'The Voice': Erin Martin & The Shields Brothers' Performance Was Epic Weird

Tue, March 20, 2012 8:59am EST by 10 Comments
The Voice: Erin Martin And The Shields Brothers Battle Round

I felt like I was watching performance art at some grungy underground arts studio in New York and trying my darndest to like it because it was so daggum different. Even though Erin survived this round, I think her soft eccentric voice might ultimately get buried by the belters in the competition.

What the what what?! Last night’s Voice theatrics from model Erin Martin and Rory and Tristan Shields gave me the biggest brain fart that I felt compelled to down a bottle of Beano and open a freakin’ window to clear my head.

Erin and The Shields Bros did their own space alien rendition of Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” and although judge Christina Aguilera totally dug it (probably because she was wearing a spaceship on her head), Adam Levine summed up their battle round the best.

“That was so weird! That was so weird! That was so weird!” he screamed like Rain Man.

Between Erin’s choice of rahrring! like a mountain lion intermittently in the song and The Shields Brothers’ sounding like they were both straining while sitting on the crapper in the middle of a summer’s afternoon with no air conditioning — the song’s schizophrenia and change of keys reflected what was going on in my head: “I likey! No, I hatey! No, I likey! No, I hatey!”

Ultimately, I decided it was just too bizarre for my taste. Thanks to Erin’s eccentric performance, though, Cee Lo Green felt he could work with her and gave her the win. I get that totally — her voice has an incredibly interesting mix of Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Bjork — but I also get that Miss Thang reminded me way too much of Grace Jones‘s Strangé character in Boomerang.

What did you think of Erin and TSB’s performance? Loved it or hated it?


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