Monday, December 9, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Top 5 Give it a Go

James Wolpert performed With or Without You by U2-- O-M-G! I love this song. I love that James didn't sound like Bono singing that song because it made the performance stronger. His voice soared on the important parts. Adam said he was proud. Blake said that's one of his favorite songs too and Blake felt he needed a moment like that in the competition and said it's possible he dug himself out of the whole from being in the bottom 2 last week.

Will Champlin performed Carry On by F.U.N.-- Adam made an awesome song choice for Will. I loved Will's performance! It was so real and so authentic and he just went for it. You could tell that Will was really into the song choice. I loved the high note at the end. Adam said he is really proud of him and he could tell he felt good about it. Cee Lo said I'm pleased you felt so swaggy up there. I love anthems like that. Blake said letting your heart open up is gonna go a long way in this competition.

Jacquie Lee performed Angel by Sara McLachlan-- Christina made a little bit of a mistake choosing this I think. I found it a little slow and boring for Jacquie. Christina said she was blown away. She loved the dynamic she displayed and thought it was her best performance. Cee Lo enjoyed the sincerity of it all.

Cole Vosbury performed Shameless by Garth Brooks (written by Billy Joel)-- Loved this vocal, loved that the song was a mix between country and rock and roll and soul. It was perfect. Blake said he did an incredible job. Blake said that Cole suggested doing the song Shameless. Cee Lo said you perform every song like it's yours and that's what's special about you. You're a bonafied rock star.

Tessanne Chin performed Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel-- Wow, what a vocal, she may have just stamped her performance in the finals. Adam said I don't know what to say, that was crazy. Adam said knowing what's going on in your life, that's probably the most flawless and graceful performance I've ever heard on this show. Blake said, it's hard to argue with what Adam just said, you're an incredible singer.  

My predictions for the top three: Tessanne Chin, Cole Vosbury, and Will Champlin over James Wolpert by a sliver.

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Top 6 Take it Up a Notch

Coach's Choice:

Blake chose Rich Girl by Hall & Oates for Cole Vosbury-- Cole has a great voice and it didn't falter, but I found the song lyrically repetitive. I hope he has a second song to sing that can really showcase him just a little bit better than this did. Cee Lo said he loves Cole and considers him a friend. Adam said he is a big Hall & Oates fan and loved that version.

Adam chose Redemption Song by Bob Marley for Tessanne Chin-- Tessanne sang that song with so much conviction, grace, and experience. It was like she lived the words. Adam said that he was so immersed and lost in the song, and people understand the potency and power of not just Bob Marley but of Tessanne Chin.

Matthew Schuler from Team Christina chose The Story of My Life-- I thought this was a much better than last week for sure. I didn't think that there were as many vocal inflections as there could have been and therefore the vocal read a little flat for me. Christina and Adam both seemed very happy with the performance.

Will Champlin from Team Adam chose A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke-- Will's performance was certainly genuine. It had more of a rock feel as opposed to a soul feel, I would have liked more of the soul feel. Adam loved the optimism that came across in his performance as well as in his heart. Cee Lo loves that he has heart.

James Wolpert from Team Adam chose I Fell in Love With a Girl by The White Stripes-- Adam liked the simplicity and dialed back version of the song. Blake liked that the song had an acoustic feel to it. Like Blake, I am unfamiliar with the original song which Adam described as a crazy punk rock version. Again, this was a little bit of a boring song choice for me.

Christina chose Cry Baby by Janis Joplin for Jacquie Lee-- I love Jacquie's enthusiasm and emotion that she brings to every song. She has to be careful that she doesn't come across as screaming though. Christina loved her courage and said she left her heart on the stage. Cee Lo said he is convinced that she is a medium of some sort. He said she has made the most dynamic song choices of any artist. Adam said if this is you without your heart broken, what will you be like if it is?

Cole Vosbury from Team Blake chose Better Man by James Morrison-- Cole dedicated this song to his first love who he lost. Blake said if you don't get that girl back, something is wrong. Cole's vocal was so sincere and so warm. I truly felt his emotion shine through in that song. Cee Lo said his ears, eyes, and heart work because he sees how great Cole is now.

Tessanne Chin from Team Adam sang Unconditionally by Katy Perry-- I have to admit that near the beginning of the live shows, Tessanne fell off a little bit for me but she is back with a determination that is unmatched by almost any other contestant. I am feeling a Tessanne Chin finale. Adam said Katy Perry song's are usually big production numbers and I would normally be worried about that, but not with you.

Christina chose When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge for Matthew Schuler-- I am not sure about this, I didn't love it. It sounded a little dated for me, I like Matthew with a little bit of an edge. Christina told him to hang in there cause she has great ideas for him. Blake said he liked that he took it back to basics.

Adam chose Hey Brother by Avicii for Will Champlin-- I am so happy that he didn't do the song Wake Me Up! I liked this performance; the grit in his voice was awesome. Adam said he is such a powerful vocalist, and I always want to hear more from you. Blake liked the song and thought Will was cool.

Jacquie Lee from Team Christina chose The Voice Within by Christina Aguilera-- What a performance! She really brought it home, and she really displayed a maturity beyond her years. Christina said hearing Jacquie perform that song took her back and she sees so many similarities between her and Jacquie.

Adam chose I Would Do Anything for Love by Meatloaf for James Wolpert-- I loved that performance; James is so dramatic and yet for some reason, it works. He captures my attention every time and now I Would Do Anything for Love is going to be stuck in my head.  Adam said that James is sick and he got through it. Cee Lo told James he did a great job and really does rock opera so well. He said it's not overbearing and his confidence is so cool and it's another impressive performance on his part.

Who is at risk of going home?
 My heart says none of them.... my mind says Matthew and Jacquie are leaving us tomorrow and Team Adam and Team Blake will battle it out in the finale.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Eight Become Six, but did the right 2 go home?

James Wolpert performed Somebody to Love by Queen-- I like this performance but I think the judges went a bit overboard saying it was the best performance on The Voice. I think the performance was better than the vocal and there were other vocals tonight that were better than this. I call his performance, middle of the pack. 

Tessanne Chin performed Underneath it All by No Doubt-- This performance had so much authenticity and flavor that it was easily one of my favorite performances of the night. This was an awesome vocal; she was one of the best of the night. 

Caroline Pennell performed the Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine-- This should have been better than it was ultimately. Vocally, this song is intricate and unusual like Caroline but the chorus chewed her up and spit her out. It's like the song was too big for her for some reason and the song controlled her rather than she controlled the song. Unfortunately, I do understand why Caroline went home. 

Cole Vosbury performed I Still Believe in You by Vince Gill-- This was another strong vocal from Cole that just absolutely melted my heart. Blake chose an amazing song for him. The thing I continue to absolutely love about Cole is his versatility. He can sing everything-- one week he is singing a Miguel song and the next week he is singing a Vince Gill song. It's just absolutely unreal to me. I need to constantly remind myself that for his blind he performed the theme song to The Jefferson's and only Cee Lo turned for him. 

Matthew Schuler performed It's Time by Imagine Dragons-- I have liked Matthew since the beginning, but he is extremely lucky he didn't get sent home after this not well put together performance. This just was not the right song for him. It didn't come together as it usually does. Matthew is a unique talent, but this wasn't his bag at all. 

Will Champlin performed At Last by Etta James-- One of my favorite of the night. Will has probably experienced the most growth of any contestant in the competition. His vocal was strong, and I feel much like Adam in that he's so ambitious. He seems to continuously push for that higher note. Right now, I would like to see him in the finals. 

Ray Boudreaux sang Gimme Some Lovin' by The Spencer Davis Group-- This was a high energy performance and Ray's vocals were right now. I cannot explain why Ray went home except to say that maybe the public didn't catch on to his very original style. Like some of the judges, I loved Ray's swagger in this performance, and I truly wish him the best going forward. I am sorry to see him leave the competition at this stage. 

Jacquie Lee sang Who's Loving You by Smokey Robinson/ Michael Jackson-- Not the best I have seen or heard Jacquie but she continues to remain a contender. At only 16, she is the real deal. I love the notes she hits and her poise and maturity is impressive. She has this innate ability to convey adult emotions, and all the judges clearly understood that and commented on it. 


Monday, November 18, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Top 10 Are Pretty Awesome

Austin Jenckes sang Your Love by The Outfield-- Blake liked the slow build that happened throughout the song. Christina loved the ending. I agree with Christina, unexpected for me, he did well this week. Adam said that Austin has such an incredible range, but he wanted to feel more of the big, high notes. Cee Lo appreciates the fact that Austin makes him feel like a fan.

Jacquie Lee sang Clarity by Zed-- Christina loved seeing her in such a vulnerable setting. Cee Lo said she is one of the best that they have. Blake said it was so different to hear a broken down version of you. Adam praised Jacquie's gracefulness. I liked all the judges comments cause they do reflect how I am feeling.

Will Champlin sang Love Me Again by John Newman-- I loved that performance, the song was awesome, the vocal was hot. Adam said Will is a testament to hanging in there, and he said he loves Will and everyone should vote for him. Christina said she felt like he came into his own in this performance. Blake said you're such an accurate vocalist, I really think you're great, and I can't believe you're on Adams team cause I can't stand him.

Caroline Pennell sang Leavin' on a Jet Plane by John Denver-- I like Caroline, but I think she made a mistake choosing that song. I know Cee Lo and Adam were trying to be nice, but this is probably her weakest performance to date, and not a good time for her to have it.

Cole Vosbury sang To Be With You by Mr. Big-- Another amazing performance by Cole. He really knows how to choose the right songs and his voice is money. Blake said you sang the daylights out of that song. It was so acoustic and so about you, you nailed it. Adam said, I love that song, it took me back. Then he said, it broke my heart when you went to that fool's team. Cee Lo said, I genuinely support you, and I've seen you grow, you are more confident and more expressive.

Tessanne Chin sang If I Were Your Woman by Gladys Knight-- Tessanne was magical tonight, her voice just transported me somewhere so unbelievably surreal. Adam said thank you for trusting in me, you're a wonderful person, and I love you so much. Christina said you can do so much and I would love to hear more moments like this from you, I want to see the different dimensions of you.

Ray Boudreaux sang You Are the Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne-- Low key but satisfying performance, I am hoping Ray will be sticking around. I loved what Cole said about him, that he had never heard anyone have that style, swamp pop, that Ray has.

James Wolpert sang Without You by Harry Nilsson-- Agree with Adam in that James individualizes every single song and performance. It happens so much so that you want to buy that song or hear that album. Christina said he looked so dapper and Gatsby and that he had her for the whole performance. James has something that no one else has, I cannot put my finger on it, but there's this quality about him. I want to see James, Cole, and Matthew at the end of this thing.

Kat Roubichaud sang We Belong by Pat Benatar--  Cee Lo said he is so proud of her, it's exhilarating to see you be yourself and who you are. You're the new next thing. Adam said this was the Kat we were waiting to see, it was so elegant. The song was perfect for her, it was really right in her sweet spot vocally.

Matthew Schuler sang Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth feat. Emile Sande-- His performance absolutely left me breathless, what an incredible vocal and the emotion that just poured out, I am quite speechless.
Christina said you bring it every single week, you bring this place to a new buzz and a new energy. I am so connected to you. Adam said from the beginning this was no less than amazing. Adam said he is pretty sure he will have no problem finding a wife (Matthew said he was going to act like he was singing this song to the wife he hasn't found yet).

In the bottom this week..... tough call.... Caroline, Ray, Austin, and Kat are my predictions.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Top 12, Jonny and Josh head home, but was it deserved?


James Wolpert sang Mr. Brightside by The Killers-- As usual, James has impressed me once again. James has been on a hot streak for a few weeks now. To tell you the truth, I hope he continues with these consistent performances. Adam chose exactly the right song for him, it really played to his geek turned rocker style. The high note, Adam's suggestion, A--mazing!

Jacquie Lee sang Love is Blindness by U2-- Love how I hear so many other singers in Jacquie Lee but yet she remains her own singer and an original one at that. She has so much strength and maturity and she displays it every time she comes out and performs. I think if Jacquie continues down this road, she has a better than good chance of winning this.

Kat Robichaud sang Sail by AWOLNATION-- I enjoyed this performance more than I thought I would. Kat attacked it, and for the life of me, why was she in the bottom three? Besides having a great rock voice, she is an above par performer.

Matthew Schuler sang Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley-- I was so excited to see that Matthew was singing this, and hearing him sing it was a blessing. His voice was literally like a prayer, there was this surreal silence throughout the studio audience as he sang. I loved that Adam brought up the legacy that Matthew is preserving when he sings this song this beautifully and I could not agree more.

Cole Vosbury sang Adorn by Miguel-- Loved how Blake and Cole bonded over having siblings that were killed in car crashes. Oh..... my....goodness! This was an unreal performance, it literally brought tears to my eyes because it was so so beautiful. He brings so much versatility. I still cannot believe he was a one chair turn. The high note was awesome, the emotion was palpable. Cee Lo, who initially was the only one to pick him was so happy for him, and rightfully so.

Will Champlin sang Demons by Imagine Dragons-- Will was the last performer of the night, and he had so much passion. I loved how he put his heart and his soul into that performance so fully. I must mention that I realized something when Will finished singing and that's that all the artists in the top have something in common. They all have this unbounded love for music; it flows through their veins.


Tessanne Chin sang My Kind of Love by Emile Sande-- There's no doubt Tessanne has a strong voice, it's reminiscent of female vocalists today who power through performances and their voices just touch you. Tessanne reminds me of Rihanna at times, Kelly Clarkson, etc. The song was a little unrecognizable-- in other words, she could have picked something a little more popular and therefore relevant.

Ray Boudreaux sang All of Me by John Legend-- This was a nice switch for Ray. There were absolutely some parts of it that were pitchy, but there was also a real tenderness to it. His vocal was soft, precise, and the high notes were right on.

Josh Logan sang Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson-- Actually liked this performance. I know Christina told him to scale back on the ad-libs that he does throughout the songs, but I actually wish he hadn't because I think it cost him some valuable votes. I must wonder whether or not he would have been saved from the bottom three and ultimately elimination if he had poured it on a little bit thicker.

Jonny Grey sang Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins--Ok now, I have finally heard the performance that supposedly sent Jonny home. While I think the arrangement was a little weak and the song choice was certainly not the best, I don't know that he deserved to go home after this, especially taking past performances into consideration.


Caroline Pennell sang Wake Me Up by Avicii-- I found this performance boring at best and not much different than all the other songs she has tackled in this competition. Caroline is a favorite of mine because her voice makes me feel like  I am wearing a warm fuzzy sweater, but if she doesn't step it up she'll be going home soon.

Austin Jenckes sang It's a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt-- This is a performance where the song choice was a little bit too cookie cutter for me. I still like Travis, and I don't think he should have been voted out either because he just has so much heart, and he's such a nice person. This wasn't the song for him though. I would love to see him do some Bruce Springsteen or John Mellencamp.

Who was your pick to go home last week? Did Jonny and Josh deserve to go home?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Live Rounds-- Team Christina and Team Cee Lo

From Team Cee Lo: Amber Nicole singing Wasting All These Tears by Cassadee Pope-- I feel like this was the wrong song and she messed up in several places and was under pitch for the majority of it. The coaches are not good at being critical when they need to be, it's a little bit of a let down cause Amber would benefit from this information.

From Team Cee Lo: Jonny Gray singing Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve-- This performance was disappointing considering how talented Jonny is. The song didn't build, it didn't go anywhere so it was a challenge for him to showcase his vocals. I agree with Cee Lo, a sound like Jonny's is rare, but he didn't capitalize with this performance. Hopefully he'll stick around based on the fact that Amber had a more weak performance than he.

From Team Cee Lo: Tamara Chauniece singing I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor-- Tamara's vocals were good, but this song has been overdone, and I would have liked to see Tamara sing something a little more contemporary than this. Adam and Blake both complimented her vocals.

From Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud singing She Keeps Me Warm by Mary Lambert-- This is my favorite performance so far from a member of Team Cee Lo. Kat has authentic rock star quality to her. I was waiting for her to give more, and I think that's what Christina was getting at in her comments to Kat. Adam felt similar in that he wished she kicked it into a different gear.

From Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell singing We're Going to be Friends by The White Stripes-- I genuinely enjoyed this performance by Caroline. She has such a soothing quality to her voice. Blake said she could be singing about killing people and he would still be skipping around the stage. Adam felt that she really came into her own tonight, I feel like she did it before tonight, but I understand his point. It's like her having consistent performance after performance isn't just luck, she has real talent.

From Team Christina: Josh Logan singing Crazy by Knarls Barkley-- I absolutely loved the phrasing and his vocal. Cee Lo was honored that he did his record, and said good job. Adam thought that the wordiness of the song was overwhelming his experience, but he is a huge fan. Christina thought the way that Josh performed it was so original, and she loves the way he ad libs everything.

From Team Christina: Olivia Henken singing Roar by Katy Perry-- They hardly talked to anyone about Olivia's performance except for Blake and Christina who both offered not much feedback. It was a nice performance, but again, what was special about it? I am unsure of that.

From Team Christina: Stephanie Anne Johnson singing Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles-- Loved Stephanie's performance. I feel like this is what I was waiting for from her; it was so strong. Cee Lo said he was entertained, amazed, and jealous. He felt she commanded the crowd. Adam liked how she opened up the song and changed it; he respected it and thought it was a really great performance. He said it's a song he loves because he reveres Ray so much. Christina says Stephanie can do it all and loves all the great jazz skills that she has.

From Team Christina: Matthew Schuler singing Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus-- This young man has an opportunity to win this whole thing. He is so powerful in his vocal and delivery; he absolutely 100% slays every song he sings. Cee Lo said you make me so sick, I hate how much I love you, you did a great job. Adam said three hearts just broke. He said it makes me angry cause you're not on my team. Blake said this is the guy, forget you, you're so good. Christina said they don't like you cause they love you. You bring such charisma and emotion.

From Team Christina: Jacquie Lee singing I Put a Spell on You by Screamin' Jay Hawkins-- And with that electrifying-ly energetic performance from Jacquie, I say, see you Olivia! That vocal from someone who is 16 is far beyond her years; that was fierce. Cee Lo said Oh my God Jacquie, dang, that was the absolute best. It was past, present, and future, and you are the future. Adam said you were tremendous, the emotion and how connected you were. Christina said I am honored to be your coach, I just love you, you're an old soul.

I think Olivia is going home from Team Christina and Amber or Tamara are going home from Team Cee Lo.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17, Weeks 7 and 8: The Injustice

Sorry to say it, but it's hard to write about something that brings so much unhappiness, but sometimes it feels better to get it all out. One week ago, one Nicole Polizzi, aka Snookie, was voted off Dancing with the Stars. Last night, Brant Daugherty from Pretty Little Liars, pretty in his own right, was voted off Dancing. My point in telling you this is to tell of the injustice of it all. There were other amateurs who should have gone home before either one of them. I will tell you who by process of elimination-- Elizabeth shouldn't have gone home, neither should have Corbin, and as much as I like everyone else, they are all fair game in my book to go home. I might save Amber, even though I think the judges have made her out to be better than what she really is.

When I was thinking of the finals, I was thinking of Elizabeth, Corbin, and Brant. This isn't a case of me being unhappy cause I didn't get what I wanted. This is a case of growth and when you watch these people dance every week you look for who experiences that the most. What was difficult about this season is that everyone started at a similar level so it was difficult to see a front-runner emerge.

It's not the fault of the judges, they're scoring accordingly, it's really the fact that the public is voting based on popularity rather than on talent, growth, potential, etc.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Time for the Live Shows!

Tonight is Team Blake and Team Adam and tomorrow night will be Team Cee Lo and Team Christina--

Up first...

From Team Blake: Shelbie Z. singing Fancy by Reba-- This was a good performance, but I didn't find anything special about it. Christina made this weird comment about how she liked Shelbie's growls; I feel like if she really did like the performance, she could have found something else to comment on.

From Team Adam: James Wolpert singing A Case of You by Joni Mitchell-- That was amazing. What phenomenal feeling and the vocal was so special. Blake said to come out and perform acoustically like that and then to have the amazing vocals too, congratulations. Christina complimented his vocal range. Adam commented on how he bounced back and did something so bold and so elegant, he said he could not be any more proud of him.

From Team Blake: Nic Hawk singing Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke-- Nic remains entertaining and really knows how to get the crowd going. I love that quality about him cause Shelbie wasn't able to do that. Christina said he did it all, and fabulous job. Cee Lo said Nic is one of his favorites and he did a great job. Adam said seeing Nic was bittersweet cause he shouldn't have let him go, you're so fun to watch and I'm proud of you. Blake said that Nic does everything he could do as a performer.

From Team Blake: Ray Boudreaux singing Home by Marc Broussard-- So far, Shelbie is the weak link because Ray's performance was so strong. The vocal was that thing he is so good at "swamp pop", his voice is just so gritty. Christina thought it was his best yet. Cee Lo called him "sugar Ray" and thought it was great. Adam thought it was really excellent and talked about how he toured with Marc Broussard on one of his first tours. Blake said you're doing so much good for your heart with that performance.

From Team Blake: Austin Jenckes singing She Talks to Angels by The Black Crowes-- I need to totally echo these judges in that Austin brings so much emotion to each performance. And The Voice truly does have the best talent of any singing show on TV right now. Christina loved the performance. Cee Lo loved his effortlessness and his conviction and commitment to the performances. Adam loved the song and has loved Austin from the beginning and offered to take him out on a Harley ride. Blake loved his heart and the fact that he gave 150%.

From Team Adam: Grey singing Still Into You by Paramore-- This was such a fun performance by Grey, loved the free quality that the vocal had. Blake wished he could steal Grey and thought she did a great job. Adam said Blake was rambling like a maniac cause he likes her so much, everyone does. He thought this was the perfect song for her.

From Team Adam: Will Champlin singing Secrets by One Republic-- Will is so flippin' talented. I loved his vocals, how he played the piano and he put his spin on the song. Christina said she is routing for him and he hit the money note. Cee Lo thought it was a dynamic performance. Adam said he has a special gift with his voice and put on the performance of his life tonight.

From Team Adam: Preston Pohl singing Nothin' on You by B.O.B. featuring Bruno Mars-- I love that the Voice is called what it is because when I close my eyes and hear someone like Preston, I think about Mowtown, particularly someone like David Ruffin. He's just special, wow. Blake said it was right in the pocket and he has so much passion and the pitch is perfect, it was so good, studly. Lol. Christina said you make everything you sing sound classic and old school. Cee Lo said, I thought I could have coached you better, but you did a great job. Adam said you covered all ground, no one in this competition has what you have, it can't be coached.

From Team Blake: Cole Vosbury singing Maggie May by Rod Stewart-- For me, Cole is another person in this competition who just has such a unique voice, and every time I hear him I like him more. Christina said she was so shocked that he was a one chair turn! Cee Lo said I still love you unconditionally, I support you to the end, even if it means me losing. Adam said I'm a stupid person, I'm an idiot. You're so good, and it's one of my favorite songs, and I wish there was a button I could press to get you on my team. Blake said you're good for this show, I feel like you're someone who could win the whole thing and I am lucky enough to have you on my team.

From Team Adam: Tessanne Chin singing Many Rivers to Cross by Jimmy Cliff-- Christina said I've been a fan from day one. Cee Lo said you're one of my favorites, you remind me that I'm alive. Adam said, talent aside, you have a golden soul. Your talent is mind boggling, I don't even know where to start. Vocally, it doesn't get better than what you just did.

Sadly, I think two women are going home Wednesday... Sheblie Z. and Grey... It's hard to say this cause everyone is just so strong, but this is my prediction.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Impressive Knockout Round Performances

Team Adam: Lina Gaudenzi singing I'd Rather Go Blind by Etta James vs. Preston Pohl singing No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley-- the result: Adam chose Preston.-- Ultimately, if only one of them could be chosen, Preston deserved it more than Lina, but this performance by Lina was unforgettable. This song absolutely fit her like a glove. Preston had such an effortless performance that was full of vocal control which is what Blake commented on. Christina liked Preston but not the song; however, she loved Lina's performance and phrasing.

Team Blake: EG Daily singing I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt vs. Ray Boudreaux singing Hard to Handle by Otis Redding-- the result: Blake chose Ray.-- I agree. This was a no contest situation. EG has a great voice, but Ray has something different, and that's what we as listeners look for today. Blake ended up choosing Ray cause EG had that unfortunate break in her voice.

Team Christina: Anthony Paul singing The Other Side by Jason Derulo vs. Jacquie Lee singing Stompa by Serena Ryder-- the result: Christina chose Jacquie.-- I agree, another no contest. Anthony chose the wrong song here. I love Jason Derulo and love the song, but it's too stylized for him to sing and interpret himself. Jacquie on the contrary, sang a song I've never heard before, but owned it.  Cee Lo points out how nervous Anthony was and how impressive Jacquie's range was. Christina chose Jacquie and felt bad the song didn't work out for Anthony.

Team Cee Lo: Stephanie Anne Johnson singing Don't Know Why by Norah Jones vs. Tamara Chauniece singing No One by Alicia Keys-- the result: Cee Lo chose Tamara and Christina surprisingly stole back Stephanie. I say surprisingly because there were a lot of issues with her performance. Tamara, on the other hand, was compared to a young Anita Baker by Cee Lo. I see that.

Team Adam: James Wolpert singing More Than a Feeling by Foreigner vs. Juhi singing Heard it Through the Grapevine by Creedence Clearwater Revival-- the result: I wish Christina would have stole Juhi rather than Stephanie. I am torn over Adam choosing James cause this wasn't a strong performance, but he's had strong performances in the past. It seemed like many of the other coaches would have chosen Juhi.

Team Blake: Austin Jenckes singing I'll Be by Edwin McCain vs. Brandon Chase singing Even if it Breaks Your Hearts by Eli Young Band-- the result: Blake chose Austin. This was a tough one too. Christina kind of brought up the fact that both of them had vocal issues. Blake brought up that Austin was sharp and Brandon was flat and he felt like being sharp was better than being flat. I hope that Austin focuses on moving forward from his backstory because if he doesn't, it could hold him back.

Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell singing The Way I Am by Ingrid Michelson vs. George Horga Jr. singing Because of You by Neyo-- the result: Sadly, George's dream comes to an end. Caroline was the right choice here though. As Blake said, Caroline makes me want to curl up in bed with a cup of hot cocoa. Now there's a sight, but I get what he means, she makes me feel the same way.

Team Christina: Matthew Schuler singing Cosmic Love by Florence + the Machine vs. Will Champlin singing If I Was Your Man by Bruno Mars-- the result: Christina chose Matthew and wow was this performance amazing, and Adam stole back Will to his team without question. Matthew is really continuing to slay every performance. He's nothing short of impressive, and this is nothing short of the best performance of the season so far. The vocal was stunning, and it was a cover of the song that was really quite powerful. Will was great too, and deserved to be stolen back. He held his own against Matthew.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Knockout Rounds Add a Twist

This season, the twist added to the knockout round is that each coach will have one steal, one final push to form that perfect team for the live rounds.

I've decided that the format I would like to take for the knockouts is to give the results and then say why I do or don't agree with that result.

Up first,

Team Christina: Amber Nicole singing Mama Knows Best by Jesse J. vs. Josh Logan singing Living for the City by Stevie Wonder-- the result: Christina chose Josh and Blake and Cee Lo tried to steal Amber and she chose Cee Lo-- I agree because both of them were amazing. The only way I would have been upset is if either one of them went home. Amber absolutely owned the vocal and performance, at only 17, this is impressive. I would argue that she sang the song better than Jesse J. She's someone who has clearly been underestimated in this competition. Josh had the actual smoothness of Stevie singing that song. It's tough to find a critique when something is flawless.

Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud singing You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette vs. Monika Leigh singing Hit the Road Jack by  Ray Charles-- the result: Cee Lo chose Kat, and Monika was sent home.-- I agree, Kat had the stronger vocal and the stronger performance here. It seemed like Kat's been doing this forever, and I liked how she left it all out on the stage. Adam called her a rock star, so true, and Christina gave her a standing ovation. Monika has that sultry voice but her vocal lacked a little.

Team Blake: Holly Henry singing Creep by Radiohead vs. Nic Hawk singing Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera-- the result: Blake chose Nic, and early favorite Holly was sent home.-- Completely agree! Nic had the better vocal, the more original arrangement, and he's the stronger performer. Holly's breathy vocal didn't hold up here; she was pushing so hard that it created all these pitch problems with the performance. Christina loved that Nic made her song his own, and Adam said he loves and misses having Nic on his team. No one mentioned Holly's pitchyness.

Team Adam: Ashley DuBose singing Hey Soul Sister by Train vs. Tessanne Chin singing Stronger by Kelly Clarkson-- the result: Adam chose Tessanne, and another early favorite, Ashley was sent home.-- I didn't love Tessanne's interpretation of the song, but it doesn't matter because she had the better vocal, and she deserved to move forward. Ashley forfeited her opportunity because she chose a song that wouldn't challenge her enough vocally. Adam said he was looking for someone who could win, and Tessanne just happened to prove it more.

Team Blake: Briana Cuoco singing Don't Speak by No Doubt vs. Shelbie Z. singing Last Name by Carrie Underwood-- the result: Blake chose Shelbie, and Briana was sent home.-- I agree because Briana's vocal was nothing to write home about. She had some pitch problems and her voice wasn't strong enough. Shelbie, on the other, although sounding like an impression of Carrie Underwood, does have a great voice. Her vocal is undeniable, and I think part of that has to do with Shelbie's confidence which Christina commented on. Cee Lo also said he loves her charm, and Briana seemed to lack some personality.

Team Adam: Grey singing Already Gone by Kelly Clarkson vs. James Irwin singing Breakeven by The Script-- the result: Adam chose Grey, and James was sadly sent home.-- This is actually a decision I struggle to agree with. Both contestants struggled in the performances, and both of them had shining moments. I am unsure of why Adam would pick one over the other, I mean obviously he has to, but there's a part of me that would pick James because as Christina said, he is so improved. Blake also said he would have given it to James

Team Christina: Destinee Quinn singing See You Again by Carrie Underwood vs. Olivia Henken singing You're No Good by Linda Ronstadt-- the result: Christina chose Olivia, and Destinee was sent home.-- I have to agree unfortunately, and I say that because I really like Destinee but her performance was shaky. She was full of emotion but the vocals were off at times. I actually agree with Adam's assessment that they were dead even. Destinee had the emotion and Olivia had the vocal. I agree ultimately, I just don't like how Olivia is so pageanty at times.

Team Cee Lo: Cole Vosbury singing Let Her Go by Passenger vs. Jonny Gray singing We Can Work It Out by The Beatles-- the result: Cee Lo chose Jonny and Blake and Adam tried to steal Cole who ended up choosing Blake.-- Completely agree. Cole impressed me in a way I never thought I would be. He has vocals. There is something special about Jonny, no matter what song he sings. Cee Lo talks about his voice being one of activism like Bob Dylan. I can see it, and I can hear it, and I can feel it.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Are These the Best Battles Ever?

Team Cee Lo: Jonny Gray vs. Shawn Smith singing Refugee by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-- Adam said that he believed every single thing that both of them said, and added that he'd probably go with Jonny. Blake said it was hot and neither one of them held anything back, and he loved Shawn. Christina said they were both feeling it, and that her biggest regret is not pushing for Jonny. Cee Lo said he felt the soldier in that song from both of them. He picked Jonny to move forward. Jonny said that he and Shawn will be lifelong friends. Jonny was the right choice here but I felt the passion from both of them. I feel like this was quite possibly the best battle ever.

Team Adam: Barry Black vs. Preston Pohl singing I Wish it Would Rain by The Temptations-- Blake liked Barry and thought that it just worked. Christina said Preston has the type of voice that cannot be taught in vocal lessons and felt he won. Cee Lo said that Preston sounded just like David Ruffin. Adam said when he heard Preston he got goosebumps and it made him think about people like Otis Redding, guys who really moved him. Adam chose Preston, and I couldn't agree more with his decision. That being said, I wonder if Cee Lo should have stolen Barry.

Oh no, now for the montage....

Holly Henry vs Cilla Chan sing “Torn” for Team Blake. Holly wins the battle
Emily Randolph vs Brandon Chase sing “Tiny Dancer” also for Team Blake Brandon wins the battle.
Tamara Chauniece vs. Keaira LaShae sing “Big Girls Don’t Cry” for Team Cee Lo. Tamara wins the battle.

Team Christina: Olivia Henken vs. Stephanie Anne Johnson singing Done by The Band Perry-- I feel like this song was most definitely suited to Olivia. Stephanie is more of a soul/ jazz singer, so the song was more difficult for her. Adam goes with Stephanie cause he likes her grit. Blake likes Olivia, Adam thinks it's cause she looks like Miranda. Cee Lo also liked Stephanie. Christina finally chose Olivia and Cee Lo stole Stephanie; she deserved it.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 6.... Surprise at the End

Bill and Emma danced the Tango-- This was beyond weird because the music threw me off, it seemed like this shouldn't have been the song choice for this type of dance. Len praised all the content in that piece. Carrie Ann found it strangely odd, but liked it. Bruno blamed the timing issues on the music.
Scores: 8, 8, 7= 23 out of 30

Elizabeth and Val danced the Cha Cha Cha-- I just loved this number, I love the relationship that has formed from this dance partnership. I think as the pro, Val completely trusts Elizabeth. Bruno said it was so sexy, it just killed him, and it was so sharp and brilliant. Carrie Ann said Val tapped into her strength, and she grows every week. Len said they have such a formidable partnership and they're always consistent.
Scores: 10, 10, 10= 30 out of 30 (first perfect score of the season)

Leah and Tony danced the Quickstep-- I do think this was a definite improvement over last week. At times, I found the dance to be on pause, but Leah's personality sold it. Carrie Ann said it was the biggest turnaround she has seen. Len praised their quickstep. Bruno said Leah was like Ginger and he thought she was confident. Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Tango-- This was an awesome tango, especially if we're comparing it to the other tango done on the same night. I loved the intensity of it. Bruno called Brant the prince of darkness and loved to see him driving the dance as a leading man. Bruno said it was the best performance wise but he lost balance a couple of times. Len found it crisp and liked how it went straight into the tango. Carrie Ann said technique wise it was awesome, but he did stumble a couple of times.
Scores: 9, 10, 9= 29 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Samba-- For some reason, I don't get as excited when Amber dances as other people do. I found this dance a tad repetitive. Bruno said the performance value was great and she got all the components of the Samba were there. Carrie Ann called it Amberlicious. Len said what I thought-- a tad repetitive, good for you for saying it Len.
Scores: 10, 8, 10= 28 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Paso Doble-- There were parts that looked a little off, but there were parts of it that looked great. I loved the attitude of the dance and the details of the dance. It was focused and traditional. Carrie Ann said it had the intensity that it felt one dimensional. Len thought it was full of intent and purpose. He saw one mistake but felt the rest was top notch. Bruno felt his timing wasn't good, he was chasing the music.
Scores: 8, 9, 8= 25 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Foxtrot-- Len said he is happy with that dance. Bruno said she graduated from charm school, and had elegance and moved with such grace. He told her to keep her extension all the way though. Carrie Ann said she has improved the most of anybody, and that she is impressed. I agree with Carrie Ann's comment, it's evident that she has worked hard to improve with each passing week.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Viennese Waltz-- The choreography was beautiful for sure; it looked like a movie. I do think it took away from the technique of the dance. Bruno thought it was epic but his lines were lost. Carrie Ann liked what they were going for but there needed to be more hold. She liked the passion of it. Len liked the lyrical movement and the theme that ran through it, but there wasn't enough technique.
Scores: 8, 7, 8= 23 out of 30

Elizabeth & Val- 30/30
Brant & Peta- 28/30
Amber & Derek- 28/30
Snooki & Sasha- 27/30
Leah & Tony- 27/30
Jack & Cheryl- 25/30
Corbin & Karina- 23/30
Bill & Emma- 23/30

And the big surprise is that no one is going home because somehow the votes were inaccurate. So next week, is it possible 2 people are going home? My prediction is that it's Bill and Emma and Jack and Cheryl

Monday, October 21, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Battles Continue

Team Christina: Josh Logan vs. Michael Lynch singing Harder to Breathe by Maroon 5-- I actually really liked this battle, and the song choice was awesome. Cee Lo liked their confidence and effortlessness; he thought that Josh actually sounded a lot like Adam. Blake thought Josh did have a more masculine voice and look in comparison to Adam. Adam thought it was really fun and both did an amazing job; he said this song was his baby and they did it well. Christina praised both of them-- she said she adores Michael and said Josh has a lot of soul. Christina chose Josh to move forward.

Team Cee Lo: George Horga Jr. vs Juhi singing The Best I Ever Had by Gavin DeGraw-- The energy that both of them brought was awesome. I think in terms of growth, George has grown more. Adam thought Juhi showed range and George showed resiliency. Blake said something jumps out at him about Juhi. Christina thought both of them brought the song alive. Cee Lo said Juhi is like a young Einstein. He said George comes here with a brave heart to pursue a passion, and Cee Lo appreciated that. Adam stole Juhi and said he feels like he won the lottery. I think it's awesome that George was so happy that Juhi got stolen.

Team Blake: Austin Jencks vs. Brian Pounds singing To Love Somebody by The Bee Gees-- I liked it, but it was slightly boring as far as song choice. Christina and Cee Lo both connected with Austin more, but felt they both did well. Adam agreed, he felt Austin just took the record somewhere that he preferred. Blake chose Austin to move forward cause he left his heart right there on the stage.

Team Adam: James Irwin vs. Matt Cermanski singing Counting Stars by One Republic-- I loved this battle, the song was hot, and I think the energy was totally there. Blake thinks Matt has the bigger voice, but James has better pitch. Cee Lo chose James whereas Christina liked Matt. Adam reminded them that they are both comeback kids. Adam said it was a flawed performance so whoever moves on will have work to do. He went with James, and I think that was the right decision.

Team Christina: Destinee Quinn vs. Lina Gaudenzi singing I'm Not Ready to Make Nice by The Dixie Chicks-- I think they both were touched by the song and they tapped into the emotion that went along with it. Cee Lo felt liked Destinee lived the song. Adam felt the song didn't lack emotion, but technically there were flaws. He felt Lina had more vocal chops. Blake basically agreed with Adam. Christina was moved by the fact that Destinee was so moved and so she had to go with her. Adam stole Lina though.

Team Adam: James Wolpert vs. Will Champlin singing Radioactive by Imagine Dragons-- Amazing! Probably, almost most definitely the best battle I have heard on the voice. Both young men brought it. Blake said James surprised him more cause he doesn't look the part. Christina felt Will was right on pitch from the beginning. Cee Lo felt James' style was so unassuming, he was intrigued. Adam felt Will was a surprise, but felt there was room for both men in this competition-- I agree. Adam chose James for his team cause he feels like he can do anything. Christina scooped Will up for her team.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 5, Memories ... Memories

Christina and Mark danced the Cha Cha Cha; Christina's most memorable year was 2010-- I loved Christina in this dance. I thought it was an absolute travesty that Christina was eliminated. No offense, there are others who deserved to go before her. She even got a 10 from Len in this dance which is the real shame in it. Len thought it was fantastic and had great technique. Carrie Ann loves watching Christina, but felt tonight was something special for her.
Scores: 9, 10, 9= 28 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Waltz; Jack's most memorable year was 2012-- Jack and Cheryl both looked so elegant and smooth in this piece. Cheryl has done such a beautiful job with him. Bruno thought his dancing was good. Carrie Ann said it took her breath away. Len appreciated how much of the vault was done in hold, and felt it was fabulous for the most part.
Scores: 9, 9, 9=27 out of 30

Leah and Tony danced Contemporary; Leah's most memorable year was 2013-- I liked the concept of the dance, it may have been a bit simple but it was good. I thought the meaning was better than the dance itself. Carrie Ann liked the concept and the message behind the dance. She didn't think it was seamless though and felt it was movement to lift to movement to lift. Len agreed and felt it was good not great and thought the lifts were labored. Bruno felt like Leah fought through it.
Scores: 7, 7, 8= 22 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Foxtrot; Corbin's most memorable year was 2011-- That dance was absolutely magical, it had amazing flow and just glided across the floor. Len said Corbin is a terrific dancer and he feels that no matter what dance Corbin gets, he masters the character of the dance completely. He said in the foxtrot he had fluid lines and was great in hold and had great footwork! Wow, Len is so complimentary and Corbin seems so grateful for Len's comments. Bruno said Corbin is the love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen. Carrie Ann, a.k.a, the lift police knocks a point off because she believes Karina's foot came off the floor at the beginning. I watched it back, and it didn't.
Scores: 9, 9, 10= 28 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Viennese Waltz; Bill's most memorable year was 1982-- It was an honest dancer, but at the same time, it was also very basic. I think it's nice though that he danced in memory of his wife. Carrie Ann said that Bill was a little off timing but it touched her soul. Len agreed with Carrie Ann but liked him in hold and said he kept his frame. Bruno liked how he wore his heart on his sleeve.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced Jazz; Nicole's most memorable year is 2012-- I am in complete agreement with Carrie Ann, Nicole does surprise me every week. I don't expect her to pull off the moves that she does. I thought Sasha's choreography was in, and he really made this dance play to Nicole's strengths. Len said the lifts were clean, it had energy and attack, and it was fun to watch. Bruno proclaimed that Nicole works hard for the money and he loved it.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced Contemporary; Brant's most memorable year is 2009-- Carrie Ann felt like every movement came from a true place of passion. Len liked the passion, interaction, and chemistry. Bruno appreciated Brant's dedication to the dance. I think he and Peta just make a great team in terms of how they connect when they dance. They have a special chemistry and I think it extends beyond dancing, I think they'd be friends in life.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Foxtrot; Amber's most memorable year is 2009-- I love how Amber's personality is so big that it makes each dance so original. Bruno said it was utterly sensational and said that Amber is here to say and called her a star. Carrie Ann liked how the number was acted. Len didn't feel the dance was in hold, he loves her personality and still calls her a star but he didn't think there was enough foxtrot.
Scores: 9, 7, 10= 26 out of 30

Elizabeth and Val danced the Jive; Elizabeth's most memorable year is 2012-- I thought this dance was fun, and I could tell that both Elizabeth and Val were having fun dancing it and therefore it was entertaining. Carrie Ann felt that the kicks were a little soft. Len disagrees with Carrie Ann and felt Elizabeth did great and thought the kicks were sharp, fun, and exact. Bruno had incredible fun watching her routine.
Scores: 8, 9, 9= 26 out of 30

Week 5 Judges’ Leaderboard:
Christina & Mark- 28/30
Corbin & Karina- 28/30
Brant & Peta- 27/30
Jack & Cheryl- 27/30
Snooki & Sasha- 27/30
Elizabeth & Val- 26/30
Amber & Derek- 26/30
Bill & Emma- 24/30
Leah & Tony- 22/30

Despite the fact that Christina had the highest score, she was still sent packing in week five. I sure am scared for Leah and Bill in week six. I am really looking for Elizabeth to step up as well as Leah should she stay.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Voice Season 5: The Battles Begin

Team Adam: Grey vs. Nic Hawk singing Domino by Jessie J.-- Ryan Tedder is the adviser for Team Adam this season.-- I loved this battle, it was so entertaining and so well sung. I hope that whoever doesn't get chosen gets a steal from another coach. Blake said he doesn't know how Adam could not go with Nic. Christina said she was going to go with consistent vocals and chose Grey as the winner of this battle. Cee Lo likes what Nic brings to the stage but loved that Grey was wearing black and red. Adam thought Grey's voice is effortless and Nic brings energy and character. Adam picked Grey as the winner of the battle. Blake stole Nic calling Adam an idiot.

Team Christina: Amber Nicole vs. Timyra Joi singing Listen by Beyonce-- Ed Sheeran is the adviser for Team Christina this season.-- Wow, those two girls just lit up the stage at 17 and 15 respectively, amazing. Their voices, range, and performances were just so impressive. Cee Lo called it unbelievable from both of them. He loved the warmth of Amber's voice but was impressed with the cut of Timyra's voice. Adam loved the tallness of Timyra's voice. Blake said the fact that Christina was crying was a win for both of them. Christina said she lives in the moment and chooses on gut instinct and picked Amber as the winner of the battle.

Team Blake: Justin Chain vs. Shelbie Z. singing Don't You Wanna Stay by Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson-- Cher is the adviser for Team Blake this season.-- Another awesome vocal; I loved them both but I would give this to Justin. Christina thought they were a great duet pairing and they blended so well. Cee Lo felt they both did a great job. Adam said the best battles are the ones that don't seem like battles because the two people singing act as a unit. Adam gave Justin the edge being that Shelbie went sharp. Blake felt Justin did better singing this song than he did. I am surprised Adam didn't steal Justin. Blake chose Shelbie.

Team Cee Lo: Anthony Paul vs. Caroline Pennell singing As Long As You Love Me by Justin Bieber-- Miguel is the adviser for Team Cee Lo this season. I echo Adam, that was awesome. I loved the dynamics in that song, each of them knew when to lay it on real thick and when to pull back. Adam said they killed it, the pitch was incredible and the feeling and emotion was there too. Adam would choose Caroline because we were bought to a special world. Blake said Adam was right about pitch, and was most impressed with Anthony. Christina said she felt the heart in that performance from both of them, and they each brought their own thing to the performance. I want to say I loved Cee Lo's line in which he said, Caroline, your voice allows me to dream with my eyes open, and he ended up choosing her. Christina stole Anthony Paul.

Team Adam: Donna Allen vs. Tessanne Chin singing Next to Me by Emile Sande-- I thought in this battle Donna had the stronger voice. Blake felt he had to go with Donna on this. Christina felt that Donna was like Tina Turner and was impressed with Tessanne's range. Cee Lo felt that he would choose Tess but was impressed with Donna's range. Adam compared Donna to Tina Turner and said Tessanne is just effortless. Adam chose Tessanne.

Team Christina: Briana Cuoco vs. Jacquie Lee singing House of the Rising Sun by The Animals-- Adam said he went back and forth but didn't know how to choose. Blake was impressed with the control in Jacquie's voice, but felt Briana captured the song. I have never been particularly impressed with Bri but the coaches seem to really like this girl. Christina chooses Jacquie but Cee Lo and Blake try to steal Bri and she ends up choosing Blake.

Team Christina: Jacob Poole vs. Matthew Shuler singing My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em' Up) by Fall Out Boy-- I loved both of these guys and I think the other judges are crazy for not stealing him. Ed Sheeran gave awesome advice and got so much out of both artists. They both have so much energy when they perform. Adam calls it a musical ass whoopin', but thinks it's a draw and that no one got their ass whooped on the stage. Cee Lo said that the average artist could not perform at that level of internsity and still keep their vocal chops the way that they did. Blake said Jacob was a one chair turn and was more impressed with what he did up there. Christina felt both men were crazy talented, but went with Matt. What I felt was even more surprising like I said was the fact that no one stole Jacob. Big mistake!

Team Cee Lo: Kat Robichaud vs. R. Anthony singing I Don't Want to Miss a Thing by Aerosmith-- Wow, well, no one really impressed me too much. I also thought Kat was pulling some weird faces throughout that performance. Adam liked Kat's intensity and thought R. came from out of nowhere. Blake agreed with Adam on his opinion of R., but admired Kat's energy and intensity. Christina compared Kat to a tiger and loved R.'s vocal control and said she has much love and appreciation for that. Cee Lo called Kat a dynamo and said he needs a disaster like her so he went with Kat.

Montages.... (oh no!)
Team Cee Lo: Cole Vosbury vs. Lupe Carroll singing Africa by Toto-- Cee Lo chooses Cole
Team Blake: EG Daley vs. Sam Cerniglia singing Something to Talk About by Bonnie Raitt-- Blake chooses EG
Team Adam: Ashley Dubose vs. Justin Blake singing Just a Fool by Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera-- Adam chooses Ashley

Team Blake: Monika Leigh vs. Ray Boudreaux singing Some Kind of Wonderful by Grand Funk-- Awesome battle! This was one of the best battles I have heard, but despite that, it still felt like Ray was the clear winner. Christina felt Ray was digging a little bit deeper. Cee Lo said Ray can SANG; he thought Monika got lost in the record. Adam was still mad at Monika for not picking him, and said sky is the limit for Ray and he's very talented. Blake likes the freedom Monika has as a vocalist and thought Ray stepped up and displayed depth and range. Blake chooses Ray and Cee Lo stole Monika.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 4

Jack and Cheryl danced the Quickstep-- It looked good, Jack continues to impress and he seems to strive in the ballroom dances. This was an improvement over the previous week, and Jack kept up with Cheryl in terms of footwork. Julianne made a rather weird comment saying that Jack needed to look like he was having more fun.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Elizabeth and Val danced the Argentine Tango-- Val's choreography is gorgeous and Elizabeth's lines are beautiful. Carrie Ann said every movement had meaning and she's been elegant since day one. Bruno loved it and Julianne said she got chills, and gave Elizabeth major props for taking control and not waiting for Val to do it.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Salsa-- This performance was entertaining and I give big props for that cause that's what it's all about. However, Brant wasn't fluid enough in his body movements considering that this is a salsa. I love their chemistry, and I don't think they should go home next week. Carrie Ann liked the lifts but thought his weakness was exposed when he took his shirt off. Julianne thought that Brant needs to work on his upper body so that everything is not so loose. Bruno thought he had a good time, and lacked control and smoothness.
Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Valerie and Tristan danced the Viennese Waltz-- As I predicted last week, Valerie and Tristan were voted off at the end of the show. I admire her and she is a hero in more ways than one. Julianne was great to observe that when Tristan is with her she dances great, but when they are separated, she struggles.
Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18 out of 30

Leah and Tony danced the Cha Cha Cha-- I loved the ending of this dance. For some reason, this dance exposed a lot of Leah's weaknesses. Bruno called her Leah from the block, but told her that her moves needed to be sharper. Carrie Ann likes how she is in the moment of the dance, and loves her facial expressions but felt that they need to match the moves.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Paso Doble-- I loved the intensity that both of them brought in this dance. Bill Nye was watching from the sidelines and looked fully impressed. Carrie Ann said she loved it and the movements were stunning. Julianne was happy that there were no gimmicks because he is so talented, she loved the choreography and told him to move his hips forward. Bruno said this was the pure essence of Paso Doble, and agreed with Julianne's hip comment.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Jive-- Every week she moves forward in the competition I am impressed because I just didn't expect this type of focus from her. Julianne loves the performance but felt Nicole needs to work on her connection with Sasha and sharpen her kicks and flicks. Bruno said the performance level has grown. Carrie Ann gives her some critiques as well but loved her energy ultimately.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Christina and Mark danced the Foxtrot-- The style of this dance was fun, and they were very in-sync with each other. I enjoy their chemistry. Bruno liked the sultry nature of the dance. Carrie Ann told her to work on her shoulders and loved her performance. Julianne wants to see another side of her.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Tango-- I liked it, but I didn't love it as much as the judges did. Carrie Ann thought their hold was excellent and that Amber was in fine form and her footwork was great. Julianna was hoping something would go wrong but she said Amber was wonderful. Bruno called it classic amazing tango.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Samba-- Bill is doing all the moves, it's just that he is having trouble with rhythm and timing. The performance has a comical flavor to it but I am unsure if that was intended or not. I don't really want Bill to go home, I thoroughly enjoy watching him on here. Julianne loves how entertaining he is and called him the heart of the show. Bruno said Bill goes nuts in Brazil, he said it had everything except the timing and rhythm. Carrie Ann loves how much joy he brings to the show.
Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Week 4 Judges’ Leaderboard:
Amber & Derek- 27/30
Corbin & Karina- 27/30
Elizabeth & Val- 27/30
Christina & Mark- 24/30
Leah & Tony- 24/30
Snooki & Sasha- 24/30
Jack & Cheryl- 24/30
Brant & Peta- 21/30
Bill & Emma- 21/30

I am torn about who will be going home next.

Monday, October 7, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Week 3 and the final night of Blind Auditions

Matt Cermanski sang Have a Little Faith in Me-- Wow, what an improvement from his first blind audition last year to this year. Adam and Blake turned around first and then Cee Lo. I am kind of surprised that Christina didn't turn around. Cee Lo thought he sounded great. Blake felt excited to hear him, and loved the versatility that he displayed. Adam appreciated his resilience.
Matt chose Adam

Diego Navaira sang Rebel Yeah-- No one turned him, but they all really enjoyed his performance, they loved the energy.

Tamara Chauniece sang 1+1-- I loved Tamara because she wasn't trying to sound like Beyonce. Cee Lo said it was gorgeous and so are you. Christina said Tamara touched her heart, and related to the fact that she started singing at seven. Tamara sounds stoked to be working with Cee Lo.
Tamara chose Cee Lo

Brandon Chase sang Wanted-- Cee Lo and Blake turned. Cee Lo said his voice struck him and he felt it sounded like soul. Blake said country music is in Brandon's blood, it's not something that can be faked. Brandon said he had to go with his heart, and chose Blake.
Brandon chose Blake

Lupe Carroll sang If I Were a Carpenter-- Cee Lo felt that Lupe took a chance and as a result he turned and Lupe filled the second to last slot on his team.
Lupe chose Cee Lo

Grey sang Catch My Breath-- Grey has a big voice and I liked her interpretation of this song. Blake, Adam, and Cee Lo turned.  The guys made exchanges, each trying to one up the other. Wow, Grey decided to go with Adam, and with that, he filled the last spot on his team.
Grey chose Adam

Dominic Scott Kay sang Easy-- This kid has tons of Hollywood connections. No one turned, I think it was a little bit too nasal. I hope he listens to Blake's comments though and comes back.

Michael Lynch sang Bailamos-- Blake said he is a fan and would love to have him on his team, he loved how rhythmic. Cee Lo said I'm half amazing, what you wanna do? You wanna win (so funny)? Michael chose Christina and then she went up and sang with him and said match made in heaven, and her team too was full.
Michael chose Christina

Deanna Johnson sang Stars-- I think the reason no one turned around is because her voice sounded too goatey.

Brian Pounds sang Wagon Wheel-- Blake filled the last spot on his team with a country singer. Brian has a good voice, but I imagine will need lots of advice from Blake in order to develop his talent further. Cee Lo turned around too, but the country connection proved too strong this time.
Brian chose Blake

Shawn Smith sang Chicken Fried-- Shawn also has a great story. He is an Iraq war veteran and his nickname is "big sexy"..... he totally belongs on Team Cee Lo, and indeed he is the last spot on Cee Lo's team.
Shawn chose Cee Lo

My predictions for the top 20: Matt Cermanski, Tamara Chauniece, Brandon Chase, and Grey

The Voice Season 5: Week 2 Part 2

Will Champlin sang Not Over You-- Blake, Adam, and Cee Lo all turned around. I loved his song choice and his voice may not be the strongest but it definitely has passion. Adam compared Will to himself musically. Blake said he loved him and felt the passion in his voice. He said he probably has to wear suspenders to keep his pants on because he sang his ass off.
Will chose Adam

Macey Estes sang The Way-- This girl was cheated out a major chance because she was actually really good. Someone should have turned their chair for her. I think Christina's excuse of "she was waiting for her to sing the high note" was ridiculous. I hope she either comes back or auditions for another talent show because she definitely has natural talent.

Stephanie Anne Johnson sang Black Horse and a Cherry Tree-- I didn't think this was the right song for her, but then again, I have never really been a fan of this song. She has a good voice, but I didn't think there was anything great about it. Cee Lo and Christina turn their chairs; Stephanie went to school the season 1 alum Vicci Martinez, she's bonding with Cee Lo, but chooses Christina.
Stephanie chose Christina

Sam Cerniglia sang It's a Beautiful Day-- Sam has a beautiful backstory and he sure does seem like a nice guy, but again, I feel like he is someone who has just a mediocre voice. Maybe the judges see potential or something we don't. Cee Lo and Blake turn around. Blake says he loves his style and compares him to Michael Buble.
Sam chose Blake

Jennifer Newberry sang Locked Out of Heaven-- She picked the wrong song, and as a result got no turns.

James Irwin sang Losing My Religion-- I remember him from last year and he was really just "okay". It's great to see people go home, do their homework (most obviously) and come back. All four judges turn quite quickly. Adam notes that this is the first time someone has come back from another season and had all four chairs turn. Adam and Blake recognize how hard he has worked, and Christina and Cee Lo try to use not being there last year to their advantage.
James chose Adam

Olivia Henken sang Two Black Cadillacs-- This young lady is someone I am going to keep an eye on in this competition. Christina and Cee Lo turned. I am shocked Blake didn't. Obviously, he's interested in more than just country artists this year.
Olivia chose Christina

Jason Kertson sang Lips of an Angel-- I liked this guy, he is only 16, and he has an amazing voice. I am shocked he wasn't chosen. I hope that he comes back next year.

R. Anthony sang Hall of Fame-- R. has a better than just good voice, the only thing he has to work on getting his personality and who he is across in his performances. They would be enhanced if he worked on that. Christina turned and then at the very last minute Cee Lo turned. Christina loves his runs and wants him bad on her team. She even impersonates Blake's finger point. Nevertheless....
R. chose Cee Lo

Keaira LaShae goes to Team Adam
goes to Team Christina
Emily Randolph goes to Team Blake

Justin Chan chose She's Country-- Amazing, no one was smart enough to turn with the exception of Blake. Justin and Blake are actually wearing the same shirt, lol! He actually has a great voice, and he's marketable. I could see people going to his concerts and singing his songs.
Justin chose Blake (he would have even if all of them turned around)

Ashley Dubose sang Diamonds-- This is a super hard song to sing and Ashley did it justice, she was a pro. Besides being beautiful, her spirit is so song and it comes across when she sings. Adam said her voice cut like a razor through this place. Cee Lo said Ashley met Rihanna's bar and she would think she did the song justice. Christina said Rihanna's song are hard to do cause it's all about timing. Blake said winning The Voice is a partnership and it's about making someone the best that they can be. Adam made it clear that he wants to dethrone Blake. Ashley says she thought she knew what she wanted to do coming in, but she had to go with her gut, and so....
Ashley chose Adam

My predictions for the top 20: Juhi Pathak, Monika Leigh, Preston Pohl, Will Champlin, Olivia Henken, Justin Chan, Ashley Dubose

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Voice Season 5: Week 2 Part 1

Ray Boudreaux sang Use Me-- Ray has a unique sound, and it's possible that if polished he could go far in this competition. Cee Lo and Blake turn for him, and Cee Lo comes out of the gate and says I want to win with you. Blake thinks he is the real deal and loves his "swampy" sound.
Ray chose Blake

Lina Guadenzi sang Landslide-- I liked Lina, but her vibrato was a bit much. I would love to see her sing again since she made it on to a team. Christina turns first, then Blake. Lina reveals that she studied opera but her heart is in "bluesy folk". Blake feels he is more suited to be Christina's coach, but Christina's says she turned first.
Lina chose Christina

Juhi Pathak sang Mercy-- This young lady is only 16 and she is one of the most talented voices I have heard so far. Her voice has such an effortlessness to it. Cee Lo and Christina both turn and Cee Lo thinks she is fun and effortless, and she was in control of singing that song. Christina says she wants to give her advice as a female. Juhi says she wants to be a cross between Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain.
Juhi chose Cee Lo

I loved 54 year old Malford Milligan who sang Let's Stay Together; I thought he sounded great. No one turned for him.

Justin Blake sang Sure Be Cool if You Did-- I like the fact that Justin chose a Blake Shelton song, that was ambitious. Blake never turned which I was kind of surprised about because Blake was all about every country act last year. Adam was the only one who turned and said he didn't want to look over and get Blake's approval this time. Adam called Blake a gorgeous man and did realize Justin had chosen to sing a Blake song.
Justin chose Blake

Timyra Joi sang Girl on Fire- Hard to believe that she is only 15 years old! Timyra has a mature voice, and it was an impressive performance. Christina says she was first by a mile. Blake reminds her that he won this competition last year with a 16 year old girl. Cee Lo says he wants to nurture her and be a part of her journey. Adam is totally Team Christina, I don't get what's up with that. Timyra went into it thinking she would choose Cee Lo and instead she ended up going with Christina.
Timyra chose Christina

Monika Leigh sang The Thrill is Gone-- This is another favorite of mine. I loved her voice and her attitude. All the guys turned for her. Adam called her pure, Cee Lo thought her voice and the way she sang the song was womanly, and Blake said he fell in love with her voice and took out his trophies.
Monika chose Blake

Also not chosen, Zach Hinson who sang Drunk on You-- the vocals just weren't there.

Briana Cuoco sang You and I-- The sister of Big Bang star Kaley Cuoco. I need to be honest here, I don't think she's all that great. I actually thought she was off pitch and her voice wasn't that powerful. Christina and Cee Lo turn, unsure why.
Briana chose Christina

George Horga Jr. sang Treasure-- George has a great personality that comes across when he sings and performs. Cee Lo was the only one who turned around and said he did so because of how the crowd reacted to him.
George chose Cee Lo

People who made it through but we didn't see full performances:
Anthony Paul-- Cee Lo
Cilla Chan-- Blake
Jacob Poole-- Christina

Last but certainly not least, my favorite performance of the night...
Preston Pohl sang Electric Feel-- Preston is a pro when it comes to the performance aspect of things. His voice is awesome, it has rasp, growl, soul; he even hits a nice falsetto. He has confidence but he isn't cocky. The three guys turned around, unsure why Christina didn't get in on this. Adam compared him to Marvin Gaye. Blake played the country card cause Preston is from Texas, and Cee Lo bonded with him. Nevertheless, Preston went with Adam.
Preston chose Adam

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 3 Hollywood Week

I got it right this time, Bill Nye said bye bye to Dancing with the Stars this week. The Science Guy sustained an injury last week tearing 80% of his quadriceps leaving him less flexible. He was classy and distinguished in his departure just as I expected he would be.

Leah and Tony danced the Rumba-- I loved this dance, there was something very alluring and seductive about it. Tony's choreography was awesome, and Leah's acting skills probably helped. Len thought the chemistry was great, complete with passion and drama. Carrie Ann says she only saw one mistake.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Quickstep-- I thought this dance had a lot of energy; I didn't love the story but Corbin certainly kept up with Karina. Bruno thought it had an old quality feel to it, was very impressive, and and incredibly fast. Carrie Ann was amazed by the footwork, but warned Corbin to watch his form. Len said speed came in and style went out at times.
Scores: 9, 8, 9= 26 out of 30

Elizabeth and Val danced the Foxtrot-- Elizabeth and Val looked to lovely dancing together here; they really pulled off the attitude of the dance. It was old school, but it worked for them. Carrie Ann said the elegance and the attitude of the dance was beautiful, flawless. Carrie Ann mentioned that she lost her place at one point in the middle. Len called it chicken soup to the eyes. Bruno said you're flying first class all the way.
Score: 8, 9, 8= 25 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Quickstep-- They pulled off old Hollywood, both of them had the look, the attitude, and the precision. The choreography was great as well. Len thought it had speed and control. He mentions some issues with posture but loved it overall. Bruno loved the part that Brant played. Carrie Ann sees Brant as a fantastic dancer.
Scores: 9, 9, 9= 27 out of 30

Valerie and Tristan danced the Cha Cha Cha-- Well, this might be Valerie's last week because there were some glaring errors. It's too bad because Tristan is a wonderful partner. Bruno thought the look of the dance was right, but she went wrong many times. Carrie Ann agrees but loves how she keeps going. Len thought it was like flying coach on a cheap airline, and said the way Tristan takes care of his partner is wonderful.
Scores: 6, 5, 5= 16 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Paso Doble-- Perfect character for a comedian like Bill to play, the Lone Ranger, and the music really got everyone into it. Carrie Ann said Bill nailed the Paso. Len thought Bill came out all guns blazing and felt it was Bill's best dance. Bruno liked the attack of the dance.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Charleston-- For me, this was Amber's weakest performance. Her footwork was a little bit muddy. Bruno said Amber needs to be sharper with her feet and she lost it a bit. Carrie Ann said her upper body was great but the bottom wasn't working correctly, and her legs weren't making the right angles.
Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Cha Cha Cha-- I think Cheryl may have been a bit too aggressive in the steps she wants Jack to take. This was so ambitious that Jack seemed nervous and never loosened up enough to make the dance fluid. Bruno said it was too ambitious and he needs to work on the hip action. Carrie Ann tells him to watch his hands. Len loves Jack's commitment but also agreed that the hips were lacking.
Scores: 7, 7,8= 22 out of 30

Christina and Mary danced the Charleston-- These two were super in- sync and the footwork seemed quite difficult! I loved Christina's character. Carrie Ann called it incredible and loved Christina's range of motion. Len thought as a dance and as a performance it was top notch. Bruno found it visually inspiring and brilliant.
Scores: 9, 8, 9= 26 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Quickstep-- I am continuing to be impressed with Nicole. She has focus, determination, class, and she's quite the dancer. Len said Nicole has surprised him being that this is her first ballroom dance. Bruno said he admires her commitment to hard work. Carrie Ann called her a superstar.
Scores: 9, 8, 8= 25 out of 30

Bill and Tyne danced Jazz-- I actually loved this routine. I think Bill was so brave to dance with an injury as bad as what he had. I also found the performance really entertaining. Carrie Ann was impressed and would love to see more when he is feeling better. Len gave props to Tyne for how she choreographed the routine and called it clever. Len said performing with that kind of injury takes guts, determination, and bravery. A lot of other celebrities would fold, but you didn't, and it says a lot about the man.
Scores: 6, 5, 5= 16 out of 30

The Scoreboard:

Brant & Peta- 27/30
Christina & Mark- 26/30
Corbin & Karina- 26/30
Elizabeth & Val- 25/30
Nicole & Sasha- 25/30
Amber & Derek- 24/30
Leah & Tony- 24/30
Bill & Emma- 24/30
Jack & Cheryl- 22/30
Valerie & Tristan- 16/30
Bill Nye & Tyne- 16/30

I think Valerie is going home sadly next week.

Monday, September 30, 2013

The Voice Season 5 Premieres: Christina and Cee Lo Return

**4 Chair Turn** The first singer up for Season 5 was Kat Roubichaud who sang Music in Me-- I thought that Kat had a great tone to her voice but I didn't like the song choice for her; it was too Broadway. I like the rasp in her voice, but I think she has a lot of work to do. I couldn't quite understand why she received a four chair turn when there were other artists far better who didn't receive that. Kat ended up choosing Cee Lo.
Kat chose Team Cee Lo

Caroline Pennell sang Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding-- This young lady is someone I could see getting into the finals of this show because she has the x factor that so many people talk about. At 17, wow, what a voice, it's so pure. Blake called her a bad ass vocalist and Cee Lo invited her to be on his team so that she could be herself.
Caroline chose Team Cee Lo

Donna Allen sang You Are So Beautiful-- Donna is one of the oldest contestants this year at 54 and she proves that talent only gets better with age. Donna is reminiscent of Tina Turner in her vocals and she is very traditional in how she performs. I think if she continues to choose good songs for her voice, she could make it to the live shows. Adam and Christina both turned around almost immediately and then no one else does. Christina makes a lame pitch and Blake supports her and says he wanted Donna to pick Christina so that's why he didn't push his button. Adam criticizes the other judges for not turning around and says shame on them because that performance sounded like a finals performance.
Donna chose Adam

Jake Worthington sang Keep Your Hands to Yourself-- No one turned around but Blake left him some good advice which was to work on his voice so he doesn't run out of breath.

**4 Chair Turn** Matthew Schuler sang Cough Syrup-- This is the first contestant of the season that I am 110% impressed with. I love his voice, his style, his confidence. His voice had a great roundness and tone and rasp to it, it was beautiful. He reminded me of Burnell Taylor from American Idol with his voice. He also had great performance skills. It was not surprising to see all the judges turn around almost simultaneously. The judges argued back and forth about who was the perfect coach for him. I love how Cee Lo kicked it off, "who the hell are you?". Adam begged for Matthew to choose him. Christina says she comes back with a refreshed ear, might be true, but she is still the worst coach. Despite that, Matthew chose her.
Matthew chose Christina

Nic Hawk sang Hit Em Up Style--Adam and Cee Lo turned for Nic. Nic does have awesome timing and breath control and he has a fun personality. I love that when he was done with his performance he said to Adam, "what's up handsome?" and Adam said, flattery will get you everywhere. Cee Lo was impressed with how he handled such a difficult song, and complimented him on his breath control.  Blake is laughing the whole time cause he loves that Nic has a crush on Adam. Nic said he doesn't know if he would be able to focus if he picked Adam because Adam is so good looking. Adam started covering his face. Christina told him to go with his heart.
Nic chose Adam

15 year old Matthew Breas sang I Want You Back-- and did not get chosen despite being called a vocal prodigy by one of the judges. They promised him to come back next year.

Shelbie Z sang I'm Here for the Party-- Shelbie was a fun gal but nothing to write home about. Blake turns right away and battle with Christina, and Shelbie, no surprise, ends up choosing Blake.
Shelbie Z chose Blake

Josh Logan sang Too Close--  I actually like the way Josh sang this better than the original. Everyone turned except Cee Lo.  Adam found him to be an original performer, Blake liked his runs and said he had a man crush on Josh, and Christina said he can do anything.
Josh chose Christina

Delvin Choice sang Closer by Neyo-- I actually like this guy and I thought he had a great personality, but the coaches thought the song he chose didn't make them think enough, they were so into the song that they forgot to turn for him. Adam suggested Delvin come back.

James Wolpert sang Love Interruption-- I didn't expect for him to sound like this because he looks so quirky and dorky, but there was something interesting about his voice and this performance. What's surprising is that only Adam and Christina turned; Adam loves the character in his voice and wasn't expecting a nerdy guy and Christina says he is the reason she came back to the show.
James chose Adam

Jacquie Lee sang Back to Black by Amy Winehouse-- First Jacquie, she should have had a four chair turn, Adam and Cee Lo, where were both of you? This girl has an awesome voice. As it is, Christina and Blake took their time to turn around. I don't find her generic, I love the soul in this girl's voice. Christina warns that Jacquie shouldn't be blinded by Blake's charm--- "he has dimples, he talks like this, and he's married to Miranda," said Christina. Cee Lo wants her boots and asks if she bought them at Aldo and then takes out his phone to take a photo. Christina said, I look up to Blake and Adam said, we all do, he's six nine. LOL! Blake brings up that he specializes in 16 year old girls winning the show.
Jacquie chose Christina

Barry Black sang What You Won't Do For Love-- This guy was interesting without question, but I didn't think his voice was solid. Perhaps Adam and Blake see some potential that the normal person doesn't see. Long story short, the two guys fought it out and Adam won.
Barry chose Adam

Mike Unser sang Dirty Little Secret-- I liked Mike, but I agree with the judges not turning around. I think Mike needs to work on his craft. Cee Lo ultimately regretted not choosing him and Mike vowed to come back.

Destinee Quinn sang Cowboy Take Me Away-- Destinne has a beautiful voice, it's very sweet, but I do feel like she struggled with nerves in this performance. It was shaky in parts, but considering that she has been singing for so long and she's only 20! Christina and Cee Lo turn. Blake says he missed the "bottom end" of her voice and said he would steal her in the battle rounds.
Destinee chose Christina

Cole Vosbury sang the theme song from the Jefferson's-- Cee Lo was the only one who turned and I think they make a good match. I love the rock/ soul combination in his voice. His dad and grandmother were both performers. Cee Lo loved his match of country and soul.
Cole chose Cee Lo

**4 Chair Turn** Holly Henry sang the Scientist-- I like this girl, I don't think it was the best performance but she has that breathy raspy voice and she sounds like an indie artist. Blake turned almost immediately, followed by Adam and Cee Lo and Christina got in on the action in the end. Blake asked her name so he could write in under Team Blake. Blake said he is officially excited about season five. Adam makes fun of Blake saying, "I won three times zippidydooda"!
Holly chose Blake

Sammy C sang Where is the Love-- At 15 years gold, Sammy is one of the youngest people auditioning and he was actually good, but the judges didn't choose him. Adam tells him to work on his singing and come back.

Austin Jencks sang Simple Man-- Austin has a great story, but what really counts is he has one of those strong soulful rocker voices. Cee Lo said he had soul power. Christina, once again, regretted not turning around.
Austin chose Blake

EG Daily sang Breathe-- EG has an awesome back story as a voice over artist. I don't know how far she will get in this competition, but she has a pretty voice. Blake and Cee Lo turn around and battle over her not knowing who she is. It's Christina who finally recognizes her, and she admits she was Dottie in Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
EG chose Blake

Jonny Gray sang All These Things I've Done-- This guy is one of my favorites so far this season. His voice is so different and I love the tone of his voice, amazing. Cee Lo said he heard Stevie Nicks and Eddie Vedder. Cee Lo said I want to fight with you Jonny. Adam found his voice so different. Christina said if the guys mess up, she will pick him up in the battle rounds.
Jonny chose Cee Lo

Tessanne Chin sang Try--  So this reminds me of last year when the judges made this huge deal about Judith Hill and she ended up exiting the show much sooner than expected. I think they have similar voices and those very difficult looks to them. I think Tessanne is a little more likable than Judith, but I feel like The Voice has someone like her on their show every year. All the judges turned around and battled it out and in the end she chose Adam.
Tessanne chose Adam

My predictions for the Top 20-- Tessanne Chin, Jonny Gray, Jacquie Lee, Josh Logan, Nic Hawk, and Matthew Schuler.... possibly Caroline Pennell and Kat Roubichaud

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Week 2, Latin Night

Who is going home? You don't have to wait til tomorrow anymore, you just have to wait til the end of the show.

There are more changes than solely the eliminated results show on Tuesdays. Scores given on the night of an elimination count towards their total score. There is no more text voting, and special guests and performances will take place on competition night as well.

Couples had to dance a Jive, Paso Doble, Rumba, or Samba.

First up was Elizabeth and Val dancing a Samba-- Len thought it was fantastic. Bruno thought her accuracy for week two was incredible. Carrie Ann said she was in her element, and that she is a strong sensuous dancer. and so in control of her body. I loved the dance and their chemistry, it was so quick and fun, yet sexy. Scores: 8, 9, 8= 25 out of 30

Christina and Mark danced the Paso Doble-- Carrie Ann thought it was insane and on fire and that she nailed every step. Len thought it was a Paso Doble with a modern twist, and called it terrific and well done. I loved the track they were dancing too, it really worked with the dance, and I loved how Mark choreographed to Christina's strengths. The hand claps were so good. Scores: 9, 8, 8= 25 out of 30

Bill and Emma danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann found it entertaining but felt he needed to work on his footwork. Len and Bruno agreed that it had great performance value. Wow, pretty awesome, Bill actually improved. I don't think he's going to be able to keep up with the crowd but this was a good effort. Scores: 7, 7, 7= 21 out of 30

Jack and Cheryl danced the Rumba-- Len felt the dance had style, control, and fluidity. Bruno is impressed with how well Jack has done in two weeks. Carrie Ann felt like she was transported to another time, like Game of Thrones, kind of a weird comment by Carrie Ann. Jack has a real gracefulness when he dances, the motions all seem to be fluid. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Keyshawn and Sharna danced the Samba-- The judges shared similar feedback expressing that Keyshawn had improved. This was better than last week, but in my mind, not enough to keep him in the competition. Scores: 6, 6, 6= 18 out of 30

Nicole and Sasha danced the Rumba-- Carrie Ann criticized the lifts and said Nicole made pretty pictures but didn't tell a story. Len thought it was a pretty dance. Bruno believes in her potential. I am actually still surprised with how well she is doing and how serious she is taking the competition. Scores: 6, 7, 7= 20 out of 30

Leah and Tony danced the Samba-- Len thought the samba stuff in it was great and he complimented her pretty hands. Carrie proclaimed that she unleashed her Samba Goddess and she loved it. Leah attacked this dance and she wore it well. I hope Leah stays in this competition for a long time because I'd like to see her conquer the things in her life that are bothering her right now through dance. Scores: 8, 8, 8= 24 out of 30

Bill Nye and Tyne danced the Paso Doble-- Len said some of the technique was missing in the dance, but he appreciates the commitment Bill has put forth. Carrie Ann told him to work on his feet. Regardless of what the judges say, he'll be around longer than he should, and why? Because he has a huge fan base. Scores: 6, 5, 6= 17 out of 30

Corbin and Karina danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann said she wanted to see it again, and he turned out every move perfectly but it had this raw edge to it that made it exciting. Len said it's fabulous to watch you, you can dance. Bruno called it a preference of dazzling brilliance. Corbin is my pick to win this whole thing; I love his attitude and his passion. Scores: 9, 8, 9= 26 out of 30

Valerie and Tristan danced the Paso Doble-- At times, I must agree with Len that Valerie looked uncomfortable. She is such a beautiful person though and I appreciate her spirit. Len liked that she started the dance on her own but did point out that she seemed nervous. Bruno mentioned she lost her timing a few times and Carrie Ann felt it was difficult to judge Valerie. Scores: 6, 6, 7= 19 out of 30

Brant and Peta danced the Rumba-- Bruno said the women in the house are going crazy. Bruno told him to work on his feet. Carrie Ann felt their chemistry was incredible and fun to watch and that he can move and that as the male partner he was wowing them. Len said he liked it but he was pigeon- toed. I like Brant; he really seems like he would be a good dance partner. He has a lot of passion. Scores: 8, 7, 8= 23 out of 30

Amber and Derek danced the Jive-- Carrie Ann, I continue to be impressed by, but this was a little bit flat footed. Len told her to work on her footwork. Bruno agreed and thought it looked a little like a lindeyhop. I also liked Amber's dance but I did see some flatfootedness. It will be interesting to see how she does in the up coming dances. Scores: 24 out of 30

At the end of the night, Keyshawn ended up going home. It's possible that Valerie or Bill Nye is going home next week, but both of these contestants are so loved which makes me question that.

The Leaderboard:

Corbin & Karina- 26/30
Elizabeth & Val- 25/30
Christina & Mark- 25/30
Leah & Tony- 24/30
Amber & Derek- 24/30
Jack & Cheryl- 24/30
Brant & Peta- 23/30
Bill & Emma- 21/30
Snooki & Sasha- 20/30
Valerie & Tristan- 19/30
Keyshawn & Sharna- 18/30
Bill Nye & Tyne- 17/30

Monday, September 23, 2013

Emmy's 2013: Fashion Watch

There were several good things about the Emmy's Broadcast last night, it was up in ratings, the highest since 2005. I liked the majority of the people who won last night, including the nominees for best choreography in the broadcast was a nice touch, and there tributes to some of those who passed away in the past year were absolutely touching.

What lacked was the number of stars who were well dressed. I didn't see as many as I usually do to tell you the truth. Each choice I made this year in terms of my five best dressed were easy choices. I've listed them in alphabetical order to keep it fair.

Carrie Underwood looked regal in a princess like purple Romona Keveza gown. She always picks the most flattering outfits for herself.

Julia Louis Dreyfus looked surprisingly well put together in a sequined strapless Monique Lhuillier gown that sparkled like Julia's eye when she accepted her Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy. 

Kate Mara was angelic and modern in white J. Mendel gown; she wasn't the only woman wearing that designer but she was one of the most beautiful. 

Mindy Kaling isn't just funny, she also has a definite sense of style. Her plum Georges Chakra dress flattered her figure perfectly. 

Anyone who has read my blog knows I am not the biggest Sofia Vergara fan, but I can admit when she looks good and last night happened to be one of those nights. Her Vera Wang gown was sexy and suited her personality, red hot!