The Voice 2 – The Battle Rounds 4 – Recap and Videos

It’s the FINAL week of  Battle Rounds on the Voice. I’ll be live blogging the action right here!

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I’m really glad these battle rounds are over, because they are pointless and drag on forever.  I don’t know what Cee Lo was smoking, but both his decisions tonight were totally WTF.  Wade and Justin were both more soulful and interesting singers than James and Tony, respectively.  I also thought Orlando out sang Karla in their Team Blake round.  These pairings are so dumb and random anyway.  The outcome is predetermined. How else to explain a round where a green high school kid is handed a song he doesn’t know in a genre he doesn’t understand against a near-pro who sings songs totally in the same wheelhouse?  To be fair and sensible, you’d pair up acts who are similar and give them songs they are both comfortable with, but that would not be good TV, now would it?  In conclusion: The battle rounds suck and I’m glad they are over.

ETA: And the guest mentors, pretty much added nothing, but to be fair, that’s mostly true on Idol too.

Next, it’s the live shows.  A top 24, with only seven weeks to winnow them down.  I don’t expect to get to know ANY of these contestants, but I am hoping there are at least some entertaining performances coming up in the live round.  Then, once the show is over, the winner can go back to a life of obscurity, and the coaches can look forward to careers that are bigger and better than ever! YAY.

Team Cee Lo

James Massone vs Wade – “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper – Seriously. Is Cee Lo high? Giving a Cyndi Lauper song to R&B and Hip Hop guys? Wade probably has a better shot at it. He covered Amy Winehouse for his audition. James, the blue collar dude from Boston,  is really nervous. Ne-Yo advises James, which makes  him even more nervous. They tell James straight up that he has to get over it. “You’re at the game,” says Ne-Yo “You got to play.” Baby face advises Wade, whom he compares to AL Green and Luther Vandross. Wade’s mentoring session is going much smoother. I think James is screwed. After the duo’s rehearsal, Cee-lo began to cry. “OK,” says Cee Lo, “I surrender.”

There’s some big time pitchiness in spots. But If I had to pick, I’d go with Wade. He’s got a gorgeous tone and some beautiful phrasing. He’s a more adventurous singer than James. I can’t get into James nasally nasal singing. Adam: James voice captured his attention. He’d go with James. Blake: Both have good voices, but James took it. Xtina: She also chooses James! Wow. I disagree. Cee Lo: James, you came in so cocky and confident, I was so impressed with you. Wade, you were nervous today. Cee Lo picks James. Wow I totally disagree with that. To make it worse for Wade, Cee Lo said he favored Wade up until the battle round.

Battle Round Winner: James Massone

Team Adam

Nicole Galyon vs Mathai “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles – Nicole, the country songwriter/piano player is going to play during her round. Robin Thicke advises Nicole.  After she sings, Robin is a little smitten. He tells her he wants to take her to prom! His advice to Nicole is to embody the sweetness of the song a bit more. Nicole is intimidated by Mathai, who comes from a family of doctors, but has an unusual voice and natural charisma. Alanis Morissette, her adviser tells her not to chop off the notes. And to be herself.  Once they get into rehearsal together, Adam decides the piano isn’t working and has it taken away. Nicole feels insecure without her instrument.

Mathai is the more charismatic singer. She’s also got a more current and radio friendly tone.  Her vocal really pops.  Nicole’s performance is breathy and nervous and she has no idea what to do with her body away from the piano. There were some major pitchy spots from both singers, though.  Blake:  He thinks breathing affected Nicole’s performance he picks Mathai. Xtina: It’s a no brainer, she picks Mathai.  Cee Lo: Nicole is a generic singer. He picks Mathai. Adam was disappointed with the performance generally. (So was I) He thought the rehearsal was better. Having said that, he chooses Mathai.  Nicole was at a disadvantage without her piano, but even if she were playing, I don’t think she stood a chance against Mathai’s unique vocal talents.

Battle Round Winner: Mathai

Team Christina

Moses Stone vs  The Line  – “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones – Uh. A country duo vs an MC singing a classic rock song. Christina must hate them both.  The Line, a duo, feel like the song will be a challenge. Moses is a little more confident.  Lionel Richie mentors Moses.  So Moses is going to sing? What’s the point of that? He’s a rapper. I SMELL A TRAINWRECK.  Jewel helps The Line.  She tells them basically to stop being a wedding band. They are a little taken aback.  Xtina wants moves! Moses is crowding. She’s expecting BOTH acts to be something they are NOT and NEVER WILL BE. I don’t see the point.

This is surprisingly not terrible, even if it’s a little weird and awkward.  Moses isn’t a great singer, but he does have charisma. The male half of The Line has a TERRIFIC voice. Really powerful.  When Moses raps part of the song, he’s obviously more comfortable. Cee Lo: That was great. Moses has charisma and swagger. He liked The Line too, but he goes with Moses. Adam: It was unorthodox. He chooses The Line because their vocals were better Blake: I thought that was pretty weird, but good. He goes with The Line.  Christina says you have to know how to be versatile in this business. She chooses Moses.  I still don’t see the point of this goofy battle. Pitting people who are so different puts everyone at a disadvantage. I have a feeling Xtina would have picked Moses no matter what.  This battle was conceived purely to create some good TV.

Battle Round Winner: Moses Stone

Team Adam

Orlando Napier vs  Karla Davis – “Easy Like Sunday Morning”  by the Commodores – Adam changed from”Rich Girl” by Hall and Oats because he felt it wasn’t working. Orlando has a criminal past. Karla was afraid to sing in front of people.  Alanis Morissette advises Karla.  Adam calls Carla’s ‘big voice’  ‘Bertha’.  Karla feels like she had a breakthrough. Orlando’s adviser is Robin Thicke.   Robin preaches the importance of vowels.  You need power at the right moment, he tells Orlando.

Orlando is the more dynamic singer and performer, but this duet, overall, was not a great performance.  Whatever Karla learned in her mentoring session, she seemed to lose in the live performance.  Blake:  I love the sound of Carla’s voice, but overall, Orlando was a better performer. Xtina:  She felt Karla was the more entertaining performance. Orlando was too loud, she wanted more dynamics.  Cee L0:  Loves Orlando’s vibe.  Adam:  Has seen Karla blossom, so he chooses her as the winner. Hm. Neither was perfect, but Karla seemed to be holding back.

Battle Round Winner Karla Davis

Team Blake

Naia Kete vs Jordan Rager -  “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz – Naia is a street performer. Jordan is a 17 year old high school country singer.  This song would appear to favor Naia.  This fits her style perfectly.  Young Jordan didn’t know the song at all, and he had never  sung harmonies before.  Miranda Lambert advises a smitten Jordan. She works with him on harmonies, but it’s not easy for him. He’s green and unconfident.  Kelly Clarkson advises Naia.  Blake tells her to save the vocal tricks for the end. Don’t get too tricky! (BLAKE HATES THAT!)  After the last rehearsal, Blake thinks Jordan has improved a lot.

The duet parts are awful. Once Naia is off on her own singing, she stomps all over Jordan. But the country kid holds his own considering the cards were totally stacked against him. Xtina: Jordan’s performance was solid, but Naia had a natural groove. Cee Lo: Wanted to see Jordan be more confident. He chooses Naia.  Adam:  He realizes the Jordan was out of his comfort zone but he has to go with Naia. Blake:  Both missed notes. He was really surprised by that.  He goes with experience and chooses Naia.

Battle Round Winner Naia Kete

Teem Ceelo

Tony Vincent vs Justin Hopkins – “Faithfully” by Journey   – Tony is a Broadway actor wanting to break into pop.  Justin is a family man who sang Babylon in his audition. Oh look. Cee Lo is crying again.  Babyface advises Tony.  Babyface realizes that Tony is a pro looking to improve what’s already there. Ne-Yo is Justin’s adviser. “A lot of emotion in his voice, naturally,” says Ne-Yo about Justin. He likes the natural growl in his voice. But the power of the song is the emotion. Cee Lo calls Justin a diamond in the rough. He is clearly at a disadvantage.

Tony’s guyliner and bald head is skeering me a little. To be honest, I prefer Justin’s vocals. Tony’s style is very cabaret. He lacks grit. His Big! Broadway! Notes!  feel empty.  Justin DIGS IN to the song. So much more emotion in that performance. That’s what counts, to me.  Adam: Likes the dirtiness in his Justin’s voice. Blake:  Tony may be more versatile. Thinks Justin was a more solid performance. Xtina thinks Tony has the full package.  Cee Lo: Thinks both brought it to life. He likes how Tony is enigmatic.  Justin has heart and soul.  Cee Lo picks Tony.  I TOLD Y’ALL TODAY. I TOLD YOU.  Justin was better, but Cee Lo went with the ringer.

Battle Round Winner: Tony Vincent

The Teams Going into the Live Rounds

Teem Cee Lo

  • Juliet Simms – Rocker girl
  • Jamar Rogers – Ex Idol contestant & Danny Gokey pal
  • James Massone – Boston auto body worker
  • Erin Martin – Former model with giant hair
  • Tony Vincent – Broadway Star
  • Cheesa – Singer from Hawaii

Team Adam

  • Tony Luca – Former mouseketeer
  • Katrina Parker – Insurance worker
  • Mathai – Nursing student, daughter of medical professionals
  • Karla Davis – Nashville artist
  • Pip – Super twee pop artist
  • Kim Yarbrough – Middle-aged soul singer

Team Christina

  • Jesse Campbell – Single dad
  • Ashley De La Rosa – Young hopeful
  • Chris Mann – Ex Glee Warbler, Opera Singer
  • Moses Stone – Hip Hop MC
  • Lindsey Pavao – Indie artist
  • Sera Hill – R&B singer

Team Blake

  • Rae Lynn – Country hopeful
  • Erin Willett – Powerhouse vocals
  • Jermaine Paul – Alicia Keys background vocalist
  • Naia Kete – Reggae artist
  • Jordis Unga – Rockstar: INXS alum
  • Charlotte Sometimes - Singer/songwriter

 

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    thank gawd this is the last.  they really need to cut the fat of these battle rounds next season.  my problem with it is NOT the crazy/questionable match-ups or decisions by the coaches.  it’s really the length that these rounds go, there’s just too much filler of the coaching in each of the episodes that it gets repetitive.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Glad to see this will be the last week of the battle rounds.  I’m ready for the real competition! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    Looking forward to Country Duo vs MC rocking a song!!! 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol at Cee Lo’s red satin jumpsuit!  All he needs is the cat now.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The both look so fodder and just OK singers. But I’m sure one of them will suck live and Cee-Lo will choose him. LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    lol at Cee Lo’s red satin jumpsuit!  All he needs is the cat now.

    We’ll probably see the cat at some point during the show.  Yep, the outfit isn’t complete without the cat in his lap.  LOL!

  • steph6449

    Neither of these first two is sounding all that good.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    The most pitchy and boy band version of this song ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    James seemed to take a big leap in confidence with his part of the battle but I’d have to give it to Wade.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    James seemed to take a big leap in confidence with his part of the battle but I’d have to give it to Wade.

  • pj

    What the f**k is up with James’ hair?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Anthony is looking like a skinhead with that outfit. LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Anthony is looking like a skinhead with that outfit. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Yep, the problem with these rounds is that by the time the performers sing, you no longer remember them – or if, by some chance, you do, you no longer care.  They snould do something else besides these rounds, rewrite ‘em, because they are not so entertaining.  Now I spend them anticipating Idol.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree.  These battle rounds have way too much filler and need to be compressed into fewer shows.

  • Anonymous

    He is keeping it off his face.  :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    It may be just me but I really think that Adam is just so insincere.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Did Cee Lo really like Wade that much?  Really?  I thought that both of them are fodder.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Adam about cutting off the notes. I wish someone had coached EVP to hold her notes a little longer. Her singing was too nice to be that choppy…

  • Anonymous

    I agree with Adam about cutting off the notes. I wish someone had coached EVP to hold her notes a little longer. Her singing was too nice to be that choppy…

  • Anonymous

    I like both of Adam’s contestants. I’m not looking forward to seeing him eliminate one.  Lovesong is a great song, but not easy to pull off. Should be interesting….

  • steph6449

    So far, perfect track record of all four not singing that great, lol.

  • Anonymous

    So, they saved all of the bad singers for this episode.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Geez!  What a majorly pitchy trainwreck that was!  Yuck!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I don’t really think Mathai or Nicolle did all that well.  Nicolle did seem to have some breath issues.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m not sure that Nicole hit more than a handful of notes of that song.  Her pitchiness threw off the harmonies and they were terrible.

  • chessguy99

    They are going to have to revamp this for the fall. The battle rounds are just awful.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I find these battle rounds so tedious and very gimmicky.  The worst thing is that, almost all of the time, they lead to performances that are much worse than if the contestants sang separately.  They really suck!  lol

  • Anonymous

    Wow! Those girls of Adams….pitchy hot mess!

  • Anonymous

    These battle rounds really don’t favor the softer singers. Nicole sounded so much better when she was singing alone. 

  • Anonymous

    Oh no…1 hour and 30 minutes longer until Smash comes one :(. I am as ready for the Battle Rounds to end as I was for the AI auditions to end. #knowyouraudience

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol  I’m impatient waiting for Smash to come on too!

  • Anonymous

    I never thought I would like Smash but I do love that show.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Trainwreck alert!

  • Anonymous

    Holy Cow Christina,rock song for rap vs country duo. This should be different or strange

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    The Line and Moses.  Ok, this will be interesting.  I just don’t know if it will be in a good or bad way.  Heh

  • Anonymous

    Did you see Jewels face when they sang lol?

  • steph6449

    favorite moment of the show so far, lol

  • Anonymous

    The worst thing is that, almost all of the time, they lead to performances that are much worse than if the contestants sang separately.

    I’ve noticed that too.  The producers have to do something to change that.  

    I think these rounds would come off a little better if they were live.  Maybe they would have a different feel to them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Actually it was much better than I thought. lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That wasn’t nearly as hideous as I thought it would be!  lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    No, it was the trainwreck I had expected but I’d have to go with The Line.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    I thought that last performance between Moses and The Line was pretty good and here I thought it was going to be a train wreck. Good for them!
    But I think Moses was the right choice, he killed it and put his own spin to the song.

    ETA: Cannot wait for Smash tonight!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I really like Moses; he has a great personality which will shine on the stage.  I’m glad Xtina did not choose The Line base on the girl’s attitude alone; no wonder the guy stop pursuing her romantically.

  • Anonymous

    They all sure sang that song like I have never heard it sung – and it was entertaining.  By far, the best of the night so far.

  • Anonymous

    Ok. I actually respect Christina’s decision. Moses showed a much better ability to adapt to the song than The Line. Plus I love what Christina said in response to Adam and Blake’s comments about the meaning of “The Voice”.

  • Anonymous

    Wow the girl from the line is mad and kept doing a stank face about the song and Moses and towards Jewel and Christina.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It looks like the Fodders Round. Ratings will decrease for sure today.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    It looks like the Fodders Round. Ratings will decrease for sure today.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the line + Moses was a fun pairing.  I would have picked him too, if for no other reason than I think the line girl may indeed be a straight up bitch (seriously – she was wearing the bitch face in the audition room!).  Also, I think the guy in the line is more talented than she is.  He should ditch her.  

    I like Christina’s team.  

  • steph6449

    dumb to use the last of your national tv exposure putting on a big ol’ bitchface, lol.

    at least leave people thinking that you’re an appealing personality and maybe someone that they would want to see if you were performing in a club somewhere. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’ve never seem these two. Did they appear before?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’ve never seem these two. Did they appear before?

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never seem these two. Did they appear before?  

    We didn’t see Moses’ audition.  They showed him during a short montage, and said that he is the first rapper to make the second round.

  • pj

    Agree with Christina on what “The Voice” is all about.  Also would have chosen Moses.  

    So happy the battle rounds are almost over.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    These two now I was talking about.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I would give this one to Orlando.

  • Anonymous

    wonder why they didn’t bother really showing any of Ashley, Moses or Karla’s audition even though they made the live shows

  • Anonymous

    I disagree with Adam. I thought Orlando was much better. Not understanding the judges’ decisions in these battle rounds.  Time for the audience to have some input.

  • Anonymous

    SPOILER:

    Wasn’t crazy about Carla.
    Is it true Tony already tweeted he won? I don’t like him for some reason, will never vote for him.

    So far a few of the singers I liked more have been voted off.

    So far I think Christina and Cee Lo have weak teams.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Probably the decisions of the judges on American idol during HW week aren’t much better. The difference is that the bad decisions don’t take a big spot like they take during Battle Rounds. Here we hear them all singing the entire song and we don’t usually hear too much of people who are dumped in AI. 

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Blake seems like he might be setting Jordan up for failure. Obviously Naya will be in her element. Maybe it’s me but she seems to be trying to hard to be all flower child. It annoys me.

  • Anonymous

    Miranda’s talking voice is sooo annoying

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    I like Karla better but she needs to stand up straight. The hunchback look is not attractive.

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Moses v. The Line I would have went with the guy in The Line and sent the other two home. Moses did much better when he was rapping but his singing voice is rather flat. The girl was just not good.

  • steph6449

    Orlando did the same thing, lol

    Not quite a full-out creepy dance but made me want to call them both a chiropractor ;)

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Missed the first two. I’ll have to wait for videos.

  • Anonymous

    I hate that pairing. Both Naya and Jordan should be advancing. Regardless of how he sounds in the duet, I think that Jordan is one of the better country voices I’ve heard so far. I love Naya’s voice too. This sucks.

  • Anonymous

    I agree. The guy in The Line, should really try to make it on his own. He has such a great voice. 

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Well Naya is stinking up the stage. 

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Jordan is sounding kind of stiff. Bad choice of song for both.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Neither one were that great.  Naia was very pitchy big time!

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Orlando looked like something out of a Tim Burton film. Weird.

  • Anonymous

    Not understanding why everyone sounds so much worse when they duet. Naya sounded awesome in practice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    That’s because they aren’t doing a duet. They’re battling. People singing together shouldn’t be battling. The exception was Anthony vs. Jesse battle;

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    eeek!  Tony sounds pitchy in rehearsal to me.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Tony’s range isn’t that big. He’s having problems to reach in full chest voice notes that Steve Perry could easily reach.

  • Anonymous

    kill the guyliner dude!

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Not loving either one of these two. Both of them are overdoing everything. Blech!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    That’s a weird outift. Mein Fuhrer! lol

  • Anonymous

    guy number two for me….sexier beard than guy number 1s makeup and stuff. 

  • steph6449

    CeeLo wanted them both dialed up to eleven though, haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pietro-Matos/100000170166826 Pietro Matos

    Justin is so much better. Tony is over the top not my cup of tea.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IHIRO4P2ZPNQFGMK5KR57VH3E4 Nanc

    These battle rounds are really starting to lose me….there have been so many battles where I would put both singers through, and then you have trainwrecks where I would send both home….this show isn’t about getting the best singers or performers…I am not understanding these pairings and these decisions

  • steph6449

    aww, the rent-a-cat made its appearance :)

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    I really don’t like the format for The Voice. Every time I watch it I say I’m not going to watch next week. Then I do and then I’m disappointed. Bring on American Idol.

  • Anonymous

    He is really creepy.  He is like a spider.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Oh geez Cee Lo with that laugh.  With the cat in his lap, he so represented Dr. Evil there!  Heh

    I don’t think there was any question in people’s mind that Tony was going to be the winner of this battle.

  • Anonymous

    Justin was much more appealing to me than Tony. Oh well.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    The final battle was the best of the night; second to me was the country vs mc :)  Wow Ceelo seems to be a bit sappy this week.

  • Anonymous

    i totally hate the battlerounds.  i only watched to see alan thicke and neyo.  Originally it was to see Kelly, but she said like 47 words in all the episodes combined, which usually involved “that was great” or something similar. 

  • Da 1 N Only

    Well that was the most painful of the battle rounds.  Thank goodness that’s over. Even though the show has lost a lot of momentum I’m looking forward to the live shows next week.

  • Anonymous

    I thought Tony was too Broadway. He made Faithfully too dramatic and angsty. It’s a song about love. You don’t glare at your wife/audience on the last key part of the song. It was weird.  I wish Ceelo picked Justin he seemed more honest and genuine with the song and his voice was amazing.  Tony’s great but he’s got to ditch the Broadway schtick for me to like him.

  • Anonymous

    well I liked Tony the first time he was on.. and I loved him tonight… but this is my problem with the Battle Rounds pairings…. I would have kept BOTH Tony and Justin and gotten rid of all 4 of Adams contestants tonight

  • Anonymous

    I don’t like this show either. Bring on Idol and X Factor. I watched the UK Voice this weekend and I think these shows are only interesting in the audition phase. 

    As for that Tony guy…sort of like like Lambert in many ways. A total theatre plant… “I’m not a real rock star but I play one for Queen” :P

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    hell no.  i don’t like audience input during the battle rounds

    i say let the coaches decide how they want to build their team

    audience input should only start during the live shows

    like i said before, it’s not the pairings/decisions that is the real problem.  the problem is that these battle rounds just go on for too long

  • Anonymous

    Some of the battles had zero suspense for me. The ones with zero air time previously were guaranteed to not advance this round i.e. Wade and poor Jordan. Yes, Carson showed 2 seconds of them being selected but compared to long segments and a back story previously, there was no way they would advance over the ones they showed previously. Too bad, I think Jordan should have advanced to bring male country voice to the competition.

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    Ashley’s blind audition was montaged but she won her battle round

    tonight, Moses won his battle round against The Line.  Moses audition was also montaged.  The Line actually got all the coaches to turn for them during their blind audition

    so what you said no longer holds true for this season

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    Ashley’s blind audition was montaged but she won her battle round

    tonight, Moses won his battle round against The Line.  Moses audition was also montaged.  The Line actually got all the coaches to turn for them during their blind audition

    so what you said no longer holds true for this season

  • Anonymous

    It’s confirmed, I hate this fucking show! No way does that scary poser Tony beat Justin. Not in vocal ability, delivery, keeping the integrity of the song! Yep, ringer! I now know that the battle round winners are a forgone conclusion, and that the pairings are divised so cynically. Ugh, won’t even bother to dvr next week. Done!

  • Anonymous

     That one guy at the end looks like Lord Voldemort.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Perfect definition for Tony, but I don’t know if it’s safe to criticize the other guy you mentioned here. lol

  • Anonymous

    Overall a trainwrecky night. I would gladly take Billy Joel week on idol over this!

  • Anonymous

    Loved how Satisfaction turned out!
    I agree pretty much with all the choices except the last one; I really preferred Justin over Tony

  • http://twitter.com/thecinel Cindi

    Listened to the first two performances. James’ voice is annoying to me. Not a fan of the nasally sound. I would have picked Wade.

    I didn’t really care for Nicole or Mathai. Nicole was obviously uncomfortable and her voice was flat half the time. I don’t like Mathai’s voice. Not a fan of that style of singing. I wouldn’t call it unique either. Singers like her seem to coming from all directions.

    Of course that is JMO.

  • Anonymous

    I like to live dangerously :D

    If you want to check out The Voice UK, with a bit more footage than the uploaded ones from the BBC, try this channel:
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI_JC1HCAec&feature=related

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    just listened to the performances from another site (cannot watch the videos because it’s blocked from my office)

    anyway this is the weakest battle round episode so far.  battle royale for the fodderific

    i think i prefer watching the hilarious trainwreck that was Erin Martin over these bores.  LOL

    thank gawd these rounds are over and the live shows starts next week

  • Anonymous

    Moses won that by a long shot, saying that as a huge Stones fan. He’s more rock than that Moron 5 posuer, who doesn’t know what rock and roll is…or how to move like Jagger. He moves more like a constipated worm :P 

  • Anonymous

    Really lame deleting posts just because I made a comparison to the sacred cow here and that other poseur. I do not believe I said anything against the rules. I thought we could state our opinions about contestants as long as we didn’t bash fans?

  • Anonymous

     I don’t like Mathai’s voice. Not a fan of that style of singing. I wouldn’t call it unique either. Singers like her seem to coming from all directions.

    Amen.  I’m already over all of the “unique” and “quirky-voiced” girls.  To me, those girls are just “hard on my ears”.  I thought Naia sucked too.  

    But sweet jeebus that Tony guy creeps me out in every imaginable way.  Maybe he sounds better on Broadway, because he sure didn’t sound all that great here.  

    Unlike last year, I think Christina has a fairly strong team, while Cee Lo’s is weak.  I’m meh on Adam’s team in general, but I think Blake has a couple of promising prospects (while the rest of Blake’s team sucks ass).  

    These battle rounds are so stupid.  They go to all of this trouble (and criminally under-utilize Kelly Clarkson), most of the contestants sound like ass, and they pick whoever they were predisposed to choose anyway (regardless of the actual performance).  

    I like Adam, and I find him adorable.  But, I have to agree with the poster earlier who finds him completely insincere.  He blows so much smoke up their asses, and I doubt he’ll even remember their names tomorrow.  I also noticed a funny dynamic in his mentoring sessions – Robin Thicke seems to be a whole lot more intuitive and makes far more sense than Adam does :).  

  • Anonymous

    Tonight was kind of a mess.  I thought Xtina  was crazy doing Satisfaction with those three battle contestants but I thought the Line exceeded my expectations. They should have picked Blake.  I mean I can see what is likable about Moses but I don’t think he can win.  

    I also thought Justin should have won the last battle.  I can’t imagine buying anything from Tony or seeing him in concert.  Justin’s tone and style just appeal more to me.  And I think he would appeal to a lot of people.  Tony gets really screechy when he goes for his high notes.  I want to cover my ears. 

    I don’t think any of the other battles are worth commenting on.  I don’t think any of tonights group has a chance of winning. 

  • Anonymous

    To be fair, Tony wasn’t creepy in American Idiot but in the show he wasn’t totally bald. Now I find him creepy. I guess this will help his career somewhat but he won’t win this thing.

    Last year I really liked Dia which kept me watching. Out of these finalists I have no favorites though there a few I already don’t like so much. I hope the live shows pick up.

  • Anonymous

    The guy’s partner truly had a bad attitude tonight. 

  • Anonymous

    I agree that the battle rounds don’t work. Not when the two singers are both good or both bad. They need to fix this. I keep hoping one of the weaker singers will get sick so they can bring back one of the good singers they eliminated like Lee or the guy with the fun glasses.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    I’ve read the rules also and I don’t know how that comparison with the sacred cow would be against the rules.

    I liked Tony at the beggining, but now i think he’s an empty theatrical singer, that couldn’t function weel outside Broadway.

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    mind telling who’s the sacred cow? LOL

    sorry i have no idea

  • Anonymous

    Like everything in show business, luck is a big factor.  A lot depends on which team the contestant gets into….assuming that the choice is really theirs to begin with.  More likely all is illusion and we are being played.

  • Anonymous

    Not to sound rude or narrow-minded or anything, but we now have three ethnic* girls who have an incredibly similar sound: Naia, Mathai, and Erin Martin.

    Don’t get me wrong, I dig it (especially Mathai), but they all have a sound that is incredibly close to each other (and incredibly close to the lead singer of the Noisettes, Shingai Shoniwa). I wonder how this will affect them going into the competition. It’s kind of like an unexpected version of AI’s blonde invasion this season, though at least you can easily distinguish Hollie, Erika, Elise, and Shannon.

    *by ethnic, I mean non-white, or at least non-white looking. I’m Asian/white myself, so not being racist. . . or at least I hope I’m not.

  • Anonymous

    What’s unfortunate is that these and all comments to come on tonight’s battle between Jordan & Naia will be based on an incomplete performance, because the producers cut out all of Jordan’s parts of the song.  They skipped the whole first verse and chorus.  Not only did they stack the deck against him in the song choice (total home field advantage for her), but then they didn’t even show the whole battle!  What were they afraid of?  Could it be that it was that obvious that she didn’t win even though they set it on a tee for her?  

  • Anonymous

    To me, those three contestants are so different, especially in terms of looks and personality, that I wouldn’t have made that connection. Naia also has more of a folkesy/reggae sound, and plays an instrument. Matthai has less of a defined sound and Erin has absolutely no sound!  If an audience can tell four blonde females apart, I’m really hoping that they can also tell the difference between three non-caucasian females who all appear to be of different ethnicities. The fact that they’re on different teams should also help.

    By the way, I was really hoping that Angel Taylor had been picked too and that would have made four!

  • Anonymous

    Dia was one of my favorites too, but I also remember that she struggled in the battle rounds. So maybe there’s still hope for these contestants once they start doing solos! 

  • Karen C

    I’m glad the battle rounds are over. Either 2 strong contestants go up against each other and one has to go, or a stronger and a weaker contestant are put up against each other, and it’s not really fair. Or two weaker contestants go up against each other, and one still gets through, but they are weaker than a contestant from another round.

    If they had just chosen the best to go through without the battle rounds, it’s possible Justin would have went through, and not Erin, making a stronger team.

  • Karen C

    I’m glad the battle rounds are over. Either 2 strong contestants go up against each other and one has to go, or a stronger and a weaker contestant are put up against each other, and it’s not really fair. Or two weaker contestants go up against each other, and one still gets through, but they are weaker than a contestant from another round.

    If they had just chosen the best to go through without the battle rounds, it’s possible Justin would have went through, and not Erin, making a stronger team.

  • hcpoirot

    So thankful that we approach the live show. mark Burnett, did you hear me? 4 long episodes for battle round just too long. Not to mention, all the coaches wear the same outfit. It seem that they shoot all of these 4 episodes in a few days or a week top. (from choosing the pairing to battle, rehearsal and then the battle)

    Top 24 only had 9 men and 15 women. Will a woman win the Voice 2?

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    true.  i didn’t like Dia until she started performing during the live rounds.

  • Anonymous

    Not to mention, all the coaches wear the same outfit. It seem that they shoot all of these 4 episodes in a few days or a week top. 

    I think they shoot it all in three days: one day with the mentors – as evidenced by Miranda’s awful flannel shirt, one day for final rehearsal in the ring and one day for performance.  There may be another day or 2 of rehearsal in there – but I think the coaches only show up for 3 days, hence each of them wearing only three outfits the entire time (one for all mentor sessions, 1 for all final rehearsals and 1 for all battle rounds).

    I think the A-list coaches have really tight time-constraints in their contract.  And, I doubt they have the budget to pay Kelly Clarkson, Miranda Lambert, Ne-yo, etc. for a whole week.  Plus, I don’t believe you could get Christina Aguilera to wear the same outfit 2 days in a row (even for $20 Million!).  

    So, that makes it especially annoying to me that we’re expected to watch it for 2 hours at a time for 4 freaking weeks.  

  • Anonymous

    “So, that makes it especially annoying to me that we’re expected to watch it for 2 hours at a time for 4 freaking weeks. ”

    You shure got that right. I do think Miranda Lambert could have brought at least one other flannel shirt to the show.  If they don’t do something about these HELLACIOUSLY boring battle rounds, the show can’t survive.

    We can’t get invested in the contestants or the process, as the ultimate sing-off seems not to determine anything; it’s a talent crap shoot. 
    Flag

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I had no idea there was going to be only 6 weeks of actual competition after what seemed like 20 weeks of auditions and battle rounds.  They need to start with smaller teams, cut the battle rounds WAY down, and make the voter participation phase a bit longer.  Are the judges just going to unceremoniously dump some of their people before the next round?  I watched the mini-season last year but I have no memory of how it worked.

    A lot of the male voices I liked got cut in the Battle Rounds, but I do like Lindsey, Charlotte and Jordis. There are SO MANY quirky voiced girls, I wish they could give one to Idol’s Top 10 so I don’t have to hear so much freakin’ Whitney, Mariah and Celine.  

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    Idol’s current top 10 is such a depressing group of contestants with their funeral dirge of song choices.  good thing Heejun liven it up a bit when he finally stopped singing ballads

    i hope this season’s Voice contestants have a better variety and better song choices

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Okay, if this goes like last year the final four is going to be pretty predictable.

    So here’s who makes it to the end: Jamal Rogers, Lindsey Pavo, Jordis Unga, perhps Mathai? Not sure on Adam’s team because I can’t remember them all.

  • faux pas

    “Idol’s current top 10 is such a depressing group of contestants with their funeral dirge of song choices…” Could not agree more. Idol is such the “dud” with their ho-horendous kareoke singers. The asian girl is mediocre at best, and sky-whatever-her-name-is is a screeching mess. I know there is no love for the Voice on this blog, but Idol’s lackluster group of bad karaoke… seriously? At least most of the contestants on Voice can, well, sing. (I say most, not all).

  • Anonymous

    I’m thinking of doing a Top 24 guide. But it would be so much work, because I barely remember any of these people.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Don’t bother. I bet they are cutting half this week anyway. Heh. Wait until top 12. #mytwocents

    In fact, I bet they are performing in groups of 12… one this week and one next week. That should make it easier to do one guide for each week if they publish a list of who’s going when ahead of time.

  • faux pas

    i’m leaning more towards: Lindsey Paveo, Juliet Simms (she’s got the Florence Welch thing going on), Katrina Parker, Sera Hill (maybe), Charlotte Sometimes. Love that females actually have a fair shot of winning, unlike idol.

  • faux pas

    “…so I don’t have to hear so much freakin’ Whitney, Mariah and Celine.”
    and ho-horendous karaoke renditions at that. A big screeching mess!

  • faux pas

    Lawd-y… I’m just happy to NOT be seeing that be-dazzled compact disc atop Christina’s cranium anymore. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    LOL.  if you can’t remember them, just put Who?

    they tried to make this season longer by adding more contestants.  the problem is that it doesn’t go well with the current format that has many weeks of blind auditions and battle rounds.  the battle rounds should have been compressed to just two or three episodes.

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    LOL.  if you can’t remember them, just put Who?

    they tried to make this season longer by adding more contestants.  the problem is that it doesn’t go well with the current format that has many weeks of blind auditions and battle rounds.  the battle rounds should have been compressed to just two or three episodes.

  • Anonymous

    Love that females actually have a fair shot of winning, unlike idol.

      Except that a female didn’t win last year….despite selling more iTunes and outselling the winner once the competition was over. Sound familiar?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Lindsey Paveo, Juliet Simms and Sera are cool and seem to have a personality- Juleit is my favourite. Erin Martin has a (bad) personality and  can work as a vilain.I don’t remember last time a girl on Idol had a personality. Lauren last year?

    People on The Voice are much more cool and diverse than on Idol. Too bad we can’t get to know them better. This show would totally ditch Idol if people could connect more with the contestants.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t remember last time a girl on Idol had a personality.

    Skylar for starters.

    People on The Voice are much more cool and diverse than on Idol.

    Which would explain why the contestants last year all reached platinum, right? lol.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Even the songs they’re choosing are much better. We didn’t have to hear someone singing Georgia On My Mind for the 4324432234 time;.

  • Anonymous

     Instead we hear old songs like Satisfaction, the overused “I’m Yours,” the overused “Love Song,” the overused “True Colors,” etc. And this is just from one episode!

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    i don’t how that post refutes Leandro’s opinion *insert rolleyes here*

    so they sold platinum.  how does that answer his assessment that he finds the people more diverse than the ones in Idol.

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    it remains to be seen how Season 2 will fare in terms of song choices once the live show starts.

    but for every banal song choice in The Voice, there’s always crazy and unusual ones to counter it.  so i’m fine with it.  at least they don’t get stuck with stupid themes, a lot of which have been covered to death

  • Anonymous

    Well, the contestants on The Voice are definitely more racially diverse! Even the females! :) That is something I appreciate about The Voice and X Factor.

  • Anonymous

    nvm

  • Anonymous

    It will probably still be the white guys at the end. I do hope we can eventually have a winner from AI who isn’t a white guy. It would be nice to break the four year pattern!

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    i don’t care about the race or the gender.  i just want them to be musically diverse.  AI’s current crop in general are bores.

    and yeah constipated PeePee is most likely going to win AI11

  • Axxxel

    I think the people who won last year’s reality shows are J-LO and her new album and Adam/Christina (move like Jagger duet).

  • Tera2

    Both Justin and Tony sang well and have good voices.  Tony’s voice has more range that’s why
    he can sing with Broadway vocal power.  He’s interesting and Cee loo is
    right to pick him.  I haven’t cared much to get into The Voice this
    season, but I tape it and watch later.  I like Tony and Orlando’s
    voices. And I really like Jonathas who sounds like Usher, and Christina should have chosen him instead of that girl with average voice. 
    And Jordan should have been chosen over that Naia too.  I dont care for
    most of the girls and a lot of them just have similar child-like voice like that girl who was second last season.  I didn’t like Jordis on Rockstar INXS and don’t care for her voice (my favorite was JD Fortune who won Rockstar INXS)

  • http://twitter.com/Ams_ni_oy Manang Ams lagi nih!

    yeah reaching platinum sure makes a good argument that the AI contestants last year are diverse LOL

    i wonder who these platinum artists are since Scott was the only one who registered such feat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    You can’t sell a TV show by saying the winner got a platinum album. It doesn’t turn the show interesting. The show business is something, the record business is another thing. Good if both can be connected, but at the end of the day people watch the show much more because they feel entertained this season than because they know how the contestant of the last season is doing in the charts.
    Being said that, I think there’s space for both shows and both have advantages and disadvantages that can be fixed.

  • faux pas

    Well, since Idol has been on for 11 seasons vs. the one six-week period The Voice aired this past spring, I would expect AI to have a few successes a long the way. But, of the hundreds of contestants in the 11 seasons, how many are still relevant? Not a fair comparison. 

    The first time I watched the Voice was the night Dia sang Heartless. I have been a fan of her work ever since. And my favorite Kelly Clarkson song is Ms. Independant… written by christina aguilera. And, how many times has Idol been recognized in the industry with Emmy’s. Oh right, none. Why is that S10fan? Top Chef beat AI. Amazing Race wins most every time. Why no love in the industry for AI?

  • Anonymous

     

    And, how many times has Idol been recognized in the industry with Emmy’s

    American Idol has won some Emmy’s, but I don’t think it’s a huge jump to guess that the reason why it hasn’t won the Emmy for best reality show is because a lot of people who work on scripted shows see it as the show that has killed off a lot of scripted comedies and dramas.  A lot of the voters have a problem with reality shows, and they see AI as a threat.

    Which brings me to the thing that really matters in the fight comparing AI to The Voice, it doesn’t matter how many stars the shows turn out, what really matters is the ratings.  The Voice isn’t attracting a loyal audience, or seeing the season to season growth that American Idol did.  Nobody expects it to become the pop culture behemoth that AI did, but it shouldn’t be too much to ask that it become must see tv, and that it does a better job of holding on to its audience throughout the season.  Currently, the ratings are sliding down to the same level that they were last season.

  • faux pas

    wow, your assessment is just wrong on so many levels. http://news.yahoo.com/voice-positive-nbc-ratings-205206998.html