Last night on “The Voice” the final six contestants performed two songs: a coach’s pick and a song choice of their own. I love it when we see their own picks so I was excited for this show. Did it live up to your expectations?
Nicholas David (Team Cee Lo) sang “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire, chosen by his coach. He hed back a bit on the high notes but boogied along quite nicely. He has great personality, though, and the judges liked his performance.
His second song was “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which he somehow made sound like his own. “That’s one of those songs that make people weep. I’m sure there are people weeping right now, in a good way,” said Adam. I agree. A good night for Nicholas.
Blake is still desperately trying to get pop punk princess Cassadee Pope (Team Blake) to go country, so he chose “Stand” by Rascal Flatts. “The difficulty is finding the moments when her vocals can really soar,” he admits. Well, not if you choose the right song for her, Blake! Sigh…
I was a bit disappointed too with Cassadee’s own choice of Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You.” It was no surprise and almost a karaoke impersonation of Avril. But Blake loved it. ”People are realizing that you can’t teach-slash-coach somebody how to connect with a lyric,” he explains. “You have to be born with that…. Plus, you have to be able to sing really really good.”
Amanda Brown (Team Adam) picked “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” because “it’s a feel-good song, and it’s for the ladies.” Cee Lo was certainly carried away by the performance but she did a great job on this classic Aretha Franklin number, starting softly then bringing her gospel out.
Adam was complimentary too but he preferred Amanda’s next performance, Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” because it reminded him (and me) of Amanda’s rocker days of “Dream On.” Even Christina, well known for dissing Amanda, said “it was really great.”
Terry McDermott (Team Blake) did a fabulous job on Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” which he dedicated to his late mother. Stripped back to the piano and cello alone, the song carried a grief that was palpable. Really moving. So I don’t know how Christina could possibly have wanted more tenderness. I was crying; if Terry had been any more tender I’d have been filing for adoption. ”Dude, I love you. You slayed it,” said Adam. You won’t get an argument from me.
Blake then chose possibly Terry’s coolest song, the Faces’ “Stay With Me.” He was fun and flirty on this one, showing he’s not a one trick pony. Cee Lo was impressed, saying, “When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll, there’s nothing like the real thing,” he says. “And Terry, you are the real thing.” Yup.
Trevin Hunte (Team Cee Lo) sang “Walking on Sunshine.” Surprisingly chosen by Cee Lo, this song certainly bucked the trend of sob stories this mentor has been feeding us about Trevin for weeks. All in all, I prefer deep and dark Trevin. On this one he fluffed some lines and doesn’t even try for the “whoa-ohs” we all know and love. “It made me feel so much better to see you happy, and moving, and connecting with everyone,” Cee Lo told Trevin. It didn’t really do that for me.
Next, Trevin went for “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.” This time he really went for it and he sounded great. Trevin seemed confident he was going nowhere yet and he’d be voted through to next week. Christina was confident too. “If a record deal doesn’t happen for you, I would love to take you on the road personally,” she offered. Wow! I loved Cee Lo’s praise: “I’d just like to have a moment of silence to mourn the loss of all the other competition.”
Melanie Martinez (Team Adam) brought a change of quality…I mean standard. She sang Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” and tried to make it quirky with a tiny piano and half blue hair. Christina loved the props but didn’t say much about the singing. Was there much to say? Cee Lo just praised the song. I hated, hated, hated Adam’s choice of song for her: Lenka’s “The Show.” Like Blake said, “You’re definitely a darker artist, and you’re there, holding balloons?” Now that was crazy!
That all means (I bet you’ve guessed) that I expect Melanie to be kicked off tonight. Agreed?