Monday, April 30, 2012

The Voice: The Elite Eight Battle It Out

Tony Lucca from Team Adam sang How Do You Like Me Now by The Heavy-- Blake felt it had a Robert Palmer feel and it was "badass". Christina thought it was fun and that he and Adam could start a Britney cover band. Cee Lo saw it as a pleasant surprise and became a fan. Adam was happy that Tony convinced him to do this song and said he killed it.
Great performance from Tony, he pushed it and did something different at just the right time.

Erin Willett from Team Blake sang Without You by David Guetta and Usher--  Christina thought it was bold of Erin to do this, she thought it was original, and was happy to see her emotionally involved. Blake admired the strength that she had and loved how she held it together during her performance.
I like Erin a lot, but a part of me feels like there were parts of this performance where she was screaming instead of singing. I praise her for her originality though.

Chris Mann from Team Christina sang Ave Maria-- Cee Lo said the incomparable Chris Mann, your voice is so powerful, stellar performance. Adam said you lend to the show's credibility, incredible job.
I have been waiting for a performance like this from Chris; I feel like this is the type of performance that puts you back in the running for the title.

Jamar Rogers from Team Cee Lo sang If You Don't Know Me By Now by Simply Red-- Adam said, I'm a fan of what you do. Blake appreciated the note at the end. Christina felt inspired to get up and sing. Cee Lo loves Jamar's story and thinks everyone will want to hear it to get to know him more.
Jamar pulled it out this week because he has big competition in Juliet Simms; they could go toe to toe. I've loved Jamar since American Idol Season 8 when he tried out and didn't make it. I don't say this often, but big mistake Simon, big mistake.

Jermaine Paul from Team Blake sang Open Arms by Journey-- Christina thought he killed it. Cee Lo loves hearing a strong male vocal and was impressed with him. Adam congratulated him and said he is no longer a backup singer. Blake said Jermaine is a frontrunner, he is the guy to beat, and he is peaking at the right time in this competition.
I have been a fan of Jermaine since he first came out to sing at the blind auditions. I am so thrilled that Blake has helped to develop him into the singer that was inside him all along. I hope he advances cause he deserves it.

Katrina Parker from Team Adam sang Killing Me Softly (With His Song) by The Fugees-- Blake loved her awesome tone. Christina said she has fallen in love with Katrina Parker throughout the course of the show. She urged Adam to take a look at Katrina Parker because she is a star.
I think Katrina and Ashley were the two most improved contestants on the show. Katrina is impressive; however, I actually have to agree with Christina that it was like Katrina trying to copy Lauryn Hill's version of the song.

Lindsey Pavao from Team Christina sang Skinny Love by Bon Iver--  Blake liked how Christina decided to take Lindsey back to her roots and where she came from.
This is the best I have heard Lindsey since the blind auditions. There is something so unusual and so original about her. Could she be the dark horse?

Juliet Simms from Team Cee Lo sang It's A Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown-- Adam called the performance special, unbelievable, and said that it captured all the judges. Christina said that song takes her back to when she sang it on the Grammy Awards. Cee Lo said, you killed it baby, you killed it.
I have been skeptical of Juliet for a while. I felt there was nothing that compared to her original performance of Oh Darlin'. It cemented me being a fan, but I had doubts with her performances going forward. She won me back tonight, her performance was memorable, she could have gone first and still received big votes because that's just how wonderful this vocal was.

My final four:
Team Adam Tony Lucca over Katrina Parker
Team Blake Jermaine Paul over Erin Willett
Team Cee Lo too close to call between Jamar Rogers and Juliet Simms
Team Christina Lindsey Pavao over Chris Mann

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