Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Voice Finale Recap

Adam said if Christina is watching he wants her to know that he wants to sign her to his label whether she wins or not.

Blake said that he would miss this group of coaches and Carson told Shakira and Usher that they have a red chair for life.

Jake Worthington chose Kat Perkins, Kristen Merlin, Audra McLaughlin, Ryan Whyte Maloney, and Morgan Wallen for his bring back performance of Summertime by Kenny Chesney

Christina Grimmie and Ed Sheeran sang together-- I Can See the Stars

Stevie Jo, Patrick Thompson, Delvin Choice, Morgan Wallen, and Jake Barker sang She's Gone

Justin Moore sang

Josh Kaufman chose TJ Wilkens, Stevie Jo, and Sisaundra Lewis for his bring back performance of Am I Wrong

Ed Sheeran sang Sing

Jake and Alabama sang together-- Play Me Some Country Music

Dani Moz, Deja Hall, Tess Boyer, Melissa Jimenez, and Madilyn Paige sang Umbrella by Rihanna

Josh Kaufman and Robin Thicke sang together-- I Gotta Get Her Back

Tim McGraw sang City Lights

Christina Grimmie chose Bria Kelly, Tess Boyer, and Jake Barker for her bring back performance of Team by Lorde

Coldplay sang Sky Full of Stars

3rd place Christina Grimmie
2nd place Jake Worthington
1st place Josh Kaufman

American Idol Season 13: The Finale is Here, Who will take home the title?

The Finale:

Simon Fuller's Choice:

Jena Irene sang The Dog Days Are Over by Florence and the Machine-- Keith and Jenn commented on the high energy of the performance. Harry said he hopes it's a song that she puts on her album. It was a good song choice, really showed Jena's vocal range.

Caleb Johnson sang Dream On by Aerosmith-- Jenn said that's what you gotta do, this is the finale. She told him that he seized the moment. Harry said it was phenomenal, really great job. Keith thought the way he arced the whole performance was exceptional. Another amazing song choice, wow, literally brought tears to my eyes cause I didn't know if he was going to hit that high note. Amazing!

Contestant's favorite moment:

Jena Irene sang I Can't Help Falling in Love with You by Elvis Presley-- Harry thought it was beautiful. Keith said she is a trailblazer and an original (so much so that she inspired someone else on a reality show to sing it --- Christina Grimmie on The Voice). Jenn said she feels her soul come through on that song. It was beautiful the first time and it was beautiful again. I loved it.

Caleb Johnson sang Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney-- Harry said I think you won the first round, and I think Jena won the second round. It's really close. I loved this performance as well, the funny thing is, hearing them both again, I am not as surprised as I was the first time around.

Original Songs:

Jena Irene sang We Are One-- I never love the original songs very much. I think I have maybe like 2 or 3 in all the years Idol has been on. This song was all right. Keith felt like it suited her and Harry liked that it sounded as good live as it did in the studio.

Caleb Johnson sang As Long As You Love Me-- All the judges felt like Caleb gave it his all and said America would have a hard time voting. I'm with the judges, who will win this.... your guess is as good as mine.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

American Idol Season 13: Now it's Three

Randy's choice: 

Caleb Johnson sang Never Tear Us Apart by INXS-- Loved the style of the song, but his vocal was tentative. It's like he was afraid of cracking in spots. Jenn said you on your worst night are better than other people on their best night. 

Alex Preston sang Bastille by Pompeii-- Good song choice, liked the drums. However, I did think there were some pitch issues. Harry said it seemed like he was thinking at parts but said he should keep practicing and do the song on the road. 

Jena Irene sang Titanium by David Guetta and Sia-- This was another good song choice by Randy; however, she was screechy in points. It started off weird, even Jenn picked up on it. 

Judge's Choice:

Caleb Johnson sang Demons by Imagine Dragons-- Keith thought he killed it and liked the Steve Perry vibe in his voice. Jenn said when you voice is failing you like that, focus on the emotion, and she felt like he did. 

Alex Preston sang Stay by Rihanna feat. Mikkey Ekko-- Wow, genuinely impressed with his interpretation of that song. Jenn and Keith were on their feet. Jenn appeared to be getting the shivers as he was singing. I agree with Jenn, I didn't hear shreds of Rihanna or Mikkey in that song. Harry asked him what his concerts would be like, and he said fun. Keith liked the artistic license he took and he owned the song from start to finish. 

Jena Irene sang Heart Attack by Demi Lovato-- I was a little but underwhelmed by this performance. I expected her to go up and hit that note at the end. I wanted her to hit that huge high note, and she didn't, she just ended the song. It was kind of weird. 

Hometown Choice:

Caleb Johnson sang Dazed and Confused by Led Zepplin-- Keith and Jenn were on their feet throughout the performance. It was full of energy and I truly enjoyed the performance. Keith said it was a moment of miraculous healing. Jenn called it a true Idol moment, ridiculous. Harry said you took full advantage, absolutely fantastic. 

Alex Preston sang The Story of My Life by One Direction-- I feel like out of all the songs Alex sang, this one fits him well and he emotes.The only song I perhaps would have chosen more is his original song Fairy Tale. Harry thought it was a classic Alex performance, very strong, he doesn't know anyone who doesn't like that song. Keith thought after the amazing performance of Stay, it was a step down. 

Jena Irene sang Creep by Radiohead-- Harry thought it was better than the first time around. Keith said your progress is mindblowing and you do belong here. I agree! This was an awesome performance. I liked the word Keith used last week, spellbinding. 

The following Idols paid their respects on Episode 500! 

Carrie Underwood
Phillip Phillips
Kris Allen
David Cook
Lee Dewyze
Jordin Sparks

American Idol Season 13: The Recap, We're Down to 4

Sorry this comes so late, but on the heels of some amazing performances last week, Idol said goodbye to Jessica Meuse who made it much further than I ever thought she would.

Last week's performances consisted of three solo performances for each remaining contestant with the theme being Break Ups, Make Ups, and Dedications.

I will list each contestant, their songs choices, a score of 1-5 and any comments I may have.

**Caleb Johnson**
**You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi-- Score:  3 out of 5, it was a little bit karaoke compared to some of his other performances
**Travelin Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival-- Score: 4 out of 5, better than the first song, J. Lo thinks he killed it!
**Maybe I'm Amazed by Paul McCartney-- Score: 5 out of 5, And then came round three. This was Caleb's best performance of the season, and perhaps one of the performances of the season. Keith and J. Lo gave him a standing ovation. He was absolutely phenomenal, the pitch, the vocal, the phrasing, everything was amazing.

**Jessica Meuse**
**Since U Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson-- Score: 3 out of 5, she lacked the energy that Kelly Clarkson uses to sell this song. She needed to be jumping around more.
**So What by Pink!-- Score: Score: 3 out of 5, again, not the best choice for her but vocally she turned out a performance  better than what she usually does.
**You and I by Lady Gaga-- Score: 5 out of 5, best performance I have heard from Jess Meuse, amazing way for her to close out the night. This song was suited for her and, it just fit her voice like a glove. Loved Harry's comment, the girl from Slapout came out swinging with a song that was perfect for her and killed it.

**Alex Preston**
**Too Close by Alex Clare-- Score: 4 out of 5, not the best performance or song choice for Alex, but a good effort nonetheless. I would have liked to feel more dynamics in this performance.
**I'm Yours by Jason Mraz-- Score: 4 out  of 5, very close to the original, I felt like he could have done more with this performance especially since his style is very much like Jason Mraz
**Yellow by Coldplay-- Score: 5 out of 5, this was his best performance of the night. I know some called it sleepy, but I prefer to call it dreamy. Keith loved his poetic vulnerability, and Jenn said he is integral to the competition.

**Jena Irene**
**Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar-- Score: 4.5 out of 5, vocally sound, but lacked movement.
**Bad Romance by Lady Gaga-- Score: 3 out of 5, this was a sloppy performance from Jena in comparison to what we are used to from her. Harry commented on why she didn't hit the high notes, it seemed easy enough for someone as vocally strong as she is, but she didn't. She told Harry it sounded like yelling.
**Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley-- Score: 5 out of 5, this was the Jena performance that had me in tears. It was so beautiful, so intimate, so passionate. What made it so amazing was that she made this song contemporary yet all the passion was still there. Jenn was in tears and got up to hug Jena. harry congratulated her on her courage and said it was incredible. Keith thought it was spellbinding.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Voice Season Six: Down to the Final Five

As far as tomorrow, I am hearing there will be a bottom three and the save will still happen. So two contestants will immediately advance and one will be saved.

First up was Kristen Merlin singing Gunpowder and Lead by Miranda Lambert-- I think Kristen has a great voice but this was not the right song for her. It wasn't believable because as Blake mentioned she was smiling throughout the song and that's not the idea. She needed to be angry and have some attitude and this just lacked that.

Josh Kaufman sang All of Me by John Legend-- This was a perfect choice because it fit Josh's style so well. The really low notes were right on and the falsetto was beautiful. He must be in the top three. Adam says he is getting his weekly serving of humble pie yet again.

Kat Perkins sang Chandelier by Sia-- I love Sia as an artist but I found this performance was all over the place in terms of pitch. It sounded like she was trying to hit the right notes but didn't. Notice that none of the coaches came out and said that they liked it.

Jake Worthington sang Good Ole Boys by Waylon Jennings-- I loved this performance, I think it was actually Jake's best yet. It was fun and Blake is on his feet; this is a proud moment.

Christina Grimmie sang Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap-- Not my fave Christina Grimmie performance. I felt the same way Usher did, disconnected. I hope this performance isn't her downfall.

After round 1, I think Josh, Jake, and Christina should advance.

Now for round 2--

Josh Kaufman sang Love Runs Out by OneRepublic-- Was it the perfect song for him to sing? Probably not. Can he sell just about anything with a voice like that? Absolutely.

Kat Perkins sang Let it Go from the movie Frozen-- I thought this was preposterous when I heard she was singing Let it Go but it was a pretty solid performance. I'm not the biggest Kat fan but she was on point throughout this performance.

Kristen Merlin sang Foolish Games by Jewel-- I wish Kristen had done two songs like this because the first did not fit her well enough. This performance was a revelation to me because for the first time I saw Kristen the storyteller. It's that same person that Shakira has been talking about.

Christina Grimmie sang Some Night by f.u.n.-- Huge Christina Grimmie fan but this was a bit of a mess. The song wasn't to her style, and she struggled to connect with the song. You could tell that she was really making an effort but it was a bit too labored.

Jake Worthington sang Heaven by Byran Adams-- Quite honestly, the best performance of the night and a personal best for Jake. I loved this and I could tell he was connected to the song. Blake says he is so proud of Jake and would share the stage with him for the rest of his life. He also brings up the fact that Jake was having some throat problems and pushed through it and didn't mention it or use it as an excuse.

I was right about the top three. Tune in to the finale when Jake, Josh, and Christina square off!

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Voice Season Six: The Top 8 Give Amazing Performances

Sisaundra Lewis sang River Deep Mountain High by Tina Turner-- Adam called her a potent performer and amazing. The performance was strong but after the first couple of choruses, it became repetitive. It should hold up though.

Josh Kaufman sang I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt-- Coaches, get up on your feet cause that deserved more than just a standing ovation from Usher. Shakira said you have good taste, your tone, your vocal arrangement was so intuitive. Adam said I am purely happy to see how far you have come. Blake said it was as perfect a performance I've seen in these seven seasons; it was really good. Usher felt like it was amazing, and he had the confidence of a real artist. Usher said he is happy and proud to be his coach and felt like it was one of his best performances. I agree. Josh blows me away every time with that falsetto.

Kat Perkins sang Get Lucky by Daft Punk feat. Pharrell-- I believe Kat has a great rock voice but I did not like the arrangement of the this song. Wow, well Adam seemed pretty pumped about it, despite the fact that I wasn't. Shakira said you're true to yourself and it was great. Adam said bottom three my ass, you did a heavy metal version of a funk song.

Kristen Merlin sang I Drive Your Truck by Lee Brice-- Blake said you've made a believer out of me, you've improved every week, and Adam loves you so much he copied your hairstyle. Shakira thought the performance was beautiful and transcendent and was aware how much the song meant to her. I enjoyed this performance, and I agree that I continue to believe Kristen improves each week.

Delvin Choice sang I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly-- This performance was breathtakingly beautiful. Delvin's vocals transcended what I felt the song was and took it to a whole other level. It literally brought tears to my eyes. Blake thought it was powerful and a perfect song choice for him and wondered what Adam is doing. Usher said every week you show up and give a powerful performance. Adam said there was no other song you could have done tonight.

Audra McLaughlin sang Forgive by Rebecca Lynn Howard-- Woah! She upped the ante big time this week. She might hang around for another week. Her upper register was so powerful. Blake gave her a standing ovation and said that the way she approached the song made people really believe what she was singing about. Blake said that he got caught up in the song as well.

Jake Worthington sang Hillbilly Deluxe by Brooks & Dunn-- Blake loved it and was standing up and smiling. I loved that performance from Jake, the song was awesome, I loved his attitude, style, and swagger. Shakira said you applied the right attitude, well done. Adam said you're so cool and casual, you're so much cooler than Blake. You are so authentic, you exude country music. Blake said I think tonight you introduced America to Jake the artist.

Christina Grimmie sang How to Love by Lil Wayne-- Christina's performance was angelic. I don't know how to describe what she did, but it was surreal. Listening to the actual words of that song and how Christina sang them was overwhelming. I was overcome with emotions just listening to her and watching her on stage. Blake said you should soak this up because you look and sound like a superstar. Usher said that was definitely a great performance. Shakira said that was something huge, your voice is insane. Your high voice is out of this world. Adam said thank you Christina for trusting me; I don't think anyone has ever heard a Lil Wayne song sound like that.

Your guess is as good as mine on who is going home tomorrow. I cannot even choose.

Reality Recap-- The Voice loses the wrong person yet again, and American Idol's new twist

Kat Perkins sang Landslide by Fleetwood Mac-- I completely admit, this song has been a little bit overdone on reality shows, but the style and tempo change was exactly what Kat needed. She was starting to sound similar in all her performances, and this was actually different. Kat started to cry at the end of the song, and Blake said it was making him cry.

Tess Boyer sang Ain't It Fun by Paramore-- Tess is my favorite female voice on the show this season. I love her so it hurts me when so many people are critical of her. I cannot understand why she went home at this point. She did not have the worst performance. I think I would have sent Kat or Audra home this week. Tess should have been there through the end. Another fact is that Tess never received anything but compliments from the coaches, and her last night performing was no exception. Blake commented on her perfect pitch, and Shakira felt like she nailed the performance.

Audra McLaughlin sang You Lie by Reba-- Unlike the coaches, I actually felt like this was one of her weaker performances. I didn't really like the choice of song, it made her seem dated. It would be nice to see her do some Carrie Underwood or Band Perry or Thompson Square. She should have been in the bottom three rather than Tess.

Josh Kaufman sang This Is It by Kenny Loggins-- OMG! Horrible song choice! Usher, what on Earth were you thinking? You could have got Josh sent home with a song choice like that. Luckily, America saw how talented he is. This was dragging at points. I think I disliked the song so much that it bored me a little bit. Adam once again regrets losing Josh and Blake thinks he is dumb for losing Josh.

Christina Grimmie sang Hold On We're Going Home by Drake-- This was the performance of the night. What a daring, yet smart song choice. This was such a risk but it showed so much creativity and it worked. She handled the song and the stage so well, the high note was amazing. I honestly think Christina deserves to win the whole thing this year. Shakira said it was her best performance thus far. Adam approved of her artistic decisions.

Jake Worthington sang Run by George Strait-- I enjoyed this performance. Jake remains one of the most likable contestants this season. It was nice to see him change things up a little and see him without a guitar and singing a song somewhat outside of his comfort zone. Usher loved his spirit and Blake thought he gave a solid performance.

Bria Kelly sang I'm With You by Avril Levine-- Overall, she was my pick to go home for the week, that didn't happen. I just don't see Bria's desire and hunger to be here. Vocally, she isn't where the other contestants are. There were lots of pitch issues in this performance and Adam was the only coach who had the courage to bring them up.

Delvin Choice sang Bright Lights from Gary Clark Jr.-- This wasn't my favorite Delvin performance, and maybe it's because I wasn't familiar with the song. However, I do need to mention how much I love Delvin's voice, and the fact that I feel like he puts 100% of himself into every single performance.

Kristen Merlin sang Let Her Go by Passenger-- I wasn't sure at first if I liked Kristen, but I grow to like her more every single week. She is quite the talent. Actually, she reminds me a lot of Melissa Etheridge. She has a strong, genuine texture to her voice.

Sisaundra Lewis sang Oh Sherrie by Journey-- Sisaundra took a huge risk by opening the song acapella, and man oh man, not only did she sound amazing, but it paid off big time! She worked the stage, and her vocals were dreamy. I loved this, and I cannot wait to see her rock out again. Adam commented that she blew the roof off the place, and Blake said she made him look smart.

The following night, it was revealed that Bria, Tess, and Kat were the bottom three, and at the end of the night, although Tess had the better voice, it was Kat's confidence that won out in the end. Even I must admit that her performance of Paris was convincing.


American Idol brought with it a surprising twist this week. The day after the final five sang songs chosen by the public, they were asked if they all wanted another week together as the final five and two people would be sent home the following week, or they could vote to send someone home like they always do. The decision had to be unanimous, and it wasn't and 18 year old cutie Sam Woolf was sent home. The big story following results night was which two contestants voted to break the final five apart rather than keeping them together another week. It was later revealed to be Jena and Alex. I personally would have liked to see everyone stay together another week. What's the harm? I think it would have brought stronger performances in the upcoming week for the contestants.

Here is a recap of how I felt their performances stacked up---

(Jason Mraz coached the contestants this week, and he was pretty awesome)

Round 1:

Alex Preston sang Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhoods-- Enjoyed this song choice for Alex. Very much in line with this style, and Jason Mraz's comments appeared to help Alex as he is definitely more engaged.

Caleb Johnson sang I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith-- Not loving it, and I can tell Caleb didn't love it either. Perhaps a little bit of a lackluster choice for him from America. It seemed like the right idea in theory but I think all that was on Caleb's mind is that the song has been overdone.

Jessica Meuse sang Human by Christina Perri-- I am on the same page as Harry. It wasn't my favorite performance but the song choice was right on. Her vocals were good, the dynamics were nice. Definitely, a better than usual performance for Jessica.

Sam Woolf sang Sing by Ed Sheeran-- This is the song of the minute right now, so Sam would have really had to knock it out of the park for it to be a hit for him. He did better than usual, but what it was missing is the falsetto that Ed laces throughout the song. This is a song that is really based on those high notes, and Sam lacked that. Performance wise though, Jenn was right, it was the most comfortable he's been on a stage.

Jena Irene sang My Body by Young the Giant-- Jena takes Jason's advice to heart and her stage presence improves. I am not too familiar with the song, but she does a great job with it nonetheless.

Round 2:

Alex Preston sang Say Something by A Great Big World-- Harry called this the performance of the night, and it actually was. I think Alex won the night. I believed every word, and I agree when Keith called it the perfect marriage of song and artist. I was overwhelmed by emotions as Alex sang this but he managed to hold it together.

Jena Irene sang Valerie by Amy Winehouse-- I didn't initially get this choice for Jena, but the moment she opened her mouth and started singing, I understood. This was everything it needed to be, a jazzy vocal, it was a different choice for Jena but still in her wheelhouse. Oddly enough, although I thought she pulled this off, the judges didn't.

Sam Woolf sang How to Save a Life by The Fray-- I liked this song for Sam better than the first. It had some bumps along the way, but it finished up strong. I think in general, the reason Sam got sent home before his time is because she song choices were not the best for him. Too bad, he is a really talented kid.

Jessica Meuse sang Summertime Sadness by Lana Del Rey-- I love this song and loved it on Jessica. Consequently, I think the great song choices she got are the reason that she is still in the competition instead of at home.

Caleb Johnson sang Still of the Night by Whitesnake-- No idea how this was chosen for Caleb but it was a great choice. Clearly there are some fans of Idol who are really into 80's rock. This was a great performance. Caleb holds strong as a contestant, but this might be an Alex verse Jena final.

What do you think?