'The Voice' Recap: Live Quarterfinals, Week 2
James Massone and Pip are instantly eliminated
Saving the best for last? Hey, that's the way I saw it. I waited the entire two hours for the Juliet Simms performance, which wound up being the last one of the night. There was a lot of stuff I could have done without (Cee Lo's gas, for starters), and that includes the coaches performing with their teams. That said, Cee Lo's new tune with Goodie Mob is killer.
As was the number that opened the show. So, without further ado...
Jamar Rogers "It's My Life": The beauty is in the arrangement more often than not on "The Voice," and that certainly was the case here. Rogers gave a cathartic performance of the Bon Jovi hit, and proved he's in this for the long haul. Cee Lo assigned the right song again.
Katrina Parker "Jar of Hearts": I have to admit, I needed to flip through my notes to even remember this gal. And Levine handing her this ho-hum hit of Christina Perri's didn't make her any more memorable.
Mathai "I'm Like a Bird": Back-to-back Levine performances, and here was another who has caused shouldershrugging for this blogger from the very beginning. It began promisingly: Mathai soaring with Nelly Furtado's breakthrough song, but she ultimately smacked into a window.
James Massone "Just the Way You Are": Cee Lo's typically successful record of matching his singers with song missed the mark here. Billy Joel's contribution to wedding band catalogues across the country was lost on boy-band understudy Massone. Maybe he can perfect it in time for Snooki's wedding.
Tony Lucca "Baby One More Time": After a verbal lashing from former "Mouse"-mate Xtina last time around, Lucca stared his past in the face and did a rock version of Britney's first hit. Gritty, growling ... and groovy. Christina suggested a reunion right there on the "Voice" stage (Spears and Timberlake, too). How cool would that be?
Cheesa "I Have Nothing": Tackling the so recently deceased Whitney Houston was a questionable and bold move. "That's a big song," Aguilera declared. But, Cheesa brought her A-game.
Pip "Somewhere Only We Know": Eschewing the trademark bowtie for tickling some ivories, at least initially, Pip showed some real promise during the first half of the song. He lost his way towards the end there, and Levine all but said goodbye during his critique of his wayward son.
Juliet Simms "Cryin'": Cee Lo got back on track in a big way by handing the fierce and formidable Simms this Aerosmith power ballad. The wings grew on me but, in my opinion, my beloved Juliet couldn't seem to get a grip on the "Get a Grip" single.
I am still fairly certain that in the end it will be my two favorites puking it ... I mean duking it out, and they are Simms and Lucca. But there are some dark horses coming up the rear. It's just not James Massone or Pip.
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"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
TERRY 703 WAY too much time going over.... again and again and again...the history of the contestants' life. It's called "The VOICE", not the "Who has the saddest back-story saga?".
last year the winner had "a sad story". will this be a trend?
AI - the judges are soooo self absorbed - especially j.ho. tyler looks like he forgot the 70s/80s. randy is mediocre at best with all his pet phrases and bombastic statements.
the VOICE - notice blake, cee lo and adam all let their teams sing. xtina used her as backups. great job - u snob. she prob figures AI relaunched j.ho's career - she wants hers relaunched (and i am sure she snores better that j.ho sings)
i cant wait to see AGT - howard shud be a hoot.
I think that the right ones went last night although Mathai needs to remember she's not a superstar. Everytime I watch her, I want to smack that smug look off of her face. Her singing is nothing that I'll ever pay to hear.
I like Katrina, but I thought she murdered "Jar of Hearts" (which I like, even if the blog's author doesn't).
Juliet is always brilliant. Definite rock star material. Tony Lucca will be a hot contender, too, after last night's performance.
Two questions and a comment: 1. Why does every singer nowadays seem to think that they have to trill the scales with each note? I'm so sick of hearing aaaAAAaaaaAAAaaa. Just sing the damn song the way it was written; you don't need to make one note into ten. 2. When will they get rid of that nasty Xtina? She's just ugly with her comments and "LOOK AT ME, ME, ME!!!!!" attitude. The minute she opens her mouth, I want to poke my ears out with a spoon.
Comment: I love the give and take between the judges, especially betwen Adam and Blake. When they get going, they have me laughing. And I can't explain why, but I love CeeLo. Those three make the show; Xtina just interrupts it.
I really enjoyed the show last year....this year not so much at all...seems to me, the judges already know who they will instantly eliminate anyway, so it really does not matter how/what they sing....Last night was really boring all around, and imo America should be sending home the ppl now, not the judges..why couldn't America vote and simply let the person with the lowest votes go? It's rubbish!
I do agree with the other posters who are annoyed with Christina's constant blab, blab, blab. As her team doesn't have a chance, why not just eliminate them and her now?
Contrary to what "Texas1" was going on about, I think that most of the contestants who have been sent home from "The Voice" could easily win AI, which is the show I no longer watch because the "talent" there is so mediocre.
I think Juliette Simms will win this one, with Jermaine close behind. Chessa shouldn't have made it out of the head-to-heads.Neither should the former model, what's her name Martin. Adley blew Raylynn away in the head-to-heads. (Just Blake being 'Daddy Blake' again.We all know he does this but he is such a good guy we let him slide).Xtina basically handed the competition to the other judges with the cuts she has already made. Lindsay is the only contestant she has left with a ghost of a chance, and against Juliette, that equals no chance. They said at the beginning of this season that the talent level this year was incredible, and I agree. We just feel (several of us watch the show together) that sometimes lesser talent was kept and greater talent sent packing (Kim,Jesse, Adley as opposed to Chessa, Erin Martin, and several others.) It looks to me as if CeeLo's team is strongest.Xtina's weekest. It is interesting that some of the 'name' performers they have had on wouldn't have made the cut, in my opinion, if they had been contestants.
It wasn't Juliet's best singing last night but she is always a great performer. I still think she should win it all. Jamar was the best overall performance last night. I think it is terrible that he and Juliet cannot both advance to the finals, as they are the 2 most talented performers still standing.
Having said Jamar is talented, I could really do without the continual bombardment of his story. This should be based on talent alone (which he has). I feel I am being manipulated by the continual retelling of his story over and over and over and over.
Cheesa needs to go. Grunting and growling when you cannot reach a note does not translate into her becoming the new Whitney Houston.