Season Three of Vocal Edge launched on 17th January 2016 and auditions for the season reached a record 1212 submissions, with 799 people receiving enough votes to get into the competition.

S3 Audition Track - Angelle
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Season Three grew the team further, with six judges, and a complement of eight coaches - two of which were revealed as a second chance twist after Round Six.

Judges

Saralinda
Saralinda
Nina
Nina
Brett
Brett
Cryss
Cryss
Angelle
Angelle
Indi
Indi

Coaches

Benny
Benny
Chrissa
Chrissa
JC
JC
Max
Max
Steph
Steph
Zay
Zay

Secret Coaches

Heather
Heather
Kat
Kat
Country
Hard Rock
Tribute
Acoustic Harmony
Solo Spice
Glee
Battles
American Idol
Eurovision
Love
Hate
90s Mashups
Beat The Rest - 1
Beat The Rest - 2

For the third consecutive season, Vocal Edge offered multiple

Optional Challenges, with direct Round 1 bonus points,

with more chances available to early auditioners.

 

We also offered a bonus to any returning competitor from previous seaasons...

The first of many things related to our theme of 'Second Chances'.

Sing any reggae song

Shine - Brett
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Sing a blind harmony without any melody

Don't Know Why - Steph
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perform acapella, using at least three layers and featuring percussion

Hanging Tree - Benny
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Round One - Country

 

The contestants were challenged to sing a song from the country music genre.

 

530/799 songs were submitted, and of those 51 people scored a full 20 points for their song.

 

The battle had truly begun with a stunning display of talent!

 

 

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Featured Track:

Young Love - Tom
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Round Two - Hard Rock

 

From one extreme to the other - we challenged the contestants to go straight from relaxed, emotional country, directly to rocking out with some of the Hard Rock genre.

 

43 perfect scores were received in this round of the competition, again displaying the high standard of the season.

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Featured Track:

A Little Piece Of Heaven - Matt
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Round Three

Gone, Not Forgotten

 

The next challenge was to sing a song by an artist who had passed away, remembering talent gone before us.

 

Fantastic submittions were heard, not only from the legends like Whitney and MJ, but also from more unexpected avenues, such as Jim Croce and Bob Marley.

 

This round featured 42 perfect scores.

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Featured Track:

Are You That Somebody - Priscilla
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Round Four - Acoustic Harmony

 

Next up... 

 

An acoustic challenge, in which the had to be at least 30 seconds of continuous three-part harmony.

 

29 contestants displayed perfect harmony, and led the pack through to the next round.

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Featured Track:

Story of My Life - Mike
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Round Five - Double Trouble

Songs from Glee... and the solo careers of the Spice Girls... Wow.

 

Although people were completely thrown by the fact that

The Spice Girls even HAD Solo careers, there were 8 perfect Spice songs, and 17 perfect Glee songs

 

Just ONE contestant had perfect scores for both entries: Christina

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Set A

Set B

Featured Track:

Maybe - Christina
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Set A

Set B

Featured Track:

All By Myself - Dottie
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Round Six - Battle Round

 

With Pot Luck themes against another team, and songs picked without knowing who the opponent would be, this round brought a WHOLE new meaning to the competition, where ranking was irrelevant to your safety and only the victor was safe...

UNLESS...

 

IMMUNITY????

 

#TeamMax won immunity based on their combined total score, showing themselves as the most consistent team.

#TeamBenny also won immunity, because Benny herself emerged victorious from a battle between the coaches, winning immunity for her flock.

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Featured Track:

The Howling - Marjolein
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A hidden twist was announced with the results, revealing two secret coaches into the competition, who each got to choose 5 eliminated contestants for the ultimate second chance, creating their very own underdog teams.

 

WHAT A ROUND!

 

Round Seven - Euro Idol

Vocal Edge has participants from all over the world, and sometimes, online competitions seem to be heavily weighted towards the USA, with genres such as country music being much more well known in that region.

 

For Round seven, we decided to even the score a little...

 

The Top 50 were tasked with singing a song released by any WINNER of American Idol, and also any entry for the
Eurovision Song Contest

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Featured Track:

Tonight Again - Reza
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Featured Track:

Heartbeat Song - Mimi
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Round Eight - Love/Hate

This round asked the contestants to tap into their emotional extremes, and to sing songs based on love and hate.

 

We had SIX perfect love songs, and FIVE perfect hate songs... however, NOBODY got a perfect score across both entries.

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Featured Track:

Give Me Love - Nick
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Featured Track:

Sweet As Whole - Alyssa
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Semi-Finals - 90s Mashups

 

The Semi-Finalists were tasked with creating mashups of at least three songs.

 

Their mashups had to consist ONLY of 90s songs, and had to have a clear defined theme...

Examples produced included: "Sex Songs of the 90s",

"90s Disney" and "90s Country Music"

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Featured Track:

90s Love Songs - Billy
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The Finalists

Finals - Beat The Rest: Part One

 

Part One of the finals required the finalists to sing a song which had been performed by another of the remaining finalists, at some point in the competition so far.

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Featured Track:

A Monster Like Me - Nick
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Finals - Beat The Rest: Part Two

 

The Top three contestants from Part One, Billy, Nick and Fitta then had to perform the ultimate victory song, 

Rise Like A Phoenix by Conchita Wurst

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Featured Track:

Rise Like A Phoenix - Fitta
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With a PERFECT score from all five judges, Fitta was crowned the champion of Season 3, with Nick as the runner up, based on running totals, after a tie with 3rd place Billy.