Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Voice - Women, Team Adam Rule

Tonight's episode of The Voice gave us a good idea of the direction this show is going in this season. Basically, this show is being dominated by the women and by Team Adam.

The show started with eliminations (and crocodile tears from Christina Aguilera). Advancing as the top vote-getter from Christina's team was Beverly McClellan, and a rambling Christina chose to save Frenchie Davis. And at the end of the show, Blake Shelton saved Xenia after Dia Frampton was declared safe by the public vote, much to Carson Daly's surprise. Which I don't get. Is he stupid or just a massive tool? Or both? Of course Xenia was going to get picked, especially over her (inferior) male teammates. Her iTunes rankings have consistently been high.

Also dominant is Team Adam. Adam Levine has assembled a strong team, and unfortunately, Casey Weston may be in danger. Javier Colon is as much a sure thing to advance as there ever has been. And Jeff Jenkins, despite what I thought was a flawed vocal, seems to have a lot of support from the coaches and the public, and with all females advancing from Christina and Blake's teams, Casey might be expendable. It's a shame, too, because she gave one of the Top 3 performances of the night.

Tori & Taylor Thompson (Team Cee Lo) - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by The Andrews Sisters (Buy on iTunes)
When I say in the title that the women ruled, I am totally excluding these two from the equation. They're not women anyway - they're children. And they performed like children. The whole performance reminded me of grade school recitals, from the outfits, to the juvenile and weak voices, to the dancing. And it was missing a redhead in the group.

Casey Weston (Team Adam) - Black Horse & The Cherry Tree by K.T. Tunstall (Buy on iTunes)
Casey wanted to change up the song and slow it down, but Adam wasn't having it. I thought she had a good idea there and was afraid he totally jacked her with his decision, but this arrangement was different enough from the original, with its very strong harmonica and banjo parts, to work well for her. She biffed a note but otherwise gave a strong performance.

Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo) - Jolene by Dolly Parton (Buy on iTunes)
I kind of forgot I was watching a TV competition. That was a very professional performance, and she sounded terrific.

Devon Barley (Team Adam) - Stop And Stare by OneRepublic (Buy on iTunes)
Adam gave Devon a song by his former tour-mates. And like Ryan Tedder, Devon can't quite hit all the notes live on TV. Some were downright painful. He also needs to learn a thing or two about staging. Coming right after Vicci, it was totally amateur hour.

Team Cee Lo - Everyday People
Oh wow there sure were a lot of off-key performances there from Curtis, especially, and also Tori & Taylor. Cee Lo's afro wig can probably sing in tune better than most of his team. Vicci is clearly the class of this team.

Nakia (Team Cee Lo) - Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon (Buy on iTunes)
I'm sorry, but my sex cannot be on fire watching this guy perform. His voice is fine, but everything about this visually is making me laugh, from the fire dancers to his guido hair and that drop to the ground.

Jeff Jenkins (Team Adam) - Jesus Take The Wheel by Carrie Underwood (Buy on iTunes)
I'm quite shocked he even tried that power note. It was not pretty. Not a lot of that performance was pretty, actually (or "beautiful", CHRISTINA). I didn't like his phrasing, and his pitch was off during the chorus.

Team Adam - With A Little Help From My Friends
This has always been a great group sing-along song. Everyone sounded really good. I had my head down when Javier came in for his solo, and I immediately whipped my head up. Holy ish. His voice is amazing. And it cannot be said enough - Adam Levine is super hot.

Curtis Grimes (Team Cee Lo) - Addicted To Love by Robert Palmer (Buy on iTunes)
Not enough slick-haired fembots on stage. And not enough melody in the song. It just doesn't work well as a honky-tonk country song.

Javier Colon (Team Adam) - Angel by Sarah McLachlan (Buy on iTunes)
It's so refreshing to hear a mentor tell someone to scale it back (JIMMY IOVINE). It was great advice too - Javier's voice is so glorious and buttery smooth and doesn't need to be muddled with too many melismatic runs. He also can really deliver a heartfelt and powerful performance. He has to be the favorite in this competition.

Rankings:
Javier (A)
Vicci (C)
Casey (A)
Nakia (C)
Jeff (A)
Devon (A)
Curtis (C)
Tori & Taylor (C)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I don't usually like guys with high singing voices -- especially if they're screechy (e.g., some former AI contestants), but Javier's voice is like honey. He sounded like an angel. I absolutely love Vicci's voice, though. These two are my favorites, and I'm cheering most for Vicci & her husky, interesting voice.