The Voice (NBC) is Down to 8 – My Predictions Were Half Right

Last night (Tuesday, Nov. 20) was the elimination show that narrowed The Voice contestants down to eight. I did a quick and dirty watch of Monday’s two-hour show and in doing so, I completely missed one of my favorites (Cody Belew) performance. Thank goodness so many other blogs, radio show web sites and other e-spots are happy to slap together a recap (so what if grammar and correct spelling gets shot out the window in the process). I can’t condemn them, I’ve watched my share of them in the last few weeks to get updated as to what’s been going on.

After seeing Bryan Keith’s performance of the Billy Joel song, I can understand why he was not chosen to move forward. There’s no way of knowing who suggested that he sing that song. I know I read somewhere that he was (I’m only putting it in my own vernacular here) honoring his New York roots, but if that’s true, that are far better songs about New York that he could have sung. The goal was to get iTunes users to buy/vote and Billy Joel does not appeal to the age bracket that’s likely to do that, especially at this stage of the game.

As far as Sylvia Yacoub goes, I was struck dumb when she was eliminated. I felt she definitely had what it took to go all the way – far more than Melanie Martinez, but that’s where having the right coach comes in.

On Tuesday morning I went to iTunes and bought Cody’s song and Terry McDermott’s and that was just from “Previewing” them. I didn’t bother buying Bryan Keith’s, because in my opinion he had already lost the ability to move ahead (and I personally do not like Billy Joel’s music, I don’t care who’s singing it). Even from watching the Monday night show I knew Cassadee Pope and Amanda Brown would move forward due to their performance and THEIR SONG CHOICES.

So my predicitions were half right. I still think Cody and Terry will make it to the final four.

On another note I was thrilled to see a Kia commercial featuring Juliet Simms last night. I hope that means she’s still making music.

Here’s My Take on The Voice’s Narrowing Field

During the first night of the Blind Auditions I tweeted Adam Levine and blatantly told him that he had the Season 3 winner on his Team – Bryan Keith and I’m still going with that prediction.

The very same thing happened to me during Season 1 (except the part about me tweeting Adam Levine) when I heard Javier Colon in the Blind Auditions. I knew he would win it all.

Season 2 on the other hand, I was all over the board. I did not expect Jermaine Paul to win; I didn’t think he was that great of a soloist; I didn’t buy ANY of his i-tunes songs and I was rooting for Juliet Simms.

Juliet Simms just didn’t know how prophetic the song It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World would be for her in Season 2, because in my opinion, it will be several years (if The Voice survives several years) before a female wins the whole pie. Which is sad. Because from where I sat, the public was dying to hear more from Juliet Simms and less of Jermaine Paul.

Even today, with the field at 12, I’ll make my prediction down to the Final Four and I’m only going to pick one female and that’s because I feel Dez Duron fell on this face last night when he took a trip on the good ship lollipop with his song choice.

So here are my predictions:

Sylvia Yacoub

Team Xtina: Sylvia Yacoub is probably the only female in this competition that can win it all, if the powers that be allow it. Her song choices are right on, she has talent oozing out of her, and every time you see her she’s sporting a different look. She doesn’t have any emotional baggage (or doesn’t talk about it if she does), she’s always up beat and smiling and she listens to her Coach.

Didn’t you wonder why some of the better singers were eliminated by the Coaches last year? Like Jesse Campbell, James Massone?

Terry McDermott

Team Blake: Terry McDermott has a pure, wonderful, rocker voice. No matter what he sings, he sounds great. He makes great song choices which has helped him prove to the judges that he can sing anything and sound great at it. He doesn’t have any emotional baggage, he’s always upbeat and again, he listens to his Coach ( I think Blake probably has more emotional baggage than Terry does).

Terry is from Ireland, was previously in a band, has a wife and child, he’s moving on in a new direction and a solo career is part of that and even if he doesn’t win The Voice, I bet record executives have already been slipping their business cards under his door or into the hands of his wife.

Cody Belew

Team CeeLo: CeeLo has 3 great singers on his team. I like the underdog, Cody Belew. I loved him the minute I saw him but he’s got to start thinking like a competitor and realize that CeeLo is also giving good advice to Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David – because CeeLo sees 2012 as “His Year To Win.” Blake won Season 2, Adam won Season 1 and he’s just going to side step Christina. Cody needs to watch out for Cody. He needs to start making better song choices – masculine song choices. There’s nothing wrong with Tina Turner – but he should start listening to that little voice inside him and I don’t mean the voice from that elderly black lady he seems to be channeling lately.

Bryan Keith

Team Adam: Finally we reach my choice – Bryan Keith. He has a voice for the ages. It’s been bred in him and he has some of the best resources advising him – Grammy winning resources. He has no baggage, tons of drive and ambition, listens to everything his coach and other coaches say to him. He was my winning pick when I heard him sing at the Blind Auditions and was the first 4-chair turnaround. I haven’t heard anyone say “Bryan, that wasn’t your best performance.”

Bryan Keith is my pick to win Season 3 of The Voice.

Update: The Voice down to 12 Contestants

The Voice: 12 Contestants Sing for Their Lives and Christina Aguilera is a Bundle of Nerves

Published – Nov 13 2012 05:00AM CST

Keely Herrick, RR.com Original

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) The night started off with 12 contestants – three on each team – but now that we are in the live shows, two artists will be sent home each week, based on audience votes. Carson Daly teased Christina Aguilera about the difficulty of leaving the decision in the audience’s hands, and she admitted to being a bundle of nerves. New this season is the twist that the final four contestants standing are not guaranteed to represent each of the four teams, as each artist is competing on his/her own for votes.

The Voice hosted by Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine airs Mondays on NBC at 8:00 pm ET.

“Blow Me One Last Kiss”

Blake’s anime-cartoon-come-to-life, Michaela (Page), was up first with her cover of Pink’s latest hit. She fought a bit against the low pitch of the song and the extreme length of her fake eyelashes, but the judges enjoyed it as a solid performance. Blake begged the audience to please vote for his star. She did not sport her trademark mohawk tonight, and her luck may be gone with her locks.

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

As sentiments for a singing competition go, this title is probably more optimistic than the last one. Team Christina Aguilera’s sole male member, Dez (Duron), grooved his way through the Lauryn Hill version of this song. I imagine this is what the entertainment looks like on a Disney cruise ship. Christina made her pitch for Dez, touting his “heart of gold” as a reason to vote for him. Based on the screams of the girls in the audience, he should survive tomorrow night’s eliminations.

“Good Girl”

Adriana (Louise) was the next member of Team Christina Aguilera to take the stage, in front of an unfortunate and distracting shooting star graphic. She was the first one to bring a hungry-for-the-win attitude to the stage, and she ended her version of Carrie Underwood’s song by leaning playfully over Adam Levine, which he evidently enjoyed. It was a confident, fun performance overall.

“The Best”

Another statement I can get behind is Cody (Belew) belting out Tina Turner’s “The Best.” A country boy wearing a sparkly suit and singing an 80s power ballad? That’s pretty much the way to my heart, yup. Blake Shelton stated that Cody is “meant to be on stage,” and Christina requested “more bopping around” from future performances. Cee-Lo Green was proud of the fun, natural performance from the contestant he saved last week.

“Spectrum”

Team Adam Levine’s, Amanda Brown, was up next. She emerged like a golden goddess in a long gown and hot pants. As much as I like her voice, I can’t say I was a fan of this performance, which was uncharacteristically screechy and uncomfortable. Christina rambled on for a little and I had time to ponder her ensemble — I’m guessing that either she lost a bet or her stylist just hates her. Even Amanda’s coach, Adam, admitted this wasn’t her best performance; she will need votes based on her history on the show to save her.

“Back to Black”

The Voice doesn’t really pretend to be cool, per se, but Bryan Keith’s version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” was perfectly slinky and suave. The judges all agreed that this was Bryan’s breakout moment of the competition, and Adam was proud of his prot’eg’ee. He should cruise safely into the top 10.

“Behind These Hazel Eyes”

Cassadee Pope from Team Blake Shelton discussed her estrangement from her father with her coach, relating how she had hoped to hear from her father during the course of the show. Note to Cassadee: the show that seems to reunite children most with their parents is RuPaul’s Drag Race, just saying. Christina related to Cassadee’s pain and all the judges cheered her very sincere delivery of this Kelly Clarkson song.

“When a Man Loves a Woman”

Okay, one of my favorite contestants (Trevin Hunte) on this show was taking on one of my favorite songs of all time, so I was just hoping against hope that he would stay out of Michael Bolton territory. He didn’t go Bolton, but he did steer the ship straight into church, and it was a bit too gospel for my taste. He certainly has a beautiful voice, though, and as the most likeable contestant, he should easily proceed to the next round.

“Cough Syrup”

Team Adam Levine’s bow-headed Melanie revealed that her signature look is recently inspired by Cruella De Vil, much to her mother’s chagrin. Blake praised her as having the most unique sound in the competition, and Christina enjoyed the emotion displayed, as Melanie (Martinez) seemed to be near tears the entire song. She’s just not my cup of tea, but I do appreciate the coaches finding something nice to say about every performance this year. (Edited)

“The Power of Love”

Cee-Lo Green’s hip-hip-hippie Nicholas David took on the Huey Lewis classic “The Power of Love.” The song seemed to get away from him a bit, and the coaches even found a way to spin that in a positive light. This was one of my least favorite performances of the night, even though he is such a sweet guy.

“My Heart Will Go On”

Team Christina Aguilera’s Sylvia Yacoub boldly chose Celine Dion’s Titanic anthem, “My Heart Will Go On.” I think anyone covering this song would sound like a high school talent show contestant, and the judges all praised Sylvia’s ambition while noting her nerves. Verdict: meh, not likely to bring in the votes.

“More Than a Feeling”

Terry McDermott closed out the night with “More Than a Feeling.” This guy might like the 70s more than Lenny Kravitz does, and his voice is perfectly suited to the era. If there are enough nostalgists in the voting public, he should move on again.

My Reasons for Watching “The Voice” – Reality Show #1

It’s not my hate for Simon Cowell (X Factor) or the fact that I play the office pool during American Idol (but don’t watch the show).

I was drawn to The Voice from the beginning probably due to my eclectic choice in music and my love for Maroon 5. I DON’T LISTEN to Britney Spears and I couldn’t tell you the name of a song by Demi Lovato.

I predicted that Javier Colon would win Season 1 of The Voice (and he did) and I’m predicting that Bryan Keith will win Season 3. I even tweeted Adam Levine and told him so.

I enjoy the chemistry between the judges on The Voice. I like hearing that Blake Shelton took Dia Frampton from Season 1 on tour with him and that Javier Colon was in South America recently with Maroon 5.

You don’t hear about those things coming out of the X Factor or American Idol camps. Mainly because the “star” judges on those panels are more interested in their 8-figure salaries than they are in the talent.

The Voice has pioneered a new way of auditioning in case you haven’t caught the show. The judges sit with their backs to the stage and all they hear is the … Voice. On Tuesday night a young man sang La Bamba entirely in Spanish and Blake Shelton was so excited he could hardly wait to hit his buzzer. Blake and CeeLo Green were fighting to be his coach. That’s not something you’ll see on X Factor or American Idol.

The Voice is still in the audition stages. The judges will have teams made up of 16 members this season. You can catch it on NBC Television or go here:

http://www.nbc.com/the-voice/

Celebrity Judges of The Voice, X Factor and American Idol steal spotlight from contestants

Celebrity Judges of The Voice, X Factor and American Idol steal spotlight from contestants.