The Voice’s Bella Taylor Smith on filming alternate endings: ‘Weird’
Despite pre-recording The Voice’s epic finale back in April, Bella Taylor Smith had no idea that she won the show until she watched Sonia Kruger reveal the results on TV like the rest of Australia.
Just as Survivor and MasterChef have often done, the Channel Seven singing competition filmed alternate endings with each of the four finalists taking home the crown.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle, Bella says that the experience was “weird” having to record so many different takes in one day.
“The night of the grand final was full-on busy because not only did we have to film the four alternate endings, but also the four singles performed at the end,” she details.
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“And then that night we also did our duets with the coaches and our solo performances as well. And then you had to clean up the confetti at the end and do all of that stuff.”
However, the 24-year-old says she’s glad it was pre-recorded as they might not have been able to film a proper finale this month with the current lockdown situation.
“And also no one knew who was going to win so no one had to keep secrets and all that kind of stuff. But it was weird,” she adds.
Bella went on to explain that while she had to act excited on the show - something that viewers called out for being “underwhelming” and “fake” - she held back her true emotions until the winner was officially announced.
“As much as I would have liked to really believe in that moment that I'd won, you want to protect yourself and your emotions and have that moment of celebration when it's really truly yours,” she says.
“I had a big sob when I found out on Sunday and I knew that that was going to be my genuine reaction, but I just couldn't cry on cue.”
The singing teacher ended up sharing a video on Instagram of the moment she found out she won, which lead to plenty of confused comments from fans of the show.
“I posted my genuine reaction from the night of when I found out, when everyone else found out too, and everyone’s commenting like, ‘I'm so confused, I thought she was there’. So that's been the funniest part of it all,” she laughs.
As Bella was being crowned the winner of The Voice 2021, her coach Guy Sebastian invited her to join him as the support act on his upcoming tour.
The reality TV champion has nothing but nice words to say about her mentor, saying that he was “wonderful” throughout the entire process.
“On and off-camera he’s been so invested and kind and caring and careful as well with me, like really protective and helpful in navigating tricky things,” she describes.
“He’s invested in my future and in my career, which is awesome. And getting to go on tour with him is ridiculous and incredible and the biggest privilege. It’s so kind and gives me faith in myself and I’m just really, really grateful.”
Until the tour kicks off in April, Bella is set to start working on her debut album after winning a recording contract with EMI alongside $100,000. She’s also just released her winner’s single, Higher, which is available now on all streaming platforms.
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