Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Reality Show Crazy! The Voice Edition

This television season, which commenced in Fall of 2011 has been one of the best to date. I have never been so torn as to which show to watch. My latest dilemma is that The Voice on NBC is pitted against Dancing With The Stars on ABC. DWTS is one of the few shows that I actually watch on ABC, in fact, other than General Hospital, Revenge, The Bachelor, and the upcoming series, Scandal, I like to stay clear of ABC. My feelings are still hurt by the way they handled the unfortunate and uncalled for demise of All My Children and One Life to Live. Rumor has it that Katie Couric, who will be getting her own show on ABC Daytime in Fall 2012 at 3pm (GH's current time slot) is so unhappy with the performance of her would be lead in show The Revolution that she wants that show to be taken off the air and General Hospital to move to the 2pm time slot to be her lead in instead. Soap fans everywhere are praying that this scenario will happen.

The Voice is, in a way, the anti American Idol. The funny thing is, I love both and wouldn't miss an episode if I can help it. I love the judges and the fact that they are artists who are currently on the charts right now. I love how itunes is such an integral part of the show. Basically, they're testing these artists out now and saying, how will they perform on the charts next to current popular artists. Over the past few weeks, the judges, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green have gone through their selection process beginning with the blind auditions. The blind auditions is one of the most clever things on reality TV right now. Truly, a voice should initially be judged by only the voice, it's everything, it's what really matters. The stage presence, the look, the style, the moves--- all those things can only come if you have the voice. We're in an age where we're starting to get away from auto tune and over producing a singer and instead we're beginning to push real talent. Singers like Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Usher embody that pure talent and the complete package. Next, the contestants moved onto the Battle Rounds where the judges cut their teams in half by having two artists on their team square off against one another.

These are the results we were left with:

Team Adam:
Tony Lucca won over Chris Cauley
Kim Yarbrough won over Whitney Myer
Pip won over Nathan Parrett
Katrina Parker won over Angel Taylor
Mathai won over Nicole Galyon
Karla Davis won over Orlando Napier

Team Blake:
Rae Lynn won over Adley Stump
Jordis Unga won over Brian Fuente
Charlotte Sometimes won over Lex Land
Jermaine Paul won over Alyx
Erin Willett won over Gwen Sebastian
Naia Kete won over Jordan Rager

Team Cee Lo:
Cheesa won over Angie Johnson
Jamar Rogers won over Jamie Lono
Juliet Simms won over Sarah Golden
Erin Martin won over The Shields Brothers
James Massone won over WADE
Tony Vincent won over Justin Hopkins

Team Christina:
Chris Mann won over Monique Benabou
Jesse Campbell won over Anthony Evans
Sera Hill won over Geoff McBride
Lindsay Pavao won over Lee Koch
Ashley de la Rosa won over Jonathas
Moses Stone won over The Line

Last night, the winners from the battle rounds of team Blake and team Christina performed for the public's votes for the first time this season. Viewers could vote by phone, text, online on Facebook or The Voice's official website, and by purchasing a contestant's song on itunes.

The performances:
*Jermaine Paul-- Living on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, I love this guy and I do want him to advance but I think this was the wrong choice of song for him.

*Chris Mann-- Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel, How far can an opera singer go in this competition is the real question?

*Rae Lynn-- Wake Up Call by Maroon 5, She is going to be country's new star. I loved this performance and I don't understand all those people who are saying it wasn't very good. It had energy, spunk, and her vocals were very rock country.

*Moses Stone-- Stronger/ Power by Kanye West, The vocals weren't so strong but Moses is an entertainer.

*Naia Kete-- Turning Tables by Adele, I love Naia's unique style but there were lots of pitchy moments in this. Will it be enough to pull her through?

*Lindsay Pavao-- Somebody That I Used To Know by Goyet, I love her voice, her tone is awesome, this is someone who I think would record an unreal record. She and Charlotte are similar but Lindsay is the stronger vocalist.

*Jordis Unga-- Alone by Heart, Jordis has been one of my favorites from the beginning. I think we need a female vocalist like her on the market.

*Sera Hill-- Find Your Love by Drake, Sera owned this performance, I don't think it was the best of the night, but enough to move on.

*Erin Willett-- Living in The City by Stevie Wonder, Erin probably turned in the best technical performance of the night. She has a voice, and she used it beautifully tonight.

*Ashley de la Rosa-- Right Through You by Alanis Morrisette, This young lady was probably the most improved performer of the night. She stepped it up in a big way.

*Charlotte Sometimes-- Mystery Business by Paramore, I didn't like this, and it's sad cause I liked Charlotte, but I agree with Adam saying there were some pitch problems.

*Jesse Campbell-- What a Wonderful World by Louie Armstrong, This is the one to beat, at least tonight, and definitely one of the tops in the competition. Jesse is in a class by himself, his phrasing was beautiful.

my predictions to go home: Charlotte and Naia for Team Blake and Chris and Moses for Team Christina

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