Knockout Night, Round 2!

Cody Wickline VS Corey Kent White   *Team Blake*

Cody starts off first, singing some song I have never heard before, “”Til My Last Day”. Can I say that if this was my last day and I had to listen to this performance, I would feel like my life was all for nothing? I really liked Cody prior but this performance was nothing special. Corey is singing “Live Like You Are Dying”, which I don’t remember being sung anytime recently on The Voice, and damn if i wish I didn’t have to hear it tonight because his version stunk. It was Pitchy and his voice sounded like he was gargling with Listerine while singing. If I wasn’t dying before, I am dying now. I would take Cody based on potential, but neither deserves a win. Blake goes with Corey, and Cody goes home.

Wow…both songs about living and dying and now I feel like I need to go meditate and find the meaning of life. What is this meager life for? What am I doing with it? Why did I just listen to two songs being obliterated by crappy singers?

Blaze Johnson VS Deanna Johnson   *Team Adam*  

Blaze begins first, singing “You Found Me” by the Fray. It was an OK performance and there is no doubt that Blaze can sing, but there was no real connection that I felt and it didn’t do anything for me. I want to critique this harder because this song is a song that when I hear it, it moves me. Not only that, Blaze cracked a note. This was way over his head, poor guy. Goodbye Blaze, because Deanna is singing “Listen To Your Heart”, which is probably the most perfect song for her. I want to parallel Deanna to previous voice star singer Jake Worthington, who never got anyone to turn for them prior but came back and got several chairs to turn. I really feel like Deanna and I believe could go just as far as Jake did, and for this reason I go with Deanna. Adam does indeed chose Deanna and Blaze goes home.

Hannah Kirby VS Caitlin Caporale   *Team Pharrell*

I love Hannah, she is so goofy up there doing her thing. This is interesting because if you compare her to Sarah Potenza (who I have criticized for looking awkward on stage), I find Sarah to be off-putting and displaced, while Hannah seems natural and likable. Plus, she is singing “Higher Love”, which really made it fun. Caitlin sings “Warrior” and I think it is just fantastic. Caitlin is a strong contender in my eyes, and I feel like she will get plenty of votes come lives. This makes for a very tough decision for Pharrell. I would chose Hannah but Pharrell chooses Caitlin. Blake decides to steal Hannah and I am glad for that!

See y’all next week!

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Knockouts!

Tonight is the beginning to the heartbreaking segment of The Voice, the knockouts. This is when each coach cuts half of their team, keeping the strongest and letting go of the weakest. There are still steals available though, so all is not lost.

On to the first bout of the night!

Ashley Morgan VS Sonic  *Team Xtina*

Ashley comes out singing “Heartbreaker”, and instantly I think this is a horrible song choice. This would be a great song to sing at your friends karaoke party, but it doesn’t translate very well on The Voice. Not only that, but her voice is very winded and her high note quality got about as high as a Penguin in a vertical leap contest. Sonic sings “A Women’s Worth”, which is, in contrast, the perfect song choice . She definitely makes that face like she just smelt a pungent fart, but she is feeling the song and was precise in her pitch. Sonic wins this in my book, no contest. Christina does indeed choose Sonic and Ashley goes home.

Brian Johnson VS Sarah Potenza  *Team Blake*

Brian chooses “Nothing Ever Hurt Like You”, which does allow him to move around like he wanted to…but he didn’t. In fact, all he did was just sorta shuffle around and maybe take a step or two around. To me, it was not the best song choice, but the fact remains that his voice is going to be tough to beat. Sarah goes with the ballad “Wasted Love” by my boy Matt McAndew, and I thought this was a really cool and smart song choice. She turns it into a really good rock ballad but she just looks so darn funny out there, I don’t know what it is about her. Maybe it’s just her body shape, I don’t know. I give it to Brian, but its close. Blake goes with Sarah and Brian gets stolen by Adam which makes Adam’s team instantly better.

Clinton Washington VS Nathan Hermida  *Team Adam*

Clinton sings “Wanted” which is a country song. Clinton is not country. Just wanted to make that clear. I guess he wanted to sing it to be different and stand out, but it was sorta weird for me. I never felt connected to it. Nathan sings “Leave Your Lover” and again, another contrast. Nathan might not have the strength and power of vocals like Clinton, but wow, I felt his song. He is a titan on this show, and Nathan is my winner. Adam keeps Nathan and Clinton goes home.

WHAT?!? Ok this is big time…a three-contestant battle is happening here, and at first I was thinking “here goes The Voice again, trying to get stupid creative” but no, the reason is because Anthony Riley left the show for personal reasons. This is mind blowing and now I must find out why, as Anthony was one of my favorites to make it to the final 8, and definitely was live-bound. This show always has something crazy going on behind the scenes.

Mia Z  VS Paul Pfau VS Sawyer Fredericks  *Team Pharrell*

Mia starts off first with “Hold On I’m Coming”, and instantly shows off that cat-like, sultry purr of a voice she has. Not only that, she glides across into the impossible highs that no contestant is capable of hitting. There is no way you can let go of this girl, it would be foolish to let her go. She is a ball of fire that is not going to be extinguished anytime soon. Paul sings “I Don’t Need No Doctor”, which is blues and directly in his wheelhouse. Its cool and groovy but if he was just battling Mia, it would be goodbye Paul. So, he just needs to be better than Sawyer, who is coming out singing “Collide”, which is a fantastic choice of song but right off the bat I do not like his version at all. To me this kid sings really funny, and I guess if I have to choose, I am keeping Mia and Paul. However, Pharrell choices Sawyer first and then decides to chose Mia. Paul goes home. As a side note, I do not get the love Sawyer is getting…its odd to me. Maybe I just hate his sissified hair, but I hope he gets kicked off the show ASAP.

Meghan Linsey VS Travis Ewing  *Team Blake*

Meghan starts off first with “(You Make Me Feel Like ) A Natural Woman”, and this was, BY FAR, her best performance yet. I think this song must truly resonate in her because she didn’t just sing it, she projected it. Someone out there must really make her feel like a natural woman all right. Travis sings “I Don’t Want To Be”, and I sorta feel like this song is one of those songs that kills singers every time in battle rounds on The Voice. The funny part is this guy is butchering this song. Its pretty bad and he feels completely disconnected with it. His last and final note was also a huge reach and while he didn’t break, it was totally unnecessary. Meghan wins this and its not close. Travis goes home.

Kimberly Nichole VS Koryn Hawthorne  *Team Xtina*

Kimberly starts off first, singing “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”, and its good. I’ve never been a fan of Kimberly and she didn’t do enough to get me on her bandwagon, but I will say that I liked her vocal performance for this song. She also enjoys moving around on stage a lot, like she is at church. Exerting that much energy while staying in pitch and not sounding winded is pretty awesome. She definitely brings it. Koryn (I love her name btw) is singing “Try”, and I feel like she is very nervous, like she is making lots of motions to cover for her anxiety. She definitely gets more comfortable as it goes on and I LOVED her final big note, it was gorgeous. I felt like this knockout was going to be won by Kimberly’s at first but Koryn swayed me to her side at the very end. I give it to Koryn by a pinch. Christina chooses Kimberly but Koryn gets saved by Pharrell.

Fantastic show, and I am 100% pumped for this season; There is some really good talent!

Goodnight!

The Voice – Continued

Tonight is the final night of the battle rounds and I am stoked! Looking forward to the singers that are still left and hope they bring it!

Jeremy Gaynor (Rank 5) VS Rob Taylor (Rank 4)

Christina has chosen the song “Animals” by M5 for her battle and I love the choice! It is a song that definitely is outside the box for Jeremy and Rob, and I think the result was a good one. Both singers came out strong with tons of energy, bouncing around the stage while still able to accumulate enough breath to sing their next highest notes. It was a terrific battle and I preferred Jeremy, but Christina disagrees and chooses Rob. Oddly enough, Jeremy does not get stolen and I think that was a mistake.

Noelle Bybee (No Rank) VS Sawyer Fredericks (Rank 2)

Sawyer really weirds me out…I guess its a guy since they refer to him as a he, but I can’t take this person seriously. As for Noelle, she has the soft, sweet tones that usually accompany a coffee shop singer. They are singing “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?” and I do approve of the arrangement. Now, while I like Noelle more, her type of voice never goes far in this competition, so I think Sawyer would make for a better long-term choice. Pharrell does indeed choose Sawyer. Noelle is sent home, no saves available for her.

At this time, The Voice decided to just blow past three battles, some with singers I really wanted to hear! Grrr…

Corey Kent White VS Jacob Rummell

Now back to the last battle of the night, and stupid Blake is choosing a country song (of course) and this sucks because its in Corey’s Wheelhouse but not Jacob’s. Talk about a one-sided song choice. This is really painful watching (and listening) to Jacob singing this song, as it is nothing like what he should be singing. And honestly, Corey isn’t singing this all that great either. I would give this to Jacob regardless, proving how terrible Corey is. Thanks Blake for ruining the evening with a stupid song choice and a cheesy battle. Blake chooses Corey (OF COURSE) and lucky for Jacob, Pharrell steals him. I hate Blake, why any non-country singer would even think of choosing him over anyone else is just stupid.

Until next week!

Hello Voice Fans!

I finally set up an actual blog site so that you can just go to my site to see what I have posted. I might have some dumb things to say, some boring things to say, or maybe I get redundant, and yes, even offensive. But please know I mostly jest and try to get reaction from my thoughts. Thanks for reading!

During the blind auditions, I gave ranks to each singer, basing it on potential of that singer making it to the final 8 of the competition. A rank 5 means they are the best of the best, while a rank 1 means they should be sent home ASAP!

And so it begins, let the battle rounds commence!

Ashley Morgan (Rank 3) VS Mia Z (Rank 5)

The first battle! Ashley was someone i liked in the blinds but didn’t hear anything that made me go “WoW!” like Mia did with her ridiculous high notes. For this battle they are singing “Put the gun down” which definitely catered more towards Ashley. However, Ashley is making the song very karaoke (a word I will use a lot when the performance seems generic), while Mia oozes sultry moves and vocals. I love Mia and think she has a great chance to make it to the lives, and I vote Mia as the winner.

Pharrell chooses Mia and I think he made the right choice. However, Adam, Christina and Blake (All three judges, holy crap!) press the steal button, and Ashley chooses Team Christina as her new home.

James McNeice (Rank 1)  VS Tonya Boyd-Cannon (Rank 1)

The battle of the rank one’s! Here we go with the song “P.Y.T.”, and while James has the smooth vocals to cover it, he seems flat and uninspiring. Tonya sings this better and makes it feel more real. I give this to Tonya, and she does get chosen by Adam. James does not get stolen and is sent packing by Adam. Good thing his prior employer was FedEx…

Brian Johnson (Rank 5) VS Joshua Davis (Rank 5)

These amazing singers are singing “Knockin’ on Heavens Door” and it was mind blowing. This is one of those battles where there is no loser and both are true winners. I probably would go with Joshua just because the grit in his voice and the way sings is more genuine, but it isn’t by much. This is the best battle of the night and makes me glad to have this show to watch. Blake choses Brian and I can’t complain too much because they are both really, really good. However, Joshua was stolen by Adam and this was a great use of a save for Team Adam.

Anthony Riley (Rank 4) VS Travis Ewing (Rank 2)

For Team Pharrell, they are singing the song “Get Ready”. I hate this song as it makes the performance seem very cheesy. However, Anthony is a personal favorite of mine and deserves the win. Travis is wearing some sort of 50’s outfit that makes him look like Arthur Fonzarelli, and this does not translate well with this song. Appearance can mean a lot when you are singing certain songs. Take note kids. Pharrell chooses Anthony and I think made the right choice. Travis is stolen by Blake and I have no clue as to why. He will be going home next battle, guaranteed.

Ameera Delandro (Rank 2) VS Sonic (Rank 2)

So Christina Aguilera is giving them an almost impossible song “Masterpiece” by the amazing Jessie J, and it shows right off the top how hard it can be to sing. Ameera falls flat on her face…probably the worst battle performance I have heard since season 4. It was awful. Sonic does a little better with it, but this was a train wreck. Sonic wins by default in my book. Christina does in fact choose Sonic, but no one wants to steal Ameera, and I don’t blame them one bit. Awful. p.s. I want to just comment on how amazing Christina Aguilera looks tonight…angelic.

Hannah Kirby (Rank 3) VS Sarah Potenza (Rank 3)

They are singing the song “Gimme Shelter”, which is such a great choice for both of these powerful voices. I am most surprised by Hannah, who was the last singer to be kept from the blind auditions-she is singing out of her mind! Sarah can sing really well too, but I can not stand her stage presence. These two women are trading blows and give new meaning to the term “battle round”. I personally like Hannah and would be my choice if I was choosing. Blake chooses Sarah, but Pharrell and Adam both hit their buttons to steal Hannah! She chooses Pharrell, but I honestly think this was a mistake, as her voice and personality would have worked better with Adam.

Blaze Johnson (Rank 3) VS Michael Leier (Rank 4)

Ok…this is the first time in the battles where it is clear song choice destroys a singer, as the song “Rude” is chosen and Michael clearly struggles with it, even his voice cracks trying to sing it. Blaze can do it, and wins just because he can sing this song while Michael struggled. I feel bad for Michael because I really liked him and his potential. Ah well, such is The Voice, where song choices mean so much. Adam chooses Blaze and no one wants Michael. It is what it is.

Cody Wickline (Rank 4) VS Matt Snook (Rank 3)

And here we have the first country battle of the season! I liked Cody from the blinds, as I felt he was the best male country singer. HOWEVER, Matt came in to this battle and brought it! I like the potential of Cody more long-term, but for this battle, I give the win to Matt, who had the better vocal performance. Blake chooses Cody, and I don’t blame him because he has more potential. Matt is not stolen…goodbye Matt, you did well.

Meghan Linsey (Rank 1) VS Paul Pfau (Rank 3)

Singing “Don’t Let Me Down”, Team Pharrell’s singers both shine bright singing this iconic song. Now, while Meghan has a good voice, she simply does not impress me enough with a stage presence to be a contender. I ranked her as a 1 from the blinds and she rises to a potential 3 based on her performance. Paul is solid and meets the expectations of what I felt he is. He wins this battle and should be chosen. Pharrell chooses Paul and I think he made the right choice, but Meghan has Blake, Adam, and Christina all hit their buttons to try to steal Meghan! She chooses her buddy Blake. Duh.

Briar Jonnee (Rank 1) VS Caitlin Caporale (Rank 4)

Briar had some massive nerve issues in the blinds, so I didn’t expect much from her. Caitlin was a bombshell in her audition, and should win this easily. The song choice is “Fallen” by my girlfriend Alicia Keys, and while both girls sing it to perfection, I felt more connection with Briar’s version of it than Caitlin…which makes me want to choose Briar. Pharrell chooses Caitlin and I can’t blame him since based on my rankings, has the higher ceiling. Goodbye Briar, you did well.

Barry Minniefield (Rank 1) VS Jack Gregori (Rank 1)

Ok so I hated both of these jokers in the blinds, and now they are singing “Feelin’ Alright”. I really don’t see anything that changes my mind about them both being rank 1 singers. Seriously, flip a coin, make a decision, and move on. Adam decides to keep Barry. Goodbye Jack, peace out.

Katelyn Read (Unknown) VS Treeva Gibson (Rank 3)

I am unaware of Katelyn as I don’t think her blind was aired, so this is a wild card. Treeva was pretty good in her blind but something about her doesn’t scream top 8 to me. I am anxious to hear this battle! They are singing “Addicted to Love”, and I really think this Katelyn chick is super generic. I Like Treeva, she has some awesome tone that really impresses me. I want Treeva to win this and hope she does! This arrangement of the song is horrible though, whoever thought to do it like this should be shot. Christina chooses Treeva and that made me glad! Katelyn is going home, goodbye, I will forget you in 2 seconds.

Kimberly Nichole (Rank 2) VS Lowell Oakley (Rank 2)

Singing “Hound Dog”, Team Pharrell’s singers execute it flawlessly. I will say that Lowell’s stage presence and moves were really overboard imo. Just for that reason, I go with Kimberly. So Pharrell takes the record for longest choice ever! Haha…this is amazing. Taking so long to decide the fate of rank 2 singers…sigh. Pharrell chooses Lowell. Finally. After like, 10 hours. Kimberly does get stolen though by Christina, so grats Christina on a rank 2 singer. Yeah, so excited….not.

Brenna Yaeger (Unknown) VS Kelsie May (Rank 2)

Ok so Brenna I have no data on since I don’t remember her, and Kelsie is some super generic country singer that I wasn’t impressed with at all in the blind’s. They are singing “Fancy”, which is a super hick song that I am not into at all. They almost look like twins on the stage, so I am going to just focus on stage presence, and I feel like Kelsie wins since she seems more natural up there. But honestly, I don’t think either of these girls are anything special. Blake chooses Kelsie and Brenna goes home. Good call Blake, good call.

Clinton Washington (Unknown) VS India Carney (Rank 3)

So these singers are singing “Stay” by Rhianna and I thought the female singer would have the natural advantage singing this song, but I was totally impressed with Clinton that I think India just got beat by a dude singing a girl song. I would chose Clinton, who I don’t even remember but is a really great vocalist. Christina chooses India, which I think was a mistake. Adam and Pharrell agree with me as they both hit their button to steal Clinton. He chooses Adam, and I think that was the best choice for his voice.

Well that is it for now, tomorrow has some of my favorite singers incoming so I am very excited! THIS IS THE VOICE!