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.

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