The thing I look most forward to as each season of The Voice begins is the group performance from the coaches. It’s always a highlight of every cycle.
Last year, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Adam Levine joined Gwen Stefani on her No Doubt hit “Hella Good.” In previous years, “I Love Rock And Roll” by Joan Jett, “Come Together” by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones classic, “Start Me Up,” to name a few have been covered. For Season 8, it’s all about Lenny Kravitz’s catalog.
Levine, Shelton, Williams and returning coach Christina Aguilera take on the rock anthem “Are You Gonna Go My Way.” Perhaps it’s the old adage of ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder‘ that’s responsible for this, but X-tina slays it. As much as I love a ballad or dance track from the 34-year-old diva, I’m partial to when she gets dirty and rocks it out.
Check out the performance below. The Voice returns on Monday, February 23.
I have yet to see any winner from American Idol, The X Factor or The Voice sing their coronation song without getting choked up. To be honest, I’d much prefer for them to cry-sing like Kelly Clarkson did during “A Moment Like This” than to sing it perfectly. With that in mind, it’s not fair to judge the winner’s single until the studio version surfaces. Especially in last night’s case, when NBC cut off Tessanne Chin’s victory lap short.
Even though Ryan Tedder told Carson Daly he didn’t want to pen “the ‘standing-on-a-mountaintop, I’ve-won-everything’ kind of song,” he sorta did. “I wanted to do a real song about love and heartbreak,” he added. While not awful like American Idol’s “No Boundaries,” it’s no winner like Phillip Phillips’ epic winning single, “Home.”
“Tumbling Down” falls in the middle of the pack among coronation songs. I was hoping Tessanne would have more of a reggae vibe to her track. Hopefully, The 28-year-old Jamaican-born singer’s debut album which becomes available March 25, 2014 has a couple island-tinged singles. In the meantime, check out the studio version of “Tumbling Down” below and be sure to give your two cents afterward.
The time has finally arrived. It’s time to crown the Season 5 winner of The Voice? While the main purpose of tonight’s show is to reveal the results, there were plenty other highlights. I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. Lady Gaga’s surprise duet with Christina Aguilera on “Do What You Want” was epic. R. Kelly who? They harmonized beautifully, drank champagne and were overall FIERCE. These two need to head to the recording studio immediately. Check out that performance below, along with the others and the results.
The penultimate episode of The Voice Season 5 is here. The Final 3 get three chances to show America why they deserve this season’s title. Each reprise their audition song, perform a new solo and duet with their mentor. Speaking of mentors, for the first time since Season 1, someone other than Blake Shelton will earn bragging rights. #itsabouttime
Will it be former backup singer Tessanne Chin? She’s certainly been the most consistent. How about Will ‘the little engine that could‘ Champlin? It’s the first time a contestant who’s benefited from the judges save has made it to the finals. Not only once in his case but twice. Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine saved him during the battle and knockout rounds respectively. Let’s not forget the teenage ingenue, Jacquie Lee. Whomever wins, they deserve it. Each have had a defining star-making performance throughout their run.
Be sure to tune in Tuesday night for the season finale when the winner will be crowned. It promises to be an exciting show with performances by this season’s singers along with Lady Gaga, R. Kelly, Celine Dion, Ne-Yo, OneRepublic, and Paramore all scheduled to perform. Without further ado. Let’s get to the performances.
After last week’s single elimination, we’re back to getting rid of two acts. Personally, it made much more sense to eliminate two last week and one this week, but what do I know. With NBC trying to give The Sing-Off a boost, it cut back The Voice to just an hour tonight. In addition, they trotted out Jewel, Nick Lachey, Ben Folds and Shawn Stockman during the hour to pimp their show. I love Pitch Perfect but did the peacock network really need to resurrect The Sing-Off?
Before the Final 5 performed their solos, they united for a group performance of “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors. Everyone holds their own on it, with exception to Cole. Poor guy’s microphone was jacked. All that you could hear was full-on static. You couldn’t miss the expression of defeat on his face. Thankfully, no one will judge them on the group performance. Check out the solos and my rankings below.
On last night’s The Voice, I must’ve missed the fact that only one elimination would take place instead of a double one. With that new piece of information, I have a pretty good idea who’s saying ‘sayonara‘ tonight.
Before Carson Daly made it official, a slew of performances filled the hour. Kelly Clarkson, who mentored Blake’s team during Season 2, returned to perform “Underneath The Tree.” The more I hear this song, the more I love it. Expect to hear this track for many more holidays to come. After her performance, she hyped up her upcoming NBC Christmas special airing on December 11. Don’t worry Kelly, I’m sure your fans will make sure you net higher ratings than Lady Gaga’s poorly-viewed Thanksgiving special. Talk about a turkey.
Previously on The Voice, Ray Boudreaux and Caroline Pennell were shown the door. Definitely not a surprise as neither had much momentum on their side. With Pennell out, poor Cee Lo Green is officially without a team. As a result, he’s jumped on Team Blake to support Cole Vosbury. Serves Green right for picking Jonny Gray over Cole during the battles. Where’s Jonny now?
On tonight’s show, each singer hit the stage twice. With only six competitors left, pressure is on to separate themselves from the pack. The competition is too close to call and any slight mistake can make you vulnerable. Just ask Matthew Schuler. Last week’s fumble almost got him kicked out of the game. See below if he did enough to escape elimination this week.
Apparently, I’m much more skilled at predicting results for The Voice than I am at both The X Factor and American Idol. I ranked all eight performances last night and my bottom three fell in line with America’s votes. And my list was written before iTunes released their overnight sales numbers.
Ellie Goulding stopped by this week to perform her UK chart-topper “Burn” with Matthew Schuler, Will Champlin and James Wolpert. Ellie jokingly stated later she now knows how it feels to be part of a boy band. The Top 8 joined forces on “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” and a OneRepublic medley consisting of “Apologize” and “All The Right Moves.” Cee Lo Green also got in on the action and performed “Amy” off Goodie Mob’s latest album, Age Against The Machine.
As always, the most entertaining filler of the night was the confessional segment. The best moments include the contestants’ impressions of the judges. The biggest revelation though was the fact Tessanne actually has a Boston accent instead of a Jamaican one. Wicked good. Enough stalling, let’s get to the eliminations.