The Voice 7 Knockout Rounds began tonight with Taylor Swift acting as adviser to the coaches. Although she’s not a vocal powerhouse, I thought the pop singer had some great advice about how to connect to a live audience while performing. That really is the thing Taylor does best. She can tell a story in a captivating way.
Tonight’s standout performances belonged to Luke Wade and Taylor Phelan (Faced each other in a knockout. Luke won for Team Pharrell, 3 coaches attempted to steal Taylor. Blake won!). Both will be major contenders in the finals, I predict. ETA: Both Luke and Taylor had stronger performances in the Blinds and Battles. Taylor’s timing was off, particularly in the chorus, and Luke’s ad libs were a little gratuitous, but I still enjoyed both performances.
Toia Jones was robbed. Although, Damien Lawson’s song choice, “How Do I Live,” was somewhat creative (although Leann Rimes turned it into a hit, it’s not REALLY a country song), and his delivery emotionally vulnerable, his wobbly vibrato and off-pitch moments didn’t cut it for me. Toia out sang him, flat out. Pharrell appeared to be completely FLOORED by Adam’s choice. Unfortunately, he had already used his one steal on Sugar Joans. Blake, rightly, realized the soul belter wasn’t a good fit for his team. In the end, Damien may turn out to be more versatile, which could make me eat my words.
DaNica Shirey is a fine singer. She hits all the right notes and has an amazing range. But, she’s hopelessly old fashioned. If she makes it to the Top 12, she won’t last long. She’d be a terrible winner–fated to disappear after taking the crown.
The dark horse here is James David Carter, and I felt it the minute he opened his mouth to sing back in the Blind Auditions. He is polished and radio ready. As familiar with legacy tunes like tonight’s “You’ve Got a Friend” as more modern country fare. Blake will know the perfect songs for him to sing and he’ll manage to sit at the top of iTunes every week. Top 5, at least. Just watch.
Now it’s YOUR turn! TAKE THE POLLS! But definitely check out Kelly’s recap first!
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