Monday, May 18, 2015

The Voice Season 8: Finale

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne sang It's a Man's Man's World by James World-- Love her rendition of this song. Her interpretation and everything she added just really made the performance take off. The vocal was strong, and I don't think she made one false step, she came to play. Adam said we're unbelievably proud of you. Blake said you did it sis, that performance is why you deserve to be in this finale, your best performance yet. Pharrell said this is for you, you were born for this.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey sang Change My Mind (original song) by Meghan Linsey-- Adam said he was happy Meghan did this, it's cool to do this. Adam loved the song. Blake said, the hook of the song is so powerful, "you want me to change, I'll change my mind". I agree with Adam, super cool that she was able to do this, and I liked the song.

Pharrell and Sawyer sang Summer Breeze by Seals and Croft--

Team Adam: Joshua Davis sang Working Man's Hymm (original song) by Joshua Davis-- Blake said you're a great songwriter, the song is stuck in my head, that's a good sign. I loved the song too, I thought it was awesome, and it told me more about who Joshua is. Adam said the song was really good, and it made me happy.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks sang Please by Ray LaMontagne-- Pharrell said shout out to Ray LaMontagne for giving Sawyer that song and believing in him. To me, it seemed like this song was for Sawyer. He seemed so connected that I could have sworn that it was written for him.

Pharrell and Koryn sang We Will Work it Out by The Beatles--

Team Adam: Joshua Davis sang Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen-- This was Joshua's most inspiring performance yet. It happened at the perfect time. He has a shot at this. Christina found the performance heartwarming and engaging. Adam felt that he did what he had to do with that performance.

Blake and Meghan sang Freeway of Love by Aretha Franklin--

Adam and Joshua sang Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes by Paul Simon--

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne sang Bright Fire (original song) by Pharrell-- Adam loved how passionately she delivered the vocal. I could totally tell that she loved that song. Christina said you couldn't have arrived at this moment without Pharrell as your coach. I credit both Koryn and Pharrell for arriving at this moment. She has so much poise, and he clearly is so humble and committed. This was a beautiful song and it was beautifully performed.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey sang When a Man Loves a Woman by Percy Sledge-- Pharrell said, you are living the dream. You have completely rewritten your future, singing what you wanna sing, and sharing it. Adam said I figured out that my favorite thing about your voice, you have this extra thing with your voice that's really special. Blake called it the performance of the night. It was a great performance; this is anyone's competition to lose but I will say, Sawyer is making it difficult.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks sang Old Man by Neil Young--  This performance is the first one tonight that is truly captivating. I love it. Adam said don't ever lose sight of the purity and sanctity of who you are, you're the real deal. Christina said I am shocked you picked Pharrell and he picked every song and move so perfectly. You're a gem and I am so happy for you. Pharrell said I am so happy I am anywhere near your dream.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

American Idol Season 14: Wow, We're Down to Two

Jax is eliminated at the top of the competition leaving Clark Beckham and Nick Fradiani to compete for the title.


Clark sang Georgia on My Mind by Ray Charles-- Keith said southern, soulful, drenched in syrup. Jenn said you always had the talent, and tonight, you reminded us why you are here. Harry admires his drive and that he wants to stretch and push musically. It was a great way to start the show, I remembered why I liked Clark so much from the beginning with that performance. It was just so pure and good.

Nick sang Bright Lights by Matchbox 20--  That is my favorite Nick Fradiani performance. Amazing! I think it was even better than the first time he sang it. It was just so comfortable and confident. Jenn said he is a true American Idol, the voice, the look, the presence. We've seen you grow into that, that gets you to the next level. Harry said this is the perfect opportunity for you to vote. Keith said, it's about more than having a good voice, and being a good performer, it's also about saying can I relate to you? I can relate to you Nick.

Simon Fuller's Pick:

Clark sang Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone by Bill Withers-- Harry said that it was an inward soulful performance and the difference between him and Nick is that Nick is an outward performer. Jenn said who is she, who are you singing to right now Clark? This was also a strong performance for Clark. Great vocal, and I loved that he didn't copycat the song, he did his own interpretation.

Nick sang I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz-- Keith said your heart is so good Nick, beautiful. That was a great song choice. Jenn said perfect song, I loved the way you sounded on that. Harry said you're strongest thing is how you lay it all out there on an emotional level. I agree with Harry, that performance just had so much heart. The phrasing was tough and he nailed it, it was awesome!

Coronation Song:

Clark sang Champion-- Keith liked how inspiring the song is. Clark said it felt great to be singing his own song. Harry felt that he still has to get used to the song because it is a new song for him, but he said Nick will have the same disadvantage.

Nick sang Beautiful Life-- Harry said I enjoyed it, it really sounded like that song was tailor written for you. Jenn said it felt amazing, and you were in the moment performing. Keith said it was a bull's eye and people are going to go out and buy that record.

Who will win? I am leaning towards Nick but this is anyone's game. ;-) Until tomorrow.

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Voice Season 8: The Top 5

Coach's Choice

Team  Adam: Joshua Davis sang I Can't Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt-- I thought the vocal was soothing but almost a little bit too much so. Christina said she liked it and it reminded her of when he first started the show. Pharrell liked that it was his own rendition of the song. Adam said our challenge has been to highlight what you do the best. I'm proud of you, you did an incredible job.

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne sang One by U2-- Koryn's performance was inspiring, I liked that she took the vocal and didn't try to copy U2, she just did her own thing with it. Christina feels like Koryn has grown so much. Pharrell said he has learned more from Koryn than she has from him. You're the true definition of an inspirational singer.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey sang I'm Not the Only One by Sam Smith-- Go Meghan! You made a current hit your own, very difficult to do. I love her strength. Pharrell liked that Meghan showed that many genres of music live in Nashville. Adam said every performance is like your last, you're committed to the moment, and you did great.

Team Christina: India Carney sang Gravity by Sara Bareilles-- India came out to fight tonight. She raised the bar with that performance. It was very moving, the emotion was at a fever pitch. Adam said you have the best coach cause you've both been given so much ability. I liked the way the song grew and you told a story. Blake said it was powerful. Christina said you continue to amaze me; you're smart enough to have control.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks sang For What Its Worth by Buffalo Springfield-- This is probably my favorite Sawyer performance, and I think it came at the right time. Adam said the song was strangely current and rooted in something heavy. He made it current. Blake said great job, and Adam said Blake is boring. Pharrell said it's your time.


Hometown Choice

Team Adam: Joshua Davis sang When I Paint My Masterpiece by The Band-- Adam thought that the performance turned out better than he expected. Blake was unfamiliar with the song, I was too.

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne sang Oh Mary Don't You Weep-- I was extremely moved by her performance. So powerful and she is so strong. Adam said from where you started to where you are now, I cannot even believe the difference. Christina said I am so scared of you, to deliver in the way you did, I am such a fan. Pharrell said dreams can come true, anything is possible when you put God first; that performance showed that.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey sang Tennessee Whiskey by George Jones-- Christina said that was awesome, you always amaze me with your vocals. You can do it all. Pharrell said you continue to give people a taste of who you are. Blake said that was so special, you engaged all the country music fans, and all your new fans on the show.

Team Christina: India Carney sang Earth Song by Michael Jackson-- All the coaches are on their feet, and rightfully so, this performance just completely blew me away. It's what I've been waiting for, it brought tears to my eyes. Pharrell said it looked, sounded, and felt beautiful. Adam said every performance of yours is so awesome because it seems like performance art, it's like little storybooks unfolding. Christina said tonight you did a phenomenal job.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks sang A Thousand Years by Christina Peri--  Blake said you're clearly the front runner. You're the real deal buddy, congratulations. Pharrell said you have so  much generosity every time you sing. It was a surprise to hear Sawyer sing this, and it was also touching, I enjoyed the gentle nature of this performance.

Meghan and Sawyer are moving on..... Koryn or India will get the last spot, and Joshua will finish in fifth place.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

American Idol Season 14: Two Week Recap, Did the Right One Go Home?

Two Weeks Ago:

Clark Beckham performed Living for the City by Stevie Wonder and Your Man by Josh Turner-- Clark had a totally off week, I didn't care for either one of these performances, and to be honest, I thought he was headed home after Tyanna Jones was eliminated after the first round of performances. The only good part of the first performance was when he ran over to play the piano, and then, everything after, the piano seemed to give him confidence. Your Man was just a bad song choice, no one but Scotty McCreery should sing that.

Jax sang Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys and Human by Christina Peri-- I thought that these two performances were also misses. When Jax sang the first song, I felt like she had no connection to that song, you must be able to relate to that song and have some sort of love for NYC, or if you don't, pretend you're singing about your own hometown. For the second song, once again, I felt like it was a bad song choice, the song was too gentle and quiet for her. It didn't speak to me and clearly it didn't speak to Jax. She was my second choice to go home after Clark upon home town visits being completed.

Nick Fradiani sang Bright Lights by Matchbox 20 and What Hurts the Most by Rascal Flatts-- Nick peaked at the right time, and had the time of his life on this night of performances. He had the strongest night, and was the only shoe in to move forward in the competition to the final three. I've always thought there were vocal similarities between Rob Thomas and Nick and tonight we heard that. It was the perfect song for him, and he connected with the song in a great way. He seems to grow more and more comfortable on the stage every time he performs. I feel like he was the only person on the show that had two solid performances...........

.............. I also have to hand it to Rayvon Owen, he never gave up and fought every single week for every single performance. He gave, arguably, some of the best and strongest performances of the entire season. The young man deserves a record deal.

Rayvon Owen sang Need You Now by Lady Antebellum and Believe by Justin Bieber-- His first performance was overly dramatic, and while I appreciated him making it his own, I feel like the song lacked emotional connection. I loved his second performance; it had a lot of heart, and it was cool for Rayvon to take a song in a completely different yet successful direction, perhaps more-so than the original version.

Last Week:

3 rounds, 4 artists....

Round 1:

Scott's picks:

Rayvon Owen sang Want to Want Me by Jason Derulo
Clark Beckham sang Beautiful Day by U2
Nick Fradiani sang Because the Night by Bruce Springsteen
Jax sang My Generation by The Who

Performances in order from strongest to weakest-- Nick, Jax and Rayvon (tie), Clark

Although the judges gave this round to Jax, I felt as though her performance was a little bit too over the top. Nick's performance was stronger, it had more credibility, and it was a more comfortable performance. I liked Rayvon's performance, but there were some pitch issues. Beautiful Day was the wrong song choice for Clark. Was Scott trying to get back at him for being so stubborn?

Round 2:

Hometown Dedications:

Nick Fradiani sang Back Home by Andy Grammer
Clark Beckham sang Sitting on the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Rayvon Owen sang As by Stevie Wonder
Jax sang My Immortal by Evanescence

Performances in order from strongest to weakest-- Rayvon, Jax, Nick and Clark

In theory, Jax should have had a strong performance but My Immortal didn't have enough dynamics to blow me away. Rayvon wins this round with his thoughtful and inspiring performance of "As". It is clear that Rayvon connected with that song. Nick's song choice was too obscure. I would have liked to hear him sing Home by Daughtry. Clark's song choice was too sleepy.

Round 3:

Judges Picks:

Clark Beckham sang Earned It by the Wknd
Rayvon Owen sang You Are So Beautiful by Joe Cocker
Jax sang Misery Business by Paramore
Nick Fradiani sang I'll Be by Edwin McCain

Performances in order from strongest to weakest-- Clark and Nick, Rayvon, Jax

Clark is no Wknd for sure, but his original interpretation of that song was strong. Equally Nick Fradiani continued to stay ahead of his competitors with his performance of I'll Be.

With Rayvon being sent home, Nick Fradiani is my favorite to win this thing. It's his competition to lose at this point.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Voice Season 8: And Then There Were 6

Team Christina: India's tribute to her mom was Glory by John Legend and Common-- Wow, what a powerful performance. I thought the way that she sang the parts that Common raps in the original was seamless. It literally sounded like she had cut that record herself. Pharrell said Kenny Babyface Edmonds should be writing her a song. Adam said the song choice was perfect for her, and he felt like she had a moment. Blake said he had never heard that song, and felt like she did such a great job with the song. Christina said she figured out the portions that Common rapped melodically so well.

Team Adam: Joshua Davis's sang Desire by U2--I didn't love this song choice on him. I understand what he was trying to do, but I don't think it worked. I hope his second performance was better. Pharrell said this was better than his best performance, and he thought he looked like he was having fun doing something different. Adam said he is most impressed by what Pharrell said, and you're the first person I have seen in a while get up there and be comfortable and have fun.

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne's tribute to her mom was Everbody Hurts by R.E.M.-- It was a tiny bit pitchy in parts, but I think overall another powerful performance. At 17, she has grown probably more than anyone on this show, and I think she has a real shot at the finals. Blake said it's unbelievable how invested she is in every performance. Pharrell said he is humbled and she is truly anointed. You let the spirit in and you are truly the best.

Team Christina: Kimberly Nichole's tribute to her mom was Free Fallin' by Tom Petty-- Kimberly's joy which really spoke to me through this song literally brought tears to my eyes. I loved this tribute to her mom, her vocals were so original and strong, and I feel like she really felt the song, it's almost like she was living her life like the song. Adam said you did this song your way, and I feel like you can sing anything. Christina said you fill my heart with so much joy and I love you for that.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey sang Steamroller Blues by James Taylor-- I love Meghan's sass in this song, she is just consistently so impressive. If she isn't the surest bet for the finals I don't know who is. She is the blues, and her vocals are incredible. Pharrell and Blake were on their feet. Christina said that was crazy, you just laid your heart and soul out on that stage. That was crazy. Pharrell said I loved and enjoyed that, you represent all those people being told no. Blake said I'm excited! You sang the crap out of that song. If that was a ketchup packet you stepped on it.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks's tribute to his mom was Shine On by Daisy May Erlewine-- At times, Sawyer's performances have been underwhelming for me, but this was so special and so quietly strong and confident. It wasn't pretentious, it was so well done and executed perfectly. Adam said you're a really special kid Sawyer, every time you get up there, you're amazing. That was soulful, engaging, and emotional; it was one of the best of the night. Blake said you're just so good. Pharrell said you inspire so many people.

Team Christina: Kimberly Nichole sang Dirty Diana by Michael Jackson-- In the words of Cee Lo, oh wow! Her pipes were smoking on this performance! I had goosebumps. Pharrell said you just had a rock and roll moment, congrats Kim. Christina said you're incredible and you embody how to perform, you're a rock star up there.

Team Adam: Joshua Davis's tribute to his wife was In My Life by The Beatles-- Much better than his first performance. I loved this, the vocal was so pure and humble. Blake said this song does mean something to everybody, wow, I agree with that. Blake said I wish I could stand up there and do what you just did. Adam said you're a class act, that performance was mesmerizing, it was flawless.

Team Pharrell: Koryn Hawthorne sang Dream On by Aerosmith-- That was mighty! Another super powerful performance by Koryn, her vocals were in top form, and I feel like she knows her limits and pushes them to the max every time. Christina felt like she came out with so much intensity, great performance. Pharrell said that was an inspiring performance.

Team Christina: India Carney sang Lay Me Down by Sam Smith-- I loved this performance, I felt like even in the points where it sounded like there were pitch issues she worked it out, and was strong. The control that it took for her to handle that vocal was amazing. Adam said congratulations, that was your best performance ever on this show. You did something very different for you, it made you one of the front runners again. Christina said you stepped up and stepped out of your comfort zone.

Team Pharrell: Sawyer Fredericks sang Take Me to the River by Al Green-- Like Pharrell, I understand why he wanted to do this, the version that he did is right in line with his style and vocal range. Sawyer really hasn't made one glaring error in this competition, he is coasting. Blake said I never realized how still you stood until they put 100 dancers around you, but it doesn't matter, you still sound good, it doesn't freakin matter. Pharrell said you worked the stage.

Team Blake: Meghan Linsey's tribute to her mom was Amazing Grace-- How fearless for her to take on that first verse acapella. It shows and proves her skills as a singer. She is without question my favorite contestant this season. Her strength shone in his performance. Christina said, as always, that was gorgeous, very touching and very moving. Blake said I felt like the whole world stopped just to listen to that, so proud of you sis.

I have no idea who to eliminate..... everyone was phenomenal tonight.....