Trying a little something different. Tonight’s episode of The Voice was SO GOOD that Tamara messaged me and said I could blog tonight if I want, because she had some comments to say! I’m on the West Coast and was only an hour in, but I HAD to agree. So, quick and probably a little messy, here goes!
Women power, y’all. Miley and Jennifer are hitting it out of the park. Oh, not because of their talent necessarily, but in their teaching techniques and their knowledge of their craft! Even to my semi-untrained ear, their artists are walking away improved in their vocal or entertaining skill sets just from this coaching session and even if they got the boot. I take back any and all negative reviews of Jennifer. If anyone reading this stopped watching The Voice or EVER made fun of Miley, you are a DAMN FOOL.
This is not to say that Adam and Blake aren’t still going strong. I just find myself not tempted to fast forward through Miley and Jennifer’s sessions with their artists. I’m also going to freaking miss Kelly Rowland and Miley’s daddy, Billy Ray (and not just because his ass still looks great in denim. They didn’t really show us his ass, and that is a cryin’ shame!)
Hot damn, everyone is pulling out ALL the stops tonight. I’m glad I’m changing the format because I can’t pick three, and my TIVO randomly rebooted itself (thank you YouTube for catching me up on the performances immediately!)
I was immediately cheering in the first two performances because my guy Jon Mero won his round in the first performance of the night. Like I said before, he has an ease on stage that appeals to me as much as his voice. Classic country Red Marlow beat Ryan Scripps. If you watch, check out Miley’s comment about how Ryan fits what you see in Nashville NOW, but Red is what you think of when you think of country.
Speaking of Miley, she made some very interesting choices tonight. First, she did a completely different arrangement of Girls Just Want to Have Fun (think True Colors tempo!). She stated that she did that to make certain aspects of Karli Webster and Addison Agen’s voices come out so she could choose between them. Second, Miley’s team of all women is no more. Jennifer matched up Shi’Ann Jones and Stephan Marcellus to sing “Oh! Darling”. It was probably my ONE moment of the night where I thought the coach made the wrong choice. It might be unfair, but Shi’Ann’s voice is just a little too deep for me. I wasn’t crazy about her Blind Audition either. Stephan was the guy who FORGOT the lyrics in his Blind, but carried on and finished with just Jennifer hitting the red button. I thought he did extremely well tonight, kept his shit together, and for me, performed better. Miley must believe in him because she used her steal on him. I was VERY happy about that!
I’m a little sad that Michael Kight who had the intestinal fortitude to sing Sugar in the Blinds went home, but Anthony was really good. I think he might have been stolen if there was a different set of judges, but he was so clearly Adam’s wheelhouse and not the others, they rightfully didn’t use their steals on him. Janice Freeman and Katrina Rose ended the night with a stopping out the fires performance of W.O.M.A.N. I shouldn’t get that jazzed up at near 10 PM at night! It is no surprise that Jennifer snatched Katrina Rose up with her last steal when Miley picked Janice.
On a little side note folks, I found out via some of the artists tweeting last week that they show us these performances VASTLY out of order, at least in part. Last week, I was incredulous that Maharasyi didn’t get stolen when she held her freaking own against powerhouse Davon Fleming. One of the other artists tweeted that he felt it should be known that at the point she performed, THERE WERE NO MORE STEALS LEFT. Just for the sake of reviewing, I’ll still ‘pretend’ that the order they show us is right, but I felt it was a little unfair to her to NOT publicize that there were no more steals left. Maybe they would have if one of the coaches had said “I wish I could steal you.”
Next week IT IS THE KNOCK OUTS!