The Voice Top 6 Performance Recap: For God and Country, Country, Country! [Updated]

The Voice - Season 4 Danielle BradberyWelcome to NBC’s The Voice: Country Strong, home of gingham dresses and boot-cut jeans, chewin’ tobacco and four wheelers, and Blake & Miranda as your royal couple. The letter “g” need not apply for the apostrophe’s position at the end of such words like singin’, dancin’, comin’ or goin’. Y’all.

And no, I’m not mocking the redneck way of living. (I’ve had my share of Pabst from a can while sitting around a bonfire, if you must know.) I’m just shocked that Season 4 of NBC’s reality singing competition seems to have abandoned any notion of musical versatility. Instead, what we’ve got is a game of Follow the Blake Shelton. After all, his three artists are consistently killing it on iTunes (and avoiding elimination on Tuesday-night telecasts) while Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira are all down to one contestant apiece.

Putting it another way, when electro-rocker Michelle Chamuel and pop-soul diva Sasha Allen tackle Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, it almost makes you long for an American Idol-esque dive into the Burt Bacharach songbook. (Okay, no, I didn’t actually mean that. And apologies for even putting the idea into the universe.)

Let’s cut to tonight’s set list and letter grades, shall we? Also — BIG TWIST! — only one contestant goes home this week.

Holly Tucker: Martina McBride’s “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” (Blake’s Choice) | As Blake noted in rehearsal, Holly (aka Most Likely to Get Stuck in Blake’s Sacrificial Lamb Slot) really needed to “set the stage on fire” for Martina McBride’s ode to good girls gone mad, but to my ears, girlfriend was rubbing two sticks together to no avail — and hitting a surprising number of bum notes along the way. Usher’s feedback — saying he “wanted to see more” while looking like he’d found a dead ladybug in his salad — was as close to brutal honesty as we’re apparently going to get on this show for the rest of the season. Grade: C+

Michelle Chamuel: Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Usher’s Choice) | I really do love Usher’s enthusiasm for Michelle — “We should continue to do this, regardless!” he chimed in during rehearsal — but there was something about Keane’s wistful ballad that stretched Michelle’s voice to a little too far past her comfort zone. (Side note: When Michelle paused to dig around in her back pocket area, I wondered if there’d been a power outage to her in-ear.) Shakira was correct in pointing out the cool dynamics of the performance — from the gentle piano-led opening verse to the wailing grand finale — but nevertheless, this wouldn’t rank anywhere near Michelle’s personal Top 5 for the season. Grade: B

The Swon Brothers: Darius Rucker’s Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” (Contestant’s Choice) | I’ll admit I groaned a little when the performance opened with a shot of that ye-olde-timey saloon/brothel and the sextet of dancing chicas, but aside from Colton struggling on a couple of his high-pitched glory notes, this was a reasonably good effort. Oh, sure, Blake’s feedback — “nobody in the world sounds like The Swon Brothers” — should’ve resulted in a federal charge of felony hyperbole (honestly, the guys have charm and work-ethic, but a distinctive sound? Please!). And no, I can’t imagine this is the Season 4 act that will suddenly put The Voice on the map as a major hit-maker. But they did succeed in painting a portrait of a rambling man headed for points south, so bully for them. Grade: B+

Sasha Allen: Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way” (Contestant’s Choice) | I’ll freely admit that for weeks now, I’ve been dumbfounded by the praise heaped on Sasha’s patented brand of heavy vibrato with a side of screaming. But “Ain’t No Way” started promisingly enough — with Sasha displaying a heretofore unseen restraint while standing stationary at a mic in front of the kind of big-band-on-white-platform backdrop you’d expect to see in an old noir film or a flashback episode of Moonlighting. Alas, though, Sasha lost me toward the end, when her penchant for “look what I can do!” tricks served as a guillotine severing any real emotional connection from the lyrics. If Sasha were an actress, she’d leave no stick of scenery left unchewed. Why Coach Shakira hasn’t reined those tendencies in is one of the great Voice mysteries of Season 4. Grade: B

Danielle Bradbery: Pam Tillis’ “Shake the Sugar Tree” (Blake’s Choice) | Can someone — anyone? — tell me what emotion Danielle was attempting to channel during her second performance of a Pam Tillis song this season? TRICK QUESTION: There was no emotion whatsoever! (Except for maybe a faint hint of, “Is there such a thing as a sugar tree? And if I shook it, would I be able to catch some Pixy Stix dust on my tongue?”) Okay, in Danielle’s defense, what does she know about telling her man she’s not content with “the cookin’ and the payin’ of the rent”? And what difference does that lack of connection make when the audience doesn’t care about her interpretation of the lyric anyhow? As Blake so plainly exclaimed, “there’s no need to change things up” when it comes to Danielle. Except for the fact that said aversion to any type of risk-taking whatsoever makes me so bored I could die. (And yes, that was a Lexi Featherston reference.) Grade: B-

Amber Carrington: Skid Row’s “I Remember You” (Adam’s Choice) | Maybe it’s the fact that I grew up in the hair-metal era, but I couldn’t have been more stoked about Adam’s decision to assign Amber a Skid Row anthem — or by his critique that Amber’s countrified take “stood alone” from an iTunes standpoint. I mean, it’s not like her rendition was anywhere near a karaoke rendition of the original, or nothing more than a cover of somebody else’s cover. It was a fully realized musical moment unto itself. And this deep in the competition, shouldn’t creativity — or at least having the chops to sell a unique vision — count for something, or maybe everything? I loved the slide of Amber’s voice on “die for your kiss,” the way she really enveloped each word of the song to create vivid pictures of a girl who just can’t let go of a lost love. I could’ve done without the literal ring of fire on stage — Amber probably felt the same — but to me, this indicated the type of big-belting, slightly edgy country crossover artist Amber could easily become. So come on Voice voters, let her get there! Grade: A-

The Swon Brothers: Merle Haggard’s “Okie from Muskogee” (Blake’s Choice) | Whether you take the lyrics as a straight up “Square-Pride Anthem” or a send-up of deeply conservative values, the only point-of-view I could detect from Colton and Zach was a slight aura of embarrassment — which continued with Colton’s uncontrolled giggles during the coaches’ critiques. It was as if the bros had gone along with Blake’s song choice just because it reminded folks of their Oklahoma roots, then realized mid-song they were singin’ ’bout not burnin’ their draft cards on Main Street. In 2013. Blake said 10 percent of the audience would “bitch and moan” about the song choice, while the other 90 percent would be smacked in the heart. But methinks he forgot about the large swath of folks who probably found this to be some combo of outdated, irrelevant, drearily sung, not at all believable and absolutely boring.  Grade: D

Holly Tucker: Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish” (Contestant’s Choice) | The judges’ praise of Holly’s performance was so muted, it might as well have come with a muzzle. (Shakira’s compliment that Holly consistently gives “good performances” that are “mostly in tune” was especially damning.) And while I can’t say Holly didn’t hit a good 95 percent of her votes, the performance had all the artistry and unexpectedness of a pageant contestant using her final interview question to wish for world peace. If one assumes that a three-way Blake vote-split has to sneak up and bite one of his contestants this week — not an unforseen possibility — then I suspect it’ll be Holly who pays the ultimate price. Grade: B

Michelle Chamuel: Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” (Contestant’s Choice) | Yep, Usher called in the big guns getting Taylor Swift to drop by during Michelle’s rehearsal, but the real excitement began a third of the way into the performance, when Michelle stopped swallowing the ends of her phrases, dropped into her trademark crouch and punch, and brought a raucous rocker energy to the stage that shook the entire telecast to its core. Not only did Michelle land like a jetliner alongside a pile of her model-airplane rivals, but she reinvented Ms. Swift’s pop ditty into a true, gut-busting rock anthem. Based on the thunderous applause Michelle received from the in-house audience, if she doesn’t make it all the way to the Season 4 finale, the show’s producers may have to deal with a riot in the venue. And to be honest, I’d raise a brickbat and torch in protest, too. Grade: A

Amber Carrington: Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” (Contestant’s Choice) | On paper, this could’ve been a safe way for Amber to connect with the core country fan base she desires without stretching her artistry too far, but girlfriend pulled off a tricky fete here: Coloring within the lines of Patsy Cline’s much-revered original, but shading it with unexpected hues like the high notes she selected on “what would I do,” the slide she worked into “worry,” the drag of the mic stand as she moved to the front of the stage. Amber’s got as much — if not more horsepower — than anyone in the competition, but she’s also got a way of polishing a lyric till its meaning shines through all the fog and noise and lighting that are part and parcel of The Voice experience. Blake’s “I thought it was good” may have been as close as he came all night to a put-down, but maybe that’s because Amber is perhaps the only direct threat to his sweet Danielle’s country-radio crown.
Grade: A-

Danielle Bradbery: Sara Evans’ “A Little Bit Stronger” (Contestant’s Choice) | It was a little jarring to see the show’s producers use rehearsal footage of Danielle struggling with pitch — especially because if they wanted to level the playing field, they’d could’ve just had Danielle take Holly’s usual position and go first or second in the lineup. On live TV, though, there were no such snafus hampering Danielle’s performance, aside from the fact that (as is becoming standard) there was no real sense of surprise, no great payoff aside from that king-sized final glory note. The question is, though, if Blake’s bunt-and-get-to-first strategy is paying off, is there any incentive for him to encourage some risk-taking from Danielle and go for the homer? I’m hoping for Danielle’s shake — and for all the sake of our next two Mondays — that the answer turns out to be “yes.” It’d certainly make for better (or at least more suspenseful) television. Grade: B

Sasha Allen: Carrie Underwood’s “Before He Cheats” (Shakira’s Choice) | When I first heard that Shakira had picked a Carrie Underwood tune for Sasha, I was as flummoxed as the first time I listened to “Poem to a Horse.” But when Shaki encouraged her last woman standing to take the tune from the country to the city, I started to get excited. Sure, I could’ve lived without Sasha ripping off her red cape-dress to reveal a set of thigh-high boots and sparkly black romper that seemed at odds with everything we’ve seen from her to date, but the vocal and the arrangement were really, really cool. I loved the introduction of horn and organs into the opening verse — the way the story of a woman scorned and angry got transformed from a country-pop classic into a Broadway blues tale. If Sasha doesn’t lose her taste for risk-taking mischief, she might just rise above her underdog status and make Blake wish he’d kept an oddball contender back in the Battle or Knockout Rounds. Grade: A-

[PSA Time: On the subject of risk-taking oddballs, have you heard former Team Blake-r Grace Askew’s fantastic new single “Empty Rooms“? If not, click here and give a listen — and bear in mind you can download it at CDBaby. Anyhow, back to your regularly scheduled recap!]

Should go home: Holly
Will go home: Holly

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 4 Top 6 performance night? What did you think of the coaches’ comments? Who was your favorite? Who’s going to be in trouble come results night? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments, and for all my Voice-related news, recaps, interviews and videos, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Catfish says:

    No doubt that either Holly or the Swon Bros. will be eliminated on tonight’s show. White Lightnin’s still the biggest thrill of all.

    Holly has nothing charted in the top 75 general itunes at this moment, the Swon Bros. are just a step under Amber, who’s about tied with Sasha right now. .

    Michelle leads with Danielle close behind. Rock-on, before somebody cheats, so you can vandalize cars and be country strong.- dress in black latex and wow the family audience.

  2. George TheOnion says:

    I love how everyone is referring to when Sasha threw off her red sheet-thing as a striptease. It’s not a striptease. It wasn’t in a sexually suggestive manner. Hell, she had no cleavage. She only showed her legs.
    She was confident and sexy. I loved it.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      YES! That move exudes a femme fatale persona, instead of cheap slut. Women empowerment like Beyonce. I think it’s such a double standard that people view her performance as a striptease while guys like Adam could perform without wearing a t-shirt and girls wanna get laid with him while guys wanna be like him.

    • Bogey says:

      basically agree, these people must be big time prudes! That said.. I don’t think it particularly “worked” essentially because of the props/situation. She didn’t look comfortable, especially as she had to tippy toe down those stairs in those big heel boots while singing without taking a nasty fall. A far cry from Amanda Brown’s dragging the mike in her bit@! heels and tight leather pants and sashaying across the stage when doing Dream On! THAT was “fierce” :)

  3. BillyBob says:

    Michelle just hit the top 10 at #9 with I knew you where Trouble. Now it’s looking like a Michelle and Danielle top two.

  4. Aaron says:

    Next week Danielle will sing “Daddy Bought Me A Brand New Bike” and “Good Ol’ New Orleans.” Neither song exists, but if they did, Blake wold pick them.

    • Adam Fachry says:

      I’m still indifferent about Danielle due to the apparent inexperienced quality of her artistry, but I don’t mind her embracing her inner naivety, instead of songs with big adult issue like the Carrie Underwood, Wasted.

    • Sheilalala says:

      If she sang ‘Brand New Pair of Rollerskates’ by Melanie well I might even like her and vote for her.. :) (Studio 54 soundtrack-great record)

  5. BillyBob says:

    Taylor Swift tweeted the Voice visit to all her 28,000,000 Swifties. APPROVED:
    @TaylorSwift13 making a SURPRISE visit to rehearsals!? “Things like this happen on #TeamUsher.” Maybe Adam should of brought in Bieber / will.I .am for Judith?

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Those tweens will eat anything up. Smart marketing strategy on Usher’s part. Lol

      • jolene600 says:

        kind of annoying actually. clearly a ploy for votes. taylor clearly did not want to be there. she is so FAKE. “oh michelle, keep doing your leg bends, yay!” NO THANK YOU

  6. Bogey says:

    as an aside.. am I the only one surprised at just how likable and cool Shakira is? Also, even though it’s the producers and editors who show us the contestant/coach interactrions and real “coaching”.. I usually get the sense that Shakira offers the most constructive and specific criticisms.. constantly zeroing in on specific notes, passages. etc. I’ve always loved her as an artist. especially in her early Spanish only rock infused Latina Alanis Morissette edition.. (Pies Descalzos is fricking awesome!) but I’m amazed at her advanced English vocabulary and really pleasantly surprised by her likability.. (as opposed to passive aggressive Xtina)

    We’re at the point now where the country artists will now have to start eating each other. I suppose the question is whether 2 or 1 out of the final three will be country (I think Michelle Chamuel will be in top 3, though I don’t share the love)

    last.. is it just me.. or is how one judges the song affected by how much we hate or like the song itself? I often find it difficult to credit the singer when I am completely uninterested or downright dislike the song itself

    • Bogey says:

      forgot Donde Estan Los Ladrones… that may be her best.. then it was a plunge downward to “Hips Don’t Lie” etc.

      • BBC says:

        Thank you for mentioning Donde…

        Inevitable is awesome.

        • Bogey says:

          indeed. Also wish that she had kept her natural hair color.. or kept the blonde darker. as she did early on. Don’t like the bright blonde look on her.. I want the natural curls back.. those were so sexy. It’s kind of a fake “faux” plastic bimbo look for her now… but I’m glad she still appears to be very real on the inside.

          • Bogey says:

            not a fan of her unnecessary boob job either.. but at least it appears fairly tastefully done

    • Sheilalala says:

      I’m kinda torn about Shakira-she’s SO sweet, and I want her as a friend (and uh ya-her execution of the english language is remarkable) but I haven’t loved her song choices this season and contestants picks. I would say her banter has been boring too, but that’s been across the board this season. I like the fact that Mark Burnett wanted a show that didn’t involve tearing artists down, but critiques can be helpful, and I’m starting to feel bad/dread the camera coming to the coaches because its…so..boring. Blake and Adam find at least some way to say something marginally interesting but jeesh…I LOVED Shakira’s ‘Antes de la Seis’ song she had Cathia and Mary sing, so downloaded that, which led me to buy She-Wolf and a few more. Love her as an artist and person, willbe happy for her if Sasha wins..

      • Bogey says:

        hmmm I would have to agree with you on song choices… though Sasha did a kiler version of Oh Darling… that was a great choice… others… not so much.. Problem is, I think Sasha’s wheelhouse is Whitney/Jennifer Hudson types stuff.. I’m not sure that’s a winning formula…… so she’s trying to stretch Sasha out (though Sasha doing Dixie Chicks in Blinds was great also…) funny how I share Slezak’s love for last year’s Amanda Brown and how I can’t really disagree with his criticisms of Sasha, despite the fact I really like Sasha.. Strange., i hated that Antes de la Seis song, at least the way it was performed on the Voice.. listen to the songs off the 2 early albums .. Ojos Asi is Arabically influenced. and just amazing (btw Shakira is half Lebanese).. Re boring non critical judges.. also agree with you….. but that’s how Burnett and Co, want it.. though that said… you have to kind of really look for it.. they’ll wrinkle their noses during a performance or make a face when a singer is off pitch…. then they’ll sugarcoat everything in their comments

        • Sheilalala says:

          Oooh ya LOVED her Dixie chicks song in audition, liked Oh Darling too. Yah WTH-male Whitney/JHuds win the Voice, but female powerhouses go down the Tubes? I stopped watching after Amanda was eliminated. Cassadee Pope-no thanks. Amanda was one of the best stage performers the show has ever seen. Second only to maybe Vicci Martinez (my all time favorite).Hmm subtle signs eh? I will have to try muting my tv for the coach

          • Bogey says:

            yes Amanda was truly incredible.. AND versatile… she could go rock infused and still do Whitney/Mariah and soul infused stuff. (HA! as did I! after Amanda I was done) Again, though I like Sasha, I find her more limited.. The Broadway-esque and too much vibrato criticisms are IMO warranted. Then again.. she is classically trained.. and she did sing on Broadway… (to critical applause btw) soo….. btw.. if you didn’t know, Amanda and Sasha are personal friends.. so “Manda is cheering Sasha on.

          • Sheilalala says:

            Oh they are!-I can totally see that. I was so mad at Adam for his Tony deLuca insanity. He did then what Blake did with the Swons this year. Where does Judith fit in to your female powerhouse Amanda-Sasha continuum-out of curiousity?

          • Bogey says:

            Umm.. Judith Hill.. I find her incredibly talented and polished.. she’s the real deal. on the other hand.. my musical preferences just aren’t that into that funk infused stuff she’s into.

  7. ABC says:

    Let’s get real here, the Taylor Swift tween fnas are helping Michelle overtake BLANDbery this week. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing.

    • Sheilalala says:

      BLANDbery-so jealous of that! Man, I hope so. I would prefer Amber or Sasha but would be fine with michelle..

  8. Lois Benton says:

    Oh, you are imbibing, if not Pabst, then something. I don’t know who’s going home, probably Holly, as you say, but the Swon Brothers should, as they say in the South, all day long. (B-B-B-boring!) And how about that Michelle Chamuel? I ain’t never seen nothin’ like that. Gol-lee. She brings it, every time. Opens a vein, whatever the song. I could go see that concert. She should win this show. And Amber’s Crazy? Oh, my Gooooosh. TERRIBLE. Have you never heard this song before, Michael? I have, many, many times, by many talented people. Adam looked so distressed that I thought he might cry, with good reason. And Sasha’s quite a talent. If this were a beauty contest, it would be no contest. But stripping off her dress for Before He Cheats? Why? At least have a New York Yankees’ uniform underneath. That was so random and so strange. Earth to Shakira. But she still was the second best of the night. Danielle has a fine instrument, but she’s bloodless. Holly has a fine instrument, but she’s generic. Amber has a fine instrument, but her second performance was somewhat off-key and otherwise stunk.

  9. BillyBob says:

    BREAKING NEWS: Michelle Chamuel Already Set to Win iTunes Bonus on “The Voice”

    For those looking to succeed on “The Voice,” Michelle Chamuel has provided a simple blueprint: sing Taylor Swift’s best pop song, win her (Taylor) approval for the performance and work the crowd into a frenzy.

    Chamuel did all three with “I Knew You Were Trouble” on Monday’s episode of “The Voice,” and within a few short hours of the broadcast, she likely has her first iTunes bonus in the bank.

    The Team Usher singer’s rendition of Swift’s multi-platinum hit was at number 9 by 2 AM (East coast time), which strongly indicates she will secure a 10x multiplier bonus on the iTunes portion of her vote.

    Clarification: The rules suggest that the bonus will only be applied if the single is in the Top 10 when the voting closes at 10 AM (East coast time). That means Chamuel’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” must remain in the top ten for the next six hours.

    Chamuel’s “Somewhere Only We Know” and Bradbery’s “Shake the Sugar Tree” follow at 28 and 30, respectively. The next-highest ranking single is Sasha Allen’s rousing “Before He Cheats,” which currently sits at 37. Amber Carrington’s “Crazy” (39) and “I Remember You” (43) follow, besting The Swon Brothers’ “Wagon Wheel” (44), Sasha Allen’s “Ain’t No Way” (51), The Swons’ “Okie from Muskogee” (61) and Holly Tucker’s “My Wish” (92) and “When God-Fearin Women Get the Blues” (155).

    Over the past three weeks, Danielle and Michelle, who appear locked as the frontrunners to win the competition, have been leading the iTunes charge.

    • BillyBob says:

      Danielle Bradbery’s “A Little Bit Stronger,” which is currently sitting at number 17. Has a shot at the Top 10.

  10. Chris says:

    Sasha Allen completely stole the night. anyone who dislikes her “before he cheats” should know the song is higher on itunes than her Aretha Franklin song. So that was a smart move from Shakira. Sasha certainly has my vote.

    Now, I don’t get all the Michelle thing going on. Sure, she is a good singer with an awesome personality, but what is so hard about singing a Swift song?

    • jolene600 says:

      AGREE! taylor swift is just generic pop music – on par with justin bieber IMO. the thing about the voice at this point is that people are fans of the artists and will continue to vote for them even if they didn’t do so well that week. I’ll fully admit to doing the same with Sasha last week.

      Michelle absolutely butchered “Somewhere Only We Know”. Whispering the song and trying to be intense is not singing. And enough with the smoke the voice its distracting! damn

  11. Ellen says:

    OMG! I can’t watch this much more. How the h**l it turned into the Blake Shelton show is beyond me. I am not a fan of country music and Adam is the only one with vision. What I do enjoy is watching the process of honing the singers. That’s some real coaching going on. But, most of the songs are killing me!!!

    • ETG says:

      Oh, Blake is definitely a strategic thinker and he has vision, all right…. it’s just that he and I don’t share the *same* vision; I prefer Adam’s version. :-)

  12. megs says:

    I’d be fine if anyone from Blake’s team goes. He’s probably my favorite coach, and I don’t have a problem with country music(not my fave, I just don’t have a disdain for it like a lot on here are vocalizing). I just think his 3 are so obviously the weakest. (Also, I’ve had beef with Blake all season, esp him sending Grace Askew and Luke Edgemon home- horrible, safe decisions by him all season)
    I’d be willing to bet money that that is what will happen. As soon as Carson announced that only one will go home, it was pretty obvious. They don’t want any coach to be out of the game yet, so they pretty much set Holly up to take the fall with the bad performance slots she got. I actually think Holly is more talented than Danielle, but Danielle is so young and cute(omg, I have 71,000 twitter followers *gigglegiggle* LOLZ!) of course she’s not going anywhere. the VOICE, my @$$… The Swons have great personalities- they’re definitely getting the “mama vote”. They’re the types of guys who your mom talks about when she says “why can’t you date a nice boy like that?” I did like their Rock me Mama- but I love that song(the OCMS version).
    Loved Sasha tonight- I thought Ain’t no Way was the performance of the night. And I totally agree with Michael- that arrangement for Before he Cheats was very cool- loved it. And everyone talkin about that dress ripoff moment- she was in HAIR for goodness sake! One of the more controversial musicals in theater. I doubt she was that uncomfortable- plus she was still pretty covered(save for the short shorts). Those boots were killer too.

    • jimmy says:

      well said

      danielle is just getting annoying. and it has nothing to do with her age, she has an annoying personality. I could see her being somebody that everybody really hated in school, but just pandered to cause she’s cute. as usher would say, i need something more from her than some random bull about her sister having a tough relationship and her twitter followers

  13. VCI says:

    Voice fans have done the near impossible. They got Michelle not only to top Danielle in the itune charts but Michelle is currently ranked # 6 on itunes. Danielle close behind at #13. (Danielle has even gotten the top ten itune bonus)

    p.s. Although I’m happy that only one singer is going home this week, I wish it was last week. Judith or Sarah both deserved another live performance.

    • Ted says:

      I agree that Judith and Sarah should’ve been there this week. Holly should have gone home last week, and possibly Sasha or the Swon Bros…..

  14. Mary says:

    I do not usually watch the voice, but nothing else was on last night so I gave it a try. I am not into country but I love Danielle’s voice. She might be young to understand the meaning of the song, but dam her tone is beautiful. The one who did Taylor swift was good but I still hate that song, so it did nothing for me and why does she squat? I thought the best performance was the last one, Carrie’s song. I love the way she sass that song up. Personally, I think Danielle has the best shot of making a career for herself. I know country female artist have a tough time getting played, but only at 16 I think she might be one to break thru. Unfortunately with the voice, the only ones who seem to get a career boost is the judges, but maybe we will be surprise this year.

    • kaba says:

      The squatting is most likely a force of habit that came from trying to get out power notes with greater ease..
      I don’t see what’s wrong with the squatting :/

      • Timmah says:

        The squatting strikes me as rather gimmicky actually, along with the hipster glasses.

        • kaba says:

          They’re made into gimmicks by the fans. She’s been squatting and wearing those since her blind auditions.
          With Blake’s team he practically forces them onto us as though that’s the only way they’re allowed to be perceived

    • Ted says:

      I know it’s all a matter of personal preference, but I don’t get (and will never get) peoples’ obsession with Danielle’s tone. I think it is OK, but I don’t see anything spectacular about it. She’s never given me goosebumps, unlike several of the other singers.

      • AlyB says:

        She does have a beautiful tone and timbre. The first time I heard her I was really impressed. The issue I have is her vapid delivery. There’s a beautiful sound coming out of a very pretty young girl but she just wanders the stage or stands there and her face looks like it’s been botoxed it’s so frozen while her eyes just dart around expressionless. Her first few performances it was like deer in the headlights. Now she just looks kind of bored like she’s doing a rehearsal run through to hit her marks but not putting an actual full performance effort into it. Her tone, while very very pretty is monotonous. There’s absolutely no variation to it. Even if she goes a little softer or like last night goes for a glory note it mostly just sounds like you turned the volume up or down on the radio. She lacks vocal nuance so while it sounds pretty it just leaves me wanting something more. She has great potential but there are serious things she needs to work on or she’ll just be the wonder kid that’s nice to hear one song from at the county fair. I can’t see her actually putting on a whole show. I wish she’d waited a few years to do this.

        • Ted says:

          Granted, I’m not a professional singer, but I still don’t get the whole “tone” thing with Danielle. I don’t find her any more or less pleasing to listen to than any of the other 5. I don’t understand why so many are so enamored with her. She’s just a kid, and this whole process is pushing her a lot faster than she really needs to go at this point in her life.

          • AlyB says:

            Liking someone’s tone is entirely subjective. Case and point is Sarah. A lot of people here loved her including Michael. I found her tone grating and nasally and could barely stand to listen to her. She was my head scratcher this season. I just couldn’t hear what other people found so appealing. It was exactly the opposite reaction for me. She made me cringe.

            I think there are some singers that have a richness of tone that has mass appeal. Danielle has that. It is still subjective though so if the sound doesn’t reverberate across you eardrums and translate into your brain the same way, you might not find it as pleasing or as rich as someone else. It’s kind of like liking a color. I love deep plum and hate sea foam green. Some people might be exactly opposite.

            I do like her tone. It’s the other things I mentioned though that are serious issues for me. Those are the issues that keep her out of my top picks in this competition.

  15. kaba says:

    Out of random frustration I’m starting to see all of Blakes team as one giant gimmick. It feels like Blake is trying tooo hard to sell these images of the contestants to people.
    Danielle: cutesy teenage girl that delivers adorable performances, look at her adorable performances, she sooooo adorable adorable adorable (all the songs she sings seem to be trying to capitalize on how adorable she is and it’s getting annoying, look at all the background setups for her peformances)
    The Swon Bros: a couple of folk boy oklahomans, listen to all the folk music we can do, LISTEN TO IT (I swear..the Okie From Muskogee genuinely makes me feel like Blake’s trying to capitalize on the crisis in Oklahoma for votes).
    Holly Tucker: grown woman with attitude…but she doesn’t sell it well at all so it’s not obvious at all.

    At least with Sasha, Amber, and Michelle I feel like they’re singers with the interest embedded in trying to show people what they’re made of rather than trying to oversell us this package deal and “what to expect” factor.

    Seriously, if I have to see Danielle prancing around the stage version of candy land one more time, or the Snore Bros show us once again they can sing songs that feel like they’re squeezed out of “The Grapes of Wrath” (book), or Holly trying to give us this lame idea that she’s some God fearing woman with edge…
    I’ll go nuts

    • dilly says:

      hahah this made me laugh so hard! i agree with everything you said. i don’t find danielle to be adorable at all – its overdone
      i hate how the itunes thing makes it more obvious who is staying every week. i wish that was eliminated. sasha’s performance was wonderful, but people already have heard that song etc so it is less likely to sell on itunes and i also believe that she caters to an older audience who doesn’t run to their computers to buy the songs like the teeny boppers and nerds do for michelle/danielle. it takes the suspense out of seeing who will go through

  16. Lauren says:

    Okay, this is driving me nuts, so I have to get it off my chest: I like Adam, and I think his comments are generally insightful. However, it is driving me *nuts* that he keeps talking about how he was the only one to turn around for Amber. While technically true, this comment is so misleading, because he was the only one who *could* turn around — everyone else’s team was full! Do we seriously doubt that at least Blake would have turned around for Amber, too? Amber is one of my top two favorites, but it’s driving me bananas that Adam keeps hitting the one-chair-turn note. Seriously, dude: Stop.

    • courtney says:

      he wasn’t the only one who could still turn around. the only person whose team was full was blake’s. shakira, usher, and adam still had room for one person, and yet adam was the only one who turned around. he’s completely right about mentioning it frequently because I remember when amber auditioned, I was so shocked that adam was the only one who seemed impressed with her.

      • Lauren says:

        Thanks, Courtney! Clearly, my brain turned “Blake’s team was full” into “everyone else’s team was full.” I appreciate the clarification!

  17. kaba says:

    I beg someone to explain to me why Grace Askew is sitting at home while Holly and the Bland Bros are on live television?
    She’s got so much identity and soooo much style with her music (she makes me like country even after hearing all of Blake’s acts perform) and I think she would’ve been a front runner with Michelle as well.
    Frankly, I think all these judges (aside from Adam) got their teams beyond messed up.
    Usher should have never let go of Jess Kellner and maybe Taylor Beckham and CAN SOMEONE BRING BACK JESSICA CHILDRESS? THE WAY SHE LEFT THE SHOW MADE A TEAR DESCEND FROM MY EYE…SO NIIIICE, the end.
    Shakira is on crack for giving up Luke Edgemon to snag Monique…whom she didn’t even keep afterwards.
    Blake…Grace Askew and Luke Edgemon and lets not forget Christian Porter.

    Seriously…someone bring back Jessica Childress

    • Lilandra says:

      THIS!! I was so excited about this season. We had great acts like Jessica Childress, Luke Edgemon, Christian Porter, Karina, Cathia, JUDITH, Mary Miranda, Ryan Innes – I mean, it was so diverse! Fast-forward a couple months later and we have Holly Tucker, THE SWON. FREAKEN. BROS and the other two boring bland blondes, Danielle and Amber. How, in Hades’ fiery nethers did we end up with this crappy combo, given what we started out with?!? HOW?! I wish Amanda Brown was in this season, because I’m not sure I’m going to be tuning in next week :/ Oh well, Michelle & Sasha FTW now!

    • Adam Fachry says:

      Agree with a lot of the contestants you listed BUT Taylor Beckham. Lol, I’m sorry, but she has no business getting through to the battle rounds let alone being on the live rounds. Just my two cents.

      • kaba says:

        When I first saw her blind Auditions I felt the same way you did but then her battle round with Jess made me manage to appreciate her voice. I think her voice is very interesting and if she could somehow manage to not sound shrill often she would’ve been great

  18. Jack says:

    Sasha’s “Before He Cheats” was terrible. Go back and listen to the first minute of the song. She must be adopting some of her coach’s goat-bleating, because it was really quite terrible.

    • BillyBob says:

      Shakira should NOT be picking songs for one and only Sasha. I agree with you ‘Before He Cheats’ was messy. But I guessed it’s #27 on iTunes. Sasha is safe this week. Holly is likely going home. But you never know.

    • pops says:

      oh really shakira’s goat bleating? shakira with 20 million followers? shakira worldwide phenomenon? i smell jealousy

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      No. You’re wrong.

  19. BillyBob says:

    Michelle ‘Trouble’ #4 on the iTunes charts right now. I believe she qualifies for the 10x multiplier bonus?

  20. Zack says:

    Funny thing about Sasha being said she’s too “Broadway” – she’s actually far from what you would find on Broadway in terms of singing.

    And as for the “look what I can do tricks” – how does that differ from any other big-voiced American Idol contestant you’ve endorsed over the last 12 seasons?

    • dani says:

      preach brother. slezak picks who he likes and then just keeps going with them…see amber carrington critques, who was way off pitch last night but still gets “A”s…ridiculous

    • Bogey says:

      what do you mean she’s “far from what you would find on Broadway”? If you went to see Hair.. on Broadway.. or later in London’d West Ends.. you would have found Sasha Allen!

    • Bogey says:

      there was a snippet from several weeks ago where Shakira tells Sasha not to to be “Broadway” and demonstrates the different way of how the sound is produced and voice is modulated in a “Broadway-esque way”, which doesn’t work in radio

    • megs says:

      I think she does have a musical theater aspect to her voice, but that’s what I love about it! Search her on youtube- there are a lot of performances on there from her Broadway days- all great!

  21. Joe says:

    Love the Swon Brothers, but agree that Okie from Muskogee was a poor choice. It’s just dated. Many better classic country choices they could have taken on. And if you’re going to go lighter, there are many better choices there too. Hopefully it doesn’t sink them. I’d like to see them do a Zac Brown (Chicken Fried; Toes) or a Brad Paisley song (Mud on the Tires; Water).

    Danielle is great, but agree that she needs to be more than a good voice. Not sure she can at age 16 though. Blake does need to stop playing conservative with her or Michelle will sneak up and win. But I’m not sure what makes sense for her – she’s so young, maybe Faith Hill’s Wild One? Sara Evans’s Suds in a Bucket? Higher energy songs? A risk would be to take on Reba’s Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia. Could the sweet Danielle pull it off? That could be great.

    Amber takes on everything and does it really well, but still waiting for her to come up with a blow me away performance. I was pumped about the Skid Row cover, and it was good, but it wasn’t satisfying. Her Crazy performance was very strong.

    Sasha’s best night so far, but still doesn’t crack the top 4 in my opinion.

    Maybe it’s the song choices, but to me Holly is not very interesting. She’s a dime a dozen.

  22. ml says:

    I listened to “Empty Rooms” by Grace Askew- now this is the country music that I like. So real- it just pulled me in and I listened to it several times. Grace writes her own music (I always love that) and she is definitely someone I will follow. I liked & connected to the lyrics immediately and her very unique voice. Plus- there is something to the tune and rhythm- it just makes you start moving to the music- I love the “woo-woo” refrain giving a brak to the heartfelt lyrics. I could go on but WOW! Listening to this really points out how “vanilla” the country singers are on the show right now. Boring by comparison. They have very good voices but lack “something” for me- what’s the point of hitting all the notes and having a nice tone etc. if there is not something more. Not to mention the songs- I just can’t connect to most of them. Thank you Michael for directing us to the Grace Askew song. Tonight I liked Michelle best- her original take on that Taylor Swift song was quite amazing. I love the song “Crazy”- the original Patsy Cline version and the Linda Ronstadt song so in comparison- I found Amber’s take on it sort of boring though she sang it perfectly well. Most of the night- I was bored.

  23. WO says:

    Uggh… perhaps the most DRAB night so far. A few people reverted back to what makes them comfortable and the songs reverted back to a mock up of the IDOL schtick that cost that show this season. I am glad that Blake likes introducing new generations to classic country, but c’mon… don’t kill your contestants by preventing them from being current and relatable…. #Danielle Bradbury.

    If there is any truth and justice in judging this production, then Team Blake will lose someone tonight…

    Here you go…. in my order of best to worst contestant:

    1. Amber Carrington— from a high on Skyfall last week, this week was little bit of a let down, but she is so stinking good…. she has the most complete, sellable listenable voice of any of the contestants

    2. Danielle Bradbury— there is no way that a 16 yr old should sound this good, this complete. Still, her voice lacks the maturity and fullness that Amber’s does and the only thing that will help that is a few more years!! I liked her controlled performance of Stronger and that note gave me the chills both times I listened to it! Still, Blake needs to let her break free from his love affair with all things country-dead. If you take away the glory note, you still have a rich voice that can sing and perform with ease…. something Sascha does not have. Was anyone else curious as to how someone who has “never” performed before already had 500 twitter followers BEFORE The Voice?

    3. Michelle Chamuel— Well, we all heard it… win or not, this lady has a Usher-produced contract in her future.. and rightly so. Something about her… her humbleness, her raw emotion, her conviction on the lyrics. If you mixed Michelle’s emotion and conviction with Danielle’s voice and ability… you would have an unstoppable force. I believe she will be in the final 3, but will & should fall to Amber’s complete package and Danielle’s burgeoning stardom.

    4. The Swon Bros— let’s face it, the only reason these guys are still on the show is because they are a DUO and they are on Team Blake… no discernible difference between them and any other also-ran duo and they haven’t really gone for it yet and we are down to the nitty gritty. I leave them out of the bottom two for another week, simply because Holly is over matched and Sascha is too one dimensional.

    5. Holly Tucker— It has ben nice to see the attitude and grit here of late but her performance of My Wish was dreadful… How do you take high pitched Rascal Flatts song and keep it in the low to mid range? That was a pure mistake… and one she picked. In a field of strong female talent, she is overmatched and her run should end this week or next…

    6. Sascha— I have said it from the start… if you take away her glory notes, what do you have?? Bland… that is what you have. It takes me back to the days of other “fantastic” judging of others like Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks and more… Doing Aretha is bold and all, but you basically gave a Broadway like performance and hit a big note at the end… it gets tired and is one dimensional. Personally… I think she belongs on Broadway and there is nothing wrong with that. It would be a win in anyone’s book.

    The Voice has tapped into something IDOL hit last year and then for some reason forgot all about it… right now, the height of Country music makes it easier for any artist to shine and be marketed… I guarantee you that Candice Glover’s first song will be platinum because you only need 1 million of the 20-somthing voters to buy it, but she will not last. R&B is too flooded with mediocre acts who have no real discernible talent and thus all sound alike. Country right now is the way to go and it is purposely trying to find and put at the forefront its new and younger stars. If The Voice can figure out how to best market their winners (like releasing a song right away and not waiting a year?) they will crush the tired, old and hobbled joke that has become American Idol.

    With that commentary… we should prepare to say adieu to Sascha or Holly…

    • pops says:

      first of all, its spelled SASHA, not saxcha or however you are spelling it. and second of all – she is the ONLY performer who did 2 completely different performances in one night. your entire post based on her being one dimension is not only inaccurate, it is stupid because based on last night alone, let alone the rest of the competition, she has sang the most diverse amount of stuff. if you don’t like her for other reasons, opinions are opinions, but she is not one dimension. see holly tucker in front of lighthouse – what a joke.

  24. Nate Vince says:

    My Own Rankings:

    1. Sasha- Sasha’s style and grace on “Ain’t No Way” was gorgeous beyond compare and a quick break from all of the country monotony. I think “Before He Cheats” was electrifying but, if she’s a mother AND 32, why is she going from style and class in the first song to…. well you get what I’m saying. Nevertheless, she sounded great last night. Grade: A

    2. Amber- The top two were a close one. Amber’s “I Remember You” was vocally on point and I believe tonight was the first time we saw real star quality potential in Amber. However, “Crazy” made me a true Amber fan. There was a lot of up tempo last night and “Crazy” was like a breath of fresh air and you could feel every lyric from the song. Grade: A

    3. Michelle- Michelle Chamuel, Tina Fey’s unknown twin, didn’t wow me like usual. Her first song was very forgettable- which is totally unlike her. She did redeem herself on “I Knew You Were Trouble”. She took a electro-pop smash hit and turned it into a gut wrenching, broken-hearted rock anthem in the chorus. If she would have duplicated her first song, I would have been a little nervous about her potentially going home. Grade: B+

    4. Danielle- I see the hype when it comes to Danielle: She is a likable, cutesy average girl with a nice voice. Look in your playlist- sometimes you want to hear a nice vocalist on a feel good song and not always a vocal masterpiece. I’m still not sure if Taylor Swift or Danielle can actually consider themselves vocalists but, their is some potential when it comes to Danielle. “Shake The Sugar Tree” and “A Little Bit Stronger” kinda had the same affect on me: tolerable enough to nod your head along and hum but not convincing enough for me to stand up and give her thunderous applause. Grade: B-

    5. Swon Brothers- The Swon Brothers have an infectious air about them in person. I’m not really crazy about them as an artist though. “Wagon Wheel” was a little sleepy and “Okie from Muskogee” was an attempt to see their good natured spirits shine through. Grade C+

    6. Holly- I kinda feel bad for Holly. She has a beautiful voice but never really connects emotionally to the song like Amber does. “When God Fearin’ Women Get The Blues” was not memorable at all AND she went first. Blake said the song with attitude (The Band Perry’s Done.) worked for Holly. Wasn’t she about to go home last week. “My Wish” was a lot better and I ALMOST felt some emotion but, it never really made it there. Grade: C

    Order of Being Saved:

    Swon Bros.

    Should Go Home- Swon Bros. or Holly
    Will Go Home- Holly

    Bottom Line: Song choice is everything and if you pick the wrong song like Holly did last night, you will probably go home.

    – Nate Vince

    • Bogey says:

      the fact shat Sasha is 32 and a mother doesn’t mean she should start wearing fat Mom jeans or a nun’s habit. I mean seriously. Where are these “Scarlet Letter” type Puritan comments coming from?? If you can work it.. work it.. because that’s a limited window of opportunity.

      • HTGR says:

        and she still looks like 24 anyway
        Once you turn thirty you have to just sit back in a rocker and can’t take control of the stage or do anything pop or rock?

  25. Milena Di Silvestre says:

    Last night was the epitome of horrendous performances. Not so much the singing as the song choices. I don’t know what the coaches were thinking or even the contestants. Is there a rule about choosing current songs (not Taylor Swift please). Okay so here’s my take on last night. Everyone is bitching about the Blake show. First of all it’s not Blake’s choice who stays and who goes,IT’S THE AUDIENCE’S. So if y’all upset about the all country show, blame those who vote. Blake is just doing what comes naturally for him. He really is a great coach, otherwise he still wouldn’t have all of his contestants. Second, as much as I love the other coaches, their song choices are horrible. Adam, really, Skid Row? I love Usher and he’s doing pretty well for his first time. I also predict Michelle will be top 3. Shakira praises Sasha way too much. She’s okay but I really have a hard time connecting with her. She might be going home. I think that’s the biggest reason Judith and Sara were voted off. I had zero connection with those two and they had killer voices. The Swon Brothers are pretty good, they do need more current songs to sing – Georgia Florida Line comes to mind. Danielle really needs an up tempo song. Amber needs better song choices and Holly’s problem is audience connection. As hard as this is for me to say, Holly might be going home..

  26. RD says:

    Ok,so…really missing Judith-she was a real class act.Now we have to get stuck with Sasha who is not in the same class at all.Nice to look at,though.The Swon bros.need to go.Since when was ‘Wagon Wheel’ a current song? They don’t have one iota of special-ness about them.They are hokey from muskogee.Danielle has lovely tone but she cannot sing with any emotion.You can literally see the words of the song she’s singing pass in front of her eyes.Holly is too generic.Again,nice voice,but…This leaves Amber,who has a real class about her and the ability to easily break out of the pigeonhole of country music,and Michelle,who really does convey emotion like no-one else on the show.I just wish they wouldn’t keep labelling her ‘Indy’ because she’s far from that.A pop artist,pure and simple,but a decent one.Still missing Judith,though.

    • kaba says:

      She’s not even indy she’s into techno. She had a techno band before the voice lol

      • nina says:

        uhhh, it’s possible to be into bother electronic music and indie music. the two are not mutually exclusive. the label ‘indie’ just implies that the music is more experimental, not necessarily mainstream.

        additionally, she likes pop music. she’s been saying that since the beginning, and if you look up old videos of her with her band (Ella Riot), they played covers of pop songs..

        • kaba says:

          I don’t really get what you’re trying to prove I’m just saying her first and foremost choice is techno music

  27. PFC says:

    The full studio version of Michelle’s Taylor Swift song sounds weird (Chipmunk like) . Live is better. So happy that Michelle did so well. I’m cheering for my Miss Amber Carrington too!

  28. DaysGoBy says:

    Michelle got the Swiftie ride into the Top 10. FYI Cassadee Pope released her first single today & it’s at #15 already!! Danielle has the most crystal clear pure voice & seems y’all hate Danielle you apparently hated Cassadee so maybe she’ll win!!!! Was watching the Today show and KLG &Hoda predict Amber will go home!!! Remember Christina’s team was eliminated at this time last season so the one elimination theory is bogus!!! Buh Bye Sasha Before He Cheats was THE WORST this far on the voice!!!

    • PFC says:

      LOL! You read my mind, just posted Cassadee’s single number 15 on itunes. Is she singing that song tonight on The Voice? Did not like Sasha being classy to trashy. LOL

      • Catfish says:

        Exactly – she only gets one pass on this; if it happens again, she will be eliminated and sent to J. Lo’s R Rated dance crew.

    • BillyBob says:

      Michelle got the Swiftie boost to the top 10. Taylor tweeted to her 28 million plus followers about her appearance. Usher is underhanded tricky. But #TEAMDANIELLE is solid. I say from all the polls and itunes standing. Holly is a lock to go home. I still want Danielle to belt out “Wild Angels’. Everyone want’s Danielle to sing a up tempo song. Danielle has mentioned Martina was one of her favorites. The would be a real home run for Danielle. I love that girl!

    • Ed says:

      Get a grip. Nobody “hates” anybody. Not liking someone’s singing is NOT the same as “hating” that person. Danielle’s “crystal clear pure voice” is a matter of perception. Personally, I don’t think her voice is all that, and I am not alone in that opinion.

  29. PFC says:

    Last season’s winner Cassadee Pope. Rocker turned Country. Her Country single ‘Wasting All These Tears’ is number 15 on itunes. Is she is performing tonight on the Voice today?

    • PFC says:

      I meant tonight? I bet Blake is so excited. It’s a Country fest!

    • BillyBob says:

      Yes, Cassadee will return to the show on results night (tonight) to perform her new single, “Wasting All These Tears.” She says she is channeling Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift on the song. Maybe we will have a Taylor and Avril sighting on the show tonight? :)

    • Bogey says:

      I’ll say this.. I wasn’t a huge Pope fan.. but I recognized her polish and her basic professionalism. She rarely if ever hit a bad note. She sang that Blake song better than Miranda, his wife, did.. or at least I much preferred the Voice arrangement. I thought Adam was so spot on when he said at the time that she sounds best doing country. She does. She could follow in the Taylor Swift mode..

  30. Ann VerWiebe says:

    When I was listening to Michelle last night, it was the first time in a long time that I could actually imagine buying a contestant’s CD and really enjoying it.

  31. Timmah says:

    I must be in the minority here, because I don’t find anything the least bit interesting about Michelle’s voice.

  32. DaysGoBy says:

    Cassadee Pope’s new single is #1 on ITunes Country Chart…#TeamBlake has 6 of the Top 10 on the chart!!!!

  33. Catfish says:

    Either Holly or the Swon Bros. will likely go home tonight.

    There’s not enough room left at this point in the competition, for 3 lady country or ballad singers. Sasha should easily make top 4 as this goes on, as her fans are not usually splitting votes or downloads between 2 or 3 of the ladies. ……..

    Danielle is consistent in selling songs each week, and doesn’t bob up and down with flat sales one week and a surge the next. She is in no danger of elimination this week, and Michelle’s performance and sales last night and today, put her above the danger zone for now. .

  34. A says:

    I like that the people who read these recaps seem to agree with me. I really don’t enjoy any of Blake’s singers this Season. Go team Usher!

  35. DaysGoBy says:

    Cassadee Pope just reached #10 overtaking Pink’s Just Give Me A Reason!!! Isn’t this an awfully fast climb on the day the single is release??? Anyone Know???

  36. HTGR says:

    Well I guess you title tonight: If You Can’t Beat Them, Join Them. hah. And join them and show them they did. (although Michelle held fort)

  37. HTGR says:

    Anyway, wow loved Sasha! Michelle was totally awesome too! Amber was really good and Danielle pretty much too.
    That Okee Skogie song though…. way too country country for me and I didn’t really like the song at all even regardless of that and it just seemed kinda simple.

  38. HTGR says:

    Well I’m glad you are finally giving Sasha some credit, at last. Although if you hadn’t been down on her so far all along there is no way you wouldn’t give that last song of hers a full on straight out A or even A+! Come on she brought the vocals big time on it and OWNED the stage. If certain on Idol had done that it would be A+++ score. (although some of that may just be that you tend to hate to part with A or A+ for anything not Idol, more than a Sasha thing perhaps, even though it doesn’t always seem fair to always boost up Idol scores relatively, then again a B for her for her first song was still pretty weak and honestly, still pretty damn ridiculously under graded, but at least you are not totally tanking her for who knows what reasons). I mean she brought that country song the way none of the country singers has brought a country song.
    I’m stunned you only Michelle a B for her first song! That was great! And you’ve been loving her. What???
    Surprised you score Danielle only a B- for her first song. Yeah a little timid and shaky to start, but she got into it well after that. Maybe it is the whole if you are not an Idol contestant you get marked down 1/3rd to 2/3rds of a grade thing?
    Yeah Amber was awesome on the Skid Row.
    Agree with you on Okie Skogee. Worst song choice of the season for me and maybe any season. And a song to do much with on top. Reminded of the whole GOP starting up the phony family values thing to get votes and it was soooo country country and as I said didn’t seem to give them much to even do with it anyway.
    Yeah Michelle did well with the Swift song another awesome one. I wouldn’t put it above Sasha’s second song though and I’d probably tie it with Amber’s Skid Row.
    Basically I realllllly loved Sasha! Loved Michelle! Realllly liked Amber. Liked Danielle. For my top four.

  39. Sara says:

    I just re-listened to Amber’s songs from last night, and holy crap, she really killed it last night! I just cannot get over the way she and Adam reinterpreted that Skid Row song, which has always been one of my absolute favorite songs (doesn’t hurt that Sebastian Bach has always been one of my guilty pleasures). And Amber’s version of Crazy is such a beautiful dedication to the original. Blake didn’t give the song it just due by saying “it was good” in such a begrudging, really stretching to give a compliment way. I think he is really nervous because Amber could be that rare country artist that brings non-country fans into the fold and he is bitter that she’s not on his team. But I think it is so much better for her to be on Adam’s team because he is helping her develop into an artist, instead of a cookie-cutter country singer like Danielle or Holly. Blake should do make those girls reinvent a non-country song into a country song like Adam did with Skid Row. It will help them develop in the long run, I think.

  40. Kimski says:

    I think the final 3 will be Amber, Danielle and Sasha or at least I think it should be. I know Danielle may seem a lacking in the emotion area but she is so young and singing on The Voice is the first time she sang in front of a group and she’s singing in front of millions and it is so effortless for her. When Amber sang Skyfall last week I knew she was something special. The Swon Brothers just don’t do it for me. I like Holly ok and I like Michelle but I would love for Michelle to loose those big glasses and come out dressed to the hilt and sing a Heart or Pat Benatar song and blow us all away. Just a chance to really hear her pipes really soar.

    • kaba says:

      Why do people want michelle to quit doing the things that set her apart.
      They’re her glasses for God’s sake she doesn’t wear them for the sake of making a fashion show statement. Those are her honest to goodness glasses.

  41. Catfish says:

    From NBC Entertainment News::

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 29, 2012 – NBC has green-lighted “The Winner Is,” a new vocal game show that showcases talented singers of all ages – soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals – all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels.

    The contestants will be judged by a special in-studio panel led by one celebrity judge (to be announced) as they compete for an ultimate cash prize of $1 million. In a unique twist, they will have the chance to negotiate a deal with their opponent. Before hearing their fate the contestants can choose to step out of the competition in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue on in the game.

    The show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”). John de Mol is the executive producer.

  42. Catfish says:

    NBC News –UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 29, 2012 – NBC has green-lighted “The Winner Is,” a new vocal game show that showcases talented singers of all ages – soloists and groups that include adults, kids, teens, seniors, families and professionals – all of whom will compete in head-to-head singing duels.

    The contestants will be judged by a special in-studio panel led by one celebrity judge (to be announced) as they compete for an ultimate cash prize of $1 million. In a unique twist, they will have the chance to negotiate a deal with their opponent. Before hearing their fate the contestants can choose to step out of the competition in exchange for a predetermined cash prize or continue on in the game.

    The show comes from Talpa Media USA, Inc. (NBC’s “The Voice”). John de Mol is the executive producer.

  43. Catfish says:

    it didn’t post, then did twice, nobody’s fault.

  44. TheLamberts says:

    Michelle song 1 = B; song 2 = A minus
    Danielle – song 1 = B; song 2 = B plus
    Sasha- song 1 = B; song 2 = B plus
    Swon Brothers- song 1 = B minus; song 2 = C
    Amber- song 1 = B plus; song 2 = B plus
    Holly- song 1 = C plus; song 2 = C minus

    Should go home = Holly
    Will go home = Holly (99.9% certain) :)

  45. Vetle says:

    Gotta love Usher and Michelle for consistently keeping it current! And taking risks! I mean, she picked Robyn a few weeks ago. That’s just awesome. And just a B for Somewhere Only We Know? Meeeh! I felt she poured her heart into it. I had to rewatch it twice.

    She had an amazing night, at least for me.

  46. Sasha tried something new and it worked.lets give her credit as a minority in the bias competition.2 genres and she actually kicked it. Shakira influence the strip tease was tacky and was sleazy as hell. However it is true that no one else could have “brang” that Aretha song, but Sasha AllenFierce. Why? lets face it all the contestants are weak copies of Carrie,and Swift and every other blond A-typical what has destroyed the creativity In music full stop. Eye like Blake maturity , but he needs to experiment more with his singers choices as they are really boring boring boring. Michelle and Sasha should stay.The Snore brothers and robots x 2 should leave as..there are other better artists that are original on the market. Not watching any more as Judith has gone : (

    • George TheOnion says:

      It wasn’t a striptease. Was it in a suggestive manner? NO, it wasn’t. It wasn’t tacky or sleazy. Hell, she didn’t even show cleavage. When Adam performs without his shirt, it’s sexy. When a woman throws off a sheet, it’s SLEAZY? I sense a double standard.
      If Beyonce did that, you wouldn’t think that, would you? You would think it was confident and sexy.

      • George you are an onion. Not a fan of Adam ..but what can he do he cannot sing, so, any distraction is useful.He really missed his calling as a nervous comedian. Only he should keep his shirt on yew!

        As for Ms Sasha she is a beautiful young woman who can sing.She does not need any adage to promote herself she has it all. Shakira is not the right mentor for her she praises her unconditionally and provides tacky gimmicky coaching , so Sasha is unable to grow and learn.As its my post eye feel that it was sleazy and unnecessary,. If you recall the same thing happened on the voice with Amber.Bottom votes and show a leg. But in Ambers case it did not work. Lets agree to disagree on this one. Ok

  47. ANB says:

    “flummoxed ” about hearing “Poem to a Horse”in what sense? Its a great song