The Knockout Rounds ended tonight, and now we have our Top 20! Hooray.
Farewell to Swifty. Taylor was a most excellent mentor, and if her career actually needed a boost (it doesn’t) the pop star would be a great addition to the team.
I have no major beefs with the coaches this week. Every choice made sense, even when the loser sang better.
The battle between Allison Bray and Taylor Brashears for a spot on Team Blake was a clear cut win for Taylor. Allison gave it her all, but she was no match for Taylor’s subtle, commanding performance of “Landslide.” Dang, that girl sings with exquisite control!
The Team Gwen Ryan Sill and Beth Spangler battle was a toss up, really. Both had strengths and weaknesses. Ryan had pitch problems, while Beth just couldn’t seem to dial it back the big screechy power notes. Ryan is the standout of the two, in terms of unique style and sound. And the girls will love him. So there’s that.
I thought Team Pharrell’s Jean Kelley was a tad overrated. Her performance of “Chandelier” was emotional, but it came off more like theatrical scenery chewing than believable passion. But Menlik Zergabachew and his “I sing reggae and only reggae” deal wasn’t going to get him very far in the competition. He’s a good singer, but not everyone is a reggae fan. Pharrell was smart to pick Jean over him.
And isn’t it funny that Team Adam’s Chris Jamison made a 50 year old song (Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”) sound fresh while Blessing Offer refashioned the contemporary “Your Body is a Wonderland” like something straight out of the 70s? Really, this choice was a no-brainer. There’s a place for Chris’ creative renditions of R&B classics in this Top 20.
Poor Rebekah Samarin. SHUT OUT OF A PERFORMANCE. At least we heard part of Matt McAndrew’s “Drops of Jupiter” performance for Team Adam.
Reagan James from Kelly Clarkson’s hometown. She’s no Kelly Clarkson but who is? She’s still pretty damn impressive. That young singer, with her great timing, tone and phrasing has got it going on. “Hit Em Up Style” is one of those songs that reality show singers naively take on and promptly butcher. But Reagan totally pulled that off. Grant Ganzer has potential, but he kind of chocked out there. Picking Reagan had to be an easy decision for Team Blake.
That last battle for Team Gwen was interesting. Craig Wayne Boyd outsang Anita Antoinette, but she’s a better fit for Team Gwen. So Blake STOLE HIM BACK which makes me wonder if that whole deal was engineered for maximum TV drama. I would not be surprised.
So that’s ME. What say you? TAKE THE POLLS!
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