Just began watching the first live show of The Voice. Decided to pull an Eric and do a quick take on each performance. This week is Team Christina vs. Team Blake, and it should be pretty good though I wish it was Adam vs. Christina because I enjoy the ribbing between those two. I also would like to point out that these type of shows are not my norm, I don’t watch American Idol, but there’s something about this one that I actually really enjoy.
The Judges – Queen Medley
They performed it well for the most part, I found Christina to be the same as usual attention hogging, and Cee-lo to be fairly bland. I’ve found though since watching that I am liking Blake Shelton more and more. There’s not too much unique about his voice, maybe it’s the way he holds himself while he belts out. Christina’s make-up seems a little off though, like crooked off. 8/10
Raquel Castro – Blow
I just can’t help but love this girl, I mean she’s the adorable Jersey Girl kid for goodness sakes. I think she’s cute as a button, and multi-talented to boot. The performance went really well save for a few moments when it just didn’t pull together. Maybe it was nerves, dancing or like Christina said trying so hard to avoid a wardrobe malfunction (it was a pretty miniscule mini, lol) but there were some points that fell flat. There’s no denying she gave it her all to prove to America that she really is the whole package, and with some hard work she really could be. 8.5/10
Edit: After hearing the small replay at the end I’m taking my rating down to 7.5/10 There were even less notes hot than I originally thought. I’m sorry Raquel, but tone was just off, I don’t know what else to say about it.
Jared Blake –Use Somebody
Another one I love, tough not to root for someone who has 6 kids, I mean honestly 6 kids!!! I think you can handle anything. His performance was awesome, he performs with emotion and a rawness that you can’t ignore. His style (less the shiny bandanna, lol). I do find he hides a bit behind his guitar, Christina mentioned he may have stumbled when tossing his guitar but I disagree, in fact I think she just needed to have something to say. I agree with Blake however, he is a rocker, no doubt. He was one of my faves to begin with, and this performance changed nothing for me. I hope he goes right to the end & if not at least gets a break. 9.5/10
Beverly McLellan –I’m The Only One
She may look a little scary, but she is superb. A little growly at times but it fits for her, I think. I was glad for the blind auditions for her, because honestly I don’t know if a few of them would have been chosen including Beverly. What a great song for her!! Some of the lower notes got a bit lost, maybe because of the illness though. She performed it like a champ, humour, feeling & even a bit of dance. I was surprised she went with Christina, but Christina is embracing her and I really like that. She truly rocked not only that song but the whole damn stage. 9/10
Dia Frampton – Heartless
I have to say I was surprised to see this song choice, I loved the piano addition but was not overly impressed with the sound of the song. It had its moments, and she’s quite good at holding those steady, clear notes, very little if any wavering. As the song began wrapping up towards the end I enjoyed it a bit more, I did not like the “Heartless” part though. I found it did not suit her voice, but maybe that was real emotion coming out. I’m not really sure though, because we haven’t seen much emotion from Dia at all, even when she was chosen. Shyness, aloofness I don’t really know, but overall she has a great voice and the performance was good, just not great. 7/10
Team Christina – Lady Marmalade
Way to go Beverly!!! Nice flavour to that song, and Frenchie added her huge voice to the mix (although I do wish she would lay off the humongous earrings, my lobes hurt for her). Beverly stole the show on this one, she was completely out of her element and it worked amazingly!! The two younger girls were good, but nothing spectacular about either of them, I would even go as far as to say Christina was outshone by Beverly, I am just totally blown away that a rock edge completely overtook Lady Freaking Marmalade. Excellent job, Team Christina!!! 9/10 < Only because I felt that Lily & Raquel were not truly utilized (or just didn’t step up)
Xenia Martinez – Pricetag
I really wish she would come out of that shell, there were quite a few times in this performance that she just seemed so lost. The chorus did not work with her voice, too low for her range. She appears uncomfortable most of the time, and that really takes its toll on her performances. The judges really played up the whole “to the left, to the right” thing too much, I personally don’t think it was such a big deal because it didn’t come off natural. It was forced, and the half-hearted thumb point behind her was dull. For the most part I think Xenia actually has a pretty nice voice, and she sang this well the chorus fell flat for me. Sorry Xenia, 7.5/10
Lily Elise – Big Girls Don’t Cry
Have to say, I was surprised she was the winner last week in the battle. Lily’s voice is good, but she misses notes often and that was exactly what happened on this song. Her emotions felt contrived, which didn’t surprise me after the little video of Christina’s teachings. The performance overall, was just okay for me. Nothing exceptional, a lot of note errors and just felt fake. 6.5/10
Team Blake –This Love
I loved this!!! Minus Xenia, I’m sorry I would love to get on board with the Xenia loving but I just can’t get behind her. She was boring and this song didn’t come off her well, thank goodness for Patrick, he totally brought it out with her. The performance became super with Dia & Jared coming in. Total redemption in Dia’s performance, and hell this was a great choice for Jared as well. Then Blake, oh Blake you are awesome!! Well done Team Blake!! 9/10
Patrick Thomas – I Hope You Dance
Patrick’s really, really good. He nailed this song, and I loved that it was meant for his sister, it speaks for his character. Not as blatant as Christina, but he truly is adorable, and that hat (is it a Stetson? I don’t even know what that means, lol) completes his look perfectly. I honestly can’t find any mistakes with this performance. It wasn’t as flashy as some of the other performers, but that wouldn’t have suited him. I think his performance was absolutely perfect for what he appears to be. 10/10
Frenchie Davis – When Love Takes Over
Those poor ear lobes >.< Man, that woman has got some pipes!! Frenchie has stage presence, not the biggest ‘performer’ but her interaction with the audience works well to compensate for that. She truly has a great voice, and her personality is great and works with her stage presence. Blake nailed it, she’s a power singer. Yes!! Christina exactly! Frenchie just has that ‘something’, and she pulls it off without a hitch. 9.5/10
Cee-lo > Please get rid of that ‘stache, it’s hideous, and red’s my fave colour too, but it’s not cheating on red if you wear another colour. Just sayin’
Christina > Make sure your make-up artist is not drunk when she makes you up, you are on television
Adam > I totally hope you’re doing a Blake Shelton song next week, that would be awesome. I love the dynamic between these two.
Blake > Keep doing what you’re doing
I’m interested in seeing what happens next week, the thing I don’t like about this show as opposed to one like AI, you don’t get to see the contestants(?) grow week by week. They don’t get as many chances to improve, and really make their mark on the voters. Good luck to all. If I was to vote it would have to be for Jared & Beverly, but I don’t do that kind of thing so for your chances I’m pretty useless.