Welcome to my first official blog post here and anywhere! Incredibly flattered that Tamara asked me to blog The Voice this season. I’m a little nervous since a little rusty in my writing. Tamara, DAMN, THIS IS HARD!
First overwhelming impression of both days is that the Voice producers must have stolen all the “background” production people from the Olympics – because we’re getting the same kind of schmaltzy feel good biographies that they usually do there for athletes. I usually LOVE those, but for every single performer at the Blinds? I’m wondering if Carson Daly was looking for more airtime.
Adam and Blake haven’t changed a bit, the bromance and snark are still going strong. Miley and Alicia are adding to the mix in a good way. Both are fairly competitive, but Miley is more outspoken than Alicia. Alicia is more of a Pharrell type, and lord knows, that guy got people picking him without his saying a word!
There was speculation on TamaraTattles that there would be issues between the two female coaches after watching the “teaser” episode during the Olympics, but I honestly think there is more tension between Adam and Miley! There was one moment where they were talking over each other, and it was NOT the lighthearted banter. I will say, when it comes to that – Miley has no hesitation in giving as good as she gets to Blake or Adam, and landed some laugh out loud zingers. Note from TT: I asked Erica to be out Voice expert this season because of our tiff in the preview post comments. She seems to know her stuff and can handle a good debate! Thank, Erica!
Some fantastic talent this season. I took notes on everyone – but here are a few highs and lows (didn’t bother mentioning the amazing We McDonald, as we discussed in the earlier blog)
Riley Elmore: West Dundee, IL Song: The Way You Look Tonight
Chair Turns: Adam, Blake Team: Adam
I love the old jazz standards and this is an old school 16 year old. His dad looks like he could be Ward Cleaver’s golf buddy. The kid’s voice is great. Adam got up there to give a coaching session before he even picked a judge. Adam said the kid needed to learn to relax a bit while singing and started singing the song to demonstrate. The kid actually did improve.
Billy Gilman: Hope Valley, RI Song: When We Were Young
Chairs Turns: Four Chair Turn Team: Adam
RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU REMEMBER BILLY GILMAN LIKE ME! He has a gorgeous pure voice, and I feel like he is one of those ballad singers that we don’t have many of these days. Miley and Adam got a little nasty talking over each other. Billy went with Adam, and I am not sure Adam is the right choice. But that depends on the rest of Adam’s team. If there weren’t a family connection, Miley might have been a better one.
Sophia Urista: New York, NY Song: Come Together
Chairs turned: Miley, Alicia Team: Miley
My favorite so far! Even loved her interview – certainly interesting because of the burlesque job – but also she was so calm, cool, and collected. I loved the performance and her balls to the wall, give no fucks gravelly voice. Also… my mom who usually doesn’t like this style, liked it, and didn’t recognize that it was Beatles for a while.
I kind of got it when Miley compared her to Dolly. BUT… I JUST SAW DOLLY IN CONCERT ON MONDAY, so Dolly is on my mind. Alicia was also spot on with her Janis Joplin reference.
Miley pulled out a clip of Dolly Parton saying that she should go with Team Miley, because Miley is her goddaughter. It was cute. However, I think Team Miley is the right fit for her even without the Dolly endorsement. With a sense of adventure and the give no fucks attitude about being themselves as artists, this is going to be an interesting duo.
Failed To Impress
Dave Moisan: Louisville, KY Song: Sex and Candy
Chairs Turns: Four Chair Turn Team: Alicia
He was the first 4 chair turn. I can hear the talent, but he didn’t float my boat at all. Miley and Adam banter for him, and I feel like they edited some of Alicia’s long winded pitch after that. They didn’t even air Blake’s if he said anything to him directly. The whole thing left me cold.
Lauren Diaz: Apple Valley, CA Song: If I Ain’t Got You
Chair Turns: Alicia, Miley, Blake Team: Alicia
Gorgeous voice and she killed the song. Loved her cute kid who was pissed that she didn’t pick Blake. But, She’s a lowlight because my mother and I thought the fiance was irritating for proposing at that moment. It seemed to me like he couldn’t stand her being in the spotlight. I got the weirdo creeper vibe from him.
Team Failure The vocalists who were not chosen were not the low lights. It was the judges for not offering much of any constructive criticism or advice. They seemed to suggest the people try again, but I think only one person got specifics of what she should work on in the meantime. This is too bad. Some people in the past have come back after working on what was suggested, and did quite well! I love those moments!
Coaches Teams So Far (Expected Cap is 12)
Team Adam – 4 – Riley Elmore, Andrew DeMuro, Billy Gillman, Brendan Fletcher
Team Blake – 5 – Sundance Head, Dana Harper, Gabe Broussard, Dan Shafer, Ethan Tucker
Team Alicia – 5 – Jason Warrior, Dave Moisan, Christian Cuevas, Lauren Diaz, We McDonald
Team Miley – 4 – Courtnie Ramirez, Ali Caldwell, Sa’ Rayah, Sophia Urista
Who did you like (or hate) this week?
Edited to add a Youtube sneak peek. This will probably be a miss for dumb ole Erica.
But I love this song, and He’s from Atlanta. I hope he goes with Alicia.