Monday, April 21, 2014

The Voice Season Six: The Live Shows, 12 Work Towards the Finale

Team Usher: Bria Kelly kicked things off singing Rolling in the Deep by Adele-- Not her best. I did not like the arrangement. She struggled tonight, her pitch was off quite a bit. Despite all that, the coaches did not really have any critical feedback for her. Shakira said if anyone can take on Adele, she can, but she didn't, Shakira. Usher thought she killed it; really?
Score: I just give it a 2 out of 5

Team Adam: Delvin Choice sang Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers-- I do not care for the arrangement here either, particularly how the song started out. As the song went along, Delvin did hit his stride when he made it to the chorus and hit that beautiful note. However, I do want to say this was not a home run performance. I think it's a performance that puts him at the middle of the pack rather than at the front where I am used ot him being. Blake says he sang the crap out of it. Usher said he is an amazing talent. Shakira said she was not disappointed, and coach Adam felt he delivered a moment.
Score: 3 out of 5 for me

Team Shakira: Dani Moz sang Just Give Me a Reason by Pink-- Wobbly in a few areas but overall, a great effort. She also hit the money note in the song. Dani is someone to me who is an underdog in this competition. She has potential to make it to the final four. Adam says he wanted more dynamics, Shakira said there were dynamics (oh boy!). For the record, Shakira is right, there were dynamics. Blake said she picked her moment.
Score: 4 out of 5

Team Blake: Audra McLaughlin sang Angel of the Morning by Merrilee Rush/ Juice Newton-- Not digging the song choice at all. I actually find it boring and a total waste of Audra's voice. Hope she sticks around to move past this train wreck of a song and arrangement. Usher thought it was incredible and loved the character of her voice. Adam loves her and wants Audra on his team. Blake is happy to be working with her.
Score: 3.5 out of 5

Team Usher: TJ Wilkins sang Waiting on the World to Change by John Mayer-- This was a smoother and clearer performance than Delvin's. I really need to hand it to TJ because he has been flying under the radar and people are going to start to notice him now. I like how he made a pop/ rock song a soul song. TJ is like a modern day Marvin Gaye. Usher says he is proud that he trusted his instincts. So am I. Shakira said TJ was pure, sincere, and extraordinary. Blake said TJ was infectious in a good way. This was the best of the night so far.
Score: 4.5 out of 5

Team Adam: Christina Grimmie sang Dark Horse by Katy Perry-- Wow, she sounds better than Katy Perry singing this song. She's emerging as the strongest person on Team Adam. This is someone who is clearly a contender. I liked how she rocked this song up a little bit, it was less pop, more rock. She kind of took this song to Hayley Williams territory when she hit that big note. Blake says she is like dynamite and the person to beat on Adam's team. Shakira is impressed with her range. Usher agrees with Blake.
Score: 5 out of 5

Team Blake: Sisaundra Lewis sang Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me by George Michael and Elton John-- This was a big song and she did it up big as well. Sisaundra is proving to be one of those people who can sing anything well. The challenge for her is sounding different every week, working outside her comfort zone, and thinking outside the box. Usher said she always blows everyone's socks off which is true. Adam loved her restraint and control, also true, she has great control. Blake admires her ability to reel in a song.
Score: 4 out of 5

Team Shakira: Kristen Merlin sang Stay by Sugarland-- This started off strong, and then her mic went dead, which was weird and totally not her fault. Mid way through the song, it started to get a little bit questionable because she didn't seem totally confident in her ability to perform the song. Adam praised the way she handled the situation with the mic. Blake thinks she improves every week. Shakira called it heartfelt and moving.
Score: 3.75 out of 5

Team Adam: Kat Perkins sang Magic Man by Heart-- I wasn't familiar with this song so it was tough for me to relate. I liked Kat's ability to work the crowd and play off the band. I have decided I don't care for the song. She has a good voice, but this was a completely wasted performance. Blake enjoys her aggressiveness and Usher called her voice dope and amazing.
Score: 3 out of 5

Team Blake: Jake Worthington sang Anymore by Travis Tritt-- What a beautiful and sincere performance by Jake. This was such a great song choice for him and genuinely heartfelt. Shakira said that Jake's appeal grows every week. Blake commented on Jake's perfect pitch and the way he lets his emotions flow.
Score: 5 out of 5

Team Shakira: Tess Boyer sang I'll Be There For You by Bon Jovi-- I thought this song was magic for Tess. I loved the way the song fit her vocal range and really showcased the strengths in her voice. She has so many strong points. She is the the woman to beat on Team Shakira. I don't think the song sounded dated, to  me it just sounded like a big power ballad. Blake thinks she is the one to beat on Team Shakira. Usher said the coaches celebrate her since she has been on almost every coach's team.
Score: 5 out of 5

Team Usher: Josh Kaufman sang Stay with Me by Sam Smith-- Perfect song, perfect voice, perfect performance. If we thought it wasn't possible for Josh to outdo himself, we were wrong. Josh was pretty awesome tonight. I loved the dynamics and how the song built to that special place about two thirds of the way through. There's a lot of emotion in this song and that's so perfect for Josh. Shakira declares that she is a fan. Adam thought it was perfect and remains upset that Josh isn't on his team. Blake says Josh is the one to beat on Team Usher.
Score 5 out of 5

Bria, Delvin, and Kat are my bottom three. Keep in mind that this is based on tonight's performances only.

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