Monday, May 22, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The Finale is Here! I'm Experiencing Deja Vu

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden singing Never Be Lonely an original song-- For an original, this song sounded like it could be on the radio right now.

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen singing Taking it to the Streets by The Doobie Brothers-- I am unsure if I guy Jesse singing this exact song, but his vocal was strong, and by the end, he made me believe it. Alicia said your voice has never sounded better. I love and respect what you and Adam are doing together. Adam said it was the best he has ever sounded, and that he might be a little biased but he should win this whole thing.

Team Alicia: Chris and Alicia singing Diamonds and Pearls by Prince-- This song felt so perfect for them to sing together. Stylistically it felt so close to who both of them really are. I loved the range in Chris's voice, the low lows and and those BIG notes. He and Alicia never overpowered each other, Chris's voice in particular was tender. Wow on this one.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski singing The Dance by Garth Brooks-- This was a great song for Lauren to do, but I was thinking she could have done something a little more controversial, maybe like Thunder Rolls. Adam said we've all loved your voice from the beginning, you have a familiar comforting voice. Throughout the whole competition, it has been such a pleasure and joy to watch you, and I am still mad you're not on my team. Blake said I can't stop smiling right now. It's one of my favorite songs and you made me feel like I am hearing this for the first time.

Team Blake: Aliyah and Blake singing Dancing in the Street by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas-- I thought this song was really fun for Aliyah to do. It did seem a little redundant to be honest,  I feel like she's done this before, but being that it was a duet, it had a different dimension to it.

Team Alicia: Chris singing Money on You an original song-- I enjoyed the fun and personality Chris brought to this original song. At first I didn't like it but the song had a lot of different twists and turns in it. Alicia said watching you perform, I am already at your show. There's an electricity that happens when you're here.

Team Adam: Jesse and Adam singing Let's Go Crazy by Prince-- This performance was iconic. I loved the vocals, the song choice, the guitar. Everything was amazing, loved this!

Team Blake: Lauren and Blake singing There's a Tear in My Beer by Hank Williams-- I think if I were them I would have done something more serious. I liked the playfulness of the song, but probably not finale material. Lauren is going last so clearly she is the favorite in this.

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen singing Woman an original song-- Chris Stapleton cowrote that song which is so cool. The song sounded so authentically him; he needs to go on tour with Chris Stapleton right now! Adam said I want to give back to that intangible thing called The Voice.

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden singing Signed Sealed Delivered by Stevie Wonder-- Blake said every time you get on that stage you make people smile and you bring them into this moment.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski singing Deja Vu an original song that she cowrote-- Actually loved this more than any other original song. She needs to actually put this on her first album, it's perfect. The lyrics are amazing. Blake said let me congratulate you for writing your first number one song, that was beautiful and perfect.

Team Alicia: Chris Blue singing Rhythm Nation by Janet Jackson-- Chris brought the house down with that song, it was so relevant, and the performance just bled authenticity. Alicia said you just showed everyone that you are everything and there is nothing you can't do.


Monday, May 15, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The Top 8 Take me to the King

Team Gwen: Hunter Plake sang With or Without You by U2-- I liked this song on Hunter; I liked that for once he didn't change the song dramatically. Blake said that is your best vocal performance on the show. You honored the original, but you don't sound like anyone else. Gwen wants America to realize how talented Hunter is.

Duet: Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson sang If I Ain't Got You by Alicia Keys-- Beautiful duet, this song fit both of them so well. All the coaches were on their feet, that was a vocal master class! Yay for being able to vote for that duet and have it count!

Team Blake: T Soul sang Ain't No Way by Aretha Franklin-- I like that T Soul returned to his roots last week and stayed there this week. This song and his whole performance was so throw back and I loved the soulfulness. Alicia said Ain't No Way is one of my all time favorite songs ever, T Soul you have a showmanship that comes from you. Blake said I am so proud of you, you told me about your dream to be on The Voice and here you are in the semi finals.

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown sang Suds in the Bucket by Sara Evans-- Loved Ms. Brennley's attitude in this song. It was a little strange that she did a song so niche like this in the semifinals. I would have done this a couple weeks ago. Blake thought it was the right time for her to do that song. Gwen thinks it is easier to do an emotional song than to do a song like the one Brennley did tonight. Yes, and no Gwen, I don't completely agree with that. Doing an emotional song forces you to be vulnerable if you're doing it correctly. And if you're not, you come across as fake or forced instead of emotional.

Duet: Hunter Plake and Aliyah Moulden sang Let it Go by James Bay-- Liked the song idea, however, the performance itself sounded like there were some pitch issues.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski sang Ghost in this House by Allison Krauss-- This was yet another haunting performance by Lauren. It felt really and she yet again showed us she is a skilled storyteller. Adam said grace and simplicity is going out of style, and it's so great to see you do just that. Blake said that is a pure country song, and I cannot wait to see how country music fans respond to it on iTunes.

Duet: T Soul and Jesse Larsen sang I Wish by Stevie Wonder-- That was the best duet yet! I loved the soul, the beat, the syncopation. It was flawless.

Team Alicia: Chris Blue sang Take me to the King-- The vocal was a tiny bit out of control at times, but when he reigned it in it was thoughtful, real, and passionate. It was a genuine plea, "take me to the king". Alicia said you represent our frustrations, troubles, and pain; you tapped into that. You got out of your way, that was so moving.

Team Alicia: Vanessa Ferguson sang Superstar by Leon Russell-- This song and this performance could not have been more perfect and touching. Vanessa put her own spin on this song and really made it her own. Her phrasing was just beautiful. Alicia begged everyone to vote for Vanessa.

Duet: Lauren Duski and Brennley Brown sang Good Hearted Woman by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson-- Fun performance, not the best of the night for the duets, but certainly entertaining.

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen sang I Was Wrong by Chris Stapleton-- This performance was Jesse's stamp in the finale. If he doesn't make it, it just won't be right. This vocal and performance absolutely bled authenticity and realness. There was soul for days.

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden sang I Can Only Imagine by MercyMe-- Aliyah looked like she was soaking this performance in and relishing every moment. She looked so happy and so free, this was a great song choice for her. This young lady may have solidified her spot in the final as well. Blake said I signed up to do this show in Season 11, and I hoped that someday I would get to work with an artist like you. Someone who we can see development and growth, and that is you.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The Top 10 Are Unforgettable

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen sang Jungle Love by The Tyme-- I loved the way this performance came together. Jesse played the crowd, his voice was great, his guitar skills even better. I loved this. I hope going first doesn't hurt him. Alicia said was it your idea to say my name at the end, and Jesse said that was all me. Adam said that song was jazz, sex appeal, funk, it was nasty.

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden sang Jealous by Labrinth-- Gwen loved the tone in her voice. Blake said I couldn't be more proud of you. You did what you needed to, and you sang that song about your dad. You got lost in the moment. Acknowledging the fact that Aliyah cried, I hope it didn't hurt her. I thought the vocal was sincere, and I hope this isn't the end for her, because she is a strong artist, never mind her age.

Team Alicia: Vanessa Ferguson sang Doo Wop That Thing by Lauryn Hill-- This has been one of the most genuine performances I have ever watched on the voice. It was real, dirtied up, and I loved how Vanessa just really channeled Lauryn. Adam was jamming. He said no one ever does Lauryn Hill and that album is one of his favorites of all time. He said he loved her rapping, and it's cool that Lauryn is proud of her for doing that. Alicia said you're a poet, mc, lyricist, musician, and an artist.

Team Adam: Mark Isaiah sang Sign of the Times by Harry Styles-- Gwen said it sounded so good, and I am glad you got to do that, because we saw a different side of you. Adam said you get better every week and no one works harder than you. I felt like there were some pitch issues at the top of the performance but I think Mark overcame that, and I hope he stays out of the bottom three this week.

Team Alicia: Chris Blue sang 24k Magic by Bruno Mars-- 3 out of 4 coaches were on their feet. I love the song so much, is it 100% Chris Blue's style? No. But, he pulled it off, and made it his own style. Blake said people must be deaf or blind if they don't get how talented you are. You're definitely going to be in the finale. Alicia said he is out here celebrating life, doing his thing. You just showed me and everyone that you're unstoppable.

Team Adam: Lilli Passero sang Unforgettable by Nat King Cole-- Didn't love the performance as much as I thought I would. I didn't enjoy how she was sliding into some of the notes, and scooping into them. It just sounded a little bit sloppy. I think she was trying to sound classic and it didn't have that effect. Of course, Adam and Alicia both loved the performance.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski sang Tell Me Why by Wynonna-- I thought this was a bit of an odd song choice, but Lauren is such a great singer, she may have pulled it off yet again. I feel like she needs to do a contemporary country song. Gwen said she loved hanging out with Lauren and loved it. Blake said you are the missing piece of country music right now. This momentum that's happening right now is so exciting, I am so happy for you.

Team Gwen: Hunter Plake sang Higher Love by Steve Winwood-- Whoever put together the arrangement did a great job. The song was given a cool contemporary feel, I loved it. Adam said you're very connected to music and that's very obvious. Gwen said she is happy to know and watch Hunter. He is so happy and comfortable on stage.

Team Blake: T Soul sang At This Moment by Billy Vera-- Alicia said you are really genuine, and your voice has its own stamp on it. Blake said I believe you bought yourself a ticket in the top 8, that's the best you've sounded so far. T Soul needed a performance like that and he came up big. That was flawless, the vocal was stunning, and he needs to always do songs that keep with this style.

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown sang Anyway by Martina McBride-- Blake said you will continue to defy the odds, your voice keeps getting better and better. Gwen said you're so gifted, beautiful, and talented. Brennley continues to impress me, she improves every week and doesn't flinch at a challenge.

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The Top 11 Show Us How to Love Them

Team Alicia: Stephanie Rice sang Behind Blue Eyes by the Who-- It was a cool song choice, and I liked what she did with it. She really breathed herself into the vocal. Alicia said it really came through that Stephanie felt like the song described her life.

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden sang Take It Back by Reba McEntire-- I didn't love the song choice as much as I thought I would. The growl part I felt like was overdone. The style of the song was all her, and the end of the performance was strong. Which is good because that's what people will remember. Alicia loved the growl in her voice. Blake said I am blown away and America is falling in love with you because how can they not.

Team Blake: T Soul sang Lay Me Down by Sam Smith-- I love this song, it is my favorite Sam Smith song. I found the performance comfortable and in the zone for him. However, I thought his vocal was somewhat pitchy. Blake called T Soul a beast and said his performance was unbelievable.

Team Adam: Lilli Passero sang Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney-- It was a very throwback performance. I felt like the only thing I wanted more from her in terms of her feeling the lyric she is singing. She has the technique down, now she just needs that other part. Alicia said I was so feeling that, it was so relevant. I loved it. Adam said I'm so happy and I felt like we were in another time, and it's hard to do that without feeling contrived or sincere.

Team Gwen: Hunter Plake sang All I Want by Kodaline-- Wow, his range is pretty incredible. I think the song should have been a little bit more mainstream, but the lyric was relevant. I feel like he is the most ready of anyone to make a record. Adam said I love your voice, it's so distinct. Gwen said this a real artist who writes his own music. I can't believe you're on my team and I can't wait to buy your album.

Team Alicia: Vanessa Ferguson sang Diamonds by Rihanna-- Vanessa has been the most consistent performer on the show. She lost her pitch at one point in the song though which was surprising. Blake said I have always been most intimidated by you sis. Alicia said your vocals are so effortless.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski sang Somewhere in my Broken Heart by Randy Travis and Billy Dean-- Liked Lauren in this more than anything she has sung before. She did not lack emotion and her voice just resonated, there was an unmatched sincerity. My only criticism would be that I'd like to see her sing something upbeat. Adam said you're gonna be in the finale, you do it so effortlessly and in a classy way. You're incredible. Blake said your voice is classic but you don't sound like anyone else.

Team Adam: Mark Isaiah sang How to Love by Lil Wayne-- Tell you what, the song was a good idea. Adam said Mark chose it. Christina Grimmie did this song when she was on the show and she left me breathless, Mark was impressive, don't get me wrong. I think it just lacked sparkle. Gwen said you're already in my heart, and that feels like your song. You're so gifted. Adam said I was a little worried, that's a tough song. I just trusted you would come out here and blow me away. He does not deserve to be in the bottom again.

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen sang Human by Rag and Bone Man-- Probably my fave on the show end of story. Jesse is so soulful, and I will say it every week. Loved the song choice, and loved his authenticity. Adam said Jesse is not a popstar, you come out here and you sing your face off, you're an incredible talent and the best singer in this competition.

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown sang River by Joni Mitchell-- Brennley always resonates with me. I feel every note and her feelings are mine when she sings. This was flawless, if this girl is not in the finals, it will be criminal. How can she be that young and that talented? She just has it! Adam said I'm so happy you're with Gwen, it's cool to hear you sing a Joni Mitchell song. I loved your refreshing originality. Gwen said there is no way you're 15 and you can channel a Joni Mitchell song that's so revered and so deep.

Team Alicia: Chris Blue sang When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge-- It's a classic song that's been overdone, but that wasn't overdone that was perfect. Alicia said I was blessed to hear your voice, I feel like I watching Marvin Gaye, Sam Cook, Nat King Cole, that was so powerful.

Best of the Night: Brennley, Jesse, Chris, toss up between Lauren and Hunter

Bottom 3 Prediciton: Stephanie, T Soul, Vanessa

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The Top 12 Sing A Song for You

Team Adam: Jesse Larsen sang To Make You Feel My Love by Bob Dylan-- Is there anything that Jesse cannot sing? He is so authentic, so real, and so soulful. There is a legit richness to his voice that is just so appealing to listen to. Shania said you are just a stunning vocalist, and I was very moved. Adam said you are the most pure vocalist in this competition.

Team Adam: Mark Isaiah sang One Dance by Drake-- This is a cool song choice for him and I love the arrangement. Shania said you have a definite star quality. Adam said he had his doubts but that Mark pulled it together and deserves to be here. He said that people should vote for him because his performance was like he was not a contestant on the show but coming by to promote his new single.

Team Alicia: Stephanie Rice sang White Flag by Dido-- I am not the biggest Stephanie fan but for some reason, I related to this performance. I thought she represented and was strong. Shania said your emotion was pouring out of you. Gwen said she channeled her inner pain and emotion. Alicia said you are the purest artist on this show, and you arranged this. You deserve all the votes to continue being an artist.

Team Gwen: Troy Ramey sang Free Fallin' by Tom Petty-- I am obsessed with Troy and obsessed with his voice and song choice. Shania said I am so blown away, I love all the subtleties of your voice, you're a true stylist, I loved it. Adam said I liked it, I just love listening to you sing. Gwen said your personality came through tonight.

Team Blake: Aliyah Moulden sang Heat Wave by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas-- Aliyah is so bright and so charismatic, her confidence makes her vocals so strong. She is clearly someone to watch in this competition. Shania said Aliyah commanded the stage and is such a professional. Blake has been an incredible influence on you. Blake said you blow me away every time you get on the stage, you take another step towards being a complete artist. Your smile lights up a room and you're becoming a performer.

Team Alicia: Chris Blue sang Love and Happiness by Al Green-- I thought this performance had just so much realness. I loved his energy and just everything about the vocal was so organic. Shania said you can sing anything all day long, you brought it from a cool, collected place to everyone just exploding with you. Alicia said you make things electric. Alicia said America is feeling you.

Team Blake: Lauren Duski sang Lord I Hope This Day is Good by Lee Ann Womack-- Love Lauren's voice, this was a little rough for me in terms of song choice. Shania said you are an honest spirit. Blake said we have been waiting for someone like Lauren on this show.

Team Adam: Lilli Passero sang Man I Feel Like a Woman by Shania Twain-- I feel like Lilli was definitely sick and I could tell. She seemed out of breath about half way through the performance. Shania said you did an amazing job with that song. Adam said I am impressed that you can do whatever you want to do. This is just the beginning.

Team Gwen: Brennley Brown sang Long Long Time by Linda Ronstadt-- Wow, all the ladies were on their feet. This was a beautiful and heartfelt performance. Shania said your technique was great all the way around. This is really as good as it gets. Blake said I don't know if you're still mad at me, but every time you get on stage you blow me away just a little bit more. Gwen said I cannot believe you're on my team.

Team Blake: T Soul sang Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson-- I am a big T Soul fan, my only thing with this song is that it was a little too down, I wanted to hear him do something up, but I think he is going to be around another week. Shania said you have so much soul and heart. Blake said I have never seen anyone get lost in their performance the way you do. T Soul deserves to be here so you have to vote for him.

Team Gwen: Hunter Plake sang Somebody That I Used to Know by Goethe-- This was one of my favorite performances tonight! I loved this, I liked the way he changed it, his vocals were HOT! Shania said she felt like she was at a concert, and she thought the performance was credible. Gwen said it was exciting to see you do something like that.

Team Alicia: Vanessa Ferguson sang A Song for You by Leon Russell-- Vanessa gave just a beautiful and touching performance. The vocals were right on tonight. Shania said Vanessa you are pure class inside and out, you have a sense of style and that really comes out. Alicia said you break down walls inside of all of us.

Bottom 3: Stephanie, Lilli, and Lauren or T Soul

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Voice Season 12: Team Gwen and Team Adam Go LIVE!

Team Gwen:

Johnny Gates sang Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez-- I liked Johnny's different take on this, my only thing with him is that sometimes the performance quality is sloppy. Of course the coaches ate up the performance and praised his return to the show.

Troy Ramey sang A Case of You by Joni Mitchell--  I am feeling Troy's performance. That was absolutely full of tons of emotion. It was so genuine and personal. Adam said you are so intriguing and powerful, your voice is spectacular. Gwen said I saw you in a way I have never seen you before, I think you're incredible.

Quizz Swanigan sang My Girl by The Temptations-- Quizz has a throwback vibe to him, he definitely has that old school voice and quality to him like he's from Motown Records. Alicia appreciated his finesse and grace and confidence. Gwen said he looked adorable, his performance was incredible.

Brennley Brown sang Fly by Maddie & Tae-- Super sleepy song but Brennley is such a talent that she may have just pulled that off. Blake said he made a mistake by letting Brennley go. Gwen said you have so much style, so much personality.

J. Chosen sang Nothing Compares to U by Prince-- King of a strange song choice for J. Chosen but I think he is so good that it doesn't even matter. The comments are redundant tonight.

Hunter Plake sang Elastic Heart by Sia-- Adam said I can see exactly where you're gonna go, you're extremely talented, this is just the beginning for you. I wanted to hear his words more, but the vulnerability that Hunter displays is so consistent.

My predictions to move forward: Troy, Hunter, and either J Chosen or Brennley

Actual Results: Brennley, Hunter, and Gwen saved Troy

Team Adam:

Johnny Hayes sang Ain't Too Proud to Beg by The Temptations-- Adam said I am so proud of how you came out here. I love Johnny's showmanship, he is always entertaining any time he comes out. I think on a normal night he would for sure advance, but tonight will be tough with all the amazing people on Adam's Team.

Hannah Eyre sang Skyscraper by Demi Lovato-- I love Hannah, her vocal was a little bit all over the place, there were some definite pitch issues. Adam kind of said it but in a polite way. He said the more they work together, the more that they will be able to tame the beast that is her voice.

Josh West sang More Than a Feeling by Boston-- Adam said Josh is bad ass. I really like Josh and this is one of my fave classic rock songs. That being said, the vocal was once again very pitchy.

Mark Isaiah sang All Time Low by Jon Bellion-- Probably one of the best vocals of the night, he was one of only a few who didn't have pitch issues during his performance. Gwen said she felt like he did a great job being himself. Adam said give me more time with Mark so I can make him the best version of himself.

Lilli Passero sang It's Too Late by Carole King-- Not loving the song choice but I have actually grown to like Lilli, I wasn't a fan at first. Adam said Lilli is always inside herself when she sings and that is the mark of a great singer.

Jesse Larsen sang Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder-- Loved! That was probably the best performance of the night. It is the best that he is not only a singer but a musician, Jesse is the whole package. Adam said that was soulful, you're like this wizard from another planet, you're white Cee Lo. That was by far the best vocal of the night, no one else sang that good.

My predictions to move forward: Mark, Jesse, and Lilli

Actual Results, Jesse, Lilli, and Adam saved Mark


Monday, April 17, 2017

The Voice Season 12: The LIVES Team Blake and Team Alicia

Team Blake:

Casi Joy sang Parachute by Chris Stapleton-- Blake loved her accuracy and vocal pitch. To me, Casi comes across as a seasoned country artist. I loved that she did Chris Stapleton who is this new age country. I think Casi shows so much versatility, she needs to make it to the final 12. I would be extremely surprised if she didn't.

Felicia Temple, comeback artist! sang Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked-- The song choice was terrible. I did not like this performance at all. I think for her as a comeback artist to be singing this was a risky move. I wouldn't be doing a Broadway musical song, I'd be doing something that truly showcases her big voice.

Aaliyah Rose sang Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders-- Blake thought that this was her best performance. I am unsure what he was hearing but this song was VERY under and off pitch. I also thought that the song somehow came across as too mature for her.

T Soul sang Knock on Wood by Eddie Floyd-- Didn't love the song choice but performance and vocal was stronger in comparison to the past two performances. T Soul stays true to himself as an artist. Blake said that was so much fun, it's what performing is supposed to be all about.

Aliyah Moulden sang Mercy by Duffy-- This was the best of the night so far. Her vocal was strong, she picked a song that suited her voice. Blake called her a real firecracker, and he said it's the best I have seen you sing on this show, and for her, I have to actually agree with his statement there.

Lauren Duski sang Someone Else's Star by Bryan White-- I think if we are having dueling country artist, Lauren wins over Casi tonight. Her vocal really sparkled and it was touching.

Moving on from Team Blake, my predictions: Aliyah Moulden and Lauren Duski, third spot is between Casi Joy and T Soul

The REAL results: Lauren and Aliyah M., Blake saved T Soul



Team Alicia:

Chris Blue sang Love on the Brain by Rihanna-- Gwen said it's unbelievable what you do, mesmerizing, someone as talented as you needs the stage, it's so natural. Alicia was impressed to hear him conquer something new and different. I loved Chris's performance, great song choice for him. It really showed that he has that strong upper register. He has always been one of my favorites, and he truly deserves a top 12 spot.

Anatalia Villaranda sang Stand by Me by Ben E. King-- Alicia said Anatalia has so much personality and feeling. There is nothing stopping her. This was a solid performance, not her best, but depending on how everyone else performs, it could be enough to get her into the final 12.

Jack Cassidy, comeback artist! sang Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by George Michael and Elton John-- Alicia said I know your family is at home going crazy for this performance. This started out pretty well but once again, there were pitch issues with this performance like so many other pitch issues tonight. He sounded either under pitch or sharp. It just didn't sound go, especially at the end.

Vanessa Ferguson sang Lean On by D,J, Snake and Major Lazer-- I liked how she put her own spin on this song and almost took it from a club song to a classic. Her pitch was pretty on in comparison to almost everyone else. Adam said I am a fan of yours and you're ready for this.

Ashley Levin sang I Can't Stand the Rain by Tina Turner-- Wow, this performance I love, it's sultry, and such a soulful take on the song. Alicia thought she did an incredible job,

Stephanie Rice sang Every Breath You Take by Sting-- I love this song on almost anyone, it's just such an epic lyric. I think Stephanie's story gave the song more power, but do I think she was strong her than three other people on this team, I am unsure.

Moving on from Team Alicia: Chris Blue, Vanessa Ferguson, and Ashley Levin

The REAL results: Chris Blue, Vanessa Ferguson, Alicia saved Stephanie