Am I the only one who has that little gem rolling around in her head? No? Then you aren’t paying as close attention as I am when watching the Voice! Miley (with Adam joining in occasionally) has created a little funny parody of Blake’s Honey Bee that she sings to tease Blake. I love it and have been humming it all week. In case you’ve never heard Blake’s Honey Bee, you should check it out. Blake’s dimples are in full force. THANK YOU to all those who read last week’s blog and especially to those who took time to comment. If you read, but didn’t comment, please do! Invite your Voice watching friends too! Some interesting insights and theories to be found there!
Speaking of theories something is up with Alicia. Our own TT didn’t feel that Alicia is authentic, as she mentioned in last week’s blog. I think she is feeling over her head a bit. She was into the competitive spirit last week with the other coaches, Monday she seemed scared, and Tuesday she finally woke up. Does she even have a plan for the make up of her team (pun intended!)? Adam and Blake get the idea that they can help more than the winner of The Voice make a career out of their craft. Blake has ALWAYS been firm that his goal is to help his team get to the point where they can support themselves and their family by being performers. Past artists like the Swon Brothers and Austin Jenckes are doing exactly that. Miley has gotten this concept from the get go – anyone else notice her notebook? That girl has a plan and no one is going to stop her!
Alicia’s pitches are so weak. I enjoy her smiles and light banter with the other coaches. She seems to get along with Miley, and seems genuine when she applauds and claps when an artist goes with another coach. However, she never gives constructive advice or specifics on what she would do to work with the artist, tactics that have landed other coaches some serious talent on their teams! Instead, she gives them a goofy look I am assuming she means to be zen aka channeling Pharrell Williams! She’s happy, but she’s not Pharrell.
We have quite the eclectic group of artists, which include an artist who once sang with Satan (aka Barney the Dinosaur), one brave enough to sing entirely in Spanish, and a onesie model (rejoice, parents! There is hope your kid will find a job if he or she drops out of high school!).
In no particular order, I thought the following were the most noteworthy..
Simone Gundy: Arlington, TX Song: I (Who Have Nothing)
Chair turns: Adam, Miley Team: Adam
During the bio, all I could think was that the boyfriend was hot, the kid was cute, and that her sob story about being a single mom was a snoozefest.
Then she sang. Wow. Holy shitballs. Adam didn’t .. perhaps couldn’t…speak in complete sentences for part of his pitch. In trying to convince Simone to join her team, Miley just continues to impress as a coach, or at least potential coach. Her self awareness regarding her own talents, her self confidence is pretty fucking amazing. But Adam convinced her to join him, and he will serve her well.
Darby Walker: Burbank, CA Song: Stand by Me
Chair turns: Miley, Alicia, Blake Team: Miley
I know Tamara covered this back in the Olympics Auditions episode, but I couldn’t resist talking about her again. She was so smart in her song selection.This version fits her as she has such an achy tonality to her voice, and a little yodel. Perfect for Miley, and Miley suggesting Jolene as an impromptu duet means her godmother got another payment. Keep your eye on this one as she inspired not one, but TWO coaches to sing with her. She’s got a comfort level on stage that others do not.
Nolan Neal: Tiny Dancer Song
Chair turns: 4 CHAIR TURN! Team: Adam
I HAD to mention him as he is a “returnee” and I adore these moments. I don’t remember him from last season, but he was great in this audition and deserved the 4 chair turn! I think any Elton John song is a good choice for someone who can actually sing. Nolan said he was doing a rock version,which isn’t that difficult to do with Elton as he does poppy rock.
Aaron Gibson: Atlanta, GA Song: Losing My Religion
Chair turns: Blake, Miley, Alicia Team: Miley
Tamara is going to be shocked as I loved her hometown artist! This was such a brave arrangement and song choice. There is NO hiding your mistakes with this song. His performance almost got overshadowed by coach antics afterward. Blake whipped out a bullhorn to drown out Miley. I so identify with Miley as I’ve often been accused of talking a lot, and loudly. But I don’t have Miley’s singing pipes, dammit. Back to Aaron, he made the best choice for his coach, vocally speaking. I think Miley will help him grow as an artist.
FAILED TO IMPRESS
Zack Hicks: Hope, AR Song: At This Moment
Chair turns: NONE Team: Cry in your pillow
His bio was a total turn off initially. All I could think was “Boo hoo… oldest kid had to take care of his siblings”. At one point he said he had a lot of pressure as mom had 2 jobs. My Dad’s comment: Sounds like your mom did, not you! However, Dad mentioned he had to be pretty brave to come out. Both of us took a double take because his fiance looks like Adam! My dad doesn’t think he has the range. I think he’s slightly pitchy. But he’s close. It was at this point that I got excited because we FINALLY hear the judges give constructive criticism! I hope to see Zack back in a season or two..
Cooper Van Bascom: Winston-Salem, NC Song: I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
Chair turns: Nope Team: Terrible
Grandparents are instrumental musicians and he just graduated from college. This is a TERRIBLE arrangement of this song I don’t care if the crowd clapped. He made it too fast and flat. Probably has a decent voice, but bad song choice. His parents might want to consider asking for their tuition money back..
Samantha Landrum: Laurel, MS Song: Man! I Feel Like a Woman
Chair turns: Nada Team: No Bueno
I can only describe her voice as a little foggy and maybe a little breathless, not in a good way. The coaches must have felt the same as there were no turns. Her performance was notable because I liked the constructive criticisms she received, and that it was kind of clear by the look that Blake gave Miley that he knows her well, as he knew that was her karaoke song
UPDATED TEAM COUNTS AND NAMES ADDED THIS WEEK
Team Adam (8) – 4 last week, plus Bindi Liebowitz, Elia Esparza, Nolan Neal, Simone Gundy
Team Blake (9) – 5 last week, plus Austin Allsup, Christian Fermin, Josh Gallagher, Preston James
Team Alicia (9) – 5 last week plus Josh Halverson, Gabriel Violett, Halle Tomlinson, Michael Sanchez
Team Miley (9) – 4 last week plus Karlee Metzger, Lane Mack, Aaron Gibson, Darby Walker, Khaliya Kimberlie