America takes complete control of the competition, as the Top 12 sing their hearts out in hopes of sticking around! Who was your favorite tonight?
A new week brings about the first, official live show, fans of The Voice! Tonight, the top 12 took the stage and gave it all the got, in hopes of earning your vote. As host Carson Daly announces, there’s another new twist to season three — there is no guarantee that a coach will be represented in the finale, which must have Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton shaking in their boots and stepping up their coaching game! So, just how did their singers do tonight?
The 16-year-old who earned Blake’s save in the live playoffs competed tonight with Pink‘s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”. Blake says the song is exactly what she needs to do, but that it won’t be easy. Michaela begins a little shaky on the low register notes that the song starts with, but as soon as she’s able to hit her mid-range, she really takes over. The coaches all praise Michaela for her effortlessness. Blake tells her that the performance left no doubt in his mind that he’d saved the right person. I think he did, too.
Dez, the heartthrob whose heartthrob-iness is probably what earned him a place in the live shows, sang “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” in the style of Lauren Hill. Christina encourages him to work the ladies because they’re why he’s still around, after all. He does a serviceable job with the song, Christina salivates as she watches him perform, and his dimples will surely keep him around another week. What else is there to say?
Adriana says that she knows, at the heart of everything, she’s a pop artist, so she competed with…Carrie Underwood? Sure, okay. As she sang “Good Girl,” she did a good job with the sassiness needed to really sell the song. I’m still not sure I’m totally sold on her vocal ability, but it was a good performance. Cee Lo admires her conviction, which is probably her greatest trait. Blake enjoyed her song choice because, did you hear, Blake is a country artist!
Cody has quickly become one of my favorite this season, and I was so glad that Cee Lo decided to save him. Tonight, he competed with “The Best” by Tina Turner, which should give him the another great opportunity to turn in an over-the-top performance that he’s come to be known for this season. His vocals during the performance simply rock and he really owns the stage throughout. Christina says she wants to see something more uptempo from him if he sticks around. Let’s make that happen, America!
Amanda is just unbelievable. Her voice constantly knocks me out. Tonight, she competed with “Spectrum,” by Florence & the Machine. She brought her best ethereal goddess to the stage tonight, singing the crap out of the song, though I worry she showed some of the strain in her high notes that Adam warned her about. The coaches each find a flaw with the performance, but I hardly think it’ll hurt her this week. Amanda should be around for some time. Let’s hope America doesn’t make me eat my words.
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Bryan has a great voice, but his song choice so far has been a bit suspect. He’s stuck to a bland soft-rock genre, hardly taking any risks — which made his (or Adam’s) choice to compete with Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black” absolutely necessary. It was time to show that Bryan could do something else. And that’s exactly what he did. He brought a cool, Rat Pack quality to Amy’s genius track. While no one can touch Amy and what she could do with a song, he sings his face off, putting himself back in my good graces, at least. The coaches all feel that he’s taken the lead with this performance. We’ll see if that’s true tomorrow.
Cassadee’s another artist who I’d love to see vary her genre choices, but she chose Kelly Clarkson‘s “Behind These Hazel Eyes” this week — keeping herself firmly in her wheelhouse. She had a little trouble with the lower register in the opening of the song, but she wails rather effectively once the song opens up. I don’t think Cassadee will ever sing a song badly, I just wish she’d try to approach a song more creatively. You feel me?
Cee Lo announced that frontrunner Trevin would be singing Percy Sledge‘s “When A Man Loves A Woman,” a performance nearly guaranteed to keep the powerhouse singer at the top. Trevin sang with all the melismatic flourish we’ve come to expect from him, but I wonder if he’s overusing his ability to run up and down a string of notes. Nearly every line in this song ended with a vocal run — overuse can diminish intensity. But that minor quibble went out the window when he erupted into his finale. Dude can sing.
Melanie is such a unique artist, I was so relieved when Adam saved her from elimination last week. She’s continually brought such an interesting take on familiar songs; she just oozes excitement. Tonight, she sang a song I wasn’t all that familiar with (“Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant), and her performance was a bit more straightforward than it has been in the past. Perhaps Adam coached her to reign in her essence a bit to earn more votes from America? Either way, it was a stellar performance. Let’s hope American gets on board with Melanie this week.
Nicholas is an artist who I didn’t expect to make the cut — not because he isn’t good, but because I wasn’t sure America would embrace or understand him. I was happy to be proved wrong. Tonight, Nick competed with Huey Lewis and the News’ “The Power of Love”. He sounded lovely as always, and it was great to see him find his presence on the stage. Adam exclaims that he’s “so strange and beautiful,” which is precisely the way I feel about him.
Sylvia, who absolutely dazzled for (I think) the first time last week, opted to compete with “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. Ugh, this song. Is there a corner of the planet where it isn’t overplayed? It would be great to see some sort of different interpretation of the treacly ballad. Sylvia approaches it in a classical sense, however, which is a bit of a letdown. She hits it with as much power as her voice can allow, but it’s still pretty bland.
The Scot rocker chose to compete with “More Than A Feeling” by Boston this week. Terry is just the quintessential classic rocker. I imagine he appeals heavily to any older male who watches this show. His performance this week is just rock and roll, there’s not much more to say. He absolutely slays the song. Cee Lo says it was “damn good,” and I can’t disagree.
Well, there you have it, HollywoodLifers: Your season three Top 12. Who earned your vote tonight? And which two should be shown the door tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!
– Billy Nilles
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