Whew! What a talent-packed two hours! The singers in this season are simply incredible!
Austin Jenckes – Great performance to open the show! Unfortunately, I think he’s starting to fade as Cole Vosbury – a very similar artist but one who has had the benefit of better song selection – starts to steal his luster. I love the tone of his voice though! And the guitar. Oh-sum!
Jacquie Lee – I love this teen diva! She reminds me of a young Christina Aguilera (maybe not with the vocal prowess, but her intensity on stage when she sings and her aura is so Christina). I wasn’t too impressed with her tonight though and am a little fearful that she might be in trouble this week. The beginning of her performance was a mess! Thankfully, it was somewhat saved at the end when she went all out DIVA on the song. You can’t be a one-sided belt-all diva though. So, word to the wise: lower register (work on it).
Will Champlin – Another great performance. Not a fan of the song, but I liked the risk that Adam took in giving him a song that has yet to hit American radio. How will Americans react to an unfamiliar song? If the gamble pays off, Will will be remembered as having made the song popular across the pond. If the gamble fails, however, then it’s “Cheers chap” to Will!
Caroline Pennell – Another one of my favorites! I didn’t like the song selection at all (even though I am a fan of John Denver). Cee Lo was right – the song overpowered her in some instances. She needs a bigger song and a more contemporary one to appeal to her demographics. She’s not going to win singing a John Denver song to a bunch of tweens.
Cole Vosbury – Wow, where did this guy come from! I wasn’t a fan of him in the beginning, but I think he has become my sentimental favorite. I loved his performance – but then again, I may be biased because I love the new breed of folky singers.
Tessanne Chin – Another great performance from Tessanne, but the song choice was horrendous! She did the song justice, but she needs to steer far, far away from aged songs. She should stick to songs like “Try” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)”. She doesn’t really attract the young voters, so she has to work on getting their fandom to improve her chances of winning (which would be much deserved, by the way). And she sure as hell is not going to get the young votes by singing a Gladys Knight and the Pips classic.
Ray Boudreaux – “Cool Baby Blue.” I like him. He has a cool and sexy style. I think his reach is a little limited though. I guess we’ll just have to see how far America will take him…
James Wolpert – Hmm. I’m always on the fence with James. Sometimes he’s a hit. But other times, he’s just “Eh”. He was good tonight. But, again, horrendous song choice (Adam – what the hell!). Poor boy struggled through it and ended up hoarse! And it’s such an aged song that I’m tired of hearing on singing competitions. Unless, of course, you blow the song completely out of the water (which, James was unfortunately not able to do).
Kat Robichaud – Rockstar diva! Go Kat! Great song choice! I didn’t like how Cee-Lo wanted her to expand the notes at the end. I think expanding on the very last glory note would have sufficed – drawing the last two glory notes though was a little excessive. I like the theatrics of her performance, but I also want to see a somewhat stripped down performance the next time. This is “The Voice” after all.
Matthew Schuler – My favorite to take it all! He struggled in the beginning, so much so that I was starting to question Christina’s song selection. I guess you can’t really blame him for the poor beginning because that part of the song is very melodic spoken words. He turned the song out though after the initial stubble and, as always, brought the house down!
Blake – I think he is actually a great coach! Great song selections! Maybe choose a song out of Austin’s comfort zone next week (if he makes it).
Christina – The best coach this season! Seriously. Great song selections! You have to put Jacquei back in her comfort zone next week. She’s struggled too much this week that she is now in danger of losing her fan favorite standing if she suffers another mediocre performance next week.
Cee-Lo – I appreciate you taking a step back to let Caroline discover herself as an artist, but please select a song that she can slay (while appealing to the tweens) next week.
Adam – Horrendous song selections! I still like you and Maroon 5 though.
And that’s a wrap for my review. I can’t believe I actually took the time to write a review. I guess I have been inspired by this season’s crop of talents! Best of luck to all of you!