'The Voice' Live Shows Round 2: Jamar Rogers Owns The Night

Tue, April 10, 2012 12:12am EST by 7 Comments

Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine’s teams went head-to-head April 9 for a disappointing second round of the live shows.

Was I watching the wrong show April 9, or were the majority of this week’s performances on The Voice pretty forgettable? I found myself desperately waiting for a knockout performance, but had to wait almost two hours to get it.

On team Adam Levine, Katrina Parker was decent. Then, power-house Kim Yarbrough sang Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” and while her big voice was ever present, her overall performance fell short of and didn’t quite fit her. The coaches seemed scared to tell her that, so they gave it to her nicely.

Mathai sang “Ordinary People,” using her quirky unique tone to try to charm the coaches, but her performance was a bit more lounge-like than nationwide competition-worthy. Tony Lucca received praises from the coaches, but I almost forgot about him by the time the show ended. And then there was Karla Davis, who took on “Airplanes” by B.O.B, but sounded like she was struggling more than singing.

One of my favorites, Pip, definitely knew how to work the crowd, but the song was a bit bigger than him and the coaches didn’t seem to happy with it. I actually thought he was the most interesting, but it’s up to America now.

Team Cee Lo Green didn’t do much better: Cheesa brought out all the stops, big hair, huge voice, and backup dancers — but vocally, she need’s work. James Massone was given an awkward song to sing (Norah Joans‘ “Don’t Know Why”) and really couldn’t do much with it other than sing in falsetto, though Blake Shelton admitted to almost throwing his panties on stage after his performance. … Wait, Blake wears panties? TMI.

Juliet Simms took on Sting, and while I wasn’t that fond of her over-the-top look, the coaches definitely loved her performance. Adam even labeled her performance the best one yet, which I thought was a bit of a stretch. Tony Vincent tried to stray from the theatrics, but he still seemed pretty theatrical, and Erin Martin seemed too over the top with her Egyptian-inspired performance. That’s definitely not the way to get people to notice your voice over your appearance!

As I said, the best was definitely saved for last: Jamar Rogers closed the show with a super-star performance that proved he’s got the quality’s to be big. He worked the crowd while keeping his vocals intact. He’s definitely got my vote.

Who was your favorite performer of the night? And which one deserves to go home? Cast your vote below, then leave a comment with your thoughts on the competition!

— Milly Contreras

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Posted at 10:37 PM on April 11, 2012  

Jamar is the best so far and really appreciate Mathai for the unique voice

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Posted at 11:54 AM on April 11, 2012  

X-tina and Adam gave Juliet big props, and rightfully so, BUT…on NO PLANET is she better than JAMAR. NOT ONE. If they put them to a head to head–he is going to squash her like a cockroach. She is a rocker chick. Period. Point blank. End of story. JAMAR? He can do it ALL. All of it. I think it’s likely going to be between he and Jesse for the title of the Voice. When I first saw Jesse–I thought, “yeah, he’s the one to beat”. Sorry. Not anymore. In MY MIND…JAMAR is. From the MOMENT, I heard his blind audition of “Seven Nation Army”…he was MY vote.

If people are SMART. He is THE VOICE. And you know what’s the kicker? Only CEE LO turned his chair around. How smart are these judges anyway? HUCKLE!!

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Posted at 11:51 AM on April 10, 2012  

Was it just me, or did anyone else think that Mathai was channeling Maria Muldaur last night? I was waiting for to start singing “Midnight at the Oasis”… interesting…

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daniele halle

Posted at 1:08 AM on April 10, 2012  

Jamar is definitively my favorite, so Jesse and him are competing,for THE VOICE

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Posted at 1:13 PM on April 11, 2012  

amazing voice, pls vote for jamar …. we love you from UCSD Hospital La Jolla San Diego

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Posted at 1:21 PM on April 11, 2012  

of course he got my vote… just be careful jamar… we know u can do it all the way… we support for u 100 % we love you from kaiser hospital San Diego California

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Posted at 1:28 PM on April 11, 2012  

will c u tonight jamar? keep it up you can do it… you have extraordinary voice.. u have my vote… from loews Hotel Del Coronado California

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