All season long, I’ve commended the producers of “The Voice” for not following “American Idol’s” propensity to bloat episodes. For the most part, “The Voice’s” episodes were streamlined throughout all stages of the competition. We didn’t have to wait months to get to the Final 4. Every week was a bloodbath of talent, and I liked it. Of course I knew it couldn’t last. With the show being such a huge hit, it’s only natural NBC wanted to milk it for every second it could.
Tonight’s 2-hour episode was highly unnecessary. After last week’s poorly-reviewed group performance by the judges, someone thought doing another Queen cover would be a great idea. Granted “Under Pressure” was heaps better than last week’s Queen disaster, the show is about “The Voice” and not the judges. Don’t you think the judges are getting way too much airtime? If that wasn’t enough, the judges took the stage again later and performed duets with their team finalist.
As much as I love Ne-Yo, I didn’t need to see him perform with Pitbull on tonight’s bloated episode. The same goes for Brad Paisley. Tonight could’ve easily been an hour long, if you got rid of the musical guests, judges group performance, that annoying social media portion, and duet performances. Hopefully tomorrow’s finale will be better paced.
Original Song Performances
Each contestant performed an original song and a duet with their respective judge. Personally, I would’ve rather them sing another cover along with an original song. Putting such pressure to sell an original song is too much. They’re at the hands of the song given to them. Also, they’re either given an unfair advantage or disadvantage depending on which judge they’re paired up with. I love Cee-Lo, but I feel Vicci was hindered by singing along with him. But enough complaining, let’s get to the performances.
Going into tonight’s episode, I would’ve given Vicci a strong chance of winning this thing, but her song sucked ass, IMHO. The others clearly had better compositions. To me, the most believable was Dia and Javier. There were moments when I got shivers watching their performances. If I were to rank them, it would have to be Dia >> Javier >> Beverly >> HUGE GAP >> Vicci. Check them out below and see if you agree.
Song: Stitch By Stitch
Composed By: Rodney Jerkins
Song: Afraid To Sleep
Composed By: Butch Walker
Song: Inventing Shadows
Composed By: Frasier T. Smith
Composed By: Bill Appleberry
With exception to Beverly McClellan and Christina Aguilera’s phenomenal duet on “Beautiful“, I could’ve done without all the duets. Don’t get me wrong, Dia and Javier’s duets were watchable, but completely filler material. Again, Vicci got screwed with that indulgent over-the-top performance. When I saw she was singing Pat Benatar’s classic, I was stoked. Words can’t describe how much I lurve that song. But those junior breakdancers, Cee-Lo’s outfit and pitchy moments, ruined what could’ve been a amazing performance. How that got the pimp spot is beyond me.
Dia Frampton & Blake Shelton
Song: I Won’t Back Down by Tom Petty
Beverly McClellan & Christina Aguilera
Song: Beautiful by Christina Aguilera
Javier Colon & Adam Levine
Song: Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson
Vicci Martinez & Cee-Lo Green
Song: Love Is A Battlefield by Pat Benatar
1. Javier Colon
2. Dia Frampton
3. Beverly McClellan
4. Vicci Martinez
Was it me, or were the other judges extremely reluctant to give Dia any compliments? For some reason, they all came off as sore losers that Blake’s singer is outselling all of their singers on iTunes.
Who do you think will win? Did you like the format of tonight’s episode? Was singing an original song a wise choice? Post all your thoughts below.