“The Voice”: coaches ready for the competition


For its grand return to TVA, “La Voix” offers a new group of trainers who have accumulated decades of success, in Quebec and internationally. Motivated and passionate, Marjo, Corneille, Marc Dupré and Mario Pelchat are now ready to hear the candidates for this ninth season. Each reveals their goals and priorities for this new cuvée.

Marjo, who has been a showman since his debut, first looks for candidates who have the attitude and charisma to do this job. “I can say that we listen better when we don’t see them, like during blind auditions. But when I turn around, I study how they move, how they behave. I often look for a connection with me.”

She is aware that auditioning for “La Voix” requires a lot of motivation, and that implies a responsibility on the part of the coaches. “We’re here to help them get through each of the stages, support them as best we can and reassure them. We want to give them a boost while also giving them confidence.”

For her, the most important thing in this job is to last. “That’s why you shouldn’t accept everything that comes your way, even though it may be tempting. You can experiment at first, but then you have to choose the projects. You must go slowly, and not at any cost.

Although Marjo initially wondered what she should do at “La Voix”, her experience with blind auditions convinced her. “I had so much fun during the filming. It is impressive to be chosen for this role, which is a responsibility, a gift in itself. But my ultimate pleasure is sharing.”

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It is the love of music that motivated Marc Dupré to take his chair at “La Voix”. “I realize how much music is an anti-anxiety for me. I need it in my life, it’s necessary for my balance. In this show I feel useful. It makes me feel good as a person, I feel like I’m serving something and making a difference.”

Furthermore, he ensures that nothing has changed between the coach he was in the first season and the one he will be this winter. “The only difference is that people don’t see me the same way anymore. The public got to know me. But I’m still a child when I sit on the chair. When I push the button, I’m happy and moved, in awe of the talent, and most of all, looking forward to working with them.”

If there is one important thing he wants to convey to his graduates, it is above all the concept of work. “I want them to understand, because it has been my experience that talent and hard work must go together. You can’t have just one of them. It’s also a job where you have to take risks because it will make you outdo yourself. And you also have to respect the people you meet, whether they’re musicians, journalists, the public… It’s a job you have to take seriously.’

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Sitting in the coach’s chair is like a no-brainer for Mario Pelchat. “I have always done that. I have always nurtured the talent of others. I am finally in a role where I can bring them something and have a fantastic experience myself.”

He does not necessarily admit to being an educator, not having an academic education in music, but he has the most important thing in this environment, the instinct. “When I work with artists, I am always approachable, caring towards them and patient to make them assimilate what I tell them. At “La Voix” we don’t have much time, they have to go quickly.

The public will also discover another facet of the singer. “I’m a bit of a trainer of sorts. People know I’ve cried in the rain for many years. But I’m very emotional, I’m very close to tears, I’ve always been like that. I’m easily moved and moved me.”

For him, the secret to this job is to stay authentic. “It must be a visceral need, a vital desire to express oneself through song. The public must want to enter your world, want to discover you and be friends with you. Getting everything right is a big part of success. It can’t necessarily be learned, but I think it can be worked on.’

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After more than twenty years of career, both in Europe and in Quebec, Corneille increasingly wants to give back to others, and especially to the youngest. “I got there in my professional life, produced and directed for others, was in the transmission… At “La Voix” my goal is to remove as much stress and anxiety as possible from my candidates. I want them to understand, that they do not risk their lives on this show, it is above all a great opportunity to show themselves as they are, with the good sides as well as the bad.

For him, music is also one of the few professions where it is allowed to be totally sincere and honest, and that, on top of that, it is one of the keys to success. “I also want them to understand that there’s no point in trying to control things, we’re not sophisticated enough as humans to interpret what’s happening to us. For example, if someone doesn’t win the duel, so what does it really mean? We don’t know. We have to stop trying to interpret things and therefore set goals. Be in the moment, that’s what counts.”

Corneille has already mentored Marc Dupré and Garou on “The Voice”, in France. “I knew I liked coaching young people and giving advice. I feel very comfortable in this role. It’s rare to have moments when you feel completely fine, it happens to me on stage and always when I’m in the studio. On this show, as much as it can be stressful because it’s heavy with responsibility, but I also feel completely in my place.

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The new season of “La Voix” begins Sunday, January 15 at 7 PM on TVA.


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