Finally home to sit down and watch the show fairly late thanks to some scheduling conflicts and road construction. Got a lot on my mind so very grateful to have The Voice to distract and calm me down!
But first, NEWS FLASH. Miley might have a cold because I think she’s wearing a bunch of giant kleenexes. Is there ANY structure to that thing? Or sewing at all? Where is Zac Posen when you need him to investigate a seam. It might be stranger than the original denim with crepe paper flowers outfit. I appreciate that Jennifer and Miley are using this as an excuse to really try on some fashion looks, but come on. I hate picking on Jennifer too, because it must be AWFUL to be going through all this ugly divorce shit while stuck in LA doing a LIVE show. However, she needs to change up from the sequins. It is becoming dated, not retro.
Oh, we also got a non-competition performance tonight. Gwen joined Blake for a Christmas song! I think it is from her new album, and it was totally cute. I might have to get it if they are as fun and upbeat as this one.
Honestly, we got served up a wonderful banquet of musical performances tonight. Some are further along in their journey to professional expertise, but all enjoyable. I had to get nitpicky.
Davon Fleming, Team Jennifer
Song: Hurt by Christina Aguilera
Finally I feel they picked a song that isn’t really a song written specifically for a female to sing, it is just the notes, etc. would be hard for the typical male voice. Davon isn’t typical. He did a lovely, this could be sung in church version (his church, probably not one frequented by Lutherans from Norway or Sweden. Just saying). What I also enjoyed was that he didn’t over do the runs and vocal tricks, something even Christina does sometimes. Solid performance, but I don’t think the crowd lost their shit as much as they did last week. But not many could sustain that level every week and every song. Even the Beatles sang soft ballads once in awhile.
Adam Cunningham, Team Adam
Song: Maybe It Was Memphis by Pam Tillis
Apparently the fans have been tweeting to Adam that he needed to get back to country. Was it any of you? I’ve been saying for the last two weeks. He sure seemed more comfortable and his voice had an ease to it that he didn’t have with last week’s songs. He IS good, I’ll give you that much. He just doesn’t give me goosebumps, compel my feet to tap or move, or make me cry or cheer. Not like other artists, past and present.
Noah Mac, Team Jennifer
Song: “Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
Careful, Noah, because Duran Duran is my era! I’ve heard them perform this one live (Simon Le Bon. Still Yummy). This kid is SO damn talented just even in arranging the music. Jennifer’s coaching is next level and nuanced with this artist. It truly is more of a collaboration. I’m afraid that Noah may be more alternative than most of the watchers will appreciate. I feel like this is one I’d appreciate more on the 3rd or 4th listen than the 1st. I’m going to be thinking about it for a while though, and Noah himself? Memorable. Perhaps the teen girl element will LOVE this, and won’t necessarily even know the original.
Shi’Ann Jones, Team Jennifer
Song: Diamonds by Rihanna
I’ve not always been a fan of Shi’Ann, but I liked this performance better than most. I especially like it when she sings a note purely, without a lot of cracks. But she has a lot of crackles in that deep voice of hers. This is where it comes down to personal preference because I can understand why someone would love her for all those cracks. The coaches sure do. Blake said he loves the character in her voice. This was a good song choice for her, and the staging and styling were excellent.
Chloe Kohanski, Team Blake
Song: Call Me by Blonde
OH MY GOD… I GOT GOOSEBUMPS JUST HEARING HER SAY THE TITLE. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH THAT I MIGHT JUST HAVE TO TYPE IN ALL CAPS. IF IT WEREN’T 11:45 PM AT NIGHT, I’D BE PUTTING THIS ON FULL BLAST AND DANCING AROUND! I CAN’T BELIEVE MILEY DIDN’T GO JOIN THAT MOSH PIT BEHIND HER.
OMG, exhausting and FUCKING FUN. I am with you, Carson. Shout out to the amazing band. You know they loved playing that one. Blake was absolutely giddy, and so am I. He even called her “Sis”!!!! TEAM CHLOE!!!!
Keisha Renee, Team Blake
Song: All By Myself by Celine Dion
This may Keisha’s best performance ever. There was a crack or two, but my favorite kind. Subtle, but from heartfelt emotions overflowing a little. Here is the thing about a lot of the other “diva” songs that people pick, like the ones Davon sings. They are amazing, and talented and extremely hard. But an artist can cover up some flaws by tossing in vocal tricks and runs. Celine Dion has one of the most pure voices ever, and KEISHA HELD HER OWN AND THEN SOME. This was a mic drop moment. She was emotional afterwards, and she absolutely deserved to be. I could cry.
Then I did tear up, because Adam said that Keisha has had some hateful comments directed towards her by cowards (I’m sure on social media). He was proud of her because she just proved that they didn’t affect her at all. Blake stood up and cheered at that. That is why it is a big deal that a woman of color is going into country music.
Ashland Craft, Team Miley
Song: I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett
You know Ashland has been my girl from the get go. She did so well tonight, and picked another great song. Joan Jett is the kind of kick ass person I’d love to see her be. She IS hitting her stride. Except for one initial run at the beginning, she had just the right amount of gravel and gravitas this song REQUIRES. But here is the thing I can’t get over. The voice and outfits are always spot on. But there is something about the way she works the stage that makes me think that SHE’S thinking “OK, now here is where I walk down the stairs” or “Now I have to grab the microphone stand!” They ALL do it to some extent because where would they get the experience of working on a full out dressed up stage with ALL the bells and whistles at their fingertips? The blog may be making me pay attention to closely, but I really feel it with Ashland.
Brooke Simpson, Team Miley
Song: Amazing Grace (traditional)
I think Amazing Grace takes real courage to sing on a stage this big. If it wasn’t traditional religious song, one could consider it one of those difficult female diva songs. Brooke not only took it on with no apparent hesitation. Then she started singing it acapella. Let that sink in.
Acapella. Just her voice. No backup, no band. She took it to the next level. Every hair follicle on my body stood up. The smoothness in which the band and the backup singers quietly and unobtrusively joined her while she COMMANDED our attention on that stage. Only one way to describe it. Sheer grace.That was one of the most simple, beautiful performances I’ve witnessed in all 13 seasons of the show.
Red Marlow, Team Blake
Song: That’s What I Love About Sunday by Craig Morgan
Red has a personal connection to this song. As he states, the co-writers went to the same church he did, with his dad as the preacher. So everything mentioned in the song is literally things he grew up doing. He is even mentioned in the song! I’ve not heard it before, but I loved it and the story it tells. It fits Red’s classic style perfectly. Another really solid performance by Red! The only problem? I’m up really late. This song relaxes me so much I want to put it on repeat and fall asleep dreaming of his Sundays. I’m not even a church goer!
Addison Agen, Team Adam
Song: “Lucky” by Britney Spears
We started out the night with an Xtina song, so why not end it with some Britney? It is a darker song though, and not one you would typically associate with her unless you were familiar with Britney’s Ooops… I Did It Again album. About a Hollywood star named Lucky who is actually very sad and lonely, Britney sang it with more of a “pop” vibe. Addison purposely sang a very stripped down, thoughtful version. Without the bubblegum pop overlay and Addison’s fantastic vocals, it is clear that maybe we weren’t listening to Britney close enough. (I now want to hug Addison and Britney both). The only thing I DIDN’T like about it was the weird lighting effect they did. I almost got up to go get eye drops as I thought my contacts were clouding over. Geesh!
WHO IS STAYING? WHO IS GOING HOME?
Two people go home tomorrow. Next week FOUR people will go so that we will have a finale with the remaining top four. There will be an instant save both tomorrow and next week. With this group, it will truly be a GRAND finale, no matter who makes it. At the time I sent this off to Tamara, there are four top ten on iTunes. (I finally downloaded it just to look). #2 is Brooke, #4 is Chloe, #5 is Addison, and #10 is Keisha. Folks, I don’t usually call it this early, but I think that is our final four line up. I didn’t think so at the beginning, but Blake could really pull out another win!
As for this week’s bottom three, it kills me but I think Ashland will be one of them this week. I also think even though he was solid this week, Adam will be singing us yet another second song. Finally, I’m hoping it will be Shi’Ann rounding out the bottom three. (Secretly, I am really scared it will be Noah. I just want to know what he’s going to pick for next week and I really don’t want to hear those voice cracks any more from Shi’Ann)