Each contestant in the top six got to sing twice tonight, as Cassadee further proved why she is the one to beat this season! Read on for more.
As we enter the final weeks of season three of The Voice (only two more weeks, guys!), it’s become abundantly clear that there isn’t a singer in the top six who isn’t capable of taking home the prize, but can anyone stop Cassadee Pope from steamrolling to a victory? Coaches Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera don’t seem to think so.
Cee Lo Green’s handpicked song: “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire. Pat Monahan of Train, filling in for an ill Cee Lo in rehearsals, pushed Nick to “really try beyond what [he's] capable of,” if that makes any sense. Nick sounded incredible during his live performance, but those random dancers behind the band were so weird and distracting. During her critique, Christina said she’d like to see Nick get adventurous, which is something I’d like to see, as well.
His choice: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. What a number to close the show with. Nick presented a stirringly beautiful rendition of the classic. While Nick may have played it safe on both numbers tonight, at least he performed each magnificently.
Blake’s handpicked song: ‘Stand” by Rascal Flatts. Whoa, Blake picked a country song for one of his artists?! I’m shocked. During her live performance, Cassadee sounded great, to the surprise of absolutely no one. Is there any way that she won’t win this competition? Christina sure doesn’t think so. Without anymore artists of her own in the competition, X-Tina has wisely thrown her weight behind the pop-rocker.
Her choice: “I’m With You” by Avril Lavigne. Cassadee sure leans heavily on her pop-rock skills. She says this is her favorite song, which makes me seriously question her musical taste, but she sings the heck out of it, so, whatever.
Her choice: “You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin. From the second I heard Amanda was tackling this song tonight, I had goosebumps. Her live performance did not disappoint. Cassadee may be the clear frontrunner, but I’m pushing hard for my girl Amanda. There’s a soulful quality to her performances, ever present in this song, that Cassadee rarely showcases.
Adam Levine’s handpicked choice: “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake. Adam said he wanted to bring out her inner rocker to try to tap back into the heights of her “Dream On” performance. Giving the people what they wanted, according to Amanda, her performance really shined. There’s such a versatility when it comes to Amanda. She can literally sing anything.
His choice: “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner. Blake decided that Terry needed to strip the song down to its bare bones — just piano and Terry’s vocal. It proved to be a wise choice. Though, a cello (that was a cello, right?) was added for the actual performances, it was absolutely necessary to strip down the typical rock trappings and highlight Terry’s voice. It was time to reveal a new layer. Good going, Blake.
Blake’s handpicked choice: “Stay With Me” by Rod Stewart. Blake picked this because “it’s a classic and [Terry's] just a classic.” It’s also a song his wife, Miranda Lambert, does in her shows, so he’s clearly not stretching for inspiration. The performance didn’t reach the heights of Terry’s first performance, but it was great.
Cee Lo’s handpicked song: “Walking On Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves.. Pat explained that Cee Lo wanted Trevin to step outside of his comfort zone, again. Considering his recent attempt on that Usher song, this could’ve been disastrous. But during his performance, Trevin seemed much more comfortable with this song. It wasn’t my favorite performance of the evening, but it wasn’t anywhere near a bomb, either. The coaches were much more enthusiastic than I was, but they always are, aren’t they?
His choice: “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” by Jennifer Hudson. Okay, here’s the deal, all future singing competition contestants — this song is so played out, it isn’t even funny. Trevin does an incredible job with it, but it’s such a pedestrian song choice.
Her choice: “Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley. This was a typical Melanie performance: cute, sweet, and decidedly low-key. I’d love to have a Melanie Martinez to listen to on gloomy, rainy days like the one we had today in L.A. Cee Lo remarked, “Wow Melanie, you and Adam have some great taste in music!” It was cute. The end.
Adam’s handpicked choice: “The Show” by Lenka. Adam wanted Melanie to showcase her lighter, youthful side, which was necessary. He wasn’t wrong when he said that most of her songs are somber, so it was important that America see that the 17-year-old could actually act her age. The performance was a little hokey, middle-school talent show-y, but her vocal was cute. During her critique, Christina just took the opportunity to sing a bunch and call Melanie out for not looking at her, which was totally awkward.
What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Is Cassadee already a sure thing to win? Or do you think someone stands a chance of taking her down? Let me know in the comments below!
– Billy Nilles
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