The Voice Top 5 Performance Night Recap: Semi Homemade [Updated]

The Voice Recap Season 4Things got viciously, competitively real on The Voice‘s Season 4 Top 5 performance episode. How real, you ask?

How about Adam Levine declaring that “from a technical standpoint it doesn’t get more proficient” than human ray of sunshine Danielle “I’ll make more money by 20 than you will in a lifetime” Bradbery’s TimMcGraw cover? Or Shakira declaring “you did good” after Amber Carrington’s disappointing “Firework”?

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Okay, I know, those critiques qualify as faint praise at worst, but THIS IS THE VOICE — BTW, any time the phrase “this is The Voice” is uttered, it must be done in the style of the NBC megahit’s jingle — where all critiques must be carefully buried between the lines.

In other words, Adam might’ve well hurled a bucket of pig’s blood on Danielle’s mauve mullet dress, while Shakira’s words landed like a foul, month-old tomato smack in the middle of Amber’s face.

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Anyhow, regardless of how the judges tried to subtly signal their favorites, Tuesday’s results show should be verrry interesting. Two acts are going home, while three will advance to next week’s finale. My best guess is that Michelle Chamuel has enough momentum — and uniqueness — to sail to the Top 3, especially when she was rock-solid again tonight. And while season-long front-runner Danielle Bradbery hit her share of flat notes (musically and emotionally), that wade out into the audience to hug her mom and dad probably resulted in an avalanche of votes.

Which means Sasha Allen, Amber Carrington and The Swon Brothers are fighting for the last chair left in the circle. With that in mind, let’s cut to tonight’s set list and letter grades, shall we?

The Swon Brothers: Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” (Contestant’s Choice) | If The Voice was a theme park, Team Blake would be stuck at the Bumper Cars or the Merry Go Round. Which is my snarky way of saying dude and his singers have exhibited a very limited taste for danger over the course of Season 4. “Turn the Page,” however, found the Swon Brothers graduating to the Tilt-a-Whirl, as they took a ’70s rock classic and delivered it with 20 percent more country flavor. I didn’t entirely buy Zach as the road-hardened protagonist, and Colton looked like he was rocking grandma’s paisley blouse as it was being devoured by a plaid cowboy shirt, but the big notes at the end landed perfectly. I may never download a Swon Brothers track off iTunes, but I can’t deny that this was their best week in the competition to date. Grade: B+

Sasha Allen: Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (Contestant’s Choice) | You don’t steal a steak from a hungry lioness. You don’t pick a fight with Wladimir Klitschko. And you don’t cover “I Will Always Love You” on a reality singing competition. Because in all of the above scenarios, chances are you’re gonna come out maimed and bloodied. And sure enough, as Sasha botched the timing of the ballad’s delicate intro, it began her descent toward Tuesday-night elimination. The excessive vibrato and multiple flat notes didn’t help, either, and nor did the harp and fog and white robe-dress that had everything except a pair of clip-on wings and Shakira shouting “Angel! Angel!” But to me, the biggest issue with the performance was an odd emotional disconnect — which I suppose I should’ve predicted based on Sasha’s interview package and her dedication of the song to her kids. I mean, how can you rehearse “IWALY” all week and remain blissfully unaware that it’s more than the sum of its refrain. Dolly Parton’s classic ballad is a woman’s bittersweet goodbye to a love affair that’s not destined to work out. You don’t sing, “So goodbye/ Please don’t cry/ We both know I’m not what you, you need” to your children! Grade: C+

Michelle Chamuel: Zedd feat Foxes’ “Clarity” (Usher’s Choice) | Michelle will never be a perfectly flawless singer — note how Blake underplayed his praise with an “it’s always solid” remark — but that’d be like complaining that a shark isn’t winning a foot race against a cheetah. Razor-like precision isn’t Michelle’s game. She ultimately seems more interested in using the textures of her voice — the high quavering swoop of her falsetto, the banshee wail of her belting — to harness the power of a song’s lyrics. In her hands, “Clarity” wasn’t just another radio hit for boogie-down purposes, but a plaintive question about the fate of a relationship sung by a woman who manages to hold the eye without the need for backup dancers or crazy costumes or superfluous minutiae. Also, is it wrong for me to admit I also fancy Michelle for the sole fact that she tackles alt-electronic music on a consistent basis — and that, alongside thrash metal, is one of the least likely genres you’re gonna hear covered on a reality singing competition. Grade: A

Danielle Bradbery: Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me” (Blake’s Choice) | There’s no denying Danielle showcased a ton of vocal power in the rousing final refrain of “Please Remember Me,” but her interpretive power proved far less impressive. Nothing about her expression or tone or delivery matched the content of a song with the lyric, “When I can’t hurt you anymore, you’ll find better love.” If I didn’t know better (yes, that’s a Nashville reference), I’d have thought maybe Blake was sabotaging Danielle by giving her a song that was ill-suited to her tender age. But the floorlit closeups of Blake with dollar signs spinning in his eyes told a different tale. Apparently, it doesn’t matter what Danielle sings or how she sings it or how little creativity or growth she shows: The train is moving too quickly to try to wave it down with logic or constructive criticism. Grade: C+

Amber Carrington: Katy Perry’s “Firework” (Contestant’s Choice) | Amber’s usually such a dominator, vocally speaking, that it was jarring to hear her struggle with her lower register and then go sharp when she attempted to hit big notes on what Katy Perry says is her most challenging hit to perform live. It didn’t help Amber that the band’s arrangement cranked the strings, drums and background singers up to 11, but that only raises a question about why Adam and Amber didn’t cook up a more interesting countrified twist — or do something to move the performance past middling karaoke. Grade: C+

The Swon Brothers: Loggins and Messina’s “Danny’s Song” (Blake’s Choice) | The Swon Brothers may have outlasted a half-dozen artists more interesting and/or distinctive than themselves — Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons, Grace Askew, Luke Edgemon, Christian Porter, Jessica Childress, Midas Whale, Caroline Glaser, Shawna P and Warren Stone all come to mind — but Blake has coached them brilliantly. “Danny’s Song” — a sappy but effective ode to a newborn baby — showcased Zach’s skills at the piano and the tightest harmonies the boys have cooked up to date, while stretching their artistry in a slightly folksier direction. Was this a home run? Not quite. But sometimes you can outscore your opposition with a series of doubles and singles and occasional triples than you can with a combo of grand slams and strikeouts. (Side note: I hope I didn’t both that baseball metaphor too badly.) Grade: A-

Sasha Allen: Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” (Shakira’s Choice) | With the wacky, no-way-they’re-gonna-blow-up-on-iTunes song choices Shakira keeps giving her, Sasha must be starting to feel just a little abused like a coffee machine in an office. (Click here if you don’t get that reference.) But while everything about “Bad Girls” was daft and strategically unsound — oh how I cringed at the sight of the word “SASHA” appearing in giant lit-up letters — the fact is that it was sung pretty darn well. I mean, the young mother might be a Broadway star in pop diva’s clothing, but she worked the stage moreso than most of her rivals, executed a series of choreographed dance moves and didn’t miss a single note along the way. Sasha oddly left out the beltiest line — “I got what you want, you got what I need/ I’ll be your baby come and spend it on me” — and I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I was hoping Shaki would call in Kris Allen to wash some of the disco out of the jam, but I can’t deny the element of risk or the power of the vocal. Grade: A-

Danielle Bradbery: Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am” (Contestant’s Choice) | If I were a cynic, I’d be rolling my eyes and yelling “Come ON!” at Blake using photo albums from Danielle’s childhood as a backdrop to her brown-sugar sweet rendition of “Who I Am.” But wait, I am a cynic, and my eyes are rolling. Which isn’t to say that the whole performance — save for a few questionable notes in her lower register — wasn’t the ultimate get-out-the-vote vehicle (as well as a showcase for her seriously powerful pipes). I mean, even my jaded heart melted a little as Danielle walked out in the audience to finish her song in the warm embrace of her mama and her daddy. But if that wasn’t enough, Blake reminded voters that Danielle is “every bit the girl that you hope she is.” How long before they create an American Girl doll in her image? Grade: B+

Amber Carrington: Maroon 5’s “Sad” (Adam’s Choice) | Speaking of rolling my eyes and yelling “Come ON!”…I’ll admit I was a little dubious about Adam selecting one of his own band’s tracks for Amber — that is until the fog began to roll across the stage, an overhead camera captured Amber standing in a single spotlight and she began to deliver one of the most effortlessly gorgeous vocals this show has ever witnessed. I loved the way Amber’s voice was front and center in the mix — with minimal background singers and subtle instrumentation — the better to soak up the ache and regret that infused her every word, from the desperation of “I’m scared to death that there may not be another one like this” to the final falsetto runs of “I’m so sad.” I never make a Kelly Clarkson comparison lightly, but Amber’s versatility and ability to interpret country, pop and soul, definitely is reminiscent of the American Idol Season 1 champ, no? If the Voice franchise really wants a crossover superstar, maybe Amber should be the one it pushes, not Danielle. Grade: A+

Michelle Chamuel: Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (Contestant’s Choice) | First, a small complaint: Can we please have a moratorium on clocks/hourglass imagery during any/all future performances of “Time After Time” on reality singing competitions? Because between Michelle’s rendition and Beatrice Miller’s on The X Factor last year, that’s two too many in the course of about eight months. That gripe aside, Michelle gave another stellar vocal on her second Cyndi Lauper ballad of the season, bringing a sweet restraint to the opening half before playing with the arrangement and going for some unexpected glory notes in the latter stages of the number. As Shakira noted, Michelle is on a “permanent crescendo” (that’d be a great name for a band or a race horse, no?) and the extended “lost” over the final chorus drove that point home. Even better, though, is the way Michelle personalizes every lyric, as though she’s somehow whispering it directly into your ear. “You are the winner,” declared a beaming Usher. If it turns out that “Coach” is incorrect, though, at least in terms of Season 4 voting, I really hope the collaboration continues, and he can use the Bieber machine to launch Michelle into the recognition and stardom she deserves. Grade: A-

Should go home: Danielle Bradbery, Sasha Allen
Will go home: Sasha Allen, Amber Carrington

And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Season 4 Top 5 performance night? What did you think of the coaches’ comments? Who was your favorite? Which two singers are 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. Danny says:

    I like all the contestants. I’ve liked em all since the top 10, and have no qualms as to which are the final 3. With that in mind, here’s my take on tonight.

    Round 1-

    Usher- Yea, he’s not a contestant, but I’m gonna rank him w/ the rest. I thought the song was so/so. He’s got some moves though.

    Swon Brothers- I thought this was really good. I’m in the minority I’m sure, but I liked them more than anyone in the first round. Part of that might be because I’m partial to Bob Seger, but this was the only performance of the first round that I enjoyed.

    Sasha- Decent but not great.

    Michelle- Ruh rooh. This one didn’t hit me. I think she’s going to be fine. I think a lot of people will disagree w/ me here and think she did well.

    Danielle- Similar to Sasha, decent but not great.

    Amber- Ruh rooh again. I think she struggled w/ it.

    Round 1
    1)Swon Brothers 2/3) Sasha/Danielle (and Usher) 4/5) Michelle/Amber

    Round 2-

    Swon Brothers- I thought this was pretty good. Not as good as their first one, but better than anyone else in round 1. I had to laugh that they were given their own week, but it wasn’t a full 7 days. I wonder when the Okie jokes will start flying.

    Sasha- I thought this was better than her first round. This one was fun and I thought she did a nice job.

    Danielle- Whoaaaaaaaaaa!!!! She was really good on that one!! I’d never heard of this song before. I really liked it. IMO it was the song of the night. One thing that has me curious though, is I thought she was 15. If I saw that baby pic date right, it said 1996. Maybe it was 1998, but that had me confused.

    Amber- This was a real nice comeback for her. Heartfelt and warm. I really enjoyed it. I’d never heard that song either. Adam said she sang it better than he did. I’m inclined to believe him.

    Michelle- WOW! WOW!! WOW!! I liked this one a lot too.

    Round 2- I thought 3 of them were excellent and the other 2 I liked. This was a much better round than round 1. I’d have it 1) Danielle 2) Amber 3) Michelle 4) Swon Brothers 5) Sasha.

    Though I’d have em #1 for the night, I think the Swon Brothers are going home. They’re the only ones who had 2 songs I liked. I don’t think most of the country will agree w/ me though. Since I think the voting on this show is mostly fair, I can live w/ it w/out any major gripes. Whoever stays, I’ll be happy with. Whoever leaves, I’ll wish them well.

    • ETG says:

      I think Danielle and Michelle are in, for sure. I would like to see the Swons take the #3 spot, but they are definitely a long shot…..

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        I can’t believe I’m am saying this… but I really liked the Swan Bros tonight, especially the second song. I agree that Danielle and Michelle should and will nail the Top 2 spots. The second round made it harder to decide who would land the third spot. The first round was pretty dismal, except Michelle (who was just okay). They just all looked really tired in the first round to me. Anyway, this is gonna be exciting…

        • ETG says:

          I thought “Danny’s Song” was a BRILLIANT choice for the Swons, and showed them for the artists and entertainers that they are, and will be :-)

          • The Beach says:

            I think it was very smart of the bros to perform songs that broadened their appeal.

          • AlyB says:

            They really did sound great tonight. I actually liked their song choices a lot. I would have been more likely to support them if they had shifted into this much earlier in the competition.

          • Sheilalala says:

            I have to agree, old Swonnies did well! Amber and that cursed Danielle won the night for me though, with Michelle a close 2nd. Dratted Firework wasn’t the best tho, doh! Please let Amber survive tomo America, she’s so damn amazing and has at least 1 more killer song in her..

        • Gloria says:

          Can’t they just send ONE person home tomorrow??? And two next week? There are too many people we like to just get rid of them so quickly!

          • Robin says:

            I agree! That one person can be Sasha… :/

          • Gloria says:

            @ Robin – Yes! Sasha should go home and let the others stay for another week. Pleeeeeeeaaaaaasssse.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            I know. Right?! I think this is a persistent problem with the show. They never really give the audience enough time to “get to know” the contestants before getting rid of clumps of them.

        • BillyBob says:

          @ Teeny, Now everyone is jumping on the formerly Snore Brothers, into Swon Brothers bandwagon. Exciting indeed!

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @BillyBob. You are a hoot! It is hard to deny their consistency and what they do – they do well. They just nail likability (even though it took me a while to like them :) ). I have mad respect for them… I really like the bearded dude’s voice. When he is on, he is stellar. And his bro is the perfect complement as far as technique.

      • Lydia's Bones says:


        • BillyBob says:

          Looks like it. Swons for the 2nd slot even. Danielle is a lock for the finals. Amber could even sneak by Michelle?

          • senor skippy says:

            I would love to see Amber sneak by Michelle and bump her out of the top three. A week has not gone by that I don’t understand the praise that is heaped on her. I just don’t get it. She swallows the ends of her phrases, her squat looks gawky at best, and I truly believe that if she wins, she’ll be another forgettable winner with no star power. I just…don’t …get…it.

    • Ohmy says:

      What was that odd noise in the mix under Time After Time? It sounded as if some was hanging tin sheets backstage. Or doing the old school thunder effect. Really messed up the vibe.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yup, there was something weird on that song. It didn’t effect me as it usually does if done well.

      • HTGR says:

        Yeah at first I thought it was part of the stage falling down, but it was meant to be there, almost like the band used rolling sheet metal effect or something.

      • AlyB says:

        At first i thought someone was using a nail gun on a tin roof somewhere but I think they meant to do that to play off the lyric “the drum beats out of time”…and it did. I didn’t like that at all though overall I thought she sounded great on the song.

    • HTGR says:

      Hmm I thought Sasha took round 1 with Michelle second.
      Danielle was really good on the second one, but song of the night is taking things too far.

    • Canadian Fan says:

      Don’t know what made Micheal give Danielle such low grades. FYI, both songs
      “please remember me” and “who I am” already broke into top 30 on itune chart. By tomorrow, they will be in top 20, if not top 10. So someone needs to get better tuned, probably not Danielle for that matter.

      • Canadian Fan says:

        Spoke too soon. Both of Danielle’s songs are already in the top 20! Mark my word, one or both will break into top 10 before long! Amazing achievement for any singer. SAD for Micheal’s prediction and out-of-tuned assessment(: sorry.

        • how do you check the itunes charts

          • Yours_Truly says:

            Do you have it downloaded on your computer? If not you can go to the iTunes Store (google it) and it will take you to the home page. Then click on “Top Singles” on the right hand side and you will see the list. For some reason the online version of the charts doesn’t accurately reflect the current standings…

          • AlyB says:

            Go to the iTunes Store main music page. On the right hand side around the mide of the page you’ll see the top songs section. Click on top songs and it will take you to the page of the top 200 singles.

          • Mikko Makitalo says:

            I put the words “emusicality the voice charts” into Google, and so from that emusicality’s site that Google gives I can see all those lists, also the updated lists

          • tnsmoke says:

            The best place to check all the iTunes charts (and this place will list hundreds of positions instead of just top 30 or so) is go to LivePopBar dot com. (not sure if a actual link was allowed on here).

          • tnsmoke says:

            I meant to type LivePopBars add the s to the name when going to it at .com

        • jessiesk says:

          she can sing, but there is no emotional connection to any of the songs she sings. So for that reason I find her just ok

        • Nephtalia says:

          I really love Danielle. She has Superstar quality for sure.

      • Matrix says:

        Michael has lost all credibility when he talks about Danielle hitting flat notes. You may say she doesn’t emotionally connect- although I don’t even agree with that- but she is by far the most spot on pitch perfect contestant in the competition. What is he listening to?

        • HTGR says:

          Her second song really was quite good.

        • MC says:

          I have to agree with you. I know MS is immensely dedicated to Michelle and I would say he is clearly biased. The comment about “flat notes” was absurdly ridiculous.

          • AlyB says:

            I don’t think she was flat in terms of pitch but her performance was flat as a half cooked pancake falling in a gooey splat on the stage. That was not good. That’s why she got judges comments about being technically very good but no one said she did great. I know the legions of Danielle fans are out buying the single and I have no doubt she’ll make the final but to me, that first song was very dull. The second song was better and I’m sure her going out to hug her parents (did anyone else immediately think of AI’s Lauren and her I love mommy song?) made everyone who loves her say awwww and vow to vote her through so mission accomplished. Danielle has a naturally beautiful voice but she needs several years of emotional growth and a lot of work to become a good performer. Otherwise she’s just a young kid with a good voice novelty act.

          • MC says:

            @AlyB – I’m sorry you feel that way. I disagree about the comparison to Lauren. It is just difficult to find the right songs for someone her age, but I did not feel manipulated as I did when Lauren performed on AI. I honestly believe Danielle is much more talented than Lauren and she doesn’t need any family moments. This song was in her wheelhouse and played to her strengths. I don’t think it will take “several years” for her to become a good performer. She’s much closer than that. She’s only a year from being 18 and the late teens are usually a period of quick emotional growth for singers. She’s already a good (if not excellent) singer and the emotional connections will soon become very real to her. I can still listen to her previous vocals, such as “Maybe It was Memphis,” and really enjoy them. Try re-visiting Danielle’s blind audition of “Mean.” Blake, Usher and Adam all turned because they know that Danielle can be marketed almost immediately and her talent makes her anything but a “novelty act.” Danielle is the one person who can move past the confines of this show without any problem and will improve just due to natural growth. How many others can say that? Hint: None. I’m concerned, for example, that Michelle’s awkwardness and quirkiness (and squatting) could be a tough sell outside the confines of a tv show.

          • ETG says:

            @MC. For you to say that “Danielle is the ONE person who can move past the confines of this show without any problem” is a real stretch. In fact, it’s just flat out-and-out WRONG. Danielle has her talents, but to try to market her as “street ready” is ludicrous. I think due to her age and inexperience, she’d be the one MOST LIKELY to have problems outside of the show’s confinement and protection. The Swons are ready, and maybe Michelle. Not Danielle.

          • MC says:

            @ETG – Thank you for your reply. We have to agree to disagree. I’m not sure how any prediction can be wrong before it has or has not happened. That’s a new one to me. I never said Danielle was “street ready.” That’s your term. I would never use that expression. I actually said that Danielle is “the one person who can move past the confines of this show without any problem.” Did I say that she’s going to move beyond the show next week? No. Next month? No. Six months from now? Maybe, but I didn’t specify a “street” date. I simply believe that Danielle will have hit songs and sustained success (very important term) sooner than the others in the top five. Danielle’s consistency in itunes sales speaks volumes for her appeal. Now imagine that she’s going to improve continually for at least the next few years and thereby build on an already strong base. Look at the relatively quick success of Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina on the country charts (and other examples from the past, such as Leann Rimes and the pop-oriented Debbie Gibson). Do I think Danielle is more talented than they are and also has a broader appeal beyond hardcore country fans? To quote an infamous former governor of Alaska, “You betcha!” Danielle is not a finished product at this moment, but it would be a mistake to think she has to wait for lightning to strike. Watch Danielle’s blind audition of “Mean.” Adam, Usher and Blake all agreed on her tremendous appeal. Usher and L.A. Reid, among others, love to groom young singers for immediate success. This trend could easily include Danielle and it would not surprise me at all.

        • kaba says:

          She hit flat notes tonight, does someone need to flex their musical credibility to establish that?

          • ivan says:

            I agree>>>I’m for Danielle but she came flat in the chorus part of Please Remember me….but the studio version will be very great though…

          • Matrix says:

            If she was flat, than no one else came close to hitting the melody. It’s about being honest about the performance. Emotional connection is a subjective critique, but whether someone is singing sharp or flat is fairly objective. This girl has a very special vocal quality which is why she is selling so well.

          • JSR says:

            I’ll flex them for you- She did NOT hit flat notes! The notes ya’ll seem to think were flat are half step notes as going from an A to an A flat or G sharp; very hard to do vocally but incredible to listen to. It can sound flat but it isn’t,it’s built into the harmony and also creates a dissonance which makes you sometimes want to cringe even when you sing it. Next time listen before you make a judgement. Songs are not all written in whole notes!

        • Timmah says:

          Totally agree. He hates her and the bias is showing. Those grades are a joke.

        • I am not trying to brag here…but i have perfect pitch…the moment I heard danielle’s voice i was stunned…her voice her pitches are spot on perfect…clear…pure…in fact she is the only singer other than the swons who DOES sing the pitches…singing is ultimately about pitch…with the right song Danielle should win how about Bee Gees “Run to Me”, Pet Clark’s “My Love” John Denver’s “Country Roads” I think would seal the deal…swon bros song choice matters…I am tired of Michelle’s schtick..the squats etc.

        • jazzy says:

          Slezak def. lost his credibility re: Danielle. She’s an amazing young talent, like a Carrie Underwood, she just has it. I don’t know what flat notes he’s talking about, but for argument sake so what? Slezak is always going to go for the quirky girl which is fine, but don’t put down Danielle to bolster your case (Slezak) for your quirky girl du jour. Although Michelle is great.

          • silverrr says:

            “Slezak is always going to go for the quirky girl”. I’m sorry, I had to laugh. If Michael is always going for the quirky girl, then how come in this season’s AI he was rooting for Candice Glover? She’s anything but quirky. And to say he lost his credibility just because he’s giving the perfect girl a bad grade is hilarious. Danielle’s pitch is normally spot on, sure, but he’s right in saying that she gives no emotional connections to her songs. And I’ll take Michelle or Amber or even SASHA’S emotionally-driven songs over a pitch-perfect song any day.

          • MC says:

            @silverr- You do realize that it’s impossible to support the quirky, anti-cheerleader girl when there isn’t one available? Candice might have been his second favorite if there had been such an alternative.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Agreed. I think the second song of Danielle’s was the best she’s done all season. It hit on all levels – performance, technique and there was tons of depth. She nailed it. Definitely an A grade, for sure.

        • Matrix says:

          @silverrr- MS loses credibility with me when he says Danielle “hit her share of flat notes”. It’s fine if he doesn’t like her performance, but give credit where credit is due. You agree sh was pitch perfect. To say she was hitting flat notes is akin to making things up to make your case.

    • John says:

      Michelle Chamuel is terrible. She is an average karaoke singer at best. I just don’t get the appeal. I guess being weird is enough these days

      • Princess Adora says:

        For me, Michelle is my favourite because she sings all the songs I love (that I never get to hear on singing competitions, and rarely on radio), plus I feel like she’s emotionally connected to them, and she has a better voice than Katy Perry – which these days is all we can ask for. I could live with less squatting, but I’ll always forgive her for it because she sang a Robyn song on American television.
        With Danielle…she has a lovely voice, but I don’t feel like she’s connecting with them, she’s just singing the words. Like if Picasso did a paint by numbers or a connect the dots, it wouldn’t be art, even though the artist IS talented. Not sure if that made sense. Maybe it’s just a matter of different musical taste buds!

      • JSR says:

        Be careful who you call “weird”. Michelle is not weird. If you watched the show with enough sensitivity you might have noticed that underneath the glasses and that powerful voice is a beautiful young woman who never thought she was. She lacked that kind of confidence in herself and Usher saw that and gave it back to her. She developed stage habits such as the squats etc. we have all commented on and perhaps she may let go of them but the bigger issue was letting her find her true self and Usher helped her do that. It’s called “Baby Steps” my friend and that’s what he took with her. She has incredible range and will grow into an amazing performer. She legitimately wears those glasses to see….the rest will come. Just wait for it….

  2. Dan (Haleyloony) says:

    Who should be in the finale? Amber and Michelle absolutely belong there, and the next spot would go to… maybe Sasha.

    • ETG says:

      Realistically, based on previous trends, Michelle and Danielle will be there. I have been an Amber fan, but “Firework” killed that for me tonight; her 2nd round was much better, but I don’t think she’ll be able to dig out of the hole….

      • Joline says:

        Agree but Amber KILLED “Sad” and the iTunes recording sounds like it should be on the radio today. She is so versatile – country, pop, soul – I want her to stay so she can make a record.

        • Danny says:

          So now do they just have to get 1 of 2 songs in the Itunes top 10 for the bonus votes?

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          She did kill Sad. It made me sad that she didn’t kill the other song as well. I hope she does well regardless, she is really talented. Other contestants might have more fans to get them to the end at this point….

        • AlyB says:

          I just tried to listed to Sad on Itunes and I got a message that the item I requested was not available at the US store. I noticed it wasn’t charting, I wonder if that’s why. Most people like to listen first.

          • Joline says:

            It’s working now (to preview listen) but I had an issue earlier when I tried to download it. Something funky was going on but should be fixed. Sounds just as good as the performance on the show – definitely worth the $$.

          • AlyB says:

            @Joline Thanks for letting me know. Just went back and checked it off my phone instead of my computer and it’s working. It really sounds fantastic. Her studio recordings are great.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Yes, Firework was absolutely awful to me. Sometimes I wonder if the thing in their ear throws them off. Honestly, the entire first round was off. I thought both Amber and Sasha were gonna nail their songs. I think Sasha should be able to sing that Whitney song in her sleep – and it was just pitchy, she came in late and I could barely hear the first quarter of the song. She sounded tentative or sick or something. And I really wanted her to sound great tonight. Anyway, I just don’t think Amber has more momentum and fans to beat the Swans for the final spot. Shame. I like her. This is where things get really tough…

        • Gloria says:

          Firework is a really, really tough song to sing live and Adam should have steered her away from it. I blame him, really.

          • Yours_Truly says:

            Yeah – it’s Adam’s job as a mentor at this point to help with song selection (and let his contestant know if there is a train wreck coming). Even if Katy Perry had been there to sing the song it would have been on the bottom. It’s too hard of a song to sing without some crazy stage production and auto tune.

          • Tiffanie says:

            I so agree cant believe after this whole season fireworks probably has done her in. Adam should realize how he messed up by not telling her how bad she sounded. She deserves to be a finalist shes been the best all along

        • Danny says:

          @Teeny- Firework is absolutely awful when Katy Perry sings it too, just like most of the rest of her songs. I know she sells a lot of records and people like her. Then again, drug dealers sell a lot of their stuff too. That doesn’t mean it’s any good.

          That thing in their ear, from interviews I’ve heard, most contestants really like it. AI didn’t have them before (I think) season 10. I’ve heard a few AI interviews of people in the past wish it had been around in their season. It’s been mentioned enough by past contestants who wish they’d had it that it must be a pretty decent gizmo for em. It’s just when there’s a glitch, it can mess ya up.

          • Jay says:

            I thought I saw Amber take her earpiece out midway through Firework. Too bad the damage was already done.

        • HTGR says:

          Sasha was just a bit nervous at the very start and the band was a bit loud then too. Sometimes she is a touch shaky at the start of her first song of a night. But you could tell she has a mad voice and she quickly gets past it. C+ was absurd beyond all reckoning.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            Sasha has talent. That is for sure. I think everyone who is still in the competition deserves to still be here. I have no problem with her. I think the home town visits must taken an energy and emotional toll as well – especially if children are involved.. The tough part about the Top 5 is that everyone has talent so it will hard to see anyone go…

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      Danielle will be in the finale. Her packaging, editing and song choices were on all on tonight. She has been a lock from the beginning – she would really have to suck tonight and maybe not show up or something to not make it in. But she did show up and posted one of her best nights. There is no way she’s not making it. I would love Amber and Michelle to be the other 2. But I must have Michelle in the top 3. She has earned that. Not so sure if Amber has been as consistent. I think the Swan Bros have been more consistent than her. I just like her more…

      • Matrix says:

        I agree

      • The Beach says:

        I loved Amber’s rendition of “Sad” but I think you’re exactly right about consistency. The Swons have honed their craft through many years and bars while Amber is still very green. When Amber is on, she is as good or better than any of the other contestants but she’s not as consistent, unfortunately.

  3. Ohmy says:

    Not sure about that round. Nothing stood out.

  4. Will says:

    I’m sincerely hoping Sasha makes it to the top 3. She’s been my favorite since her audition.

    • Will says:

      And Michelle needs to make it. Amber would probably be my preferred third, but since Danielle will undoubtedly get it, I’d be okay with just the former two.

    • BillyBob says:

      Don’t think so. Both of Sasha’s songs are dragging on the bottom of itunes. Swons and Danielle are #7 and #8 on itunes. So they are in like flynn! Maybe Amber could squeeze by Michelle for the 3rd spot?

  5. thedeviledadvocate says:

    I like Danielle way more than you do MS, but then it took you till Haley sang Benny and the Jets before you started liking her and look how much you like her now :)

    • Will says:

      That’s because up until that point, Haley hadn’t demonstrated any of the talent she demonstrated prior to Benny, except a little on Blue. I’ve gone back to listen to her pre-Benny performances more times than I’d care to admit, just to see if I missed anything the first time, but the fact is she just wasn’t as good. She slurred through Georgia like she was drunk during Hollywood and prior to Benny, she just didn’t have the spark that she developed later in the competition. Danielle, meanwhile, doesn’t have the type of voice that lends itself to a Haley-esque spark, and one week before the finale is really too late to get anyone who isn’t already a fan of hers on board.

      • HTGR says:

        Nah, you could tell from the audition that she (Haley) had it.
        Danielle doesn’t have a Haley sort of thing or training, but I think she probably will be very successful. She very well may hit it super big.

        • Will says:

          Nah, I couldn’t, because she didn’t show it until when I said.

          • Joline says:

            Part of Danielle’s problem is that Blake doesn’t like to take chances with her so that “spark” will never come in this competition. That said, Haley is an all-time favorite of mine and agree that Danielle cannot compare at this point in her life. Maybe when she gets older there will be more depth and range to her voice.

        • Danny says:

          @Hit- Haley’s my all time fav from any of these shows. She didn’t stand out to me though until the live shows. I saw that season as some others were great in spring training, but Haley was the playoff performer. If I’m not mistaken, she forgot her lyrics in one of the Hollywood songs. She’s so versataille that 1 snippet of a song isn’t going to show all that she’s got.

          So if you picked up on her that early, you’ve got a lot better ear than I do.

          • HTGR says:

            Yeah I was on the Haley train from the audition, I spotted that early. Whatever little things early on you see it all there and that she had it.
            I know many on this site didn’t catch on until live rounds and Michael not even until a few rounds in I think (I think only just before the show did the flip and JLo joined in the trashing).

          • AlyB says:

            I loved Haley from the day she sang God Bless The Child. Her voice is so special.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          I would be really surprised if Danielle doesn’t rake in the dough. I do love how Haley makes her way onto every discussion board for singing shows. It’s hysterical. Danielle and Haley are completely different singers with different strengths.

          • thedeviledadvocate says:

            I throw Haley’s name out there often, because I love her voice. I like her personality, and she made a lifelong fan out of me when she fell down in the finale and laughed about it, then finished the song as if it never happened.
            I love Danielle’s voice also. It is pure and beautiful to my ears. She is a prodigy. She is very young and sweet, and I hope her personality does not change too much if she becomes successful. I would expect her onstage performance to improve with time. Country fans may welcome her with open arms, but it certainly would not hurt her chances for success if she could have a really good debut song.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @thedeviledadvocate. Ha! Haley has many fans and she deserves them. When she fell, I fell in love too. I really wish Danielle the best. She really made me cry last night. That second song was killer. I was a hot mess. It was not pretty. ;) Good luck to her!

          • Danny says:

            @Teeny- Yea, I’d say Haley (I’m guilty as charged) and Adam seem to come up an awful lot. When I talk hockey w/ people, Wayne Gretzky’s name comes up a fair amount. He hasn’t played in almost 15 years now.

            From Season 4 til 8 I had thought Bo Bice was the all time best. Then Allison rolled around and I thought she was better. Then Siobhan came the very next year and I thought she was in Allison’s league. I still waver on who I like better between those 2.

            Then Haley comes down the pike into the perfect storm. A Great singer, an evil jealous self centered past her prime no talent pathetic witch of a judge (I’m in good spirits, so I only said the good things I can think of JBlow), a lot of people who have strong opinions on both sides about her, AI bussing another contestant, Randy trying to be tough guy rather than Simon Cowell azz kisser, etc. All that added up to a lot of emotions from people. So she’s going to get mentioned quite a bit.

            When someone comes along who a lot of people think are better than her, they’ll get brought up a lot in posts too. While I personally think Adam was maybe top 20 all time Idol, a lot of people think he’s the all time best. Between Haley, Adam, Carrie, and Kelly, I’m guessing over half the viewers think one of those are the all time best.

            That long winded post was written w/ the understanding that Carrie and Kelly get talked about a lot too. Haley and Adam get talked about in a little different way though.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @Danny. JBlow?! That is hysterical. She was pretty wicked that season. Haley is dope that is for sure. I just think it’s funny. I do love my Kelly Clarkson though… and I would definitely throw Candace in the Top 10 as well.

          • Danny says:

            @Teeny again, my screen kept blinking as I was trying to finish the post (maybe my comp telling me to shuttttttttt uppppppppppppppppppppp eh?) Anyway, the Haley/Adam people are a bit more obsessive about it than the Carrie/Kelly people. I know ya only brought up Haley and not Adam. I think there’s similarities in that their fan bases feel they got shafted.

            I don’t personally think Adam got shafted. He simply didn’t win. He got the happy bubbles blown up his wazoo by all the judges all season long. IMO if anyone got shafted that year it was Allison. Adam’s fans felt he did though. Hence their posts.

            Haley on the other hand, it felt like the whole production was slanted against her. That’s a little different than Adam, Crystal, Daughtry, Melinda, & a few others who a lot thought should have won but didn’t.

          • Teeny Bikini says:

            @Danny. There is no doubt in my mind that no one has been shafted by a judging panel like Haley. There was NO logic or reason or truth to 80% (and I am being generous) of her critiques from the judges. I never though Adam got shafted – the other dude just got more votes. You only have to win by one. It doesn’t mean all that much from a career perspective, ie, Jennifer Hudson ;) Sometimes I think it’s better if they *don’t* get locked into that contract… Eh. I guess it’s better than no one knowing who the heck you are as a singer.

          • teatime says:

            It’s not that other contestants don’t have die hard fans. It is that their fans don’t think they should keep mentioning them on threads that are not about them or where there is no reasonable connection to them. (And I say this as a Haley fan who only mentions her when it makes sense to the discussion.) @Danny you might be on to something with their fans feeling they were shafted. But that is true for many other contestants too, who also have fans that post on sites like this.

          • HTGR says:

            I think the thing is in her season it was the straw that broke the camel’s back and really showed 100% in your face just how manipulated and fake the whole thing was. It was just never that in your face before and the extremes in comments vs. talent and voting had never been THAT level of extreme before. And sure some got shocking early bumps, but they show acted like it was shocking and hadn’t been against them for the most part.

  6. kaba says:

    I love the life out of Michelle and I’m torn on whether or not she deserved an A on “Clarity”. Though it did get infinitely better toward the end so I don’t mine the A.
    Otherwise, she’s so consistent

    • Teeny Bikini says:

      I love Michelle and will vote for her, even if she doesn’t sing :) But tonight, both songs sounded off. She is relying a little to heavily on her falsetto at times and her voice sounds tired (much like the rest on them in the first round). Clarity was a B. I still voted for her though… Sometimes I just vote for her glasses. Love them.

      • Yours_Truly says:

        I loved Michelle all season but feels like she’s peaked to me and starting to feel the same every time. Would like to see a new side to her voice. Maybe something soulful for a change.

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Ohhhh, I love the soulful idea. I think she and Danielle have found their niche and they are sticking to it. But it becomes same-y. It becomes boring. And then, I start critiquing this nice little niche they’ve created *because* I am so used to it. I will still vote for her. I just want Michelle to push a little more….

      • BillyBob says:

        C’mon Teeny! More people are jumping off the Michelle bandwagon this week. She’s gimmick. Look you proofed it already by voting for her glasses, then what? Her Squats and farts? LOL! ;)

        • kaba says:

          You call those things a gimmick because they stand out the most about her… but I don’t see how the things she always and naturally does can constitute as a gimmick. Those are her glasses that she regularly wears and she’s been squatting long before the voice

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          @BillyBob. I would totally vote for squats. I think I will have to next week… ;)

      • Jayce says:

        I Get tired of saying it..any other musicians out there..Women DO NOT HAVE FALSETTOS..a falsetto is so named for a male voice using the thinnest part of his vocal chord to FALSELY (hence the name) mimic a woman’s voice..the lighter part, of a woman’s voice is called her “head voice”

        • Janet R. says:

          Jayce you’re right about the falsetto voice; but that is an easy way to describe that high, airy tone. I am a classically trained professional singer and voice pathologist. My voice is my instrument and have come to realize those who actually play an instrument hear and see music differently than those of us who hear and sing it but that doesn’t mean either of us is wrong. Quite the opposite! Both worlds can live together and should because that’s how creativity masters this art form.
          There is another quality in a voice very few untrained ears hear and often fail to realize that it’s a God given gift to possess and it’s called an even break – Danielle possesses such a gift Amber does not. This type of transition is when one can evenly switch from chest voice to head voice without any noticeable change or one may have the range in one’s voice to stay in head voice way down into the lowest register normally considered the chest register. Danielle never had a lesson in her life. She has a pure, natural quality and perfect pitch. Amber does not have perfect pitch. Singing really is about pitch, breath control and being able to sustain that pitch using your breath support effectively. Anyone who screams, belts out a song and/or abuses their cords will not last long as a singer. Judith has a nodule on one of her cords – they hurt! If severely abused they rupture and bleed and require surgery. Using your voice right means breathing right and then you never have to worry about that stuff. For never having a lesson, Danielle is amazing because she seems to naturally possess all of those abilities. She is developing her style and connection with the audience so Michael Slezak can have his eyes roll all the way to the back of his head because he’s just wrong about her-she IS a natural talent. Chew on that MZ! The Swon Bros. are also pitch pure and very good-who takes on the Eagles and has the guts to put their own spin on it and still make it work?? Michelle has her own signature and also possesses great pitch, and an even break. Sasha, Amber and Holly all have nice voices and no doubt will go far. I would love to see Sasha develop her own style instead of borrowing from the style of others. She has a tendency to scream and doesn’t need to. She can hit the notes just listen to them. Unless she wants to work on the stage, she has to lose a lot of the drama and be more true to herself- Amber, Holly and even Sarah were never consistent and way too flat too often. Sarah has a beautiful voice that made me cringe when she Joplinized it….that’s an operating room table waiting to happen if she keeps that up.
          A tired voice will go flat easily. The fix is to rest, breath and absolutely listen to the notes to stay on top of the notes which is something Amber was thrown off by time and again. Competition singing is rough. It rattles the nerves and it’s meant to psych out even the best of the best. It takes tremendous focus to listen to those instruments. To think that the Swon Bros. started that Eagles song a cappella and THEN instruments came in!! The pitch was spot on and that is an excruciatingly hard thing to do unless you are blessed.
          There’s a place for everyone’s opinion and there may very well be a place for all these amazing singers we’ve watched this season. Some may need to sing back up or with each other as we watched them do so well before they go off on their own. To watch them develop as we have, I feel has been an awesome experience. I’ve loved it!
          It will be a tough choice but I believe the ones who will stay are quite possibly:
          Danielle, The Swon Bros., Michelle with the choice of who is to leave between Amber, Michelle and Sasha~

          PS~ Just an aside for all those criticizing the lack of expression, movement, enthusiasm or whatever with Danielle and the Swon Bros….. It was said once as a criticism of the great Whitney Houston that her concert performances were boring. She didn’t do anything exciting or interesting on stage – she just sang….well, imagine that! Here’s my challenge to those who said that about her and the comments for the artists on The Voice- close your eyes and just listen as they sing tonight. Picture yourself doing the very same thing as you listen to a Whitney Houston song and ask yourself this question- Do I really need to see or hear anything else but that voice?

          Let me know…..

        • Teeny Bikini says:

          Oh, thanks. That is interesting. I never get tired of all caps. It’s just so subtle. :)

    • Mary says:

      That song was not a A – Mr. Slezak over scored that.

      • Jayce says:

        I think Mr. Slezak..did an excellent job grading and recapping..despite 2 of my favorites Sasha and Amber probably going down for the count on the basis of really poor song selection for 1 of their songs… So many better choices for both…Still think they are the two “voices” in the show..and love all things Michele..Usher is right she is the “story” of this show..a great and uplifting one where passion, and talent coalesce to make for one very special performer. Danielle beautiful instrument..NOT always pitch perfect…or phrased well..and it’s all just George Jones said of Winona early on..(I paraphrase)give her some real life experience and maturity…she just doesn’t connect..with her often unsuitable lyrics for me.
        The Swons..EXPERTLY coached. great song selection, committed voting bloc…there hasn’t been a less vocally matched duo since Hall and Oates..big brother has the pipes…But then they are country and it worked for Brooks and Dunn, Big and Rich,…they are no Loggins and Messina
        or Simon and Garfunkel..hell they’re not even two of(you pick em) of Diamond Rio or Statler Bros..or Alabama..but hey..they pick em well and sell them.

        • HTGR says:

          From a spectacular voice/musical standpoint I’d give it Sasha and Judith. And then Amber (put her just below since she did struggle, seemingly beyond just starting nerves, on a couple things). Seems like not one will make the finale this season :(. An unfortunate first for The Voice.
          Danielle does have a very good voice though, but I don’t know she is quite as spectacular as the other three. She might have the easiest road to potential stardom.
          Michelle does put on pretty good performances and her voice can be pretty awesome at times (other times it is a bit avg) and I do like her a real lot, I don’t think there is something wrong about her getting a spot at the end.

          • HTGR says:

            And for all the grief Michael tosses on Sasha, well have you seen the names, HUGE names, who have supported her and even had her sing with them? We are talking numerous of the biggest names around.

  7. Josh says:

    Wow, I’m surprised I thought more highly of Sasha than you did this week. The Swon Brothers sounded fine this week, but they just don’t stand out the way the others do, at least for me.
    1. Sasha Allen – First song: Rough start, and she didn’t do anything new with “I Will Always Love You,” but the vocals were mostly solid throughout; she struggled with some of her transitions, but her vibrato actually (finally!) worked in her favor here (until the last verse at least). Second song: Did Sasha’s daughter just earn her a trip to the finale? . . . cue ironic tone change as Sasha sings a song about a cop mistaking her for a prostitute. Despite the fact that this is a freaking weird song, Sasha sounded quite good and really owned the stage. I haven’t been a fan of Sasha this season, but she was awesome tonight and might outlast her Battle Round opponent.
    2. Michelle Chamuel – First song: I am in love with Michelle the person and performer, but based on vocals alone, she struggles a bit in her live performances; regardless, this was a good song choice, she always keeps us wake, and she finally got into it and nailed the ending vocally. Second song: Cyndi Lauper must be her muse, because for her second Lauper song this season, she nailed the vocal. Much, much better than her first performance, and one of the best of the night.
    3. Danielle Bradbery – (deadpan intro aside . . .) First song: As usual, her facial expressions didn’t match the song at all, but she sounded really great, pitch-perfect. Second song: It certainly didn’t make me cry, but it was another solid vocal from Danielle, who could have sung an Ashlee Simpson song in Pig Latin and still made the finale.
    4. Amber Carrington – First song: Started way too low and got better in the chorus, but the arrangement was kind of hideous, and I feel like this was easily her weakest performance of the season (the thunderous off-beat clapping in the audience didn’t help) . . . this makes me very nervous for my favorite at a critical point in the comopetition. Second song: She sang one of my favorite newer Maroon 5 songs, and this totally redeemed her first performance for me. Cool country-esque arrangement, and moving, believable vocal – if both performances were this strong tonight, Amber would be at the top.
    5. Swon Brothers – First song: Pleasant but unmemorable, as usual. Second song: See first song description. (For the record, both of these songs will probably get tons of downloads because everyone will know them.)
    Should Go: Danielle Bradbery (yeah right . . . ) and the Swon Brothers
    Will Go: Amber Carrington (sniff, sniff) and the Swon Brothers

    • ETG says:

      Most all the performances tonight were good (save Amber’s horrendous “Firework”), but, to me, the REAL standouts were the Swon Brothers. They are SO talented and SO real. They are the only contestants that I’d stand in line to buy concert tickets for. Of course, I know they have a snowball’s chance of making it to the final, but they, by far, are the ones who have gotten better and better over the weeks; they peaked tonight, while the rest were on a plateau…

      • Danny says:

        @ETG- I’m in agreement on the Swon Brothers winning the night. I think we’re in the minority though. As an aside, I just got done listening to By The Way from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. That’s the one a lot of people think is called Standing In Line.

        • Josh says:

          The Swon Brothers were very enjoyable tonight, much more so than the last few weeks, but their vocal performances are never stand-outs, in my opinion, where the judges praise the vocal, and I feel like America follows that lead. Maybe not, though – they picked some good songs tonight that will get them lots of downloads, so Amber and Sasha may be peacing out this week instead.

      • HTGR says:

        I missed their first song. They were solid on the second song. They might make it. That song can go over with both country and general crowds. I don’t think they match to Sasha though at all. Amber at her best is more impressive I’d say although Swon can be enjoyable.
        I’d prefer Sasha or Amber (although Amber was very rough for most of her first song tonight, that was worst of the night, very clearly although she did a bit better with it at the end, did she pull out her ear piece right before she got better?? I thought so, not sure. The power part at the end might have helped her simply get into and handle it better too so not sure if the ear thing had anything to do with it at all or if there even was an ear thing.). For all the knocking that Katy gets, that is one song that most others seem to mangle.

      • HTGR says:

        Also, the Swon would be eaten alive by many of the songs Sasha and Amber performed.

        • ETG says:

          And vice-versa.

          • HTGR says:

            I don’t think vice-versa at all. Swon haven’t done much that could eat you alive other than maybe a couple songs that had nothing going for them other than heavy country twang and well I bet Amber at least could pull those off. Sasha might be a bit weird on that Okee song though, ok, I will give you that one. Although with practice I bet she could pull it off believably.
            I’ll give you that they have never gone as far off the vocal rails as Amber did on the early part of her first song tonight, but I bet Swon Bros would been every bit as off the rails on that as well and not had the last part get better.
            They are pretty decent though and they can be entertaining at times (perhaps always for the heavy country crowd). Blake did a pretty quick turn around from his 90% of the country will love the Okee Skogee type stuff though. Like an instant 180 as he saw they go from near tops to near bottom.
            I don’t mind them at all. They are good. It is just that now we are down to final crunch time.

      • Teeny Bikini says:

        Dude. For real, yo. I have said I am not a fan many times, ETG. But I finally saw something in them tonight. And they just killed the second song dead. I LOVED it. Um… I wouldn’t be mad at all if they were in the finale. They have been very consistent this season.

        • Crazy Heart says:

          They are exciting to watch, I will give them that. They seem to truly know who they are as artists and are incredibly believable. Also seems like they work really hard which I like.

      • CrystalFan says:

        I’m loving me some Swon Brothers!

      • Rain says:

        Happy to hear I’m not the only one that find the Swon Brothers great. Most of the season I’ve said they’re the only ones I’d buy a cd of. Whether they make it to the finals or not, I’m thinking they’ve got a real shot at making it in the country music business. I just hope they make it through this week because they’re the only ones I’m still watching for!

    • MamaLis says:

      Don’t cry, Josh. I promise you the Swon Brothers will make it to the Finale.
      Mark my words.
      There’s no way they’re going home.

  8. Lauri says:

    God, I’m so sick of Danielle.

  9. Sergio says:

    I agree that Sad was the best song on the night but firework was also the worst! I would love danielle and the swon going home but at least one of them please!!!

    • ETG says:

      I agree that “Firework” was the worst, but NO WAY was “Sad” the best song.

    • Jake says:

      I agree that “Sad” was the best and “Firework” was the worst. I love Amber so much and am disappointed that she faltered this week with that first song, because she’s been so consistently awesome every other week.

  10. Michelle is this season’s queen, she deserves it more than any other contestant.

    • Keith says:

      Why does she deserve it?

    • Jonna says:

      Her voice isn’t al that strong. I think she’s getting by on personality, style, and uniqueness. Not that I don’t love her too, but based on pure vocals, the competition should go to Amber, Danielle, or Sasha.

  11. ETG says:

    I think the standout performances tonight were BOTH numbers by the Swon Brothers, as well as Michelle’s “Time After Time”. Amber’s “Firework” was absolutely HORRID, easily the worst song of the night, and I don’t really think her second performance redeemed her. She’s in trouble.

    • Danny says:

      I thought their first one was real good. Their 2nd one pretty good too. I don’t get the dislike for these guys on here. I had em #1 for the night. Agree on Amber’s Firework fizzling badly. I’m not sure if she’s in trouble or not though. She never was the fav, so if she goes it’s not like she was a leader and her Fireworks went out. I’d think it’s more her time has run it’s course.

      Having said that, I think the Swon Brothers and Sasha are most likely leaving. My guess is Michelle and Danielle stay for sure. Swon Brothers gone for sure. Sasha or Amber will be the other one. I’m leaning towards Sasha going.

      • ETG says:

        I have been an Amber fan since the first. That being said, I think she has actually regressed, while other acts have gotten better, or at least stayed the same. IMO, Sasha has outsung Amber 2 weeks running. As I have said previously, I think Adam erred; his mishandling of Amber may cost her the win..

        • Davey says:

          Sad was probably one of the best performances of the season. Better than anything the Swons could sing. I feel like Amber needs this show more than the Swons anyway who will be supported by the good old boys after the show.

          • Ted says:

            One of the better performances of the whole season??? No way. And, it really doesn’t matter who “needs it”. This is all about who gives the best performances, and Amber came up short tonight, IMO. This is coming from someone who has been an Amber fan all season.

      • MamaLis says:

        You guys…! The Swon Brothers are making it through!
        I’m not emotionally invested in this and in fact, just skimmed tonight.
        But again – they’ll be fine. They peaked at the right time and they will be be FINE! :-)

    • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

      Honestly, I agree that Fireworks was horrible(!!!), but Sad was, to me, the performance of the season. So I think she deserves at least a 3rd place finish.

      • Cloo says:

        If that was the performance of the season, I’m afraid that says more about the season than the performance.

      • Crazy Heart says:

        I don’t know if it was the best performance of the season but it’s the only song I’ve downloaded so far. I love it. And I just listened to Maroon 5’s version and Adam was right, Amber outsung him by a mile.

  12. para says:

    Michelle Chamuel all the way!!!

  13. Gina says:

    I still say, you don’t win singing competitions singing about a bunch of hookers. Even if it is a “classic.” Also, “artists” should remember that Dolly Parton not only wrote I Will Always Love You, but had a breakout hit when Whitney was probably still in Pampers. Just saying…a shared credit would be nice and not the least bit disrespectful to the memory of WH. I like Sasha as a person but I Will Always had some really, really bum notes at the beginning. Michelle is a fun performer with a really pretty voice. And, she holds my interest. Everyone else? I kind of read and look up once in a while. Although, Danielle absolutely got me with that second song. Country music can do that sometimes, and I don’t even like country that much. Plus, I thought of the way I was when I was 16. Very into music but scared to death. She really has a lot of guts being out there. The other stuff that everyone expects of her…will come with age.

    • FSP says:

      I assume Dolly wasn’t credited because Sasha sang the Whitney version, not the Dolly version.

    • The Beach says:

      Dolly has often said how happy she was that Whitney covered her song because she made a ton of money in royalties:)

    • lydia says:

      I understand not crediting Dolly when doing Whitney’s rendition…kind of. I guess. But this show does that a lot and it’s not cool. What really annoyed me so much was last week(?) when they kept saying Darius Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel,” which was written by Bob Dylan and the most prolific cover remains the bluegrass band Old Crow Medicine Show. So basically hear, hear on shared credits! I’m glad others notice that. Also, “Everyone else…I kind of read and look up once in a while…” me too.

  14. Cagney says:

    Amber’s Sad was one of the highlights of the season. She is still my favorite-hope that isn’t the last song from her that I’ll hear from her on the Voice,

  15. KT says:

    I honestly don’t see the appeal of Michelle. I really don’t think she’s that good, and she definitely does not have as strong a voice as Amber or Sasha. Quirky does not equal talented.

    • K says:

      Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I, personally love Michelle because she can sing, she has massive stage presence, and seems like a genuinely nice person. Anyway, I much preferred Time After Time to Clarity. I thought The Swons had a good night as well. I don’t mind Danielle and Sasha as much as other people here do. I really do like Amber, but I’m not sure she’s going to be safe…

    • kaba says:

      Because she doesn’t have excessive power vocals?
      I’m perplexed by how jaded singing has become.
      A small voice can be all as effective and powerful as someone with Whitney Houston vocals.

      • Danny says:

        @Kaba- I like Michelle, but I don’t think someone is jaded if they don’t. The way I see it is ya can’t go wrong w/ whoever wins. It’s been a pretty good season. It’s more a case of different people have different opinions. However this plays out, I’ll be ok w/ it.

        • kaba says:

          Eh, it wasn’t so much an attack on them so much as an attack on why must the big voice be the only best voice? Know what I mean?
          Why is it always bigger = better rather than what they can do when they sing?

          • Will says:

            Small voices can be great voices, a la Dia Frampton, but I think the issue with those who don’t care for Michelle’s voice is that it’s “normal” in terms of tone. Her singing voice sounds like her speaking voice, which is something that is different from Amber and Sasha by comparison. Many country singers have this trait but it’s more harnessed within the country genre and most of the time country artist’s speaking voices are already country twanged anyway. Granted, I really really appreciate the pleasant normalcy of Michelle’s voice, and she’s been in my top 4 all season, and is my second favorite now, but when it comes to actually being a technically “better” singer, it is correct to say that Sasha or Amber are better than Michelle. The thing is, who the technically “better” singer is usually has far less to do with who your favorite is than other factors like genre, personality, and the overall style of tone the singer has.

      • KT says:

        I have no problem with a small voice, as long as it’s at least pleasant to listen to. Michelle is pitchy and sounds very uncomfortable when she sings. Clarity is one of my favorite songs right now and she totally butchered it.

    • Canadian Fan says:

      I totally agree with you KT. Michelle is a fine singer but not extraordinary though, she sounds quite the same in many songs… I am a bit tired of this showing all vulnerabilities every acts every week. I know I am in the minority,no offfence intended to her fans. I am just not getting it. On the other hand, i really like the effortlessness and purely of Danielle’s singing. I am more than willing to download her songs to brighten my days.

    • MC says:

      I guess I have to thank Michelle for bringing Cyndi Lauper’s music to the attention of a younger generation. Unfortunately, the covers of CL do nothing for me personally because I love the originals so much. Danielle is my favorite and vocally she is peerless on this show. I could listen to her for hours. This is the first season that I am loving Blake as a coach. He’s an expert in country and he’s promoting country artists. That is what he should be doing on this show. I always felt that he was out of his depth when he was promoting singers from other genres (even thought a couple of them won).

  16. andrew.reynolds says:

    Arggggg, I really want a Amber/Michelle/Sasha finale!!! But no way that’s gonna happen because of the Danielle BLANDbery and the SNORE Brothers.
    Sasha is a goner for sure. What was Shakira thinking when she chose a ballad that should’ve never been done again and a disco (disco never wins)?
    The first performance of Amber is really disappointing. It reminded me of Breakaway she’s done a few weeks ago which almost sent her home. However, the second performance is awesome. Adam must have taken a lesson on song choice. Just hope it will be enough to get her through.
    Michelle kills it like always, don’t have to say anything more. Hope she can beat Blake’s team and win it all.

    • BillyBob says:

      Should of never touch a Whitney song for the semi finals. Also, a cheesy disco song? What about YMCA instead? 99.9% eliminated. Amber lost her place in the top 3 by doing ‘Firework’. Should of sang a country song instead. She’s (Amber) losing her identity too. Same as Sasha. Amber…Is she Country? Pop? Rock? and Sasha… Is she R&B?, Disco?, Rock?

      • HTGR says:

        OTOH Sasha and Amber have the voices to handle all of it unlike some others…. and it does keep it interesting instead of same old same old same old like most country.

  17. GTS says:

    Really? You liked Michele’s first song more than her last? “Time After Time” was amazing. T deserved at least a solid A.

  18. debi says:

    I thought Danielle was phenomenal. I love to listen to her sing. I buy all her songs, and play them repeatedly. Her perfect pitch and tone are mesmerizing.

    • ETG says:

      Danielle does not have perfect pitch, despite what Blake says. Still, I enjoyed her performances tonight and know that she will be in the finale….

    • Danielle is the best says:

      I agree with you like 100%. Danielle is amazing and her songs actually sell, proof is she always makes it to the ITunes top 10. I listen to all her songs in repeat everyday and really hope she wins.

      • Michelle is the best says:

        Actually the only artist to make it to the top 10 (at least in time for it to improve voting scores) is Michelle.

        Danielle got old by week 2.

        I’ll take personality over pitch any day. Danielle can sing but her vapid blank stares are the most frustrating thing ever. Michelle can sing and you can tell she’d be an interesting artist to follow and see perform live. Danielle will be just another Taylor Swift or Katy Perry.

        But I do want to thank Taylor Swift Fans because they did help Michelle land in the top 10 on itunes last week and sadly it looks like Danielle will take the top itunes spot again even though Michelle is 10 times better.

        • Jonna says:

          Danielle made it too. The Voice Season 4 Wikipedia page keeps track of it.

        • lucy27lucy says:

          I agree…whenever I listen to my iTunes top 50 I hate the blank stares looking out at me…this is not primarily a personality contest, its The Voice. And she has a great voice. Handlers will work on her performing.

          • MC says:

            Exactly. There’s time to do that as she matures. I find her to be likeable and she has a nice smile. I’m not overly impressed by dance moves on stage (especially if they are repetitive). The vocals are what draw me to a song.

          • Miss VCI says:

            But the blank expression carries over into how she sings the song, there’s no emotion behind it. And any performance be it singing, dancing, acting is nothing and boring without emotion.

        • MamaLis says:

          I think you insult Taylor Swift with that comparison. I give that girl a lot of credit – she’s been quite the writer for a LONG time and I guess I just give her credit for that. I’m not mad at her at all.
          But I AGREE with the vapidity of those stares! I don’t get it, man! Yes, she sings beautifully.
          But it’s like I said last week, I want to snap my fingers in front of her eyes. (Snap Snap Snap)
          “Hello? Anybody home?”

          • Mary says:

            Danielle has a beautiful gift with her voice. What you and many are complaining about – the deer in headlight looks – will be gone once she matures and feels comfortable on the stage in front of an audience. I actually give her a lot of credit because at 16 that is hard to do. If I remember correctly another artist – Carrie Underwood anyone – had that same look when she was on AI – Stiff robotic, but look at her now. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t this show called the Voice!!! Danielle has it and the rest will come with time.

          • HTGR says:

            Everyone else has performed in front of crowds before though. You need to look past certain things, a bit of Sasha nerves as she starts certain things, Danielle sometimes deer in headlights and see what they can be.

        • Grace says:

          It’s laughable that you think Michelle is 10 times better than Danielle. Not a chance.

          • Jasmine says:

            So are you trying to say the opposite? Even if Danielle does win, it’s not because she was better than Michelle (she’s not), it’s just that more people voted for Danielle. I promise you if Northerners voted like people in the South, Danielle would not win this show.

            and side-note : Angela Miller would have won American Idol. I’m still upset about her elimination.

            anyways, this is about the Voice now and Michelle should definitely win this show.

    • BillyBob says:

      Danielle has a voice that comes along once in a long while. It’s just so addictive. I can listen to her songs over and over. She IS the example of THE VOICE!

      • Exactly….danielle has a remarkable- perfect voice…and that is what the show is supposed to be about that is why coaches start with the chairs turned…all the other stuff will come with coaching and handling…AND she is 16!….

        • Jasmine says:

          Which I think is the reason why she’s getting hyped up so much, because of her young age. Danielle’s voice is mediocre, generic and bland. I can’t believe people don’t see that. Michelle’s voice, I can’t say that I’ve heard that voice a million times, but with Danielle, millions of people sound like Danielle. Her voice is not unique whatsoever.

          • JSR says:

            I think you may have missed the point behind the hype – it’s true Danielle is 16 but millions of people DO NOT possess the God given gifts Danielle has. She is not mediocre, generic or bland by any means. She is young and needs developing because she has NEVER had any professional training and yet when she hit the blind auditions every chair turned around! Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I will always ask what you or anyone else base that opinion on? Do you sing? Are you classically trained and do you sing professionally? It makes a difference when stating whether or not you believe someone is straining and/or has perfect pitch. I could name many unique qualities to Danielle’s voice but it is what I do in my profession. There really is no comparison between Danielle and Michelle; it’s 2 different genres and I like Michelle a lot. I think she is amazing. Both of them have virtually no break in their voices and for the rocker that Michelle is, she really doesn’t scream. Both have a lot of control. Again, Danielle was never taught these things and usually? These are things that are learned and practiced so they become habit. I hope you enjoy the show!


          • David King says:

            jasmine you are CLUELESS and have know knowledge of music…Danielle has the voice of an angel and WILL win the Voice !

      • I agree with you about Danielle.
        She does not have to squat or jump around on the stage to make me listen. She makes me listen to songs, that I otherwise would not have listened to.
        When I read people complaining about Danielle being flat or pitchy, I wonder if they know, what that means. I have heard her be a little bit shaky one or two times, but it is very, very rare that she misses a note. Add to that, that she has a very full and rich tone to her voice and you have a very interesting singer.

      • JSR says:

        Why on earth are you so biased towards southern voters? There are plenty of northern voters voting for Danielle and I hate to tell you as much as we love Michelle, Danielle is a once in blue moon voice with extremely special qualities. You can have your opinions but for craps sake lose the anger! None of us need it anymore…

        • HTGR says:

          I’m not saying it is right, but you can see how people can get a touch frustrated after a while. All but one Idol winner and both XFactor winners are from the South or Middle America (although perhaps Melanie and Jordin don’t entirely count) and in some seasons some contestants from elsewhere who seemed to do reallllly well didn’t get half as many votes as people from the South or Middle America while some who were pretty bland got piles of votes. Granted the numbers are small and the samples are not clean, but all the same, it does seem curious that for all the huge population in CA or the Northeast, for instance, not one person from those places has ever won on Idol for all its seasons (or on Xfactor).
          Granted that wasn’t true for the first few seasons of The Voice, but some are afraid it might be flipping over into the same scenario.

  19. HTGR says:

    Haha, wow so another C+ for Sasha. Idol may have gotten ridden of Nigel because they had to. He now blogs here hah.

  20. David says:

    Wow, we almost agree this week Michael! I agree with your ultimate conclusion, just not how you got there. I am in the minority that felt that the Seger song was one of the Swon Brothers’ best performances. I truly hope that America ranks Amber’s ‘Sad’ over Danielle’s moment with her family.

  21. Davey says:

    Too bad Amber struggled with Firework because her recording is actually good. But Sad was wonderful and so is her iTunes recording.

    The Swon Brothers do nothing for me. If it winds up being Team Blake and Michelle next week I won’t be surprised.

    I thought this was Michelle’s weakest week. I actually preferred Clarity to Time After Time, which didn’t go anywhere for me. I didn’t buy her songs tonight. I only bought Amber’s.

  22. Tater says:

    Whats with all the negativity toward Team Blake from TVLine as of late…. Swon Brothers dominated the night with Turn The Page in my opinion, Anything short of an A is ludacris.. Also Micheal you have seemed anti-country as of late, That a shame seeing as how the majority of the viewers is supporting it. I respect your opinion, But my opinion is don’t be shocked to see a 3peat from Team Blake this year.

    • Will says:

      Oh god, what has pop culture done.

      It’s spelled “ludicrous” Tater. Ludacris is a person who intentionally misspelled it when he came up with it as a stage name.

      • Joline says:

        Who cares? We’re talking about a singing competition and you knew what Tater meant. Not necessary to correct spelling here.

        • Will says:

          Maybe you don’t care, but I don’t have to post based on whether or not you care.

          That spelling was completely wrong and if I made an error that bad I’d want to be corrected as soon as possible so I wouldn’t end up making myself look like an idiot anywhere else. So I corrected it, and hopefully if they read it, they won’t make that mistake again. You’re the one who made a big stink about it.

          We’re posting on a text-based medium and so it matters to your credibility whether or not you can actually spell the words you’re using.

    • Jasmine says:

      It’s because all this country crap is getting shoved down our throats. Enough with it. Enough with Danielle. I’m sick of her. She needs to go. She’s not as good as everyone says she is. It just boggles my mind that people don’t see that we’ve heard her voice a trillion times before. She sounds like every other young country female singer. She’s not unique at all. Yeah, she’s sweet, but who cares? Michelle is sweet too. Yeah, she has a good voice, but Michelle has a good voice as well, might I add, a voice with more character, uniqueness, tone and quality than Danielle’s. Danielle is OVERRATED!

      • JSR says:

        Country is rising all on it’s own and it’s not crap-it’s American. What’s being shoved down our throats and is truly crap is all that Rap and hostile Hip-Hop nonsense. There’s only so much anyone can stand of that before you want to kill yourself! It’s Rap Crap garbage……sorry….I’m just saying…my opinion :)

        • Jasmine says:

          Yeah, I agree with you there. Rap music, Hip-Hop is GARBAGE. It’s just nonsense to me, and this is coming from a black girl. I mean, all rappers talk about is money, cars, girls (in derogatory terms), living the fast life. It’s extremely one-sided and misogynistic. I hate that type of music. I was always teased a little for not listening to what black people expected me to listen to just because I am black. I’m sorry, but I’m not going to follow the crowd and be someone I’m not just to fit in. I love Alanis Morissette, Regina Spektor, Fiona Apple, Glen Hansard, James Morrison, Our Lady Peace, Anberlin, Third Eye Blind, Joss Stone. I kind of love a little bit of…almost everything. It’s not just one genre with me.
          So, I agree with you on that.

  23. I8A4RE says:

    Sasha singing ‘Bad Girls’, what was that? Disco on Broadway? Cheesy! Sasha might as well done ‘Gangnam Style’ if she was going to do a cheesy song and performance. Sasha is in danger to go home.

    • I8A4RE says:

      Sasha Allen: Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” | Grade: A-
      If Sasha covered ‘Gangnam Style”
      Sasha Allen: Psy’s “Gangnam Style” | Grade: A-

      HUh? Are you on crack? C- for extra cheesy song and performance.

  24. HTGR says:

    Man gonna be a nail biter. Safe to say Danielle is a lock. I believe Michelle probably is too. I thought they’d go back to a four person finale this season, but man three is tough. Last week Swon woulda probably been goners if they did the two cut then, as it turned out their protection perhaps wasn’t needed. This week they did better and didn’t have that dog of a song that did not connect as Blake said. Country vote is strong and they could be pulled into the finale, their second song was one actually known to most who don’t listen to country. Sasha did great but Whitney and disco have a bad track record of advancing people and she is from a place where a reality show contestant is a small fish in a huge pond. It was the contestants from the South who got the huge crowds and so on and NYC is toughest of all to get that sort of thing. Amber had a reallllllly rough first two thirds of that Katy song (which is mad tough to sing too as is the Whintey) and it wasn’t rough maybe she saved herself by pulling out the last bit after she perhaps adjusted or pulled out her ear piece. (Extreme bias shown there to give her a C+ and then give Sasha a C+ for a Whitney song pulled of very well so how that gets C+ and something that was 2/3rds sper rough…. spells nothing less than total bias against Sasha once again.) She did very well on the Maroon song though and she has often gotten better sales than Sasha.
    Hope it is Sasha that makes it. She has the tougher road of the three I think though so man….

    • The Beach says:

      You’re right. Disco does not translate well to any of these singing (or dancing) competition shows. It was Club Music from the ’70s and was cranked out by the 1000s to be danced to just like House, Tribal, et. al. are today. Most of it was throw-away music that is mocked and sounds dated. (Although, Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” album was about the only critically acclaimed one to come out of that era of music). It just doesn’t work in this type of venue.

  25. Davey says:

    Danielle’s second song truly make me want to throw up. All those photos of herself while she was singing was the worst. Probably the cheesiest thing I’ve seen on a singing competition. And if she gets to sing to her parents, then every contestant should sing to their parents. The Voice is more shameless than Idol.

    • JSR says:

      Sorry-I can’t let this go….what you just said??? Well, it’s just wrong…it just is. If it bothers you that much then don’t watch.

  26. Rob says:

    I thought Michelle and Amber were flat tonight. Swon Brothers were OK, and Sasha was drowned out by the music. Danielle was really good. Swon Brother’s and Michelle should go based on tonight’s performances. Michelle isn’t staying within herself anymore, keeps trying to shoot for the moon.

    • ETG says:

      If it were based only on TONIGHT’S performances, then the Swon Brothers would be a lock for the finale…. Amber would be one of the two going home.

  27. Linderella says:

    For some reason my DVR didn’t record the first hour so my assessment is based on the second round only – Michelle, Amber and Sasha with Danielle (who has a sweet voice and zero stage presence) and the Swon Bros. going home.

  28. Leondre says:

    I liked everybody tonight.

  29. pat says:

    I think amber deserves to go yo final. She has sang all types of music. And the voice winner should be able to sing more then one type of music.. all of them had one number which was not their best. Amber is great and sweet. Come on Texas vote vote vote our amber to the finals!”!

    • ETG says:

      Just curious… WHY should the winner need to be able to sing more than one genre of music??? In the real world, most do NOT do that…..

      • Dan (Haleyloony) says:

        Well, Michelle and Amber (and sometimes Sasha) keep it interesting by taking risks. In my opinion, the winner should take risks. But, as I said, it is just my opinion.

        • Keith says:

          It’s a singing competition,not a risk taking competition.You stick with what you are good at.

          • ETG says:

            I agree, Keith. You play to your strengths, but change it up once in a while to keep the people interested. Unfortunately for Amber, Adam has NOT had her playing to her strengths. He hates country, and has tried to make her into something she’s not. That, ultimately, is what will keep her from the win.

          • HTGR says:

            Although if it is called The Voice you could argue that it should be about the flat out best voice and since it is a contest in some ways that makes more sense. The voice and ability to handle all sorts of things. Anyway, at the very least it sure makes it a lot more interesting to watch.

        • ETG says:

          I agree that Amber has taken risks…. but not always the right ones, and tonight it cost her. I like Michelle, but I really don’t see where she’s taken risks… she sings pretty much one style, in one way. Sasha, yeah she took one last week with a country song, but I don’t think she will (or should) get into the finale.

        • Zod says:

          Changing things up may be nice for a reality TV competition, but when Amber records her first country album, songs like Skyfall and Firework won’t be on there.

          • Joline says:

            Amber should record a pop album, ala Kelly Clarkson. She strikes me MUCH more as that type of artist than a country one.

      • JSR says:

        I agree with ETG. There’s plenty of challenge and risk within any genre a singer is comfortable within. Stick to what you know and build on that!

  30. John says:

    If it went off of tonight’s performances, the Swon Brothers and Michelle were the most consistently good across both rounds. I think Amber won the season tonight, but unfortunately Firework was rough, so Danielle is the third to move on.

    • ETG says:

      I would love to see the Swons get into the finale, but I’m not gonna hold my breath. They, along with Sasha, have been the ones to peak late in the season (while the others have stagnated), but I think it’s too late for both of them.

  31. DavidSask says:

    Give it to the country duo, I don’t care about the squawking fans of any of the others!!

  32. Lilly says:

    Count me in as one of the tone death freaks who recognizes Danielle’s long-term talent, loves to hear the Swon Brothers’ blend and improving sound, and just yawns at Michelle. (I like Sasha and Amber, too, but just not passionately.) I’m not trying to be mean to Michelle lovers. I do recognize her talent; I just don’t care for her style of song choice. I don’t see her as unique at all. Just my opinion.

    • ETG says:

      I think she’s unique, but I’ve actually started to become bored with her. She sings every song pretty much the same way, and, unfortunately, the song choices themselves are all pretty much identical.

      • HTGR says:

        I still think Michelle is pretty darn good. Granted during certain parts of some songs her voice does sound a bit bland and same, same. I’d say Sasha has the most spectacular voice left and then Amber (although obviosuly she had some struggles with the tricky Katy song and Swon sang better than that particular song taking both songs in full). Danielle’s voice is pretty good too and better than many here give her credit for.
        Swon have done well recently, although I don’t think they are as spectacular as some of the others in what their vocals could handle.

    • I8A4RE says:

      LOL! I kinda feel same. Michelle’s voice is not that great. The glasses, her squats, and her geek factor is starting to get old and gimmicky. The Swon Bros are growing on me.

      • kaba says:

        Those are her prescription glasses…she always squats..
        What is a gimmick about things she naturally does?
        Gimmicks tend to be things that are forced onto people

        • KT says:

          But this is “The Voice”, not “Who’s the Weirdest Performer?” Take away all that stuff she does and there’s nothing left. Say what you want about Danielle just standing and singing, but at least she sounds good while she’s doing it, and that’s what this show is all about.

          • kaba says:

            Take away her glasses and squats and you’ve got someone who probably can’t see well trying to walk across the stage.
            Idk if the idea of a gimmick has changed, but my view of gimmick is the over advertisement of some unique possession or trait that isnt necessary to begin with. Theyre generally new things that the artist never bothered with themselves.
            I see no gimmick about her glasses or her squats. I see people trying desperately to make those into gimmicks

      • Jasmine says:

        And Danielle doesn’t have her usual stare like a deer in headlights look? Please, all the contestants have things that they do over and over again. It’s not just Michelle. Danielle has gimmicks too. Like the fact that she sings country songs which all sound the same ALL the time. Can’t stand it. I’m sick of hearing 2/3rds country every episode.

    • CrystalFan says:

      ^^^ What Lilly said. I’m a fan of Danielle and the Swon Brothers.

  33. Adam Fachry says:

    Haven’t watched the show but when I read that Amber sang Firework, I immediately lost hope in humanity *exaggeration, of course*. Ughh, hate that song. No one should ever be allowed to sing it, even Katy Perry alone.

    • Zod says:

      Look up some of Katy Perry’s live performance of Firework on YouTube. Even she can’t sing it. In fact, some of the performances you can find are downright flat, pitchy and/or all over the place.

  34. Angie_Overrated says:

    Am I the only one who was bored silly tonight? I did not find tonight’s performances to be entertaining or fun. I expected better of the top 5.

  35. I8A4RE says:

    So far itunes charting:
    Danielle #20 Who I Am, #28 Please Remember Me.
    Swon Bros #34 Danny’s Song, #41 Turn the Page.
    Michelle #52 Time After Time, #73 Clarity.
    Amber #46 Sad.
    Sasha #132 I Will Always Love You.

    Looks like Danielle’s going for the kill tonight.

    • andrew.reynolds says:

      Look like Danielle’s gonna hit top 10 today. The Swon Brothers and Amber have a shot too. I don’t think Michelle can make it this time. If the finale comprised of Team Blake, I’m done watching. I am a hardcore Amber fan but she can’t win Danielle. Michelle has to be in the finale,

    • debi says:

      Both of Danielle’s songs and both of The Swon Brother’s songs are already in the top 10 on the itunes country category. Honestly tonight they were the best. I still wish Eternal Flame was available on itunes.

    • HTGR says:

      Darn that is what I was afraid of, Swon bounce back from last week and are in so Sasha is likely out :(. They got fooled out by their own trick as it turned out to swap the two outs to this week (I get why they did it though, since it would’ve hurt the show a ton if Blake had three of top four this week).
      And Whitney and disco just never seems to chart for these shows.

      • The Beach says:

        I think Sasha and Shakira picked the Whitney song for the votes. It’s super popular (and overdone) but while the title is “I Will Always Love You” it’s about breaking up with someone, leaving them behind and moving on with your life. It seemed an odd choice for a dedication song to one’s children.

        • Zod says:

          People seem to miss the meaning behind a lot of songs, especially “I Will Always Love You.” They just see the title. Hell, you only need to listen to the first verse to know what the song is about.

          Remember last season when Christina Aguilera took Martina McBride’s “Independence Day” to be a patriotic and timely song?

          • Adam Fachry says:

            THIS! Lol, it’s a poignant song. I lie Sasha but I’m disappointed in her for not understanding what the song really is about. Especially since she’s sung this in some Whitney Houston tribute iirc. Lol I remember seeing this song being performed at a WEDDING several times. I was like? What? Are you guys on crack? Why do you have to be all gloomy on your wedding day?

          • Sheilalala says:

            I find it interesting that so many people are judging Sasha’s choice to sing IWALY to her children as inappropriate, because they choose to interpret it as a ‘sad breakup song’ or whatever.

            I got teary watching Sasha sing that song on the angel themed set, because that was my dad’s very favorite song, and he asked for it to be played at his memorial service-which we did, last year. My dad was a brilliant artist, but a blue collar plumber who wasn’t really into music. He wasn’t a man who showed his emotions very easily, but that song says everything he wanted to say in a goodbye to his family.

            Listen to the song again with that in mind.

          • Adam Fachry says:


  36. Miss VCI says:

    Why do two have to go home this week. Last week if two went home it would have definitely been the Swon Bros and Holly. But now it might look like 2 from team blake might actually make into the final 3. I don’t get all this country love.

    Amber (aside from the horrible firework) should definitely be top 3.
    Hell Bring Back Sarah or Judith.
    Just anything to avoid a top three of Team Blake Plus 1.

    I really use to love Blake and how he coached but this year he’s been pissing me off and has become so cocky that if he wins I’m not sure if I can endure him through season 5.

    • I8A4RE says:

      Danielle #16 Who I Am, #20 Please Remember Me.
      Swon Bros #17 Danny’s Song, #24 Turn the Page.

      Looks like a Danielle and a Swon top ten?
      Sasha looks to be a sure bet to go home and either Amber or Swon?
      Why did they transformed Amber into Holly looks? I like Ambers hair last week.

  37. Davey says:

    I just went on iTunes and it said that Sad by Amber Carrington is not available in the US. And Sad is now not showing up in the iTunes top 200 chart. Is something wrong with the voting. An hour ago Sad was selling well.

    • Someone... says:

      I just checked and ‘Sad’ is # 26 on iTunes right now. ‘Fireworks’ just made it to the top 200 too, but it’s on # 156. Amber does have a shot on being in the top 10 with ‘Sad’. Let’s hope so. I don’t want to see her go home with just one bad song choice. ‘Fireworks’ wasn’t THAT bad. It was good in places, but not great overall.

      I would like to see The Swon Brothers and Sasha go home tomorrow, looks like Sasha might going by the iTunes sales. But I honestly can’t see two of Blake’s contestants in the finals when there are better performers than The Swon Brothers.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Nah, Fireworks was really that bad. I like Amber and I was cringing for the majority of that performance.

        • MC says:

          Exactly. It only takes one bad song choice and/or performance at this stage of the game. My theory is that Adam believed there was only one slot left in the finals (after Michelle and Danielle) and Amber needed to do something spectacular to win the third slot. Firework is a very powerful, but extremely difficult song to sing live. Katy said as much to Adam when he chose the song.

          • Mary says:

            I thought Amber choose the song, but I think Adam should of swayed her against it. She did make up for it on her last song, but I don’t normally watch the show so is it out of question that she will not make the final?

          • MC says:

            @Mary – I think you’re right that Amber selected it. It is a notoriously difficult song and Adam should have overruled her. There were so many safer choices for the first round and then Amber had “Sad” in her back pocket for the second round. It is possible that Amber still makes the finale because “Sad” had just penetrated the itunes top ten around 8 AM. I don’t know if it finished in the top ten at 10 AM.

    • andrew.reynolds says:

      I found the same problem too. Amber’s song keeps disappearing and coming back on iTunes.

    • matt says:

      Sounds like they’re gonna have to cancel the iTunes votes to be fair to Amber.

      • Someone. says:

        Did Amber make it to the top 10? Both Adam and Amber were shouting yesterday that she is VERY close it making it in there. I checked iTunes right now and can’t find Amber’s ‘Sad’ ANYWHERE on the iTunes charts. Her ‘Fireworks’ is there at #80… something. Does anyone else see the same? Did someone happen to catch if she made the top 10 last night or not?

  38. ABC says:


    • Lilly says:

      Sorry, but you’re just ticked because she’s led so clearly throughout the competition, and one of your favorites was sent home. If you couldn’t see how she finally broke through and sung “Who I am” from her heart tonight, you weren’t watching.

      • Rain says:

        Have you actually ever heard the song Who I am? It’s a really sweet and pretty song and is much better when sung by Julie Andrews than by Danielle.

        • Grace says:

          Newsflash – most of the songs people do on these singing competitions are much better when done by the original artist. If these people were that good already, they wouldn’t need to be on reality TV.

        • Jasmine says:

          It’s Jessica Andrews, not Julie. But I do agree with you that Jessica sings it better.

      • Jasmine says:

        Well, actually, it was Judith who everyone thought was going to win in the beginning. Danielle in the beginning, I was like “Danielle who?” She did not stand out. Her audition was lackluster and she sounded awful when she sang it again for her school in that homecoming package. I thought she would’ve already been gone by now, but the Southerners ain’t letting it happen.

      • JSR says:

        I agree….

  39. Davey says:

    What is wrong with Adam? He should have let Amber sing one country song.

  40. DaysGoBy says:

    I don’t know what is wrong with people’s ears but Amber was really flat on Sad!! Maybe people didn’t notice cause they are unfamiliar with the song!!! I have split my votes between.Danielle & Amberbut Firework was awful andI love the song Sad!! The Swon Bros were amazing tonight!! Sasha and Amber are my picks to go! If you have ever listened to Danielle just her voice the emotion is there!! They re-air The Voice Sun. nites and I had it on in the background and you could hear her the emotion in her voice!!! Both of Danielle’s songs are already Top 20 so is one of the Swon’s the rest had not broke the Top 50 I am downloading Danielle’s songs now on my Ipad and Ipod!!!

  41. ETG says:

    Will the producers of all these shows PLEASE remove “I Will Always Love You” from the playbooks??? PLEASE!!! That has GOT to be the most oversung song in the history of karaoke bars and singing competitions, and it has already taken YEARS off my life!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

  42. Kathy says:

    Amber really struggle with Firework. Sure, Dolly Parton wrote and sang I Will Always Love You, but it is going always going to be compare to Whitey Houston, who Sasha said she admired. Unfortunately, I didn’t like Sasha take on that song. Most definitely, Michelle and Danielle have the fans all season long (Check iTunes and it is Danielle, who has been doing well on the country side each week.) to make it to the finals. It will be that third one that I will be amazed at.

  43. Ronnie says:

    And AGAIN it will come down to viable song choices people will want to buy. Giving Sasha Whitney pretty much kills her chances and Adam giving Amber one of his group’s songs ruins her chances altogether. Both will need a lot of non-iTunes votes to overcome the others.

  44. debi says:

    I just read something that really bothers me about Sasha’s votes. Supposedly, Shakira’s fans in foreign countries are voting for Sasha via Skype. According to what I read, that’s how she beat Judith and that’s why she’s still in the competition. I don’t know if it’s true or not.

  45. Someone... says:

    Hmmm, actually, a lot of people are saying now that they can’t buy ‘Sad’ from iTunes. What the…? Is NBC gonna fix that because the song was doing really well on iTunes a while back and could have potentially saved Amber from going home tomorrow.

  46. dani n. says:

    Standouts for me tonight Amber-Sad, Swon’s-the Seeger, Sasha-Bad Girls, Michelle -Clarity.

  47. kaba says:

    I love Michelle with all my heart…but Blake won this season once again…
    The Swon Bros and Danielle have decimated the other 3 on the iTunes charts.

    Just goes to show that it doesn’t matter if you’re legitimately doing the best, if you don’t appeal to the best audience you’re screwed.

    • Jasmine says:

      That’s exactly right. Angela Miller was screwed because she wasn’t from the south. Such a shame. Michelle should win but I don’t believe she will.

  48. DaysGoBy says:

    Itunes #13 Danielle Who I am #14 Swon’s Danny’s Song #16 Dabielle Please Remember #21 Swon’s Turn the Page #21 Amber Sad #29
    Michelle Time after Time #42 Michelle Clarity #81 Sasha I Will Always Love You

    I think Sasha & Amber will go!!! I wish Amber had not done Firework I think it will be her demise!! Really Shakira you put Sasha on thin ice so you let her do Whitney??!! Really??

    Hate to say this but it wad The Swon Bro’s night!! Song choices were spot on!!!

    Danielle’s voice has emotion that her presence does not!! It is called The Voice not The Performance!! Her voice emotes feelings the rest will come with time!! Her voice is clear pure and pleasant to listen too!!

    Back to Downloading Danielle…sorry Amber but she lost my votes tonight!!

    • BillyBob says:

      I’m downloading Danielle’s song too. Her voice just relaxes me. So pleasant to listen too. Oh you said that too! LOL! Another top 10 for Danielle and into the finals.

  49. Sieves says:

    Maybe you guys should stop whining about Amber going home because of Firework and just vote for her. It does no good to sit here and say “I’m an Amber fan but she didn’t do enough tonight” and not vote. Just put your votes out there and give your favorites a chance instead of condemning them. That includes Sasha, Swons, Danielle, and Michelle too.

    Honestly Firework was pretty bad. But so was Clarity, Danielle’s first song and Sasha’s IWALY. The Swons outclassed all the girls round 1. Then in round 2 Amber gave a great performance with Sad. She doesn’t need to ‘make up’ for anything, that great performance should be enough to convince you. If not then maybe you aren’t the Amber fan you claim to be. Besides nobody can sing Firework and in general its not a great song. How it became so popular that it was the class song for the seniors before my class is beyond me.

    Now to those who believe Amber has “regressed”. Child please. She did great last week with Crazy and I Remember You. Check iTunes; those two are her best selling songs. And of course Skyfall coming in third. All her most recent performances. Amber has been steady as she goes barring Breakaway and Firework tonight. And at certain points she has even surpassed her consistency (unlike Holly) to bring a real knockout performance.

    Enough about Amber though. Michelle really impressed me tonight with Time After Time. Second Cindy Lauper song, second hit performance. Swons were also beyond solid. I enjoyed them more than Danielle and to some extent even Sasha.

    Rooting for an Amber, Michelle and Swons finale or Amber, Michelle Sasha finale. Either setup would see the best contestants in the finale.

    Danielle is a good vocalist but has been too one note, too similar in song selection and overall bland in delivery. Obviously many disagree with me, not the least of which is iTunes, but that is how I feel. Her going home would not be a disappointment to me.

    WHEWW what an essay! Here’s to a great finale!! May the best contestant win! :D

  50. PB says:

    Katy Perry kills another……Why folks try to sing that song is beyond me. If you’ve ever heard Perry perform it live, she massacres it. It’s a studio song that is so difficult to sing. I’m really big Amber fan but she killed her chances with that song selection, which at this stage in the competition is so important. The song choices are half the battle.

    Danielle has ridiculous tone and pitch. It’s a little scary how good it is within her octaves but I think some folks don’t embrace her b/c she’s sort of an All-American, upper middle class kid that doesn’t really have a care in the world except for her horses. It’s difficult for a lot of folks to relate or at least to root for. It’s unfortunate b/c I think some folks can’t look beyond it. She’s obviously very inexperience, hence she probably has the least stage presence of any of the remaining contestants but she does technically have the best “voice”.

    Michelle’s got the underdog thing going on and she seems very sweet and genuine. She looks like a muppet (in a good way) and has been nothing but humble. She and Usher also chose great songs to highlight her personality and voice. She can get pitchy and they’ve really chosen wisely for songs that are too far out of her range. Definitely the favorite right now.

    I think the Swon’s and Amber will probably go home although I think this was the Swon’s best week. They picked two great songs and really delivered. I just think there’s too much inertia for the other contestants but they could squeak by Sasha I guess who sort of gave us a poor woman’s version of Whitney and didn’t quite have the attitude needed for Donna Summer. Crazy talented though. I think it’s an all girls party next week.

    • Guitar Blue says:

      Probably true that even though the Swon Bros. did well, they were actually singing their Swan song, and goodbye.

      • MamaLis says:

        I’ll say it just once more – the Swon Bros aren’t leaving.
        And no, not a SB fan. I’m a Michelle fan. Though I did enjoy them tonight.

    • Lilly says:

      Very astute assessment! I agree.

    • matt says:

      Danielle has great tone, but not great pitch. She is always flat, flat, flat.
      She often lacks emotional depth in her interpretation too.

      • JSR says:

        whoa! Get the bananas out of your ears!! Danielle has never been flat-she is spot on pitch perfect! Time for your hearing check up ….

        • ETG says:

          Now, I don’t agree with all of Matt’s post, but for you to say, “Danielle has never been flat-she is spot on pitch perfect” is just as bad. She is NOT perfect, no singer is. She is, however, quite good and will only continue to improve.

          • JSR says:

            OK- now that we have both voiced an opinion on the subject may I ask what your opinion is based on? Do you sing? Are you trained? Have you ever sung professionally and with an award winning group?
            I do, I am and I have. Pitch is everything and makes the biggest difference. I didn’t say Danielle is perfect, I said her pitch is perfect and there are people out there with perfect pitch. I didn’t say Danielle is a perfect singer either however, in an earlier post I did say she has an amazing ability to use breathing techniques to not only sustain a note but keep it on pitch and she has no training. I agree wholeheartedly with you that she will only continue to improve. I also said she has a great gift in that she has an even break or virtually no break making her range awesome. An untrained ear will not always hear that. Everyone is entitled to their opinions and some are quite passionate about them. Growing up in the world of the Arts is an awesome experience. It has only made me appreciate the gifts other people have and unfortunately caused me to see there are too many others who say too much about things they know nothing about. Perhaps Matt is one of them? I don’t know. You can see what I wrote to Jayce; you will learn I am also a voice pathologist. I hear a lot of things others do not.

            Thanks for sharing,
            Janet R.

          • MC says:

            @JSR – This is the best post from anyone this season imo. Thank you for your wisdom and insights!