The first live show of the season sees Adam and Blake Shelton’s teams fight for their place in the Top 12! Were you entertained?
Tonight begins the live playoffs of The Voice, which will whittle our Top 20 down to a leaner Top 12. As host Carson Daly explains, viewers will save two from each team, while the coach will be allowed to save one. On tonight’s show, Team Blake Shelton and Team Adam Levine competed to earn their place in the Top 12. (Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green‘s teams will compete this Wednesday.) Blake calls his team perfection, while Adam is excited to share his team with the other coaches. Before the night truly begins, Team Adam and Team Blake perform Boston’s “Peace of Mind” together, during which someone hits a really bum high note at the end. I wasn’t the only one who noticed that, right?
The cutie who Adam stole during the battle rounds competed with Demi Lovato‘s “Give Your Heart A Break.” She’s high-energy and adorable, but the song definitely reveals the limitations of her voice. Blake regrets not having her on his team, saying “I hate it!” Christina, her former coach, says Joselyn “proved herself” tonight.
The Scotsman on Team Blake chose to sing Journey’s”Don’t Stop Believing”. Terry sounds great on the song, but he better hope that people are only voting based on voice, because his stage presence leaves a little to be desired. Christina praises him for his “effortless” voice, saying she’s a fan. Cee Lo raves about the effortlessness as well, calling him “genuine article rock and roll.” Coach Blake says, “When God was passing out the ability to rock, he gave Terry just a little bit more.”
Melanie, who’s become one of my favorites, chose to sing “Hit The Road, Jack” by Ray Charles, hoping to bring all the sassiness the song requires. I think she totally nails it and bring something different from what anyone else in her age range would even attempt. Christina’s critique reveals that she’s clearly not a fan, but Blake and coach Adam praise Melanie for her risk-taking.
The competition’s only remaining country singer chose to represent Team Blake with Martina McBride’s “Independence Day.” I’ll admit freely that I’m not much of a country music fan, but Liz handles Martina’s song well. She brought a strength to the stage that I hadn’t witnessed in her thus far. Christina praises her strength, as well. Coach Blake says she proved him right as the only country artist worth bringing into the live rounds, which is high praise.
The former Hey Monday lead singer decided to compete with “My Happy Ending” by Avril Lavigne, though she’s worried it’s not too much of a stretch. Blake reassures her it’s just what she needs. I like Cassadee’s voice, but I’m not sure I buy her as a pop-rocker. I’d love to see her try something outside of that realm. Adam says he’s still waiting to see the real Cassadee Pope — a sentiment I share. Blake disagrees, which is to be expected.
Team Adam’s only remaining male singer chooses to sing “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls — another expected choice. Bryan is a great singer, but his continued choice of middling soft rock leaves me questioning his artistry. His performance is, expectedly, terrific, but when will he take an actual risk? All the coaches are over the moon about the performance, which is no surprise.
The youngest competitor in the game chose to represent Team Blake with “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees, which is a song that definitely works for her voice and personality. She certainly brings an enjoyable performance to the stage, sounding great. Cee Lo goes so far as to call it the best performance of the night. Blake thanks her for making him look smart for being the only person to turn around.
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Julio decides to return to his mariachi roots and compete with “El Rey,” which might be a disastrous choice. It’s a song most of the voting audience won’t know or understand. His performance, questionable hair style aside, is great, but I definitely fall into the camp of viewers who don’t really dig the song choice. Judging by the audience and coach reaction, however, I might be in a very film minority. Julio gets a standing ovation and kudos across the board.
The wedding singer who truly surprised last week during her knockout round chose to sing “All Around The World” by Lisa Stansfield. Adam encourages her to embrace the confidence that led her to easy victory last week, which she does easily, in my opinion. Loren has very quickly become my favorite in the competition. The other coaches seem to agree, so let’s hope Loren will be around next week!
Throughout the past few weeks, Amanda has really proved she’s a force to be reckoned with. Tonight, she chose to compete with “Dream On” by Aerosmith. She, of course, rocks. It’s a pretty safe bet that Amanda won’t be going anywhere this week.
– Billy Nilles
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