I think there are a couple of people watching The Voice for the first time. Let me take a moment to explain just a couple of things. Monday’s two hour show is always the “competition” night. These are the performances you are voting on, or buying on iTunes. Tuesday night is “results” night. They announce one or two artists as going on next week, and we get entertained in between. PAY ATTENTION TO THE iTunes results, because if the artist reaches the iTunes Top 10 in single sales by the time voting closes, all the iTunes sales (which count as a vote) get multiplied by 5!
Tuesdays are a great way for coaches or former coaches to promote a new album, tour, or just remind everyone why they get one of those red seats with the button on them. The staging is so much better than if they are on the talk show circuit, so it feels like a glimpse into a concert. Kelly Clarkson and Pharrell Williams both performed as guest, non-competition singers before they were selected as coaches. Maroon 5, who performed well tonight, get great exposure to those tuning in because they are fans of Blake, Jennifer, and Miley.
Shout out to the stylists, as always. They really manage to elevate the artists’ looks without losing their personalities. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE that they always seem to dress the minors in age appropriate, yet interesting and professional ways. Addison and Shi’Ann looked particularly sassy tonight!
I KNOW I am not the only one who thought Miley’s dress was reminiscent of Ayana’s avant garde look on Project Runway. Liris retweeted someone giving her and the look she absolutely rocked a shout out to Miley and The Voice twitter accounts. Of course, Miley had the use of her arms and the ability to sit down.
Coaches also ALWAYS get up there and perform with their teams. Sometimes teams combine forces. I pay attention to these as well because I believe that sometimes the difference between a good singer and a great one is the ability to sing a duet or in a group. They also bring out the house band, which I love, and even give some of them a solo part. There have been artists in the past who I liked, but who totally biffed a group performance. In Miley’s first season, Aaron was totally uncomfortable singing out of his narrow lane. He ended up on the bottom a lot.
I can’t say ANY of them were uncomfortable tonight!!! This week was Team Jennifer and Team Blake’s turn. Hot damn, they were great! Now, Team Jhud Productions’ version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be” didn’t bring me to tears like they did Tamara, who warned me to grab some kleenex. However, it was fantastic. Jennifer looked and sounded amazing, but didn’t make this the Jennifer and her backup performance. Each singer was highlighted beautifully. Beautiful choice. Team Blake swung our emotions the other direction and did a fun upbeat version of Hank Williams Jr’s “If It Will, It Will.” I hope to hear more fun, upbeat stuff like this. We all can use it.
On a side note, I DID cry during the Pitch Perfect 3 promotional video using all the artists singing acappella. They were great, but I get so emotional over George Michael’s music every time I hear it. I still can’t believe he’s gone. He has been and always will be my jam.
WHO IS STAYING AND THE INSTANT SAVE
They only mentioned it briefly, but Addison Agen was the only artist this week to break into the Top Ten on iTunes, earning herself a nice boost in the votes. I don’t know if they are announced in descending number of votes, but in order of announcements the Voice Top 11 are Noah Mack (J), Chloe Kohanski (B), Brooke Simpson (M), Keisha Renee (B), Shi’Ann Jones (J), Janice Freeman (M), Davon Fleming (J), Ashland Craft (M), and Red Marlow (B). I put the coach’s first initial in parentheses after their names.
I know I bitch every season about using Twitter to save one of the bottom two, so I won’t go into details unless someone asks in the comments. But I REALLY hate it.
Coach Adam better hope this is a fluke and not a trend as he starts off the live rounds with TWO out of his three artists in the bottom. Each artist actually prepares two songs each week. The one for Monday, and a possible Instant Save performance.
First up, Adam Cunningham. Ok, FINALLY seeing a little of what you are seeing. Adam needs to do more like this if he’s going to stay. My only issue is that both performances this week from him are more rock than country. If Adam Levine wanted a rock and roll Adam, why didn’t he keep Adam Pence?
TT mentioned to me on Twitter that she thought her local guy Jon Mero’s performance felt weird. I actually enjoyed his performance and thought he did well on stage. But I suddenly realized why I thought something was “off”. This is an ICONIC song from Jackson 5. I’ve wanted Jon to sing some Michael Jackson, but totally the wrong song dude! Ironically, I seem to remember seeing a performance on TV of this song that felt off as well. The performer? One of the Jackson brothers. I think it was Jermaine. So it dawned on me. This is totally meant to be a GROUP number with very clean, polished Motown synchronized dancing. It was this song that made everyone go absolutely apeshit when the Jacksons reunited on stage with Michael and they did those smooth moves they were so famous for. I don’t think Jon has the dancing chops, and he certainly didn’t have a partner.
So, off Jon goes. Makes me sad as I think there wasn’t anyone else in his lane this season.
ALERT! My DVR cut it off, but I think Carson said WE PICK THE SONGS NEXT WEEK! Did anyone catch that? Make suggestions if it is true!