Join me tonight as the top ten finalists on The Voice perform. Idol alum and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson is the special guest.

Carson announces that Christina and Blake will be performing. He reminds us who stays and who goes home is entirely up to America. We now get a recap from last week. Music executive Ron Fair and Jennifer Hudson will advise.

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Christina premieres “Just a Fool” featuring Blake Shelton. The sound mix is a little loud. Good thing they can belt. Christina looks great tonight.

Sylvia Yacoub starts off the night. Christina brings in Ron Fair, who helped launch Christina’s career. Christina sees a lot of herself in Sylvia. Ron says she needs confidence. She’s singing Alicia Key’s “Girl on Fire.” She returns to the piano. Wise move, I think. We get some flames of pimpage. She steps out from behind the piano. Sway bots galore! Cee-lo thinks she’s becoming more confident and it was solid. Adam is blown away and thinks it is her most polished performance. Blake agrees and think she set the bar. Christina says she was on fire! Sylvia makes Christina proud.

Terry McDermott starts off for Team Blake. Blake brings in his producer Scott Hendricks. Terry will be singing “Summer of 69.” Terry impresses Scott. Blake wants Terry to work on his staging. Terry sounds fine, but this song choice is a bit tired. We get more swaybots. Christina says she enjoys it and mentions that Terry stands on his tip toes. Cee-lo is fan and ready to hear Terry’s own music. Adam is angry and wishes Terry were on his team. Blake says Terry is walking on sacred ground and thanks Terry for making him look smart.

Melanie Martinez starts off for Team Adam. He gives her “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. Apparently, Adam doesn’t have an adviser to help this week. He encourages her to show some power. He wants her to leave it all out there on the stage. She’s holding a guitar. Now she’s strumming. I actually liked that and I’m not her biggest fan. Blake loves that she plays an instrument. He pimps the Oak Ridge Boy’s version of the song. Says he would love to work with her. Christina has been waiting for her to push herself more and thinks she still has work to do on that. Cee-lo thinks she uber cool and really likes it. Adam says she pushed hard and is proud of her. He calls it amazing.

Cody Belew starts things for Teem Cee-lo who brings in Jennifer Hudson. He’s performing Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” Jennifer thinks his personality is more memorable than his vocal. She offers some suggestions. Cee-lo thinks people will remember Bam Bam this week. This is fun. I want Cody to stay in the competition, but I’m afraid his antics may not appeal to everyone. That was fun. The crowd seems to love it. Adam says Cody is awesome. Says he’s cocky in the right way and sees the pure joy in Bam Bam’s performance. Blake wonders if he’s the same guy who sang “Jolene.” He wonders what Arkansas is thinking and gives him a hand. Christina loves Cody and says he worked it like a true Diva. Cee-lo loves Cody’s joy and positive energy. He thinks his originality makes it imperative for him to stay in the competition.

Christina Milian says Bam Bam is trending worldwide and asks him to teach her how to find her inner Bam Bam. Apparently, it involves hip action.

Bryan Keith
is next for Team Adam and singing Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” We get some talk about Hurricane Sandy. Bryan hopes America sees his soul. I’m not so far. More swaybots. I’m not sure why this guy leaves me cold, but he does. Also, lose the hat. Blake says dang… he reminds him of Michael Buble and is becoming a fan. Christina thinks the song is a perfect fit and she thinks he connects with the song. She mentions his smirk, which I hate. Cee-lo enjoys him and says Billy Joel is the best. He says he has strength in his voice. Adam thinks he did the song justice and sang it like a man. Christina coughs. Shrew song choice to pander for votes, Mr. Levine.

Amanda Brown from Team Adam will be performing “Stars” by Grace Potter. Adam believes this will catapult Amanda to the top. Adam wants her to keep the emotion but be careful with it. He’s very happy with it. She talks about her family. She wants to make her family proud. She starts out soft and builds. I’m enjoying this vocal. Very heartfelt. I hope Bryan gets forgotten between her and Bam Bam. Sorry Bryan fans. Blake says he can’t stand Adam. He doesn’t know the song but her performance is the way he wanted to be introduced to the song. Christina says she doesn’t know the song either and wonders if it’s country, intimating that Amanda might not know who she is as an artist. Cee-lo calls her his favorite mistake again and commends Adam on the song choice. He says it was wonderful. Adam says it was beautiful and now people know the song. They did their job.

Nicholas David from Team Cee-lo is up now. He’s excited to meet Jennifer Hudson. He’s singing “Lean on Me” and playing the piano. Jennifer loves him and says he sings with his soul. She does give him a pointer on a note. He gets the gospel choir treatment. They flat ironed his hair. This is good. He bounces on his bench. Cee-lo gives him a standing ovation. The crowd loves it! Adam says he knew he was feeling it when he lost control of his left leg. He says bravo. Blake thinks this is the best episode of The Voice ever! Blake feels like he’s watching a musical legend. Christina says it was soothing for her soul… like chicken soup. She applauds the song choice. Calls it a home run. Cee-lo says he heard to the voice of a generation. He says he saw an immaculate, impassioned, wonderful performance. He waxes about how it made him feel like a child in the presence of his maker. Ok, it was good. But that might be a bit much.

Trevin Hunte from Team Cee-lo is next. He loves Jennifer. He wants to show a different side and do “Scream,” an Usher song. He worries that the America forgets he’s 18. They are leery at first, but decide to trust him. This is energetic. He has dancers. We get sway bots. The crowd seems pumped. They really seem pumped. Adam truly believes he can sing anything, but not his favorite moment. Christina says it was her favorite moment from Trevin. She says he was living! Cee-lo says he trusted him and is glad it payed off. Cee-lo loves seeing him alive, free and confident.

We get a sneak peek at Jennifer in Smash.

I’m not super impressed with Cassadee or Dez so far, so I’m bummed they close out the show.

Cassadee Pope from Team Blake will be singing “Over You,” a song written by Blake and Miranda. She sings it for her grandfather. She’s nervous she will cry. She’s actually singing this with conviction, but what the hell is that outfit? Can mullet dresses just go away? Blake and Christina give her a standing ovation. Christina feels the emotion and thinks she looks like a lotus flower. She feels touched. Cee-lo commends Blake for sharing the song. Adam thinks this type of song suits her the best. She should go country! I agree that this has been her best performance, but can’t help but wonder if this is subterfuge on Adam’s part. Cassadee looks bemused by the country music suggestion. Blake says she made him feel like he’d never heard the song and calls her an artist.

Dez from Team Christina gets the pimp spot, singing “Feelin’ Good.” Christina wants him to dig deep. He remembers the Michael Buble version which led him to enjoy other artists like Billie Holiday. I was initially dubious, but this isn’t bad. Just cheesy as usual. The crowd seems to love it. Dez gets a standing ovation from Christina. Cee-loves it. Classic, he calls it. He’s impressed by his soul. Blake congratulates him and Christina for figuring out where he fits in musically. I can see that, but is it a subtle slam that he’s destined to be a Buble impersonator? Christina says her standing O was for both Dez and Sylvia and reminds America to vote for both of them. She reminds us Dez is cute. No subtlety there.

What did you think? Will you vote? Which was your favorite performance? Do you think Dez deserved the pimp spot? Who do you think is at risk to go home?? Tomorrow night we will be live blogging the results show.

 
  • quickjessie

    Xtina and Blake – I REALLY like this song!  I will buy this.  Great job and Christina looks very nice tonight.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Cool duet! Both of these singers sing really well live and I love this song. 

  • sue

     Ok the duet with Xtina and Blake was decent I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/KWOnlyDreaming Karen W.

    Blake and Christina sounded great……and for once…..Christina wasn’t oversinging…..loved it.

  • sue

     Sylvia is good but this song choice wasn’t the best.  She sounded pretty good.

  • Nasstopher

    I hope that Christina loses both of her acts this week. She is just a horrible coach!! Never liked any of her song choices for her contestants.

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

    I think Sylvia was jsut ok. And her performance was acutally pretty forgettable, differently from what Blake said, which’s terrible for someone who doesn’t have a big fanbase to support. They should put Cassadee or Dez first. LOL

  • Jordana33

    I had to turn down the volume for Sylvia’s performance. There’s no softness or nuance to her voice. Just a lot of power. 

  • sue

    Did Terry forget the words or something? He recover well. Maybe he lost his voice for a second?  hmmmm?

  • quickjessie

    I must be in a good mood tonight or my hearing has left me because I’m pretty much 3 for 3 – I’ve loved everything so far.  Gonna go broke on ITunes this week me thinks, lol.  

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

    Not even a lot of power,IMO. Sylvia did her best when she was on her middle register doing the Katy Perry ballad. But Christina wants her to be mini-me powerhouse Diva and she is always failing doing that.

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    Damn.. I am so pissed that they always put Cody in the beginning of the lineup. That´s two weeks in a row.
    I think him and Melanie are out tomorrow for sure. Makes sense. They want to make all teams even and Melanie and Cody are next to get the axe.
    Oh well..

  • sue

    That was awesome! Melanie is back!

  • Jordana33

    Melanie’s voice isn’t the strongest, but I enjoyed her performance more than the first two. Terry is great, but he never changes much, so he tends to be predictable. 

  • Jordana33

    Whatever Xtina, Melanie is better than anyone on your team!

  • quickjessie

    Yes, I am definitely in a good mood as I liked that.  Melanie is not my cuppa – that look of hers gives me hives but that was soothing, and not in a boring-falling-asleep-in-my-chair way.  

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

    Cody HAS to stay, otherwise it’ll be a snoozefest. LMAO

  • quickjessie

    Cody – I am speechless.  And I think I am overdosing on cheese.  Holy moly, LOL!  Don’t think I’ll buy that one but it should get him some votes, lol.

    I can’t help thinking about Cody’s parents – their little gay lamb has gone all Lambert on them, lol.

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

    Ok, I gotta admit, Cody had me eating all my words about him: That was truly entertaining!

  • http://twitter.com/tukicarreno Tuki

    OK… Cody. Sorry but you totally lost me there.
    Why on earth did you choose that song? It´s like he threw the towel.. 

  • sue

    SAVE BAM BAM!!!!!!! WE can’t lose BAM BAM!

  • teekee

    Enjoyed Cody.

  • kmd23

    Cody was good. Very entertaining. The show does need him to stay.

  • supersonic

    I just voted for Cody.  He has to stay.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I love Cody! I’m sure his parents are fine. :-)  I may actually have to give Bam Bam a few votes to ensure the entertainment continues!

  • Jordana33

    As usual, Cody was entertaining, but was something wrong with the sound on his performance? Sometimes I couldn’t hear him and I thought the backup singing was weak.  He should have sung some of the backup. 

  • bahogbugan_simj

    if Cody leaves this week, at least he went out with a BANG!

    gah i LOVE that <3 LOL

  • tomr

    Love Melanie!  Christina can’t deal with people that don’t kiss her backside.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Yeah Melanie, is back!  I loved that and can’t wait to buy it.

    Sylvia was off so often yet the judges said she was perfect?

    I like Terry’s tone but wish he would make a song his own.

    Cody is fun to watch.

     

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    To me Bryan was so Karaoke?  He strolled like Billie Joel, he sang it the same way Billie Joel does?  Yet not one judge called him out on that?

  • sue

    Byan is boring as heck but his pandering will get him a ton of votes. Oh well….
    Best so far is Melanie and Bam Bam!

  • Jordana33

    I guess either Cassadee, Dez or Trevin will get the pimp spot. 

  • quickjessie

    Bryan – Okay.  Just can’t warm up to this guy.  Reminds me a certain AI winner who left me cold as well.  But that was an adequate performance.

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

    I guess either Cassadee, Dez or Trevin will get the pimp spot.

    Like they needed, ugh. Bam Bam should close the show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Amanda sounds great! Nice song, but I’m not familiar with it.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Amanda just slayed that!!  WOW

  • quickjessie

    Amanda – This would have been perfect for me if she hadn’t shouted a few times.  But very good and I might buy it.  Will probably buy it, lol.  

  • Jordana33

    Yay! Amanda’s back!!!!! 

  • Jordana33

    Isn’t Grace Potter a rocker? Where did Xtina get country from? 

  • sue

    Amanda is also back! Wow!  I guess Bam Bam and Sylvia are in trouble of going home.  :(  I want Bryan and Cassadee to go.  

  • Daaavey

    I might actually download Amanda’s song too! I’m sure the slight strain/shouting she had in a couple parts will be cleaned up in the recording.

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

    I was going to say that Nicholas was the first one to give me “goosies”. But then I remembered JLo and it passed. Just like that!
    :D

  • quickjessie

    Nicholas – I don’t get it.  Just not a fan of this guy.  Won’t buy, won’t vote. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That song has been done to death, but I really enjoyed Nicholas’ singing. Great rendition.

  • Jordana33

    I love listening to Nicholas David. He and Amanda Brown are my favorites so far. Melanie was also very good.  I agree with PJ about Bryan Keith. He leaves me cold. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “She mentions his smirk, which I hate.”

    Yeah, I don’t like that either. He seems smug when he does it, and I agree about pandering with his song choice. Bryan is just OK for me. Nothing special.

  • sue

    Loved Nicholas so much! Plus I love what Ceelo has done to his hair.  :) 
    OH great Cassadee has the freaking pimp spot. I can’t stand her voice.

  • kmd23

    I really enjoy listening to Nicholas David. I hope he stays.

  • sue

    Oh wait it’s Dez getting the pimp spot.  lols

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

    Nicholas is always good to hear. He’s one of the few guys who doesn’t need a big moment in a song. You just want to hear his voice singing a cool song. He’s safe for sure.

  • jlscott13

    AMANDA. BROWN. That is all.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Not a fan of this host doing the social media interviews.

  • Daaavey

    Oy… this is reminding me of when that one guy did Yeah 3x earlier in the season. Trevin’s more capable, but… meh.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that The Voice has it just right when it comes to the amount of production and glitzy goo-gaas for it’s contestants. I find that they add to the singing, but the singing is still the focus and I’m not distracted like the X-Factor.

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

    Terry out of his comfort zone (those R&B classics) sounds terrible! Ouch!

  • 1rollbounce2

    Man, I love Nicholas.  He can do no wrong for me.  But I thought Lean on Me was a cop out song choice.  He did great, no doubt.  But dang – couldn’t we chose something else?  Showing my age – but how bout Gino Vinelli…”I just wanna stop.”  More Blue Eyed Soul – that’s what I want.

    The black guy on now can’t do fast.  Trevin?  Not liking it.

  • quickjessie

    Trevin – While I appreciate that he’s 18 and this music is far more in his milieu, I don’t think it was done very well.  And it didn’t seem to fit him.  I do give him props for taking the risk.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that was his weakest performance so far.

  • Jordana33

    Trevin had an amazing note near the end that gave me chills, but overall the performance was not his best.

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

    New adding to the ‘You can sing anything’ category: the dictionary.

    What’s next, the AVON catalog?!?

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

    Oh, Blake, you are not the only want who wants to cry when Cassadee sings.

    I do that too, while asking: Why, Lord, why?!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Cassadee’s singing pretty well this week, but there were a couple of wobbly notes. I like this song. She’s not investing the song with much emotion though. Just OK for me.

    ETA: Does Christina really think that Cassadee put a lot of emotion into that song? I really didn’t hear that.

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

    Not a fan of Cassadee’s voice.  I find it grating.

    Best of the night for me Melanie and Amanda.

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

    I would like to hate Cassade’s performance, as I always hated, but I can’t. It was very good!

  • quickjessie

    Cassadee – I know she’s not popular here, but I loved that.  It moved me, perhaps because I’ve suffered that loss more times than I want to remember.  First song I buy this week.  Loved it.

  • sue

    Her voice is annoying!

  • http://txproheirfinder.com/ Connie D

    I bought Cody’s “Crazy In Love” and it’s good.  

    I liked what Amanda did to “Stars” except in a couple of places. 

    I may buy Nick’s, but I am too tired of “Lean On Me”, and I doubt I’ll play the song much.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I guess that I just don’t get Cassadee. She’s not bad, but just isn’t anything special for me.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Maybe that’s it – there’s something about Cassadee’s voice that I find unpleasant to listen to it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Are the producers pimping Dez? lol

  • Jordana33

    They’re really pimping Dez and Cassadee a lot. I object. 

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

    Cody is America’s Rylan with the exception that Bam2 can sing :)

  • quickjessie

    Dez – Ugh.  Nuff said.

  • Jordana33

    That is probably one of the weakest renditions of “Feeling Good” I’ve heard. And Dez is no Michael Buble. 

  • http://twitter.com/Loretta31 Loretta

     Or The Muse or Adam Lambert!  Dez is cute but that was Meh!

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

    My God, stop hating on Cassadee

  • sue

    Ok I actually loved that performance from Dez. He is so safe. 

  • DB987

    What a lounge lizard Dez is.

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

    Sylvia was awful

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

    All that 007 vibe was way too much for me!

    Can’t say I’m feeling good.

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

    I think Christina needed Dez on the pimp spot to at least save someone from her team this week. LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LBF5UOKDMH6KZFB6WQVYPOK4BQ Brian

    No videos for maybe the best run of performances on a singing show in a long while?

  • mileyfan123

     lol not even close

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

    I think Sylvia and Terry are going home. Sylvia was just grating, and while Terry was good, was just a boring song choice

  • soccerboi

    Loved Amanda, Dez and Cody. I thought all did well but Nicolas and Melanie would be my bottom 2

  • chillj

    That was a terrific singing show!  Not one person was bad.  Show them how it is done, Voice!

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

    If Sylvia goes; Dez will truly have a chance to win this.  Xtina’s fans might align all votes to him and I do think this boy do get votes on his own at it is.  Xtina seems to push for the non-obvious popular genres but she might manage another a career after the show for Dez as she’s done for Chris Mann :)

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

    Vote for Cody! This show needs a Rylan who can sing! LOL

  • chillj

     I really wanted not to like Bryan tonight, because I really dislike his stage persona – from the hat to the scoongy beard to the grey shirt to the vest and black pants.  But damn, the guy was good.

  • chillj

    I think the problem with Cassadee’s voice is that she is too good looking.

  • mileyfan123

     Trevin, Melanie, Sylvia, Cassadee, and Dez were all bad. The bar on these shows has dropped so considerably low that singing half of your notes on pitch while standing like a deer in the headlights is now considered “good”.

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

     As in: I’m SO good looking I should sing (even if I don’t know how to) and make a living out of it, perhaps?

  • alonzo7

    The Voice is showing XFactor how it’s done-not a bad performance from this group tonight-I actually enjoyed everyone-lots of great talent this year.
    Most fun performance that just made me smile was BAMBAM-
    I thought Dez did his best performance by far tonight and I was pleasantly surprised-he’s really cute!!!
    Sylvia going first will be forgotten and maybe Melanie also will be going home-hate seeing all the girls go so fast.

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

    The problem tonight is that the show started with Xtina & Blake great performance; for others to follow that is not fair.  My respect for Blake as a vocalist grew leaps and bounds after that; their duet was perfection.

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

    Dez might not be as good vocalist as Trev or as entertaining as Bam2 but I won’t agree that he can’t sing.  He is my eye candy hence I never watch him sing the first round; I just listen to get my fair judgement to his voice.  

    He does have a fairly good pleasant tone and he truly does stay on key (a bit technical at times).  Of course then I’ll rewind and feed my eyes ;)  

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I agree he’s not a bad vocalist. Just not sure he has what it takes to be an original artist.

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

    None of them seems to pull any originality :(  This season its a pretty fair ground I think.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    For all that is holy, please vote for Amanda Brown and my guilty pleasure Bam Bam. Didn’t want to put that above.  ;-)

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

    IMO, Dez is nothing more than a less talented version of Anoop.

  • bahogbugan_simj

    i’m not optimistic about his chances but i feel good for voting anyway.  at least he gave “that” performance.  LOVE IT!

    is it too much to hope for an encore just in case?

  • Whatiswrongwithus

    I must be a very superficial person….Because I LOVED Cassadee and Dez. LOL. I guess this means I’m their target audience huh.

    Oh well. I decided to give The Voice a try since X factor is bombing so much this season. And i really only found i liked 2 – Cassadee and Dez. I wouldn’t say there is alot more amazing talent on here, but at least, i found 2 favourite. I can’t say the same for X factor.

  • nncw

    I thought all the singers performed well tonight and enjoyed them all. My favorites to least favorites for tonight were: 1. Nicholas, 2.Amanda, 3. Cassadee 4. Melanie, 5. Dez  6. Cody  7. Brian 8. Terry 9.Trevin 10. Sylvia

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

    I think everyone needs to be aware that not every contestant can be as innovative in rearranging songs as David Cook or Kris Allen, or Adam Lambert. I just care for you to perform with conviction and belief in what your singing, and throwing passion in your performance, because I think it is difficult to think of new ways to perform a song. You can prove how original you are comes time to record your album. But I know people are not going to agree with me on that one. LOL ;)

  • bahogbugan_simj

    contestants i don’t want to see winning:
    Trevin – well he tried something different but the pig squealing tone… seriously!
    Dez – i really don’t like he’s nasally tone.  he’s not bad but there are so many other interesting voices/contestants left there and it’s depressing that he might have a better chance than some of them

    of course fate will be cruel to me and we might have to those two at the finals. UGH!

  • blackberryharvest

    I thought Terry was pitchy also. Most of the performances were good, but not “amazing.” I have seen way better performances on idol and even X Factor.

  • durbesque

    Dez looked particularly gorgeous tonight.  I wish he had more skill in his upper register…he sings “may” for “me”, like Kris.  I voted for Amanda, ha! 

  • fantoo1

    I must be in an alternate universe because I didn’t think it was the “best night ever.” Dez, Cody, Terry, Sylvia, and Trevin were all mediocre to bad. Maybe people are drinking the coaches kool-aid lol.

  • Lovesyesha

    After watching this episode, anyone who says that the talent on X factor is better than the talent here is just crazy in my opinion. Whoever leaves tomorrow, I honestly believe that they don’t deserve to. Based on tonight, I kind of believe they all should stay. If I had to choose two to go though, based on performances tonight I would say Brian and Melanie, with Trevin and Terry as alternatives. But like I said, even the four I mentioned are fantastic.

    This show is leagues ahead of X Factor IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I can’t really say that the singers on the X-Factor are worse because I’ve only seen snippets of X-Factor.  I can say I prefer the Voice over X-factor.  I only have so many hours a week to watch this nonsense so have to pick and choose.  I hope we don’t lose Bam2!

  • girlygirltoo

    Nicholas and Amanda should be the final 2, in my opinion. Cody is very entertaining but he’s not a great vocalist and I’m not sure where he would fit as a recording artist. Still, I hope he sticks around a few more weeks.

    Dez is cute and he’s not a bad singer, but he is bland and cheesy — not a great combination. He and Bryan and/or Cassadee should be the ones to get voted off.

  • Patrick Sean Durante

     Haters be hatin’ but…
    Cassadee Landed on #1 on iTunes!!!!!

  • Vanquish32

    Holy Crap! Cassadee is no. 1 on itunes!

  • Christopher Auyeung

    Weird – why do you make that association? Their voices don’t sound similar, nor do they sing similar types of music.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jnoodles Jonathan Frahm

    Ahh :) Finally, the Melanie I remember from her initial audition all the way to the knockout rounds. I really enjoyed Cassadee, somehow. She’s coming into her own now. Trevin had a major misstep but I doubt this’ll be his end. Still, what the hell? Most notable for me, though, was Nicholas’s performance. That was AMAZING, imo, and awe-inspiring and goosebumpy and all of that. He is such a genuine man! Amanda was quite good but for some reason I feel her losing steam. I dunno. Next week will make it or break it for her. Terry was so much better this week than last. Cody was awesome, but unfortunately I guess it’ll be a little too flamboyant for Middle America, and iTunes reviews thus far are agreeing with me. He was totally cool up there though. He’s really going out with a big bam-bam! Sylvia is my pick for the next to go along with Cody, if only because she performed first, and the standard was really high tonight. 

    Edit: Christina’s critiques are so blatantly mundane. She’s just there to look hot and occasionally kick butt singing. lol

  • chillj

    Cassadee is unAmerican.  We like our singers with a little flaw, like a space between the teeth, an extra ten pounds on the body or thick ankles:  too much perfection is boring.

  • chillj

    Of all the iTunes songs, I like Nicholas’s the best.  Other songs I liked better on the show, but Cassadee’s voice sounds reedy on the recording.  Nicholas’s voice is so rich; I hope he gets some kind of contract out of this.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    lol Yeah, I found his performance ultra-cheesy too. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She’s now #6 but still miles ahead of most of the other contestants on iTunes.

  • justmefornow

    So I had to check the faux rocker’s video this week. Seriously, no one has cut his hair on that show yet? Once again, nothing spectacular, kinda boring, I was a little disappointed it wasn’t cheesier. Love the tail, btw, lol.

    But I had to click the Cody dude’s video too this week after reading some of the comments.
    LMFAO! That’s where all the cheese went! If P2 is at one end of the spectrum, this guy is off the charts at the other end.
    Seriously, he’s so ridiculous I may have to start tuning in to this show just for him.
    What makes him so great is that unlike say Jason from XFactor who knew he was campy and had fun with it, this guy is dead serious!
    Just great, I hope he makes it another week.

  • http://twitter.com/1outside Maj

    I’m fascinated by Carson’s mouth. Anyone else? :)

    Loved Xtina & Blake’s performance. I love the song & they’re both great live singers. Very cool. Also Xtina looked pretty last night – good look for her.

    As for the competition performances…here we go:

    Sylivia: Not bad, a bit wibbly wobbley in spots but definitely much better than last week. Also, I kinda like Xtina’s mentor.

    Terry: I’m not a huge Bryan Adams fan but I love this song and Terry (whom I like a lot) did a great job with it. Also better than last week.

    Melanie: I’m a huge White Stripes fan and I loved this performance. Not sure if it’s the inherent nature of the song, or if it was the way Mel arranged it & sang it but it was very cool. 

    And the fact that what she was wearing & her backdrop were her creations is what makes this show more interesting and just more joyous than the X Factor trainwreck. I’m not saying The Voice’s producers are innocent lambs but at least they are not as obviously manipulative as their XF counterparts and they don’t stifle the acts as much doing style makeovers. Anyhoo. 

    Cody: Aww. I love this Bam Bam. I thought the vocal was solid, personally. And then there was the show. And boy was it ever. I love how someone earlier commented little gay lamb turned into a Lambert. Whenever I think I have him figured out he goes & does another diva song but always something different from the last one (I mean Dolly, George, Tina, now Beyoncé). I love this. I hope he’ll be voted in. Pweese! :)

    (lol at Adam saying Cody makes him look humble. Err, not really dear. Bam Bam would have to turn up the cockiness much much higher for that to happen… ;) )

    Bryan: I wonder what’s under the hat. Are there any pets there? Does he sleep in it? 

    Up Until last week I didn’t rate him much but I found that when he chooses a song that I like I tend to love his performances (no mean feat). Vocally I’d even say I liked this one better than last week. Very nice, Sanehatter.

    Amanda: Guhrl is back. Never heard the song before & she made me like it by the end. It was country-ish. But it fit Amanda. Yeah, goooood.

    Nicholas: I just love this man. Everything about him, even the beard. I’ve made my peace with the beard and we’re now friends. Great performance from him, and this time the choir was actually a good enhancement. (Aww and the moment Nick & Cee Lo had after the critiques left me a bit misty-eyed, won’t lie.)

    Trevin: He reminded me of last season’s winner with this performance. That is not a compliment, btw. 

    Cassadee: She was great. Finally. Vocally great + the emo bit. This definitely worked.

    Dez: Well, he’s no Bublé, or Lambert, let alone Nina Simone (who recorded my favourite version of this song). Vocally very good but no, I didn’t get any deep emotion.

    Overall a really, really good set of performances with the only turd being Trevin – but even he wasn’t tragic. So much better than last week, overall. The elimination will be so much harder….scared already.

  • voicesinmyhead

    Blake’s trying to get rid of Terry so that Cassadee makes it. Jerk.

  • alonzo7

    The only video I watched over was Cody and he was never really on my radar-he’s just too much fun-don’t really care who wins-not really a bad singer in the bunch.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I hope Terry and Bam2 would be safe.

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

    Amanda Brown reminds me of Tamyra Gray.  A good competitor, but as a singer, I have certainly heard MUCH better.

  • justmefornow

    Found this recap entertaining, and I must say I agree:
     “I think of the great rock contestants on past reality shows like James Durbin and Chris Daughtry, and Terry McDermott isn’t as creative or innovative as those two, making him a very boring contestant…..”http://www.awardscircuit.com/2012/11/20/the-voice-recap-reviewing-the-top-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-voice-recap-reviewing-the-top-10(I also like how they compared Cody to Haley Reinhardt, lol. I’ll give him that, he is at least entertaining.)

  • poipugirl

    Loved Dez’s performance!  He really does have the whole package and can sing anything and is really good looking, and seems super nice and not cocky or superficial.

    Cassadee and Nicholas were good too!  Cody’s was really entertaining and Terry never disappoints, but didn’t care for the song this week.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    I don’t think Terry is boring. Some singers just want to sing with their voice front and center– because they can. Sometimes OTT productions are one way to distract people from the vocals. And I think Not all contestants are creative but doesn’t mean they are less talented than those who are.

    just my opinion, of course.

  • 1rollbounce2

    wow, gwen.  I thought the exact same thing about Amanda and Tamyra!  Thought I was AI biased. 

    I thought Amanda was really good last night but those faces the camera catches when she’s listening to the tongue baths by the judges make me uncomfortable.

  • http://twitter.com/cheeseE1 EH

    I actually thought that everyone was pretty good last night – by good, I mean I didn’t cringe or reach for my remote. The arrangements have been pretty disappointing this season, so Melanie’s song choice and delivery were refreshing (plus it’s always fun to watch Christina’s disdain for people who can’t sing 3 or 4 octaves).  Compared to X Factor, which just gives me a headache, this show is at least watchable. I really liked Amanda’s song so I might go download the original.
    I love Terry’s voice but I wish he were on Adam’s team – Blake’s song choices are so completely uninspired. 

  • justmefornow

    Just pointing out a review that felt the same way I did, that’s all.
    Some people find P2 boring, some don’t and find him very creative, and he doesn’t use any OTT productions. I believe personally being creative is very important in finding someone talented and interesting. If not they’re just like every other pretty good singer you can find in your local bars. Nothing special.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4CQ3XSZH7RSYSH5AIXNHRKZBR4 Chris

    You must be delusional

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4CQ3XSZH7RSYSH5AIXNHRKZBR4 Chris

    You must be delusional….Amanda tore that song up and tamyra didn’t move me as much as Amanda browns performance…..I dont see you doing what she is doing.

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

    Yeah…huge, powerful church voice.

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

    Why is Terry a “faux rocker”? Hasn’t he been the lead singer for a rock band for years and years? What is fake about that?

  • OffLeash

    I like Terry, but my impression when he performs now is that he isn’t enjoying himself. He doesn’t look like he’s been into the songs he’s performed lately. If that’s the case, then it’s Blake doing the song picking that’s the problem, and he should let Terry be and perform what he wants. That said, Blake is banking on Cassadee in the finale, so he probably isn’t invested enough in Terry.

  • justmefornow

    I’ll take your word for it. I don’t watch the show, I only check the videos here.
    Being a rock fan, he just does nothing for me.
     
    Average, not very powerful voice, very limited range, no charisma and/or stage presence. These things, IMO, separate the good rock singers from the great ones.
     
    In the end however, it really doesn’t matter, since this show doesn’t have a very good track record. We’ll probably never hear of any of them again.

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

    That doesn’t mean Terry is a “faux rocker” though. You just don’t like his voice. If he’s been part of rock bands for over a decade, wouldn’t he at least be authentic in his musical identity?

    He may not have one of the best rock voices, but that doesn’t mean he is a fake.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    As much as I like Cassadee, I doubt she will win.  Her emotional performances just aren’t big enough in my opinion to win over the American voters.  Her Hey Monday stint may be behind her but I doubt her best days are over either.  She has a good following now she has made it this far on The Voice.  I know my wife likes “big” voiced performers which usually win.  There are so many “big” shows like The Voice that I used to watch with my wife, but now I watch them in the morning, commercial free, with Auto Hop on my DISH DVR.  I save time watching commercial free so I can easily get ready for work but not have to pick up the remote, since Auto Hop automatically skips the commercials.  Then, when I pick up my DISH coworker, we talk about what we watched and who our picks for the winner are.

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

    I myself wouldn’t mind having to look at someone not considered perfect, as long as the spaces between their teeth or squeezed in between a couple of extra pounds were filled with real talent!
    ;)