What Women Love: A Reserved Scottish Guy


I’ll confess to you a shameful secret obsession that I have:

it’s with Terry McDermott, the Scottish singer on The Voice, Season 3.

Is it the Scottish accent? Sure.  Is it the self-deprecating humor and quiet confidence of a small town lad? Why not? Is it that at first his face and words gave very little away, but slowly he’s started to tell funny stories to the camera? My heart flutters.

Oh, but it’s far more embarrassing than that.  Unfairly derided by some as more of a controlled yeller than a singer, Terry is all the things that give me bad high school flashbacks: a bad haircut singing early 80’s rock anthems.  Yup, he’s a guy in a leather jacket obsessed with Journey and Boston.   Terry in Leather JacketI can’t even say he’s exactly sexy, because…he’s not.  I’m just insane is all.  Just like millions of viewers out there right now.  What’s wrong with us?

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There’s a way in which Terry McDermott seemed quiet at first,  reserved and polite, a little poker faced maybe, compared to the passion with which he sings.  Despite that reserve a  sense of humor peeked through.  It made me think of that present under the Christmas tree.  I wanted to pry him open and learn more…and more.  It’s just something about the reserved guy that hooks me in every time.

I like knowing what makes people tick but Terry McDermott is a fascinating enigma.  I don’t know who a lot of people on The Voice are either—but I also don’t care.  What is it about Terry that gives him such magic?

Let’s face it, he has all those qualities that hook adolescent girls—recording suits must know this stuff like the back of their hand.  Terry has:

1)An androgenous boy-girl face,

2)A devoted significant other lurking in the background (in his situation it’s his pretty wife). Their obvious strong relationship shows just how great a catch he is and puts him out of reach at the same time…catnip for women.  Oh, and he’s an awesome father too.

3) A good sense of humor.  It’s clear that he’s not taking himself too seriously.

4) While at first he tried not to show anything going on inside, lately he’s started to flirt with the camera a little, revealing nice teeth and dimples.  DIMPLES, people!!!Terry+McDermott+PNG

But what’s he like on the inside, for real? If he hasn’t given up his rock n roll dreams at 35 that he’s a romantic idealist, if not a romantic idiot.  I relate to that, for sure. His love for 80’s rock ballads would normally make me roll my eyes, only… If you listen, you’re soon be struck by a few things:

1)   Those notes are damn high

2)   Those songs are damn hard

3)   Those verses are some sophisticated pre-emo shit.

The Final 6: At this point, I don’t actually think that Terry’s very reserved at all.  Or he’s brought his “A game” to the show, putting it out there to audiences with charm and humor because that’s what you do you’re going to win fans. Yet the highly scripted, careful nature of these reality shows dictates few revelations. So I’m still hooked.

photo credit: EW Magazine

photo credit: EW Magazine

It’s a hopeless obsession, I tell you!  I can see he’s not the best performer one week—and yet I still want him to win.

It’s not about singing at this point. I’m also intrigued that other contestants are starting to look languid or stressed out with all the pressure while Terry seems to thrive. The quiet rocker has got endurance.  His staying power shows through his funny stories and quips that are emerging from beneath his polite manners.  He seems to live in the moment and is focused on winning.  The bad haircut lives on, and he’s not going home for lack of trying.

He seems well liked but he’s had to take it on the chin.  He’s been told his hair looks funny, and Bouble told him he was crazy for pursing his dream at his age when he’s got a wife and child to support. (Ow!)

CassidyCassidy Pope is another big favorite on The Voice.  She seems like she could win the show, but I don’t know.  There seems to be no mystery to Cassidy.  She looks great, she sings great, and she vibrates with a kind of “I’m ready!” professionalism.   Terry meanwhile, seems like he’s at a party and enjoying it, but keeping one eye on the clock waiting to see if that coach turns back into a pumpkin after all.  He’s not a groomed pretty young thing.  He’s an un-groomed, aging thing who’s been working hard for more than a decade on his rock star dreams.  Meanwhile, Cassidy has something like 250,000 followers on Twitter compared to Terry’s 51,000.

It’s all so sad—that is until he’s standing on stage, completely in his element, hitting one of those scrotum-twisting notes dead on.  At that point you can’t help cheering.

Lately I’ve been following him on Twitter.  He’s soooooooo funny. But it’s only these small breadcrumbs of his personality.  I want him to win–win, I tell you.  My fantasy is that after he wins he gives endless interviews, and I’ll finally figure out what makes him tick, and my mad, mad obsession will come to an end.

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9 Comments

  • Elizabeth Shore
    December 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I’ve never seen The Voice; clearly, I’ve been missing out! I relate to questioning the obsession, though. Such fascinations subvert logic, and the part of your mind that remains rational explains to you all the reasons why you’re crazy, yet it just. won’t. go. away. Ah well. enjoy the ride, I say!

  • madelineiva
    December 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you, Elizabeth! It’s night to feel understood. 🙂

    • madelineiva
      December 3, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      Oh, it’s so crazy! I was hunting on twitter for someone–anyone!–I have a twitter connection with in the U.K. to tell me what Brittan/Scotland is thinking of Terry when I happened on his twitter posts. They’re awesome! — Take a look:

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      I am one tired resident of the shire. Rehearsals sounded BAD ASS though. RT @ally_LovesLouis: @TerryMacMusic Hi Terry, how was your day? 😀

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Managed to rope @melanielbbh into hotel football.. pic.twitter.com/QSJ5ebCE

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      I am bloody freezing. Need to toughen up before I go back to Scotland. #gonesoft pic.twitter.com/i02cTTAt

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Sir P. McCartney RT @sassiegurlygurl: @TerryMacMusic If you could choose any singer out there to be your coach, who would you pick?,#curious

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Well, i had to literally drown to impress her. RT @wkarenlee: @TerryMacMusic what is the romantic story of how u met/married your wife?

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Lasers. It’s science. RT @LivingDino: @TerryMacMusic how do you make your hair look so awesome?!

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      No sad bed here!RT @KendallsLady: I wonder if @TerryMacMusic will reply to me today, cause last night I had no luck at all. Went to bed sad.

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Saw 2 Deer wandering the studio lot today. They had no ID or credentials that i could see. Maybe @blakeshelton should be goin a’huntin?

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Nope. Although i do like to shoot. I prefer to keep the brains inside the animal. RT @iloveBShelton: @TerryMacMusic do you hunt?

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Supporters of Aberdeen FC are affectinately known as “Sheepshaggers” becuase of our northern origins. @diarmada_love
      @blakeshelton

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      Prefer Basmati. RT @ChazieChazz: @TerryMacMusic do you like Damien Rice?

      Terry McDermott ‏@TerryMacMusic
      I think your dad knows what he’s talking about. 😉 RT @peiweithepanda: @TerryMacMusic my dad thinks you rock.

  • LizEverly
    December 3, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Obviously you are not alone in your obsession. Fun post!

    • Myra Valcourt
      February 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm

      Terry’s unusually patient with fans, I’ll give him that. Looking forward to hearing new songs from him, and I hear that he has one almost ready for release onto Itunes called “Pictures” which he wrote/ produced by Todd Burman. There’s a free preview track up on Soundcloud, just go there and look for his account and the new song!! It’s good.

      • madelineiva
        February 25, 2013 at 8:38 pm

        Excellent news–I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

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