The Voice: Liiiiiiiiive! Teams Blake and Christina!

It’s time for the live rounds on The Voice, and YOU GUYS, what was going on with Cee Lo’s wig??? Hilarious. OK, now let’s get to the performances because, frankly, I fast-forward through anything featuring Carson Daly. Tonight we were hearing twelve performances from Team Blake and Team Christina.

Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) – “Livin’ On A Prayer”

I like Jermaine, but I found his performance weak. I mean, “Livin’ On A Prayer”? That’s kind of a karaoke song, and not something that made sense for Jermaine.

Chris Mann (Team Christina) – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Whether you like this style of music or not, you must admit that Chris Mann cansing. And this was a great song choice for him. I wouldn’t necessarily buy his record, but I can see Chris Mann having a career recording and performing these kind of classics. He’s a talent, there’s no doubt about it.

RaeLynn (Team Blake) – “Wake Up Call”

RaeLynn is the adorable Miranda Lambert wannabe, so I expected her to do a country song. Instead, she performed a Maroon 5 song. That’s already a brave choice considering the lead singer is in the audience, and she changed the song a lot. It didn’t really suit her in my opinion, and I didn’t feel the performance showcased the best of RaeLynn.

Moses Stone (Team Christina) – “Stronger”/”Power”

Doing a mashup of two Kanye West songs was a good idea for Moses, because it displayed what he does best – a combination of good rapping, somewhat limited singing, and stage presence. I don’t know if voters will respond to Moses, but I think he’s good at what he does.

Naia Kete (Team Blake) – “Turning Tables”

As soon as I heard this song choice, I thought “Whaaaa?” Adele is the opposite of a mellow singer. She has a booming, powerful voice. And that’s just not what Naia’s about. I believe that you can change a song enough that that doesn’t matter, but to me Naia just sounded out of breath and in over her head. As my friend Erin pointed out on Facebook during the show, Adele is one of those artists that should really only be covered if the performer has the pipes to do it justice.

Lindsay Pavao (Team Christina) – “Somebody That I Used To Know”

I wasn’t familiar with this song, but I was a big fan of Lindsay from early on and I was excited to see how Christina would display her talent. The performance was so cool, and she sounded great. I really hope voters get behind Lindsay, because I think she’s a really interesting artist.

Jordis Unga (Team Blake) – “Alone”

Jordis is one of the artists I’ve really been excited about on The Voice this season, because I was such a big fan of her on Rock Star INXS. But I was really disappointed with the song choice. I love Heart, but I think “Alone” is one of those songs that has reached a point where it needs to be retired from singing shows. Jordis is fantastic, one of the best of the night. But the song felt so typical.

Sera Hill (Team Christina) – “Find Your Love”

I have to say, I really like what Christina does with her team members. This song choice was really interesting for Sera, and I loved the theatrics of performances from Team Xtina. I thought this was a great performance, though the swagger felt more Beyonce than Mary J. Sera doesn’t have the strongest voice I’ve ever heard, but I like what she brings to the party.

Erin Willett (Team Blake) – “Living For The City”

I really, really love the tone of Erin’s voice and the effortless power behind it. I also love this song, and really enjoyed the stage theatrics during this performance. Erin is great, and this was easily one of the best performances of the night.

Ashley De La Rosa (Team Christina) – “Right Through You”

This was a good choice for Ashley because she considers herself a rock singer, but it allowed her to show off her pipes. She started out a little rocky, but she had a lot of confidence and stage presence and pulled through. By the second verse she was really rocking it. It wasn’t the best of the night, but I think Ashley has a really fun, marketable quality about her.

Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake) – “Misery Business”

I don’t know this song, but I really enjoy Charlotte and I thought she delivered a great performance. I don’t think it was as memorable or unique as it could have been, but it was good.

Jesse Campbell (Team Christina) – “What a Wonderful World”

This is a classic song, but for me it made Jesse seem like too much of a wedding singer. Yes, it was beautiful. Jesse has an effortless, smooth voice that sounds like melted butter. And the performance was good. But what did we learn about him from this performance? I don’t know what could be done with Jesse as a recording artist today. Not yet, anyway.

OK guys, ready? Time for some rankings.

  1. Erin Willett (Team Blake)
  2. Sera Hill (Team Christina)
  3. Lindsay Pavao (Team Christina)
  4. Jordis Unga (Team Blake)
  5. Chris Mann (Team Christina)
  6. Moses Stone (Team Christina)
  7. Ashley De La Rosa (Team Christina)
  8. Jesse Campbell (Team Christina)
  9. Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake)
  10. Jermaine Paul (Team Blake)
  11. Naia Kete (Team Blake)
  12. RaeLynn (Team Blake)

So as you can see, I’m somewhat favoring Team Christina here and it was a pretty good night for women in general. Now, head to the comments and hit me with your own thoughts and rankings!

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6 Responses to The Voice: Liiiiiiiiive! Teams Blake and Christina!

  1. Erin says:

    YAY!!! I got a shout out!:) We pretty much agree for once (doesn’t happen with other shows!) but as much as Jermaine’s performance wasn’t stellar I really want him to come back because I think he is crazy talented! If I had to see people go, I am thinking 2 of RaeLynn, Charlotte or Naia based on tonight’s performances from Team Blake and Team Xtina is MUCH harder…ill say more what I think might happen based on what i think people will vote for…not sure people will vote for Jesse, Chris Mann could totally tap the Josh Groba market – but I am not sure how many votes he’ll get, and I love Moses but I am not sure if he’ll get the votes – hope he does!

    • Jill says:

      Team Xtina is definitely harder to figure out who’ll go home. The talent is so diverse, it’s like comparing apples and oranges.

  2. Scott says:

    I loved the fact that Christina decided to cover up for once! I definitely had some different thoughts on the performances though.

    1.Erin Willett (Team Blake)
    2.Chris Mann (Team Christina)
    3.Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake)
    4.Lindsay Pavao (Team Christina)
    5.Moses Stone (Team Christina)
    6.Ashley De La Rosa (Team Christina) [Good but boring]
    7.RaeLynn (Team Blake) [Wrong song but unique voice]
    8.Jesse Campbell (Team Christina)
    9.Jordis Unga (Team Blake) [Terrible song, she just skipped the verses to scream some more]
    10.Sera Hill (Team Christina) [She was off key so often]
    11.Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) [Terribly boring, ,sounded out of breath]
    12.Naia Kete (Team Blake) [Shouldn't have listened to Blake]

    Having said that, I do believe that Jesse will be saved over Ashley.

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  4. Krissy says:

    Playing a little catch up. Why much all the shows I love be on on Sundays and Mondays, my two busiest days of the week! Not fair, tv gods. Not fair.

    Anyhow, interesting episode. There were a few that I originally thought were fantastic, but they faltered majorly in the live show. Team Christina was hands down the overall winner of the night. Blake’s team was a bit lackluster in my eyes. Since it’s easier, I’ll do a little ranking too…

    1. Lindsay Pavao (Team Christina)
    2. Chris Mann (Team Christina)
    3. Charlotte Sometimes (Team Blake)
    4. Moses Stone (Team Christina)
    5. Erin Willett (Team Blake)
    6. Jesse Campbell (Team Christina)

    Lindsay and Chris are my favourites by far. Lindsay is someone I would listen to after the show. She’s got an interesting trip-hop Fiona Apple vibe and I dig it. Chris wows me. As a classically trained musician myself (though not a vocalist), I can really get behind where he’s coming from, and I really respect him for staying true to his classical roots. I was a fan of Charlotte before the show, and I think she’s fantastic on the show too. I was pleasantly surprised by Moses – not usually my style, but what an entertainer. I really enjoyed watching him. Erin and Jesse, while brilliant singers, I found them a bit boring which is why I ranked them on the lower end.

    And the rest were just okay-ish. I loved RaeLynn in the first rounds of the show, but I was very turned off by her performance this week. She has an interesting sounding voice which is what I initially loved about her, but half of what she sang, I couldn’t even make out the words. I think she’s pushing for the “unique voice” a little too hard, and it’s made her performance suffer. Uniqueness and standing out from the ordinary are important, yes, but should not come at the cost of distorting the music that much. Just my 2c.

    Also can we talk about how gorgeous Christina was this week? She needs to “restrain” herself more often and let the natural beauty shine because she was killin’ it. ;)

    End mini novel.

    • Jill says:

      I really like Lindsay too, and I’m really interested to see what she does. I feel like she’ll deliver really cool, memorable performances.

      Christina looked so great this week! Toned down definitely suits her better.

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