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.