'The Voice' Recap: Emotions Prevail
America sends Cheesa and Mathai home
If you've followed my blog here at all you might be surprised to read that I'm not surprised at who America called in to save. I know, I know -- I'm a huge Simms fan. Hey, I believe Juliet Simms will be there performing on the season finale, but I suspected Jamar Rogers would be America's pick this time around. Do I think "back story" had a lot to do with it? I sure do. But, that said, his "It's My Life" on Monday night handily bested Juliet's "Cryin'." (YouTube Christina Milian, of "The Voice" herself, doing the tune in the John Travolta flick "Be Cool," BTW -- awesome.)
And Tony Lucca making it through to rock another day was totally expected. What followed wasn't.
Mathai's "last chance performance," as they call it, was the right song and sung well. She "embraced her hillbilly side," as Blake put it, with Carrie Underwood's "Cowboy Casanova." Ditto Katrina Parker's "Perfect," the Pink hit. Right song, done well. What truly worked in Parker's favor was just that, though -- the song. The "Voice" house band shined on it, and it was a case of song-over-singer. For me anyway.
Oh, and for Adam, too. Parker got saved.
Next up it was Cheesa versus Simms. The former did a morose version of the already morose "Already Gone." The latter -- curiously -- picked Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn," a decidedly non-rocking mid-tempo gem from the late 90's. I agree with Xtina's assessment: "Not my favorite place for (her) voice." The best I can say is what I said aloud to my TV as I watched her perform it: "It's good enough to beat Cheesa tonight."
And it was.
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"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
last years winner had a "sob" story too. adam made him win. problem is, xenia is doing better in the biz as is dia. so much for winning a competition.
The Voice is officially a susage fest. You know you don't have to vote for Jamar because his mommy will cry if you don't. If you feel sympathy try volunteering at a shelter or something. Get that guilt out in a productive way not by pushing some semi-talented guy through in a talent competition.
Doesn't matter not one of these guys has a shot in the music world. Once off the show Jamar will be one of a zillion former drug addicts with an infectious disease in the biz. Note one of these guys has the potential to be a star. Jamar can barely sell a song on iTunes. guess sympathy only goes as far as dialing a phone but not buying a record.
let me get this right.... the name of the show is THE VOICE. it means singing, right? singing contemporary songs helps? i would venture to say singing todays songs only mean you are singing todays songs. thats not using your voice - its karaoke! there seems to be a "list" of songs and all of these competitions sing them over and over. so much for "making it your own". all it is is comparisons - and very seldom does any contestant beat the "original" artist.
in the real world, arent the songs on an album NEW and UNHEARD?