Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Voice Live Shows : Week 1

There is a ton of talent this year!  I started a group on facebook for anyone that wants to discuss The Voice throughout this season!  Come join us @ https://www.facebook.com/groups/374863859203307/ 

Recap for last night:
Team Blake:

Erin Willet- Living for the City
Shannon:  She's my favorite.  I've enjoyed each of her performances.  She has a strong voice with an rockish-edge to it that I like.   From the recording it reminds me some of the strength like in Christina Aguilera's voice.  I loved that she was playing the piano at the beginning of the performance.   It was totally a performance I could see on the Grammy's like she said she wanted to do as far as the whole theme.  I had not really heard the song much before so I do wish she would sing something more contemporary.  Also, as a side note, I completely understand why they keep mentioning the passing of her father and how she's getting her strength knowing this is what he wanted, but I hope that the story doesn't overpower how awesome she is with her voice.
Kim: I think that she is fantastic. She has a very strong voice and I am not worried about her career at all. I think she will go really far in this competition.

Jordis Unga - Alone
Shannon: I love her singing as well.  I love the edgy rock but still having the sensitive side.  She's another one I personally hope makes it through.
Kim: Jordis is great, talented, experienced. This performance was really good too. I am just afraid that I will get bored with her after a while.

Raelynn - Wake Up Call
Shannon: I liked her performance; however I'm not a huge country fan to begin with so she's not one of my favorites.  And some of her pronunciation is odd to me.  Though on the iTunes preview it doesn't sound as odd so maybe it was just something in the live show.  That's not to say she's bad, just not my preference.   I think she'll make it through to the next round though.
Kim: I LOVED her performance of Maroon 5's hit! I was a little bothered by the way she twisted her vowels when singing, but this girl has got amazing talent. I don't think that she will need to win this competition to go very far in a music career. She is definitely what country music is right now: young, fun, and full of spit-fire.

Charlotte Sometimes- Misery Business
Shannon: She has a nice sound also.  I think I remember from the battle rounds that I liked who she was against better so I'm not on her bandwagon lol.  Not to say I don't like her, just nothing spectacular to make me love her voice yet.
Kim: Her performance was great. She definitely had my attention. I like her voice so much. I really hope she moves on.

Jermaine Paul - Livin' on a Prayer Backup singer for Alicia Keys
Shannon: Loved the song choice!  He did a good job, but there were a couple areas of the song for me that were just off.  Sadly, maybe I expected more from him because of the experience and background he's bringing to the table.  I'll be the same for Tony Lucca next week with his background as well. 
Kim: There were a few pitch problems but overall, a very successful performance. There is no doubt that he has skill. I just hope that we will be able to get a "WOW" performance from him in the near future.

Naia Kete - Turning Tables
Shannon: She is another of my personal favorites; however, I wish they would have kept the Reggae theme to her song.   They could have started out the way they did and then introduce the reggae.  I understand showing different sides of your voice and everything you can do, but we've heard the same type of music from Raelynn the whole time.  You can do your theme and still show off everything you have to offer.   I hope she makes it through.
Kim: I agree with Shannon on this. I think that she could have brought more to the table in her performance if she could have had at least a little bit of her signature sound in it.

Shannon: Personally, I would choose Erin Willet, Jordis Unga and Naia Kete for the three to move forward.  However, I think Raelynn will be one of the three, so I'm not sure who of those won't make it.  The whole team is unique and there isn't anyone that I dislike and would be disappointed that they made it through over the others.  
Kim: My picks are Raelynn, Erin Willet, and Charlotte or Jermaine. Tough choices…

Team Christina:

Ashley de la Rosa- Right Through You
Shannon: I thought she sounded good; especially for her age!   I like how her voice is another unique one.
Kim: This girl is beautiful and her voice is so pretty. I would definitely buy her music. She does have some growing room however, but I have not been disappointed with her.

Chris Mann - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Shannon: He's got a strong powerful voice that sounds good, I just don't see him going mainstream or making if far in this competition.  He reminds me of Josh Groban.  I love Josh Groban and his songs; but it's not something I listen to all the time.  
Kim: Super talented for sure! However, I don't think that I would listen to him all the time. He definitely has a classic sound and his singing style reminds me of Andrea Bocelli.

Jesse Campbell- What a wonderful world
Shannon: I think he will make it through and go further in this competition.  Great song choice, and I enjoyed his voice and performance.  Though I don't think he'd be someone I'd personally listen to all the time.
Kim: He really will be the one to beat I think. He is so smooth in his delivery and his voice is so nice.

Lindsey Pavao- Somebody I used to know
Shannon: Definitely a unique sound!  When I hear the original song on the radio, I've grown to love it (when I first heard it though I was like this sounds like it's from the 70s it doesn't fit on this radio station lol)  But her take on the sound and how she changed the arrangement is very interesting and unique.  It made it more dark/moody; which fits for what the song is about.  Though the mimes were a little disturbing at the beginning lol.  Hopefully she makes it through.
Kim: I think that Lindsey is my fave from Team Christina. I love love love her voice! I want her to make it through!

Moses Stone Stronger/Power
Shannon: He was good, just not overly spectacular.  We'll see how  many rap fans watch the show to vote for him.
Kim:   I like him and his style a lot but I don't think that we will be seeing much of him in this competition. I would be pleasantly surprised though. :)

Sera Hill- Find your love
Shannon: Another one that was good, just not overly spectacular.  I think she's done her best more of like a power ballad song so I was surprised at the song choice for the first live show.  Wasn't bad and was an interesting arrangement of the song, just didn't showcase her like it could have.
Kim: Sera has a gorgeous voice.  She reminds me of Monica. I don't think that she is better than some of the others though.

Shannon: My predictions for the three to move forward would be Lindsey Pavoa, Jesse Campbell, and Ashley de la Rosa.
Kim: Same as Shannon! I just want to mention that over all, I would like to see some better and more vibrant song choices for the competitors in the upcoming weeks!

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