Bria Kelly was a standout singer from the beginning of ‘The Voice’, but she started too strong and didn’t live up to her own greatness, by the time the Top 10 rolled around. Tess Boyer did quite the opposite — she was the underdog of the season, but proved to be a powerhouse who was sent home too soon!
It’s obvious that Christina Grimmie was the girl to beat this week. Did her incredible April 28 performance kick Bria Kelly right out of the competition? With only eight contestants left on The Voice, there’s only room for one young female pop star, which is why Bria was sent home.
Bria Kelly Is Talented, But Deserved To Go Home
Let me start off by saying I’ve been a fan of Bria Kelly from the beginning, even calling her out as one of the four female frontrunners from the get go. The girl is clearly and ultra-talent and is well beyond her years, in the vocal department! I am sad to see her go, but with only eight competitors left, the competition is cutthroat and America got it right.
Bria’s raspy, bluesy tone is incredible, but she started off so strong that she had a tough time living up to her initial wow-factor, as the season went on.
On the April 28 live show, Bria sang Avril Lavigne‘s “I’m With You” and while she was good, she wasn’t great. In fact, the judges gave their first super critical comments of the season with Adam Levine telling Bria that he’s a huge fan, but she wasn’t connected to her song.
Did Christina Grimmie Blow Bria Out Of The Competition?
From the very first blind audition, I deemed Season 6 of The Voice the season of the teen ladies. Why? Because Bria and Christina were just that good.
I caught up with Christina who told HollywoodLife.com that there was no bad blood between her and Bria and that the two were friends, but from the beginning, I knew that one of the girls would end up booting the other one out because they were just too similar — there would not be enough room for the both of them. Especially when you throw in Audra McLaughin! Audra, however, will stick around because she is a country superstar and has differentiated herself from Christina who has proven to be the pop star to stay in the competition.
“We’re not rivals,” Christina told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “I know we’re supposed to be competition, but at the end of the day, we’re just happy for each other.”
Bria is the “teen scream queen,” and I mean that in a good way, but Christina Grimmie is the YouTube sensation that has won the country over — and her April 28 performance of Drake‘s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” was absolutely stellar. When you compare the two ladies’ performances from the second live show, Christina blew Bria out of the water. Christina left Adam completely stunned and in awe, while he (and the other judges) were critical of Bria.
Christina also pointed out that she and Bria have different genres, but at the live shows, they were still being compared. “We just came to the conclusion that we have very different voices,” she told us. “She’s more of a rock, blues chick. I’m more R&B and pop. We just don’t really sing the same genre. If anyone is going to compare us, that’s something that we just have to ignore all together because it’s just not going to work — for a friendship, certainly.”
Unfortunately, regardless of how they view their styles, America’s votes matter and the country thought they were too similar to keep both around.
America Should Have Saved Tess Boyer
Tess Boyer was really the underdog of this season. At first, no one noticed her (besides Usher who picked her to be on his team, after her blind audition), but once battle rounds began, she killed it each week. Tess and Bria were actually pinned against each other in their first battle round, and although Bria won, Tess was good enough that she was saved by Blake!
Tess continued to be snagged by the judges throughout the competition. In her second battle round, she sang alongside Jake Worthington, and although Jake was the first pick, Tess was stolen by all three other judges — remember, at this point in the game, each judge only had one steal left! Tess ended up choosing Shakira who then coached to near-perfection.
In the live shows, Tess was in the bottom three twice, and I think America got it wrong each and every time!
On the first elimination show on April 22, Tess made it through by the Instant Save, proving that she did have at-home fans rooting for her. On April 29, she wasn’t so lucky. Tess sang Pink‘s “Who Knew” to save her life, but voters pulled rocker chick Kat Perkins through instead. Don’t get me wrong, Kat is amazing, but I think that Tess was the powerhouse that got away too soon.
HollywoodLifers, were you sad to see Tess and Bria go home? Do you think that Christina Grimmie’s amazing performance blew Bria out of the competition this week? Let us know!
— Elizabeth Wagmeister