The Voice 3 – The Top 8 Perform Live

Happy Monday. Tonight we will have performances from the top 8 contestants. In addition, rumor has it Adam will perform with 50 Cent. Watch along and let us know what you think in comments. Other song choice rumors include the Biebs (Dez) and Michelle Branch (Cassadee).

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We start with an introduction of the coaches and recap of last week. Adam, Blake or Christina could be eliminated this week. 50 Cent and Adam are up with “My Life.” I’m enjoying this fairly well. Oops. 50 was bleeped. Ha. I’ll give Adam credit. He knows how to work the stage. Time for a break.

Carson chats with the judges. Adam says someone has to go home when asked about Bryan Keith. Cee-lo says it’s about song choice. Christina is rooting for Dez all the way and says he’s a multidimensional. Terry will be singing a Blake song and says it was Terry’s choice.

Amanda Brown starts the show with Adele’s “Someone Like You.” Adam wants her to make it bold and powerful as a declaration of her independence. Starts soft and no doubt will build. She turns it into a rock ballad. The crowd loves it. Blake really loved that she made it an Amanda Brown song. He loves the rock element. Christina says it was a dynamic and powerful vocal. She’s still waiting for the magic of “Dream On.” Cee-lo appreciates her risk-taking. Adam agrees that it was special because she made it hers and performed it well. He says she knocked it out of the park.

Cody Belew from Team Cee-lo is up next. He’s singing “Someone To Love” by Queen. Cee-lo wants him to show off his big beautiful voice. Cody says Freddie is his hero. He had a hard time in Nashville. He has the gospel choir treatment. Bam Bam falls to his knees on top of a piano. I enjoyed that. Nice ending. Adam thought it was great. Adam noticed a couple of places but thought it was wonderful. Blake enjoyed it and impressed that he can handle Cee-lo’s vision. Christina enjoys he’s not afraid to change it up and takes risks. She wants to hang out with him after the show. Cee-lo says it was a wonderful job. He’s proud of his accelerated growth. He says it makes it look easy. He loves their partnership and calls Cody a good friend.

Cassadee, Dez, Melanie and Terry perform the first group number “Move Along.”

They pimp Blake’s Not So Family Christmas special. Might have to tune in.

Terry McDermott is performing “Over” by Blake. Blake thinks this song was meant for Terry. He wants to Terry to make it his own. Terry wants to show diversity. Blake can’t wait to hear the song by a rock star. He has smoke effects of pimpage! This is pretty good, if a little dull of a song. There’s the glory note towards the end. Christina says he’s solid. Not convinced by his lower register. Cee-lo is a big fan, he says. He reminds him of great rock vocalists. Adam digs at Blake and says that’s what the song was supposed to sound like. He admires his precision on the high notes. He loves him. Blake says he wish he could perform it that way. He says he proved himself as the real deal. He calls Terry a star!

Melanie Martinez performs “Too Close.” Adam thinks she needs to express her raw emotion after her break up. She needs to be the Melanie everyone fell in love with. She pulls out the acoustic guitar and the tamborine with the foot pedal. Blake says her voice melts him. He’s happy that the tambourine is back. Really? I find it a bit of a gimmick. Christina loves the set. Says it’s dope. She didn’t think it went anywhere, but thought it was her personal best. She thought the song and arrangement fit her. Cee-lo also liked the set and thought it was a success. Adam loves her, first of all. He thinks she made the person she broke up feel dumb. He loves seeing an artist that is concerned with every aspect of the performance. He says the way she presents herself separates her from the others.

Dez performs next. He’s not just a Yale quarterback jock guy! He’s singing “You Smile” by the Biebs. Christina wants us to know he’s versatile. He wants his performance to reflect what a great coach Christina is. Christina’s song choice definitely smacks of pandering to Biebs legion of fans for votes. I can’t warm up to Dez. The girls will vote for him though. Cee-lo tells Dez he’s cool. He likes him, but doesn’t think it was his best performance. Adam isn’t going to pick it apart and wants to applaud him for walking away from football with tunnel vision. Blake says he has star quality and mentions last week’s performance. Christina says he killed it, killed it, killed it!!! She says nobody can do what he can do it on the stage. Pimp. Pimp. Pimp. She begs America to vote right now!

Trevin Hunte  is singing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.” He’s had a lot of adversity. Ceel-lo encourages him. Says he best at big power ballads. This was my high school class song. Heh. He has a choir also. Started off a little shaky to me at first, but I think it’s coming together in the end. Adam says it’s heaven. Tranquil. He says he can sing anything he wants. Calls it excellent. Blake says he’s an amazing singer. He thinks the song was amazing. Christina calls it a wonderful job. She’s not sure he captured the meaning of the song. Cee-lo calls it a wonderful performance and is proud of him. He’s sure Whitney would be proud. Cee-lo loves his humility.

Terry gets surprised by his family.

Amanda, Cody, Nicholas and Trevin perform “Anyway You Want It.” That was entertaining.

Nicholas David will be singing Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Cee-lo brings in Bill Withers, the writer of “Lean on Me” which Nicholas sang last week. Bill offers some advice. Nicholas plays the piano again. He has some Willie Nelson braid action going on. He’s grooving. Adam loves his song choices. He’s a fan of Nicholas as a person and an artist. Blake says he didn’t know until this week that he’s blind (Nicholas is wearing sunglasses). Cee-lo loves him and says it’s a very serious time and music shows the humanity he displays in his performances. He tells us to vote for him.

Cassadee Pope  gets the pimp spot. Didn’t she have it last week? She’s singing “Are You Happy Now” by Michelle Branch. Blake wants her to translate her personal life into the song and not worry about the arrangement. She sees him as an uncle. She didn’t say drunk uncle. Heh. Blake thinks she could win the whole thing. She’s holding her guitar. Oh no. Another mullet dress. Make it stop. She’s playing guitar now. Smoke and curtain pimpage. Good. Not as good as last week, though. Cee-lo says he’s not happy because she’s winning. She says she has a great voice. Adam was scared by the smoke machine. He calls her the frontrunner. He says she did a great job. Blake says she dominated. He says last week was vulnerable, but this week she showed how great a singer she is. He thanks her for being on his team.

Who do you think won the night? Will you vote? If so for whom? Who do you think is toast? Who do you want to be toast?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I noticed that they’ve had to “bleep” 50 a bit. lol

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

    Man, Maroon 5 is such a joke now.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Oh, no, Amanda… Not another Adelle song!

  • mileyfan123

    Amanda is such a try hard. 

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

    When are we going to see Cassadee going first?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I like Amanda, but I didn’t like that rendition of SLY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    Plz no more bieber.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djafans Fan Dja

    On the west coast..logging off don’t want to see any spoilers lol

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Like, EVER! lol.

  • chillj

    That is the most original take on an Adele song I have ever heard!  Way to go, Amanda!

  • chillj

    I think a “Dream On” can not happen again, as the element of surprise is now lost.

  • jlscott13

    I LOVED Amanda’s take on Adele. She didn’t try to be Adele…she made the song her own. WOOOOOO!

  • jlscott13

    Um. Whatever. So is everyone else on these shows…

  • Jordana33

    I really wish people would stop singing Adele, but I thought Amanda had a very good performance.  I just prefer when she choses more obscure songs or something you don’t expect her to perform. Cody’s actually performing the song I would have liked Amanda to sing. 

  • mileyfan123

    Cody has a good range, and he at least sings on pitch, but there is something unpleasant about his voice to me. It sounds very thin and unsupported, and there isn’t very much richness to his voice.

  • Jordana33

    Oh no! Christina tweeted to Bieber fans that Dez would be performing a Justin Bieber song. Sounds like pandering, LOL. 

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

    Yep, power ballads like STL are almost a sabotage for him, beause Cody has a good range but his thin voice is overpowered by the arrangement with gain and distortion.

  • Jordana33

    If I were Xtina I’d worry more about where Dez Duron fits as an artist, not Amanda. Even when Amanda switches genres, her song always seems to fit her personality and style. She never looks like she’s performing something that isn’t her. 

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

    “You always keep your enemies close”. LOL. Cody is definitely a hoot.

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

    Loving that TVoice is full of performances aside from the competition itself; making the show more relax and enjoyable :)

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    This group sing is ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzomg. Boring. So far, I loved Cody. I will say I really liked Amanda. But my issue with her is she wants to sing like a super model. She’s afraid to “get ugly.”  

    As for the show, itself, something has to be done to revive the live rounds. The blind auditions and battle rounds are so compelling! Why can’t the live rounds be just as awesome? I don’t get it.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

     She’s desperately trying to stay in the competition with the Biebs song selection.

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

    Wow Blake is going for those iTune points for Terry :)

  • mileyfan123

    There is nothing dynamic about this performance. It is going nowhere.

  • Jordana33

    Terry is putting me to sleep. 

  • http://kristentheyellowlab.blogspot.com/ ZsusK

    Bad, bad song choice for Terry. Sorry, Blake.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    I couldn’t have said it better. Totally forgettable to me.

  • Jordana33

    OMG…even the judges’ comments of Terry’s performance are putting me to sleep. 

  • chillj

    Terry’s voice sounded really strained.

  • BBchez

    This is the first full episode I’ve watched. I read about cassadees performance of over you and thought I’d give the voice a try..but damn are these judges annoying. Does anybody judge anymore? Every contestant is beautiful, special, gifted, and great. I dont see how this judging panel is any better than idols. Side note: I’ve never understood why someone would vote just on a persons looks, but god damn this Dez guy is delicious.

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

    I’m digging this performance of Melanie, even with the subtle pitch problems. What’s wrong with me? LOL This is a really good song choice for her.

  • Daaavey

    Poor Terry. If the rest of the performances tonight are anything near as good as the first two, he’s in trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Finally a GREAT performance.  Melanie sounded so dang good.  Her voice to my ears has a haunting quality.  I would buy her cd in a nano second.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Really digging Melanie’s performance as well as the Slumdog Millionaire installation. Now, that’s a first!

  • Listening

    Melanie’s voice is the coolest. It’s a melodic huskiness, just beautiful. That was easily the best performance of the night.

  • Jordana33

     I suspect that Melanie is going to get a lot of itunes downloads again. She picks good songs and she works them very well to suit her style.  Kudos to whoever is styling her. That bow gets less and less conspicuous with each show.

  • albean99

    I’m way behind.  I really liked Amanda because “she made it her own”, lol.  Cody is a really good performer but not sure he should go on.  

  • Lovesyesha

    People give Xtina grief, but I like that she is at least real, doesn’t come across as plastic, and actually criticizes (not her own admitedly) but still gives some criticism to the contestants. It’s better than the men who just blow smoke up the contestants.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Dez is doing another one of his lounge lizard cheesy performances. lol

  • DB987

    Dez is Lounge lizard and not even a very good one.  But that will not matter a bit when the ladies vote

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

    Dez needs to leave the competition right now and join a boy band ASAP, because he’s getting old.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    What performance was Christina watching?

  • Jordana33

    Xtina is right about one thing. No one in the competition can do what Dez does. Nor would they really want to.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    OMG, Christina, talk about being desperate! Pull yourself together, woman!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IDXVM7NCMXZVHX4M2RFBYOTYDA Robert

    That is very funny and so very true.

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

    Love how Xtina experiments with Dez; gives him country, soul, pop and shows his versatility and yet his style comes across.  He stay true to his blind audition – Sarah’s Smile vibe is there.  I wouldn’t have know that was a Bieber song.  Pretty confident he’ll stay in the competition. 

  • Jordana33

    Well, it turns out that signing Whitney doesn’t work well for male contestants either.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    Loads of special guests… 50cent, Glee cast and even Joshua’s jacket!

  • DB987

    Bad song choice but everyone seems to love it so there you go.

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

    Trevin definitely can blow but somehow he is sliding down since the blind audition; he has problems connecting to song as comparative to Melanie who keeps upgrading her performance as the show goes along.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I thought that Trevin was OK, but not great. Today, no one is really impressing me, and I haven’t liked the song choices. Maybe, I’ve just heard these songs so much that it’s hard for anyone to make them seem fresh and “wow” me.

  • Listening

    Umm  Trevin was really underwhelming singing Greatest Love. I’m really surprised when I heard he was gonna sing it I thought he’d totally kill it but nope. I mean it was the right move to return to singing ballads// emotional songs b/c that’s his sweet spot. But you also gotta do it well to shine. Trevin sounded rushed at times and the vocals were weak and trembley. Is he sick or nervous, I mean there has to be some kind of explanation for that disappointing performance. He’s better than that and the judges should of called him on it.

  • genius13

    I don’t want Trevin to win…he’s proven that he can only sing ballads..of course he sings really good but there’s nothing exciting about him

  • Jordana33

    The list of approved songs must be really short, otherwise I can’t explain some of the lame song choices. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Will Cassadee get the pimp spot again?  

  • Jordana33

    Holy crap Amanda! For a second I thought that Adam Lambert had appeared in the group number. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     The song list contains way more current songs than Idol. 

  • kmd23

    Don’t like Melanie at all. I actually think Dez is more marketable than Melanie is.

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

    This cover of Journey might be the most entertaining performance of the night.

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

    Yep, she’ll. Ugh.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     To my ears Amanda sounded more like Danny Gokey singing the scream in Dream On than Adam.  It was way way screechy and pitchy. 

  • Jordana33

    I love Bill Withers….sigh.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    That Journey performance was AWESOME! Cody and Amanda sounded fantastic! And that sing-off between each other? OMG, I need these two duet in the finale, ok Voice execs?

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

    Another excellent job by Nicholas. I have a sensation he’s winning the popular vote, BY FAR, from everyone, even from Cassadee.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdorablyHooked Gwen

    NICHOLAS?!  That guy has so. much. soul.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I hope so, he’s great! Need an album from him pronto!

  • Jordana33

    Blake, Blake Blake…..the sunglasses rock.

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

    Nicholas voice gives me a vision of honey; his tone is what all men should be born with.  His voice is made for all the great songs that had been written.  However Ceelo now need to find a current song which will showcase that he’ll be able to be commercial today :)

  • Jordana33

    I would love to hear Nicholas sing Imagine. I think it would be a “moment” for him.

  • jlscott13

    Amanda >>>>> everyone else in that group performance.

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

    I would like too. I’m not a big fan of Amanda yet. I think she has something very special but somehow she’s holding back. Cody is a great vocalist and needs another momentum like Jolene (and needless to say, he brings the fun). But The Voice put both on the death spot. I don’t think these stupid execs. want them around. Amanda maybe is a threat against Cassaadee. They want the next pitchy-autotuned popstar Cassadee to win the whole thing.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     I second that, specially the current song bit.
     Even thought Ceelo would board the ‘I’ll give you the chance to perform one of MY songs’ train…

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I know, eh? Already sold ya soul doing a reality show. Might as well work your ass off to get even a little extra exposure.

  • Jordana33

    OK…voting for Nicholas, Amanda and Melanie. Same as last week. I would buy an album from any of these guys.

  • genius13

    How does cassadee get the pimp spot after going next to last–last week?

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

    Someone stop Cassadee. Plz.

  • chillj

    Every time this girl sings I think of a fine set of teeth.

  • jlscott13

    Cassadee is so meh. A Michele Branch song is so unoriginal for her. The reason last week worked so well 1. “Over You” is a great song 2.  It was a sentimental song 3. It was country and out of her element.

    Meh. Sadly, she’ll be safe.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’m just not fond of the tone of Cassadee’s voice and she was drowned out by the band tonight.

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    As hard as it may be for me to admit, I really liked Cassadee this time. What on earth is happening with me?!?
    HELP ME!!!

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

    If Cassadee manages another top 10 on itunes with that; its a safe bet TVoice will continue to pimp her.  She might manage to be that star that TVoice needs winning this show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    After Cassadee’s song reaching #1, I think that the producers smell their first commercially successful winner. From now on, I predict major pimping of Cassadee, even more than before.

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

    As hard as it may be for me to admit, I really liked Cassadee this time. What on earth is happening with me?!? 
    HELP ME!!!

    Pavlovian effect from TPTB trying to convince us she’s good over the last 3 months. LOL

  • fantoo1

    Cassidy is Juliett 2.0. The one they will desperately pimp.

  • Jordana33

    To my ears Amanda sounded more like Danny Gokey singing the scream in Dream On than Adam.  It was way way screechy and pitchy.

    I thought Amanda sounded awesome in the Journey group number. Her scream sounded nothing like the infamous Danny Gokey screech (linked below)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOAKLuAcOXA

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

    Base on tonight’s performance and on commercial value, my pick for going home tomorrow would be Terry & Trevin.  It’s not due to the fact that they can’t sing but the song choice was really bad and sad to say I can’t invasion any of this 2 winning this season.

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

    But Juliet has much more talent and she was the only real female contender last season.

  • chillj

    I think the best voice in this competition is Nicholas’.  His voice is uniquely rich a little like Ceelo’s voice is uniquely  rich; distinctive in a crowd.  

  • Jordana33

    Although the 2.0 implies an upgrade…….

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    They should be proud of themselves, it’s really working. On me, at least.
    lol

  • mileyfan123

     Dia Frampton had songs hit #1 on itunes and so did Javier I believe, and neither of them have been commercially successful. If the producers see that in Cassadee’s future I think they are going to be sorely disappointed.

  • Jordana33

    You have to fight it! LOL 

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

    Voted for Nicholas….he is awesome
    Based on performances only tonight I think Terry and Melanie will go home…unfortunately Cassadee won’t be exiting this week:(

  • bahogbugan_simj

    TRUE.  that was a woman who can actually match her hype

    btw i generally like the contestants as a group this season.  better than last season.

    BUT no one from this season came close to beating my three favorite performances from Juliet

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

     Thanks for the support! Dunno what I’d do without you, guys! LOL

  • wordnerdarchie

    Melanie’s song “Too Close” on iTunes is superb.

  • tomr

    Love Melanie’s voice.  Many busy signals this week = :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jclaytonmusic John Rocketship Potter Clayton

    Should Be Safe: Amanda, Cody, Cassadee

    Could Go Either Way: Melanie, Terry, Nicholas

    Should Be In Danger: Trevin, Dez

  • fantoo1

    I always thought she was overrated tbh.

    It was hilarious seeing her in the pimp spot every week and still not win. It was obvious the show wanted her to win.

  • Wellworn

    Whatever happened to Michelle Branch?  I always thought she was a really good songwriter.  This isn’t a comment supporting Cassidy or Cassady or Cassidee or however her name is spelled.

  • alonzo7

    Pretty diverse group this year-no voting for me-just enjoying the show.
    Have become a fan of Nicholas-what a rich soulful voice and dare I say it-I think Cassadee could do well in the business with some backing even if she isn’t my cup of tea.
    Loved Trevin to begin with but I’m put to sleep by the song choices lately.
    Would like to see a different style singer win this year.

  • Wellworn

    I loved it too.  Really loved her tonight.

  • Wellworn

    Nicholas, you get my vote every week and I truly think you are the best on the show, completely talented and original.  But your song choices are not original, they are completely within your wheel house and they are almost as old as I am, and that’s saying a lot (I’m ancient, heh).  Why not do something from this century and make it your own, and give it your soul, like Amanda did with the Adele song tonight, giving it her rocker style. 

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

    I truly hope Bam2 performance is not forgotten; he gave a great performance but such at an early stage of the show.  Voters please do get him through this week :)

  • Wellworn

    I like both Cody and Amanda too.  I vote for Nicholas but I hope all three of them stay in the competition longer than some others.

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

    It’s your opinion, but OK. Juliet only got the pimp spot after her performance of Roxanne, that most of the critics described as the best of the season (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6Xg_bX1NSg). And she had high fever and pneumonia on the finale.

  • Wellworn

    She always has too many pitch problems for me to like her.  She has that quirky off pitch imperfect voice that I hear all the time singing commercial jingles on TV ads.

  • albean99

    I actually think they have a lot of good singers.  Least talented to me is Dez but am pretty sure the girls will keep him in.  Melanie has grown on me although her hair still puts me off.  I like her voice a lot.  The best performers for me are Cody & Cassadee.  She’s very polished & she’s got the looks to go with a good voice so could be marketable. Nicholas has a wonderful voice but not sure how much longer he’ll stay.  I think Amanda is smarter in her song choices than Trevin or Terry. I’m not voting but would think about buying Melanie’s song. My guess is all the girls are safe, plus Dez.  Not sure about anyone else. 

  • Wellworn

    The judges are in a tough spot now that it’s all up to viewer votes.  If they come down too hard on someone else’s singer, they might get backlash.  What they say doesn’t matter anymore, and it’s a shame because these singers really need judging.

  • Wellworn

    Living in the south, I hear this all song on the radio all the time and I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like Blake’s version better.  He sings it with feeling.  I understand Terry was putting a rock ballad edge to it, but even though he had the emotional facial expressions, the feeling didn’t come out through the voice.  Hard to do in rock though.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I hope all their names are called early tomorrow, so I can watch the rest of the DWTS finale. Or go to bed early. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/ronnydias Ronny Dias

    I LOVED Juliet last season! Even managed to vote for her, which is a feat, since I’m not in the US.

    Later I got to follow her on Facebook (by liking her page, not in a stalker kinda way) and, oddly enough, I only see her advertising some charm bracelets, as if she’s a hippie girl from the 21 century, which makes me wonder how well she’s been doing musically.

  • Wellworn

    That was me before I got DVR, lol.

  • Wellworn

    Talk about staying away from Adele, same has to be said about Whitney.  That was just a trainwreck, not sure how the judges could praise him so much.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    I thought Cody gave the best performance overall and Melanie the best vocal and best song choice.
    Cassadee is super safe along with Dez..
    Hope Cody stays! VOTE FOR CODY PLS! We still need him in the competition!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Eh, that’s how these shows work. Same thing they did with Durbin for a while during season 10 on AI. After a million standing Os and multiple pimp spots, Joshua couldn’t win last year on Idol either. I guess that was also hilarious?

  • hayes

    I think Ceelo will lose one act this week (either Trevin or Cody), and Terry will go. Team Xtina lives on for another week.

    I think Melanie will win the iTunes race this week. It was a really smart choice of song for her (and a good performance too).

    Edit: Because there is no point in keeping up with iTunes ranking right now.

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Its going to be so sweet to see all the haters when Cassadee wins the whole thing

  • verov

    Completely agree. When Nicholas sang ‘Stand by me’ (an even older song) in the blinds, the thing that struck me was how much he sounded like Marvin Gaye singing ‘What’s Going On’, giving the song an early 70s soul-funk spin. But when he sang the song itself tonight, it was excellent but not as interesting. I’d love to see him give his soul/funk spin to a contemporary song – I’m sure he could, and would still be great.

  • http://twitter.com/mwk89 Matthew Kitson

    Just don’t get all the Cassadee hate, not at all

  • verov

    You’re being very generous to Melanie’s Whisper tonight – those pitch problems weren’t all that subtle.

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

    Perhaps… she kept it soft, therefore the bum notes doesn’t make you necessarily cringe. However, I’ll watch it again. But I liked her, for the first time. Maybe it’s the song. lol

  • Keyera Mullins

    Cassadee really grows on me each week. Definitely one of my favorites from the artist that are left. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Cody was weak and seemed kind of lifeless, even after his song. Is he sick or something like that?
    I’m kind of getting Cassadee the past three weeks. Nicholas really does have a special kind of voice and Cee Lo picks the right songs for him. Terry isn’t showing me anything special the past few weeks. Wrong song choice for Amanda. I like Dez, he’s cute, his voice is pleasing, good stage movement, and he is articulate.

  • Nedsdag

    I don’t hate her. She’s just a little too generic to me.

    Even though she doesn’t have the pipes that I like to hear, I thought Melanie was better than Cassadee Pimp, I mean, Pope.

    Amanda is slowly falling into Fifth Harmony territory for me. Too bad.

  • fantoo1

    Joshua didn’t even come close to the pimpage Juliett got, so no. He didn’t have the pimp spot three or four times in a row like she did.

  • girlygirltoo

    I thought a  lot of the emotion and pain of Adele’s song was lost in Amanda’s version. 

  • verov

    Well, I watched it in a noisy room, so maybe she wasn’t as off-pitch as I thought (feeling generous myself tonight now I’ve seen Nicholas FINALLY sing Marvin Gaye, of whom his voice most reminds me, and Cody being Cody of course). Maybe I should listen again. Or maybe not  – I still don’t like her. Perhaps you are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome…..

  • Valentin432

    I think it’s pretty clear that the Voice doesn’t care yet wheter a contestant is seen as getting a big advantage over the rest of the competition.

    They wanted Juliet to win last year and now they want Cassadee.

    This time they even invented a new rule to get the top seller on itunes a big boost in votes (I’m guessing Juliet would have won had that been the case last year).

    I’m guessing this is not the last time Cassadee will get the pimp spot this season.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XY62PETGTXO3FFQXX45UKQ2O7M Steph

    I don’t get this show.

    They call the show “The Voice,” have blind auditions but then pimp Cassadee over better singers.

    The f*ck?

    Are we seriously supposed to believe that vocally Pope is on the same level as Trevin or Nicholas or Amanda?

    Really?

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

    Stockholm Syndrome? LOL. Don’t think so;

  • 1rollbounce2

    i am sitting in my room in las vegas nevada, after losing waaaay tooooo much money :(, BUT, I’m looking at a picture of Taylor Hicks in a magazine!  Damn, no show while I’m here. 

    Anywayz….i’m disappointed in My man Nick’s song choice     AGAIN!  But am looking forward to hearing it in a few minutes.  Dez sucks. 

    Can NOT wait til the young boyz are over the skinny legged pants….

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick Kesia Monteith

    I’ve been wondering, just in terms of aura and presence who Amanda reminds me off.

    It’s Alice Smith :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx_LdMnOvZA 

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    She doesn’t sound THAT bad. Lol. It’s not as if she sounds as bad as Rylan from uk XF or even Cece from us XF. Now those are bad. I think what Cassadee has is a punk rock clearly quite thin type of voice which are along the lines of Michelle Branch, Vanessa Carlton, Miley, Avril etc… She doesn’t have a powerful voice for sure.
    That said, I do believe she would have been more suited for X factor than the Voice.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think Nicholas has a gorgeous voice but Cody has charisma.  I do like Amanda as well.  Yes, I see Terry and Trevin going home, or maybe Dez.  It has been anentertaining season thus far.

  • Christopher Auyeung

    I mean, to a large degree, it’s personal preference. Cassadee is more than competent as a singer. Excellent pitch, decent power and vocal control. I personally would much rather listen to a whole album of Cassadee’s than a whole album of Trevin’s. I find her tone very pretty, and the clarity with which she hits her notes is great.

    If the show were objectively about how long someone could hold a note, how loudly someone could sing a song, or how many runs someone could cram into one second, I don’t think anybody would watch. It’s called “The Voice”, but it’s not just about technical superiority. The human voice has a lot more complexity than just power or range. And give her a little credit – she’s actually quite a good singer.(And no, I had never even heard of her previous band before she came on The Voice. New fan.)

  • girlygirltoo

    I liked Melanie and Nicholas. 

    Dez is so boring. Boring boring boring.

    Did I mention boring? cute guy, though, lol

  • kmd23

     I agree with you. It will be Trevin or Cody or Terry that goes. I hope that Cody stays. Once again I do not see a big commercial success in any of the top 8 left. The Voice really needs to produce a star and I don’t think they will with any of these remaining contestants.

  • alonzo7

    Decided to throw a few votes this morning to all three girls, Nicholas and Cody .
    NBC has a great voting system-so easy. 

  • geekygirl

    Haven’t watched the show but I always watch Nicholas  David clips.  Wow, he is like sliding into a hot bubblebath with scented candles, a glass of vintage champagne and a chocolate bar.  I feel every bone in my body relax when I hear his voice.

    Glad he trimmed his moustache so it’s not curling into his mouth anymore!

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

    Because she is just another pop/rock princess that will need her voice autotuned to be listenable when she releases a record….of all the contestants left she has had the most out of tune performances of them all…..she doesn’t have a “voice”

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.mitchell.3954546 Bill Mitchell

    The UK and Australia talent shows are just so much better than their American versions.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Joshua got a standing O every time he sang from all three judges and he had the pimp spot three out of five times and next to last the other two, during the final weeks. Then there were the judges saying he was the best vocalist in the last fifty years. Like I said before, the pimpage happens on all these shows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    They are not judges.  They are coaches. 

  • fantoo1

    Then why do they judge/critique all the contestants performances? I know the show loves to emphasize the word “coaches,” but they basically do the same thing that the x factor and idol judges do during a live show-only they blow the most smoke up the contestants asses on this show.

  • fantoo1

    There wasn’t nearly as many shows on the voice and Juliett had by far the highest percentage of pimp spots. And it’s not even close.

  • Jordana33

    I think the judges are a lot more critical in the first half of the show, but once the live audience starts voting, they seem to make a conscious effort to not be too controversial, because it could backfire for their contestant (e.g. the Xtina/Adam feud over Tony Lucca). The niceness doesn’t really bother me, because at this point in the contest, none of the performances are really bad.  And at least they make the effort to explain what they like about the performance, instead of saying something scripted. Cee Lo, in particular, is very good about highlighting the positives in every performance. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The impression that I have is that The Voice coaches do a lot of one-on-one direct coaching of their contestants as they are working on a performance. The Idol judges have no such contact behind the scenes, and it appears that the X-Factor mentors aren’t nearly as closely involved with their contestants. That’s my perception, but the reality could easily be different (The Voice vs. X-Factor).

  • chillj

    I tried to use Nicholas’s voice to soothe my (3 am) wake up insomnia last night; maybe it didn’t work because I forgot the candles?

  • hcpoirot

    With double elimination each week, Trevin probably going home cause he is picking up Whitney song? No. He should at least pick Michael Jackson song. or more new ballad song.

  • hcpoirot

    Its like 95% viewers in this blog hate Cassandra. But to no avail. She will at least reach top 4 and maybe be the first girl to win the Voice. The sales in itunes do not lie.