Those 10 weeks just flew right by! I can’t believe The Voice is over!
Yesterday, the four finalists sang original songs as well as duets with their coaches. Dia and Blake sang “I Won’t Back Down” (complete with some stylish Ray-Bans and camo guitars), Beverly and Christina sang “Beautiful” (I can’t say I’m surprised that Christina picked one of her own songs), Javier and Adam sang “Man in the Mirror” (and Adam still looks good in a suit, if you were wondering), and Vicci and Cee Lo sang “Love is a Battlefield” (featuring some deadly spiked shoulder pads and dancing children).
The original songs were good too, though I enjoyed the duets more. After Vicci’s original song, she thanked Adam for buying her jeans like his and Blake said “Man, I can’t say that she’s been in my pants!” I gotta say, now that the show is done, I’m gonna miss his inappropriate comments. Dia had mimes dancing behind her during her performance, and immediately I remembered Blake making fun of Christina for including mimes in one of her singer’s performances. Of course Christina called him out on this right away. Beverly’s original song garnered a standing ovation from all the judges, and of course Javier’s performance needed no feedback.
After yesterday’s episode, I couldn’t decide who I expected to win. Each of the four singers is so unique and obviously very talented. Tonight, they each sang a duet with a famous singer who was not their judge. Vicci sang “Drops of Jupiter” with Train’s Pat Monahan, Javier sang “Landslide” with Stevie Nicks (which made Adam nearly cry), Beverly sang “Good Life” with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, and Dia sang “The House that Built Me” with Miranda Lambert, after which Blake told Dia he realizes his attachment to her is because she’s family to him now.
After 10 weeks of becoming attached to these singers, it was time to let 3 of the 4 go. Dia and Javier were the top two singers, and Carson announced there was less than a 2% difference in their number of votes. So, without further ado, the winner of The Voice is…drum roll please…. Javier! As someone who was rooting for Dia and Javier equally, I’m happy with this. Javier has lost so many chances along his way, so I’m glad to see he got this one. And I’m sure that even though she was the runner up, someone is going to give Dia a recording deal. She’s clearly amazing.
So, what do you think? Are you happy with Javier winning, or did you want it to be someone else?
So many tears! Every time someone cried on the show, I cried! I feel so invested in all these singers! I’m not ready to see them go!
Let’s just go over it all from the beginning, shall we? The opening Freedom/Faith mash-up was great! I loved seeing everyone sing together, and it sounded a lot better than I would’ve thought an 8-way song would sound! And did anyone else notice Nakia’s orange wayfarers? Cee Lo is rubbing off on him.
The first elimination announcement was Team Cee Lo – Nakia vs Vicci. I was a little (read: a lot) worried when Cee Lo said he wrote a poem for them. I think Carson was too, judging by his “Let’s hear this” reaction. After the poetry reading, Carson announced Cee Lo’s scores for his singers. He gave Nakia 51 points and Vicci 49. His reasoning was that Vicci’s drumming drowned out her voice, but let’s be real – that was an even split. After adding America’s votes, Vicci is continuing to the finals.
Next, Cee Lo performed his new single, “Bright Lights Bigger City” sporting his second wig of the season. I have no strong feelings one way or the other about this performance, but Adam seemed to really enjoy it.
Next on the chopping block were Team Adam’s Casey and Javier; Adam gave 35 points to Casey and 65 to Javier. He explained his decision by saying that Casey is 18 and has her whole career ahead of her while Javier is running out of breaks (not his exact words, but that was the idea). He said “I had to advance him” and promised Casey that she’s going to be a huge star regardless. As expected, America’s votes confirmed that Javier is advancing.
In the next reality reel, we learned Blake flew his girls to Cincinnati to watch him perform and join him for Honey Bee. They met Brad Paisley, Blake gave them pink camouflage electric guitars and they flew on a private jet. Blake split his 100 points evenly between his girls, leaving the ultimate decision in the hands of the voters. It was a tight race, but Dia is advancing to the finals.
Like Blake, Christina also split her points evenly between her girls, and Beverly is advancing to the finals. This was the only one I wasn’t able to predict ahead of time, and while Beverly has grown on me, I’m sad to see Frenchie go.
Next week is the finals. They’ll perform original songs as well as duets with their coaches, and I’m really interested in seeing how that goes.
First, I want to say that I’m happy with the final two for Adam and Cee Lo. For Team Adam, America saved Javier Colon (which was not surprising) and Adam saved Casey Weston. On Team Cee Lo, America saved Vicci (again, not surprising) and Cee Lo saved Nakia. I know I said I would like to see Curtis Grimes advance, but the more I thought about it the more I realized Nakia was a stronger choice.
But let’s get to what’s really important here — the performances!
Frenchie Davis (Team Christina) – “Like a Prayer”: AWESOME! Frenchie’s ability to hit (and hold!) several high notes is amazing! I think Blake summed it up the best when he said her performance was “a giant middle finger” to anyone who thought Christina made the wrong choice by saving her.
Nakia (Team Cee Lo) – “What Do You Want From Me”: Also a great performance. Nakia is always one to work the crowd when he performs, and tonight was no different. After his song, Cee Lo pointed out that his whole team was wearing black and white (rather than the usual black and red) because black and white “is the color of big business.” I’m not entirely sure what that means, but it must’ve been true because both of his singers rocked.
Dia Frampton (Team Blake) – “Losing My Religion”: As you may have guessed by now, Dia might be my favorite to win the whole thing. Last night she sang a Dia-ized version of Losing My Religion, which did not disappoint. Her performances are always so amazing that there’s really nothing Blake needs to say to her. Last night he opted for “Gosh dangit I’m glad to know you!”
Casey Weston (Team Adam) – “I Will Always Love You”: Last week, Adam advised Casey to sing an upbeat rendition of Black Horse and the Cherry Tree rather than a slow/acoustic version, which I thought was fantastic advice. However, this week he had her sing a Whitney Houston song, which I thought was bold. If it were Frenchie, I would say give her a Whitney song and she’ll knock it out of the park. But Casey…I’m not sure her voice can handle that. I thought it started out a bit shaky (maybe that was just my skepticism taking over), but it got better as she continued. Honestly, I don’t think she has a chance to continue since she’s up again Javier. She needed all the help she could get, and I don’t think that song was the answer. But, the judges all seemed to like it. Blake (who clearly had a plethora of one-liners last night) even said “I don’t know when we’re gonna start talkin’ about how freakin’ hot she is!”
Beverly McClellan (Team Christina) – “The Thrill is Gone”: Beverly is really growing on me. I think Team Christina is the only team in the competition where I can’t predict who is going to continue. Both of her singers are so strong, and Beverly is very aware of her competition. In the reality reel before her performance, she said “I would like to win because I’d like to give my music wings. The wings it hasn’t had for 20 years.” I wasn’t familiar with the song before she sang it (a statement Adam said a couple times last night as well!), but she made me like it.
Javier Colon (Team Adam) – “Fix You”: I’ll admit, I had a hard time focusing on the performance because it was the first time we’ve seen Javier without his hat on. I didn’t realize that was going to be a distraction for everyone, but the judges spent more time talking about his head than his singing. Blake even said “I’m so pissed I wasn’t over there to catch that hat!” His performance, of course, was amazing. It always is. Dia might be my favorite, but Javier is a (very) close second!
Xenia (Team Blake) – “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”: Another song I’ve never heard of before, but I enjoyed Xenia’s performance. She seemed more confident than she did last time, which was good. I thought she struggled a bit to hit some of the notes in the song, but I really like her so I won’t hold it against her. Similar to the Team Adam situation, though, I don’t think she has a chance against Dia to advance.
Vicci Martinez (Team Cee Lo) – “Dog Days Are Over”: What a way to end the show! She did a great job with this song. I loved the synchronized drumming and the fact that she was able to run all around the stage and not get winded. Her mic pack even fell out at one point, but she didn’t let it slow her down. I was also kinda digging her faux hawk-type hair do…very rock n roll.
Halfway through these performances, Maroon 5 performed their new single, Moves Like Jagger, featuring Christina Aguilera (or as Blake has been calling her lately, Christina Argue-lera). I love the song! I read something this morning that said this performance was actually pre-recorded, which explains Adam’s super fast wardrobe change. Speaking of which, he certainly wears a suit well. At the end of the song, Carson addressed the rumors that Adam and Christina don’t get a long by saying “Let’s give it up for your judges…who clearly like each other.” Later on, Blake Shelton also performed his current single, Honey Bee. Dia and Xenia even joined him on stage to help him finish out the song, which was a nice surprise.
The results show will be live tonight as opposed to next week, so we’ll get to find out the winners very soon! The judges will score their singers, and that’ll be combined with America’s votes to choose the winners. So, who do you want to want to see advance?
Spoiler Alert: I will discuss the outcome of last week’s episode in this post. If you don’t want to know which members of Team Christina and Team Blake made it to the next round, stop reading now.
I’ve told pretty much everyone I’ve come in contact with, and I’ll tell you too, The Voice has quickly become my biggest TV obsession. If you don’t watch it, I don’t know what you’re waiting for! Every episode is still available on Hulu, so I suggest you mosey on over there and start catching up.
This week’s show started off by getting right down to business. Christina was very emotional as they were announcing which of the women on her team would be going home. Considering how feisty she’s been, I was happy to see her take this moment seriously and not use it as a reason to start trash talking the other judges. I was very happy when they announced that Beverly McClellan was saved by America’s votes. Her performance last week was fantastic and her win was well deserved. Christina chose Frenchie to join her in the semi-finals, which meant Raquel Castro and Lily Elise were sent home.
They decided to wait until the end of the show to announce the results for Team Blake, so in keeping with that theme I’ll wait until the end of this post to share that outcome with you.
This week, Team Cee Lo and Team Adam performed. Team Cee Lo’s first performers were Tori and Taylor Thompson, who performed Boogie Woogie Bugel Boy by The Andrews Sisters. The performance was cute and energetic, and the girls had on matching costumes, but I didn’t love it. Next on Team Cee Lo, Vicci Martinez sang Dolly Parton’s Jolene. Vicci has a very strong voice and I loved her rendition of this song. Nakia – the singer who won Cee Lo over during the auditions by singing “Forget You” – sang Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire. He, too, has a very strong voice, and his performance was great. Finally, Curtis Grimes performed a country version of Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. Following his performance, Adam said “I’d look like an idiot if I wore a cowboy hat but you look sweet in one!” It was hard for me to decide which two members from Team Cee Lo I’d like to see continue, but I think I would go with Vicci Martinez and Curtis Grimes. As great as Nakia was, I was much more into Vicci and Curtis’ performances.
Up first on Team Adam was Casey Weston, who sang KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and the Cherry Tree. In the rehearsal footage, they showed Casey being very apprehensive about singing a high energy version of this song, so I was worried her fear was going to show. I was wrong! This performance was amazing! Blake even said he was going to download it right away. Next up was former pre-med student, Devon Barley, performing Stop and Stare by OneRepublic. I don’t care for this song in the first place, and I wasn’t particularly drawn to Devon’s performance of it either. He sang well, but it didn’t really “wow” me. Then, Jeff Jenkins performed Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take the Wheel. He has a great voice, and I really enjoyed his performance. He dedicated it to his mom and it was clear that he wasn’t faking the emotion of the song. Lastly, Javier Colon performed Angel by Sarah McLachlan. Javier has been a favorite of mine from the start, and he did not disappoint with this performance. As a result, my votes for Team Adam go to Casey Weston and Javier Colon. I don’t want to see Jeff go, but I couldn’t imagine either Casey or Javier leaving next week either. I see why the judges have such a hard time deciding who to save!
After all the performances, they announced the results of who will be continuing on Team Blake. America’s votes saved Dia Frampton, which was far from surprising. The shocker there would’ve been if America didn’t save Dia. Carson asked Blake who he was going to send to the semi-finals with Dia, and he said “I can’t affect change with Jared Blake or Patrick Thomas like I can with Xenia, so I pick Xenia.” These were the two Team Blake members I wanted to continue, so I’m happy with the results.
As with last week, the two teams did group performances. Team Cee Lo performed Everyday People by Sly and the Family Stone – complete with Cee Lo sporting an afro. Team Adam performed With a Little Help From My Friends. Both performances were good, but Cee Lo’s was definitely more entertaining.
Aside from the performances, there were lots of other things that happened during those two hours. Cee Lo was rocking a glittery jacket, which is a look that few can actually get away with. Of course Cee Lo is one of those few. Christina kept her inappropriate comments mostly contained this week, except for a few outbursts. Curtis even provoked her after his own performance and joked about taking his pants off, saying “Patrick wouldn’t do it, but…” But I’d have to say the most surprising statement of the week came from Jeff Jenkins. When Alison, the social media correspondent, read a tweet for Jeff that asked if he has ladies lining up for him now, he said “I don’t know, I’m still waiting on that legal Thompson sister.” That sounded like something Christina would say, not Jeff. The only difference is it got a laugh from me rather than a cringe.
Voting is open until Monday for this week’s performers. Who will you be voting for?