Monday, September 11, 2017

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 Pairings

– Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank) with Keo Motsepe
– Debbie Gibson (singer) with Alan Bersten
– Derek Fisher (NBA Star) with Sharna Burgess
– Drew Scott (Property Brothers) with Emma Slater
– Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle) with Witney Carson
– Jordan Fisher (actor-singer) with Lindsay Arnold
– Lindsey Stirling (violinist) with Mark Ballas
– Nick Lachey (98 Degrees) with Peta Murgatroyd
– Nikki Bella (wrestler) with Artem Chigvintsev
– Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) with Gleb Savchenko
– Terrell Owens (NFL Star) with Cheryl Burke
– Vanessa Lachey (model/ TV host) with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
– Victoria Arlen (paralympic swimmer) with Val Chmerkovskiy

Sunday, September 3, 2017

FALL TV 2017!

A new season of TV is upon us, here's what I think you absolutely need to watch. Take my advice or not, these are the series that I think will be sticking around this season.

Sunday

On ABC: Ten Days in the Valley series premiere on October 1st @ 10pm--
Cast: Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as John Bird, Kick Gurry as Pete Greene, Erika Christensen as Ali Petrovich, Felix Solis as David Gomez, Josh Randall as Tom Petrovich, Malcolm Jamal Warner as Matt, Abigail Pniowsky as Lake, and Francois Battiste as Gus.
The Premise: Jane is a single mom and a TV producer, her life is torn apart when her daughter goes missing in the middle of the night. In order to find her daughter, secrets will be revealed through the town. Christensen plays Sedgwick's sister, Gurry her ex husband, and Agbaje as the lead detective on the case.

On FOX: The Simpsons season 29 premiere on October 1st @ 8pm--
Coming Up: The Treehouse of Horrors will take on The Exorcist and Cannibalism. Ed Sheeran will guest as a musician that Lisa is smitten with. Nelson and Milhouse will try to win her over. Mr. Burns will build an ark.

Monday

On ABC: Dancing with the Stars season 25 premieres on September 18th @ 8pm--
Stay tuned for the lineup!

The Good Doctor series premiere on September 25th @ 10pm--
Cast: Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez, Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Irene Keng as Dr. Sarah Chen, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, and Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman
The Premise: Dr. Shaun Murphy is a special young surgeon; he is autistic and has savant syndrome. He leaves his quiet life in the country to join the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital in California. Dr. Glassman fights for Shaun to be a part of the hospital in an effort to save lives and prove his value to skeptics and well as give hope to those who don't believe in themelves.

On CBS: The Big Bang Theory season 11 premiere on September 25th @ 8pm--
Coming Up: We'll find out whether or not Amy says yes to Sheldon's proposal. Penny and Leonard will continue to experience the ups and downs of marriage. We won't see Howard and Bernie's baby Halley, is she the new Mrs. Wolowitz? Seen but not heard? Bert will be back, and is Ramona gone for good? Maybe not.

On NBC: The Voice season 13 premiere on September 25th @ 8pm--
This season: Adam and Blake return, and Jennifer Hudson joins as a new coach while Miley Cyrus returns with a new look in her second season as a coach.

The Brave series premiere on September 25th @ 10pm--
Cast: Mike Vogel as Commander Michael Dalton, Anne Heche as D.I.A. Deputy Director, Demetrius Grosse as Anthony "Preach" Carter, Noah Mills as Joseph McGuire, Sofia Pernas as Hannah Archer, Tate Ellington as Noah Morgenthal, Natacha Karam as Jasmine "Jaz" Ervin, and Hadi Tabbai as Amir Al-Raisani
The Premise: One of many military dramas this season, but this one is well done. Follows D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell and her team of analysts while Adam Dalton and his Special Ops team travel the world saving the lives of innocent people.

On The CW: Valor series premiere on October 9th @ 9pm--
Cast: Matt Barr as Capt. Leland Gallo, Christina Ochoa s Officer Nora Madani, Charlie Bennett as First Lt. Ian Porter, W. Tre Davis as Jimmy Kam, Corbin Reid as Jess Kam, Nigel Thatch as Robert Haskins, Melissa Roxburgh as Thea
The Premise: Barr and Ochoa play helicopter pilots who are keeping a secret when a mission in Somalia goes awry.

Tuesday

On ABC: The Mayor series premiere on October 3rd @ 9:30pm--
Cast: Brandon Michael Hall as Courtney Rose, Lea Michele as Valentina, Bernard David Jones as Jermaine Hardaway, Marcel Spears as TK and Yvette Nicole Brown as Dina
The Premise: Courtney Rose is an aspiring rapper looking for his BIG break and in an effort to gain publicity for his music career, he decides to run for mayor of his California town. What he doesn't bank on is winning the election! With the help of his mom Dina and his friend Valentina he has to live up to the promises he made during his campaign.

On NBC: This Is Us season 2 premiere on September 26th @ 9pm--
Coming Up: Season 2 will answer the big question from season 1, how did Jack die? The big three-- Randall, Kevin, and Kate celebrate their 37th birthdays. Randall and Beth will explore adoption. Kevin will work in his relationship with his ex wife, as well as co-star in a movie with Sylvester Stallone, and Kate will explore a possible singing career. Although William died last season, he will continue to appear on the show; that makes me happy!

On NBC: Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders series premiere on September 26th @ 10pm--
Cast: Edie Falco as Leslie Abramson, Gus Halper as Erik Menendez, Heather Graham as Judalon Smyth, Josh Charles as Dr. Jerome Oziel, and Miles Gaston Villanueva as Lyle Menendez
The Premise: This is an eight episode dramatization of the real life Menendez murders in which brothers Lyle and Erik were put on trial in Beverly Hills for brutally killing their parents. What happened after the cameras stopped rolling? This series promises to take an in depth look

Wednesday

On CBS: Survivor Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers season 35 premiere on September 27th @ 8pm--
The cast will meet in Fiji for this installment of the show.
Levu Tribe, Heroes:
Alan Ball, 31, hometown: Detroit, MI, current residence: Houston, TX, occupation: NFL Player
Ben Driebergen, 34, hometown and current residence: Boise, ID,  occupation: Marine
John "JP" Hilsabeck, 28, hometown and current residence: Los Angeles, CA, occupation: Firefighter
Chrissy Hofbeck, 46, hometown: Bernardsville, NJ, current residence: Lebanon Township, NJ, occupation: Actuary
Ashley Nolan, 26, hometown and current residence: Satellite Beach, FL, occupation: Lifeguard
Katrina Radke, 46, hometown: Morris, MN, current residence: Excelsior, MN, occupation: Olympian

Soko Tride, Healers:
Jessica Johnston, 29, hometown: Cape Girardeau, MO, current residence: Louisville, KY, occupation: Nurse Practitioner
Roark Luskin, 27, hometown: Palo Alto, CA, current residence: Santa Monica, CA, occupation: Social Worker
Cole Medders, 24, hometown and current residence: Little Rock, AK, occupation: Wilderness Therapy Guide
Joe Mena, 34, hometown: Bronx, NY, current residence: Tolland, CT, occupation: Probation Officer
Desiree "Desi" Williams, 27, hometown: Peachtree City, GA, current residence: Newport News, VA, occupation: Physical Therapist
Mike Zahalsky, 43, hometown and current residence: Parkland, FL, occupation: Urologist

Yawa Tribe. Hustlers
Patrick Bolton, 24, hometown: Lanett, AL, current residence: Auburn, AL, occupation: Small Business Owner
Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott, 24, hometown: Eastvale, CA, current residence: Los Angeles, CA, occupation: Celebrity Assistant
Simone Nguyen, 25, hometown: Worcester, MA, current residence: New York City, NY, occupation: Diversity Advocate
Devon Pinto, 23, hometown: Carlsbad, CA, current residence: Solana Beach, CA, occupation: Surf Instructor
Lauren Rimmer, 35, hometown and current residence: Beaufort, NC, occupation: Fisherman
Ryan Ulrich, 23, hometown and current residence: North Arlington, NJ, occupation: Bellhop

On CBS: SEAL Team series premiere September 27th @ 9pm--
Cast: David Boreanaz as Jason Hayes, Max Thieriot as Clay Spenser, Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, AJ Buckley as Sonny, Toni Trucks as Davis, and Jessica Pare as Mandy Ellis
The Premise: Another military drama! This one follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs through the process of carrying out the most dangerous missions. Jason Hayes is the leader of this team, and he's intense, we'll see his personal life suffer as a results of his dedication to his team.

On CBS: Criminal Minds season 13 premieres September 27th @ 10pm--
Coming Up: We pick up where last season left off with the team being lured into a trap. Not everyone will survive and my money is on Agent Steven Walker, played by Damon Gupton, who has already been let go by the show. Helping Garcia out in the premiere is Daniel Henney's  Agent Matt Simmons from Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders (which was cancelled). He will be joining the BAU. Reid's problems with his mom are unfortunately not over. The door is open for Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) to return to the show again.

On FOX: Empire season 4 premieres September 27th @ 8pm--
Coming Up: A refocus on the Lyon family and the promise that there won't be as many guest stars this season. Look for a softer version of Cookie. Demi Moore will continue to portray Lucious's nurse after he awakens from a coma with no memory. The battle between the Lyon's versus the DuBois's will continue.

On NBC: Law & Order SVU season 19 premieres September 27th @ 9pm--
Coming Up: Brooke Shields will have a recurring role this season and is going to shake up Benson's world. Phillip Winchester will also join midseason as his character, lawyer Peter Stone from Chicago Justice, which didn't make it to a season 2.

On NBC: Chicago P.D. season 5 premieres September 27th @ 10pm--
Coming Up: Last season Det. Erin Lindsay left as Sophia Bush exited the series. Jon Seda, meanwhile, rejoins the series as Antonio Dawson. Halstead will be reeling from Erin's departure and will look to Antonio who has been a mentor. Tracy Spiridakos who recurred last season as Det. Hailey Upton has been promoted to a regular.

On The CW: Dynasty series premiere October 11th @ 9pm--
Cast: Grant Show as Blake Carrington, Nathalie Kelley as Cristal Flores, Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington, James Mackay as Steven Carrington, Alan Dale as Joseph Anders, Sam Adegoke as Jeff Colby, Robert Chistopher Riley as Michael Culhane, Ranfael de la Fuente as Sam "Sammy Jo" Flores, and Brianna Brown as Claudia Blaisdel
The Premise: A reboot of the 80s series .... how will it be different? Alexis hasn't been cast yet. This show will take place in Atlanta, the original was in Denver. The new series will have a fashion focus. Sammy Jo is a guy not a girl. Steven is confidently gay in the new series.

Thursday

On CBS: Young Sheldon series premiere September 25th @ 8:30pm--
Cast: Iain Armitage as Sheldon, Zoe Perry as Mary, Lance Barber as George Sr., Annie Potts as Meemaw, Montana Jordan as George Jr., and Reagan Revord as Missy
The Premise: Spin-off of The Big Bang Theory.... how Sheldon Cooper became the Sheldon Cooper we see today. This is Sheldon as a 9 year old boy growing up in East Texas. Sheldon's dad is a high school football coach trying to understand his genius son. George Jr. struggles sharing high school classes with his 9 year old bother. Sheldon's twin sister Missy looks for attention. And his mom Mary fervently protects her son as he tries to fit in.

On CBS: S.W.A.T. series premiere November 2nd @ 10pm--
Cast: Shemar Moore as Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, Stephanie Sigman as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell as Jim Street, Jay Harrington as David "Deacon" Kay, Lina Esco as Christina "Chris" Alonso, Kenneth "Kenny" Johnson as Dominique Luca, and Peter Onorati as Mumford
The Premise: S.W.A.T. is a specialized tactical unit in Los Angeles led by Hondo who struggles to balance his loyalty to his neighborhood and his allegiance to his police brothers. Former Marine Hondo looks to bridge the gap between his two worlds. He leads a highly skilled team who has a rivalry with another L.A. based unit led by Mumford.

On NBC: Superstore season 3 premieres September 28th @ 8pm--
Coming Up: We'll hope for resolution to the Amy and Jonah kiss that ended last season. The hints are that it's going to be awkward between them. Could someone be dead following the tornado? The store will obviously look different this season. Mateo will have some major storylines this season.

On NBC: Chicago Fire season 6 premieres September 28th @ 10pm--
Coming Up: Season 6 will pick up where season 5 left off, and we as viewers will all have an immediate resolution to the fire that trapped Casey, Severide, Mouch, Herrmann, Otis, and Kidd. Not everyone will survive. The show will then jump to the summer and then to present time. Boden will face some tough moments in the opening episode as there's a fire at the high school Donna teaches at. Family will continue to influence how members of the firehouse behave. Cruz's brother will be back, Gaby's dad will be back, and Brett's friend will come to live with her. She's played by Eloise Mumford and she'll be sticking around this season. Look for a possible crossover later in the season.

Friday

On CBS: Blue Bloods season 8 premieres September 29th @ 10pm--
Coming Up: Mayor Poole resigned to Frank will have to deal with a new mayor. Jamie and Eddie will be promoted to detective, at least it's looking that way. Will this once again affect their relationship? Danny and his family had to deal with their home being set on fire at the end of the last season. They lost everything. Will this fire change their family dynamic? Danny still feels a great amount of guilt over what happened.

On FOX: Hell's Kitchen: All Stars season 17 premieres September 29th @ 8pm--
Coming Up: For the first time every, Hell's Kitchen is featuring an All Stars season!
Cast:
Robyn Almodovar from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Season 10, 6th place
Jared Bobkin from Troy, MI, Season 15, 4th place
Nicholas "Nick" Peters Bond from Newburyport, MA, Season 14, 5th place
Dana Cohen from Emerson, NJ, Season 10, 3rd place
Giovanni Filippone from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, Season 5, 6th place
Elise Harris from Newburyport, MA, Season 9, 3rd place
Vincent "Van" Hurd from South Glastonbury, CT, Season 6, 6th place
Benjamin Knack from San Antonio, TX, Season 7, 3rd place
Barbie Marshall from Strasburg, PA, Season 10, 4th place
Milly Medley from Philadelphia, PA, Season 14, 4th place
Ashley Nickell from Orlando, FL, Season 15, 3rd place
Jennifer Normant from Burlington, MA, Season 9, 5th place
Amanda "Manda" Palomino from Atlantic City, NJ, Season 15, 5th place
Michelle Tribble from New York, NY, Season 14, 3rd place
Joshua "Josh" Trovato from Los Angeles, CA, Season 14, 6th place
Benjamin "Ben" Walanka from Overland Park, KS, Season 5, 4th place

On The CW: Jane the Virgin season 4 premieres October 13th @ 9pm--
Coming Up: Jane's literary idol Isabel Allende will appear this season. Xo and Ro will have some baby drama to deal with instead of newlywed bliss.  Jane's parents prefer Adam for her over Rafael.

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