and so it came across
more clearly. And I think Adam hit the nail on the head in
saying that, you know, there was equal ability but it's just
down to experience.
Mark Franklin: And the same
question I asked Jesse is there anything musically you'd
like to showcase in the next round?
Well I - so another thing that I think that the coaches
noticed in my battle performance was a certain power and
confidence that I don't think I was able to convey as much
in my blind audition just because it was the first kind of
go round on the stage and there were a lot more nerves
involved. So I hope that in my knockout performance you see
that same power and confidence as I stand along on stage. I
hope that that comes across.
Mark Franklin: Okay
thank you very much and best of luck.
Operator: As a reminder ladies and
gentlemen please press one - four to register for a
question. Our next question comes from the line of Krista
Chain with TV MegaSite. Please proceed with your question.
Krista Chain: Yes my question is for Lilli. How did you
feel about your pairing for the battles Lilli?
Passero: Hi. Lauren and I were both surprised when our
battle partner was announced. We both looked at each other
like wow, okay. At the end of the day I think we both kind
of saw what Alicia saw and how she decided. You know, she
had said that we both have our own very unique style. And
she wanted to see how that would complement the others being
so different but so kind of realized on our own how would we
work together and how would we complement each other. So I
think that's at the end of the day what we were playing
with. And we both have - I think we both have a similar not
necessarily a similar tone but yes I don't know exactly what
the words are I'm looking for but I think it was just seeing
how we would complement each other being different but both
Krista Chain: Well congratulations.
Lilli Passero: Thank you very much.
Ladies and gentlemen please press one - four to register for
a question. And there are no further questions registered at
this time Ms. Blanco. And one moment please as Ms. Blanco
dials back. And Ms. Blanco you are live.
Blanco: Hi everyone. Then that wraps our call for today.
Again if you'd like a transcript you can email me at
K-B-L-A-N-C-O@mprm.com. Thanks everyone. Enjoy the rest of
Operator: Ladies and gentlemen...
Woman: Thank you.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen
that does conclude the conference call for today. We thank
you for your participation and ask that you please
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