Shows Round of 12
And then... there were
12. One of them is the next Voice. But it's no longer up
to the coaches, because YOUR vote, and your vote alone
will determine who stays and who goes. No matter what
team they're on, the two singers with the lowest total
will go home tomorrow.
And by the way... it's
hot in LA.
The Swon Brothers
For this voting round, if your single is
on the iTunes top 10 by the end of the voting window, your votes will be
multiplied by 10. This could be the boost that some singers need.
We begin with Atlanta's Vedo, who
wants to be a pop artist and an entertainer. Helping Usher out with that
development is Usher's choreographer, telling him to restrain himself on
"Rock With You" by Michael Jackson.
THEY SAY: Shakira thought it was "vibing",
saying that he leaves his heart on stage. Blake says that the
choreography added to the performance, calling it awesome. Usher says
that he paced himself and hit the big notes. That will win him votes.
WE SAY: If you've ever seen the "Rock
With You" video, the many pastiches to that video are evidence, from the
glittery footwear to the spotlight from the back. The one thing that's
missing? The vocals. That was less the MJ version and more the Brandy
version. It had little power behind it, and what power he did have he
left it for the end, when the rest of the vocal turned me off.
Baylor's Holly Tucker has her
sights set on Nashville, but can she turn her own record label project
into a winning performance of Martina McBride's "Broken Wing". She's
given the instructions: tell the story.
THEY SAY: Usher says that anyone who
doubts her talent is a "freaking idiot". Shakira... "Gosh Daniel, that
was awesome." Adam thought that the emotion and the attitude behind the
song was "one of the better vocals of the show". Blake thought it was
the best we've heard her.
WE SAY: Holly sounds really good. If I
was worried about one thing... it would be that she tends to affect a
lot. Just tell the story and concentrate on that connection, and let the
music speak for itself. Oh, and don't go money on a note if it ends up
It's still hot at Universal Hollywood....
could be the heat of Garrett Gardner after he was saved by
Shakira. He wants to front a band with his bluesy demeanor. She has
chosen "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys, but will we want it
acoustic way? Unplugged way? Rock way? THAT WAY, GARRETT?
THEY SAY: Adam calls him a heartthrob,
but he did not like the song choice. Blake says Shakira is doing the
right thing by throwing something out of left field and hope that it
sticks. Usher adds that he sees growth, saying "No risk, no reward."
Shakira thought he was "charismatic".
WE SAY: Garrett injects himself into
every aspect of the performance... take that for what you will.
And the air finally got going. I bet it
was Usher's shirt.
Adam saved Sarah Simmons last
week, and this week, she's delving into her rock side of her alternate
vibe with "The Story" by Brandi Carlile. After a week of singing the
ballad "Angel". It could be a bit of a stretch.
THEY SAY: Shakira says that the song
suits her well. Adam calls her voice "refined grit", calling her one of
the best singers on the stage.
WE SAY: Sounds like she was straining...
much in the same way that Brandi was in the original song. Soundalike
The show's only duo, The Swon
Brothers, was saved by Blake last week. This week, they hope to
return the favor with some George Jones, "Who's Gonna Fill Their
Shoes?". Now LIKE George, but FOR George. By George, will they get it?
THEY SAY: Usher thought it was a show of
diversity. Adam thought it was a beautiful rendition. Blake, thinking
that George was the king of country music, cites that the brothers
wanted to do this song. "I think this is y'all's breakout moment."
WE SAY: Warm. Tender. Moving. George is
looking down and smiling.
It's starting to cool down as we head
into the half with Sasha Allen and her Broadwayesque R&B vocal
(she was in "Hair"). She's going to have to do some damage control if
she wants to win any converts with her rendition of "Alone" by Heart.
THEY SAY: The rest of the panel give Adam
the business for letting her go. Usher thought it was "theatrical", and
that "you took us to church." Shakira thought it was "heavenly".
WE SAY: She doesn't sing the song so much
as she acts it out vocally. And she has one tone from beginning to end.
She can say so much if she varied up the dynamic level.
hopes to be the pop-rock artist with jazz influences from her
parents. He gets to infuse that into his rendition of "The Man That
Can't Be Moved" by the Script.
THEY SAY: Adam says he found his "sweet
spot". Blake thought it was his favorite. Usher told him to trust his
own instinct, breaking it down and allowing everyone to see a different
side of the song.
WE SAY: The song fits him like a glove.
wants to be a country pop artist... and she got an offer to sing a
national anthem six months AFTER her first three gigs EVER. Blake
thought "Wasted" by Carrie Underwood would do the 16-year-old justice.
It's an intense song, while she's an intense singer. Let's see what she
THEY SAY: Shakira never detects an ounce
of nerve, calling her "a 16-year-old Margaret Thatcher iron lady". Adam
still thinks Danielle's the one to beat. Blake thinks she's a genuine
kid living out a dream.
WE SAY: Holy... wow.
Judith Hill is going to have the
whole "hard act to follow" treatment, but she's up to the challenge with
a soulful version James Taylor's "You Got A Friend"... with ZERO help
from the band.
THEY SAY: Blake thought it was beautiful
and powerful. Usher thought she was "in control of her destiny". Adam
says that being by herself is a gift that can't be taught, and to do it
with such grace makes her the most talented person in the contest.
WE SAY: If Danielle said "Oh yeah?" with
her performance, then Judith said. "YEAH!"
Up next, indie artist from Massachusetts
Michelle Chamuel loves to dissect music. She'll have to dissect
"Call Your Girlfriend" by Robyn (you remember her, right?) if she wants
to make it to next week.
THEY SAY: Shakira thought it was cool for
her to move and sing at the same time. Adam is a big fan of her. Usher
wants to bring her quirkiness to the end.
WE SAY: She needed to get back to the
blind audition, because she looked like she was seizing on stage.
Next up, the Tennessee R&B crooner
Kris Thomas, who was literally two weeks away from joining the Navy.
He got the call, and now he's here hoping not to sink while singing J5's
"I'll Be There". It's a bit of a matter of life and death here, because
if he loses, he leaves with nothing.
THEY SAY: Adam calls that "a task". Blake
notes that he likes to be pushed "to the extreme". Usher thought he was
switching between Michael and Mariah. Shakira says that he really wants
WE SAY: In search of the almighty note
that shook the heavens, Kris falls flat. Again. Stop trying to get up
there and just sing. You already know how.
One more song? One more song. It's
Amber Carrington, Adam's country queen from Texas with "I'm Gonna
Love You Through It" by Martina McBride, singing it for her mom who
passed away from cancer.
THEY SAY: Blake says she did Martina and
Nashville proud. Usher says that she defies the laws of gravity, saying
how he was impressed. Shakira thought it was a smart move to give her
this song. Adam is beyond impressed.
WE SAY: This is her story, and she's
telling it with her whole heart. She has nothing to worry about.
Results tomorrow. Who stays and who goes?
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