I have to say–I was REALLY surprised that Pharrell chose Ricky Manning over Brittany Butler in tonight’s first battle. Putting aside that super WEIRD arrangement of “On Broadway”– both singers delivered fine performances and sounded especially good together. Which is why I don’t understand the smooshing together of jazz and soul to accommodate the the respective singers’ styles. The result was jarring. But happily, the singers prevailed.
However, Beth, the jazz chanteuse, is the more technically developed and stylistically unique of the two. But maybe that’s the point. While Ricky’s blue eyed soul is somewhat generic, his good looks and mainstream vibe will take him farther in the competition. So it was goodbye to Beth, whom Pharrell sweetly comforted after she broke down into tears.
Speaking of NOT being stolen–Gwen would have served her team better choosing either Beth or Kensington Moore for HER final steal. The final battle, between Beth and Mia Pfirrman was the least impressive of the night. Ugh to Adam Levine choosing the gloopy Christina Aguilera power ballad, “I Turn to You.” UNIMPRESSED! Mia won the battle, but saying goodbye to Beth would have been reasonable.
Reagan James, the soulful singer from Kelly Clarkson’s hometown, has a TON of potential. Here’s hoping Blake Shelton treats her right. Also: BOO TO THE MONTAGES! I was happy to see Anita Antoinette, the reggae singer from Boston, move on to the Kickoff Rounds.
NOW YOUR TURN! Make sure to check out Kelly’s Recap and watch the videos, before you Take The Polls!
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