I found out right after I sent Tamara last night’s blog, that there were THREE artists who made it to the top ten of iTunes. They are also the first three that Carson announced as moving on to next week’s Top Ten. On the list I was watching, Chloe showed up first, then Allison, and right before I went to bed, Red appeared.
What I didn’t know is that Keisha actually made it to the top Country singles. Carson always prolongs the suspense by quizzing the artists who remain on stage. It must be nerve wracking, and Keisha stumbled a bit over her words in her nervousness. I actually found it a little endearing. She expressed her gratitude especially to the country music community as she was doing something “no one else has done before” and when she looked through the list she didn’t see anyone else who looked like her. Now, that IS true and I love that country is becoming more inclusive. However, Keisha, sweetie, Darius Rucker started out as Hootie and the Blowfish! An African American HAS crossed genres before! He joined Charley Pride as one of the few people of color in country music. I suspect you may be the first for an African American woman though! Sadly, making the country charts doesn’t help her in any way votes wise.
NON COMPETITION PERFORMANCES
We had some fun, coaches and artist only numbers tonight. However, I have to ask if anyone else thought they might be having some microphone issues? I felt like both Miley and Jennifer’s mics faded out briefly. If there were, they fixed them in time of the save performances thank goodness.
I loved the song pick for Team Miley. With her “Herstory” making team this season, Shania Twain’s “I Feel Like a Woman” was a good pick. Since I started blogging, I have really become a critical watcher. Now, I’ve always paid attention to the performances of the artists with their coaches to see how and if they hold their own against a seasoned professional. Once she got past the Hannah Montana tours, Miley has always been known to work the stage when the song calls for it. She totally commits, whether it is twerking her ass off or wearing some giant flower costume or a bondage outfit complete with a plastic penis. Miley also knows the trick that if you are on stage and doing a move, you have to exaggerate it a little for it to look good.
Watch the women interact with Miley. Lord knows I am rooting for Ashland, but she REALLY needs to work on being comfortable on a bigger stage. Janice did ok, but while she needs a little polish, Brooke is the one who committed the most! It bodes well for her progress. OK, calling it now. If Brooke is the last woman standing on Team Miley, I want them to sing Wrecking Ball together. Ha!
Team Adam performed a favorite of mine, “Go Your Own Way”. If you don’t like Fleetwood Mac, I don’t know if I want to know you. We didn’t get to see them work the stage as that isn’t Adam’s thing when he’s with his groups, but those three distinctive voices meshed so well together. Another great sign for budding professionalism.
Finally, Blake busted out a new song from his just released album Texoma Shore. For the record, I looked it up and Blake did NOT write “I’ll Name the Dogs” so it is not a cute little love song to Gwen. Jennifer joined him and instead of changing her outfit they threw a denim shirt over her sequined gown. It was strange, but otherwise you could tell Blake was enjoying performing with Jen. Blake’s dimples TOTALLY emerged which made me very happy. I love that man’s dimples.
THE INSTANT SAVE
In order of announcement, Chloe Kohanski (B), Addison Agen (A), Brooke Simpson (M), Davon Fleming (J), Red Marlow (B), Keisha Renee (B), Noah Mack (J), Ashland Craft (M), and Shi’Ann Jones (J) all safe. I put the coach’s first initial in parentheses after their names. Chloe and Addison came in with the #1 and #2 spots on iTunes, respectively, while Red’s rendition of The Dance got him to #10.
Shockingly, Janice Freeman (M) and Adam Cunningham (A) are in the bottom two. Adam finally sang country again, and killed with Lonestar’s “Amazed”. (I don’t know Lonestar, but it was good). Janice, whom I love, attempted Sia’s Chandelier. This should have been a no-brainer for her, but in all honesty, there were a couple of cracks that make me think she is fighting a cold. Miley did say yesterday that people didn’t know the tough week Janice had gone through. Perhaps that is it. I hope it is only a cold!
Sadly, amidst many tears from Miley and a few from Janice, America tweeted to save Adam once again. Now, I said Adam did amazingly well, but how many chances should one guy get? Janice’s performances throughout the show have been much stronger, both in comparison to herself tonight and in comparison to Adam’s body of work on the show.
Maybe one of you know Twitter better than me. I noticed last week that Jon Mero and the hashtag #VoiceSaveJon was trending. That hashtag format is how The Voice counts the tweets or retweets in that 5 minute window to choose who is saved. Adam wasn’t even mentioned, let alone his hashtag. I thought perhaps I was looking too late and it had shifted. I tweeted to the Voice asking how it worked, no response. THIS week, I looked while everyone was tweeting. #VoiceSaveJanice hit number one in the US, and afterwards, others tweeted that she was trending world wide. Again, no Adam trends. Yet he stayed.
I’m sure there is some algorithm reason that is beyond my decidedly right brained mind. I just want to know there IS a logical explanation beyond they are rigging the results. I would be crushed if that is the case.