Saved to sing another day: Delta throws lifeline to Steve
WHEN it is mentioned he has been "saved", Steve Clisby laughs.
Last night Delta Goodrem was the final coach on The Voice to use her save power to move Clisby through to the next round after his original coach Seal chose his battle round competitor Mitchell Anderson.
"I've been born again," he laughed.
"I heard via just chat in the green room there was a save left; that all the saves were gone except for one. But I wasn't focusing on being saved. I was focusing on going out and doing the best I could do."
Clisby and Anderson's soulful rendition of Walking In Memphis was one of the highlights of this year's battle rounds.
The American-born, Sydney-based Clisby said the magic came down to his and Anderson's experience and their mutual respect.
"It's not nice to go out and try to out-sing somebody. It contradicts the whole art of duets and creative vibe," he said.
"Half way through the song we had to do some parts together and I I think our experience and instincts took over. We just came together and we were like 'let's bring this house down'. It wasn't about him or me, it was about us. We were just trying to kill it. It was an instinctual thing."
At 67, Clisby is the oldest singer to make it through The Voice's blind auditions and battle rounds.
A seasoned performer, who has toured alongside such music legends as Chaka Khan, Hot Chocolate, Kool & the Gang and Seal, Clisby said he was looking for a new challenge when he decided to audition for the second series of the popular singing competition.
"One of the reasons I did it was simply because it was something that was different that I hadn't done before," he said.
"I was looking for something that was a challenge. You want to continue to challenge yourself. You don't want to get bored with the business.
"I'm like a closet nerd. I like technology and production and being in the studio. I've always occupied myself with that stuff."
The Voice continues on Sunday with the Showdowns, where the eight singers from each team will perform and vie for audience votes, which will be revealed on the Tuesday.
The Voice airs on Sunday at 6.30pm and Monday and Tuesday at 7pm on Channel 9/WIN.