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‘The Voice’ recap: top 8 perform

Vicci Martinez is a favorite to win. CREDIT: NBC

Vicci Martinez is a favorite to win. CREDIT: NBC

Before the final eight perform, we find out who are the final two on Team Cee Lo and Team Adam Levine.

Last week, I predicted America would pick Vicci Martinez on Team Cee Lo and that he would then pick Nakia for his second spot. I got that 100% right.

I also predicted that Javier Colon would get America’s vote on Team Adam. I was right. Ditto for who Adam would pick as his second spot: Casey Weston.

The country artists (Jeff Jenkins and Curtis Grimes) basically disappointed and were rightfully eliminated. The sister duo of Taylor and Tori Thompson were cannon fodder. So was Devon Barley, the guy who inexplicably beat Atlanta’s Rebecca Loebe.

So my favorite tonight was Vicci Martinez for sure, followed by Nakia and Beverly McClellan. Who will make it through?

I bet it’s Vicci for Team Cee Lo over Nakia (bummer there!). I think Beverly will eek out a win over Frenchie for Team Christina. Dia is an easy pick over Xenia for Team Blake. And I can’t see Javier losing to Casey on Team Adam.

So my not so brave predictions: it will be Vicci, Beverly, Dia and Javier for the finals next week.

And besides the public vote, the judges get 50% of the weight, like “Dancing With the Stars.” (Gotta love how complicated the rules are, eh?). We’ll find out their votes later today after Pres. Obama’s speech.

Here are the eight performances in order:

- Frenchie Davis, Team Christina Aguilera (”Like a Prayer” Madonna) – Though she has a great voice, she lacks a certain level of warmth. She brought some big notes to the game, but otherwise, I’m not sure she added much to this song either. It was entirely predictable. Grade: B

- Nakia, Team Cee Lo Green (”Whatya Want From Me” Adam Lambert) – It’s always a compliment when a song by a former “Idol” is picked. Unlike Frenchie, Nakia really brings some grit and soul to this arrangement. It was enjoyable. Bizarrely, Adam Levine said he had never heard this song and had no idea who originally sang it. (Really?) Grade: A-minus

- Dia Frampton Team Blake Shelton (”Losing My Religion” R.E.M.) – Besides being adorable, Dia brings something different and interesting to every song she sings. In this case, she adds atmospherics and cutesy phrasing to one of R.E.M.’s biggest songs. And despite the cutesiness, she has depth, too. It’s an interesting dichotomy. Grade: B-plus

- Casey Weston Team Adam Levine (”I Will Always Love You” Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston) – This is one of those iconic songs that’s difficult to “make your own,” so to speak. In fact, she struggles in rehearsals to avoid emulating Whitney. Her version ends up more Dolly Parton, which was a smart move since that one is less known. She gives it a vulnerability that elevates it beyond mere karaoke. I liked it, didn’t love it. Grade: B-plus

- Beverly McClellan Team Christina (”The Thrill is Gone” B.B. King) – Beverly is such an indelible character and she brings out all her emotions and bluesy spirit to this song. Her joy is beyond definition. Grade: A

- Javier Colon Team Adam (”Fix You” Coldplay) – He dumps the subtlety from the Chris Martin version and gives it some more heartiness. I’m not hating it but I’ve never loved this guy. He’s almost too cool for school for me. Grade: B

- Xenia Team Blake (”The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” The Script) – She looks a little constipated while singing the song but she sounds very very cool. She has a truly unique voice and that’s why she’s even in the top 8. It’s a pretty song but as Adam noted, it was a little sleepy. Grade: B-plus

- Vicci Martinez Team Cee Lo (”Dog Days Are Over” Florence & the Machine) – She’s my favorite to win this. So the fact she’s in the pimp spot is not a surprise. Hideous hair but she is the whole package: voice, stage presence, charisma. You name it, she’s got it. And Cee Lo gave her a great song to boot. Grade: A

60 comments Add your comment

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

First! WOO HOO

I’m glad Vicky Martinez and Nakia made it.

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Woodpappy

June 22nd, 2011
10:25 am

I don’t watch the Voice. Mainly…cause I don’t have time. I am a die hard AI fan from the first day, and always will be. Just sayin….

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
10:33 am

So, are you saying you don’t watch anything else since you’re a diehard AI fan???

Branch Loveless

June 22nd, 2011
10:36 am

Thanks, Rodney. Another enjoyable show except I wish Adam had given Casey Weston a better song. That rendition of “I Will Always Love You” will not stand a chance of beating Javier whom everyone (’cept you and me) seem to love.

Only slot I see that could be contested would be between Frenchie and Beverly; however I think Bev wins in the end. It should be interesting tonight.

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
10:48 am

I am trying NOT to work at night after months of doing so with “Idol” so I’ve been doing these recaps in the morning. Sorry ’bout that.

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

The contest between Frenchie and Beverly will be a good one. Both will be screaming their hearts out. Beverly may win in the end. They’re all thirsty, but Frenchie’s is more palpabale. May be her downfall.

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
10:50 am

No need to apologize, Rodney. No need whatsoever!

Branch Loveless

June 22nd, 2011
10:53 am

I think you are entitled to nights off, Rodney. We’ll take recaps in the morning. In fact, some of us record the show and then watch the next morning. So, all is groovy. :-)

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

Rodney, no need to apologize. Really, you’re branching out by covering The Voice. Tho, I suppose with Frenchie as part of the contestants, that means it’s technically Idol related. Still, it’s the “off season.”

Oh, and btw, Mike Fisher is a smart man. He attended the New Kids on The Block/Backstreet Boys show with Carrie last night. :lol:

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

Who cares? You’re all a bunch of losers! You watch stupid shows and you have no life. Get one!

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

Sorry! You know that comment is coming and I figured I’d just beat the folks to it. :-)

strangedaysindeed

June 22nd, 2011
11:32 am

The only thing worse than watching “stupid” shows and blogging about them is NOT watching stupid shows and feeling the need to blog about them LOL. I love reality tv stupid or not.

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
12:24 pm

Nothing wrong with being proactive, Rickster. Although, I was like :shock: when I read it. Then I see your second one. You are a straight fool! :wink:

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
12:30 pm

That’s why I’m the court jester, Pitchy! :-)

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
12:40 pm

I see it’s a well-earned title! Carry on!

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
12:59 pm

Here’s some more about the fall-out from Nakia’s performance. The Glamberts went nuts!

By Ree Hines

While heaping praise on one contestant during last night’s “Voice” semifinals, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine took an inadvertent swipe at ex-“Idol” singer Adam Lambert.

The gaffe occurred right after Nakia, from Cee Lo Green’s team, stole the show with his version of Lambert’s big hit “Whataya Want From Me.”

“I’m actually not familiar with that song, but you just forced me to like it,” Levine raved before adding, “I’m pretty sure, although I’ve never heard that song before, that you probably sang it better than the person that sang it originally.”

That comment earned Levine plenty of outrage from Lambert fans, who took to Twitter and Facebook to bash “The Voice” coach. But Lambert himself was in no mood to start a feud over it. In fact, the singer seemed to enjoy Nakia’s rendition of the song as much as Levine did.

“Yeah Nakia! Saaaang boy!! Great performance.” Lambert tweeted. “I think Adam might know who I am after this next album. Get ready for me Levine. Hahah”

Minutes later, Lambert addressed his still-raging fans.

“But for the record, I’m def a Maroon 5 fan,” he wrote. “Fans: there is NO reason to be angry. Thanks for being protective but it’s all good.”

Lambert wasn’t the only one trying to soothe upset fans. Even Nakia got into the act.

“Before I go to bed: Fans, pls don’t hate on @adamlevine for his comments about (“Whataya Want From Me”),” the crooner requested. “He’s a great guy & wasn’t trying sabotage anything.”

For Levine’s part, he has no regrets about the comments, despite the continued messages directed toward him from Team Lambert.

“I had honestly never heard that song before,” he tweeted. “I thought that @nakia made me like a song that would have otherwise fallen flat. I’m NOT sorry.”

Branch Loveless

June 22nd, 2011
1:01 pm

Best line from today’s thread was in the review of Xenia: “She looks a little constipated while singing the song but she sounds very very cool.” Love it, Rodney! ;-)

BTW, what is Pres. Obama going to talk about tonight? Carson Daly said POTUS was going to delay “The Voice” a little bit. Maybe he is going to lobby for his favorite????

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
1:02 pm

Actually… I watched the performance at the site on which the post was written, and I liked Nakia’s version MUCH better that the version by “The guy who came in second to Kris Allen (you know, Kris, the guy who actually won?”)

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
1:13 pm

Supposedly, the speech will talk about a draw down of US troops from Afghanistan to “pre-surge” levels. Supposedly, it will involve about 30-35 thousand troops.

Branch Loveless

June 22nd, 2011
1:13 pm

Rickster, don’t be a hater. You know that is coming as well. :-)

Now I must go tend to my 17 cats and try to find a life so I won’t be a loser, posting about loser reality shows…

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
1:14 pm

But with any luck he’ll announce he’s been able to get the NFL owners & players to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement so the lockout will end and the season will be able to move forward.

Branch Loveless

June 22nd, 2011
1:19 pm

Thanks for the info concerning the speech, Rickster. (Note to Mr. Obama: do NOT let anyone hang a “Mission Accomplished” banner anywhere near where you are speaking…please.)

Never thought I would say it but I am caring less and less about the NFL. I dropped baseball after the strike of ‘94 and would hate to do the same to pro football. But, it is possible if they don’t settle something soon. Not that any of them care about Joe Fan (or Branch Loveless).

G

June 22nd, 2011
1:38 pm

My rankings and grades from best to worst:

1.Nakia – A (He can sing anything)
2.Javier – A (He’s ready. Just needs a good deal)
3.Frenchie and Beverly – A minus (Love them both. Win-win)
4.Vicci – B plus (A if she didn’t flub the lyric. Entertaining)
5.Dia – B (Decent, but not great. Don’t understand her popularity.)
6.Xenia – C plus (Nice voice, but still it still needs to mature more. Idolesque)
7.Casey – C minus (Wrong song. She sounded like mating sheep. Her performance was “idolesque” at best.)

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
1:47 pm

I think Vicky is going to beat Javier.

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
1:47 pm

Alhough I can’t remember who’s on which team??

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Speech… yawn. I’ll be interested in the speech he gives where he tells us how he is different from that last guy. Should last all of 10 seconds. Is that too much politics? Oh well I’m almost out of here ;)

Like Deirdre I will be scarce in the coming days, I’m taking a road trip and will sporadic between tomorrow and the 4th. Yosemite and beyond, i-fi in some areas, but I doubt there will be any in the Sierra Nevada back country.

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
1:53 pm

I’m now at Ryan Seacrest’s “The Voice” at Children’s Healthcare at Emory. Coincidental that Ryan called his studio The Voice, the name of the NBC show. Anyway, the Backstreet Boys & New Kids on the Block came by, along with Jordin Sparks. All three are performing tonight at Phillips Arena. I wanted to interview Jordin but she’s on “vocal rest” and isn’t doing one on one interviews. I’m bummed. She is going to an interview with the Voice’s lead jock Wendy Threatt, who used to work at Star 94 so I’ll have to glean from that interview. (The Voice airs only at local Children’s Healthcare hospitals.)

G

June 22nd, 2011
1:53 pm

I’m still a big supporter of The Voice’ voting system. They are trying to keep to voting as fair as possible, to avoid duds getting through. Too many people vote for everything other than the voice and performance. They are improving upon everything where AI falls short.

Obama’s my guy, but………..if he’s not coming to the table about implementating a sustainable economic plan, his words will fall on listless ears.

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
1:54 pm

The blog ate some letters: there is a “be” (will be sporadic) in my word version and a “w” in wi-fi.

The time warp has taken to eatting parts of posts.

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
1:56 pm

Rodney, I’m looking forward to it news from Jordin. The Voice? Good name, luckily he didn’t name the studio “Carson Daly”, it would have been a real dud then.

Harriett

June 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

JT, we will miss you and your cutting-edge commentary and voice of reason here, but I hope you will have a great time and safe travels.

G

June 22nd, 2011
2:02 pm

Frenchie Davis, Team Christina Aguilera (”Like a Prayer” Madonna) – If there was any time to sing runs and perform “vocal acrobatics”, this was it. I know that mainstream hates runs and gospel overtones from contestants, but Frenchie could’ve really taken advantage. I don’t know if she was holding back, or just didn’t know how. Her performance lacked emotion that the song was thirsting for near the end. Can you believe it? Madonna wrote a pop gospel song.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 22nd, 2011
2:13 pm

JT, that sounds like a super fun trip! Enjoy!

Pitchy ™

June 22nd, 2011
2:19 pm

@JTesla – have yourself a grand time and don’t stray too far from the yellow brick road (lol)….ENJOY!

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
2:25 pm

Saw Adam Lambert was not upset by Adam Levine not knowing his song on “The Voice.” But his fans apparently were!

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/adam-adam-levine-disses-lambert-204334

Mercedes S.

June 22nd, 2011
2:27 pm

Agree with poster above who can’t see the point of Frenchie competing on “The Voice”. Idol revenge?

And how silly of one of the coaches not to recognize one of Adam Lambert’s signature songs.

Harriett

June 22nd, 2011
2:30 pm

After all the fuss a year ago, I cannot believe there is anyone–at least anyone in show business–who has not heard of Adam Lambert. I don’t believe this Adam.

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
2:34 pm

That’s ok, I didn’t know who Adam Levine was.

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
2:44 pm

I’d never heard of CeeLo either.

Seth T

June 22nd, 2011
2:47 pm

4 of us from our group that watched the show together last night, took a little survey based upon this criteria:

Driving 200 miles to a concert that features 4 of the top 8 contestants. Paying $45.00 for the ticket, and $50.00 for an autographed album by the 4. In other words, ready to put our money and time and long drive into the deal.

The only combination that met the supposed investment (and we do travel to concerts) was:

Dia Frampton & Vicci Martinez & Casey Weston & Xenia.

Remember the autographed album – age and potential future exposure. Javier, Frenchie, Nakia and Beverly have been around awhile already. Potential future star-power is with the young girls.

Xenia will be gone tonite because she is not a performer, just a unique voice. Casey is at risk with a bad song choice. The younger girls in our watch group seem to connect with Dia and Vicci. Nakia should go, and either Beverly or Frenchie (maybe both unless each coach gets to save one of their own with the vote-tilting) goes tonight.

JTesla

June 22nd, 2011
2:48 pm

Cee Lo I knew from Gnarls Barkley. Oh and that one song he did that I can’t type the name of except I can use the “safe” version called “Forget you”.

As for the rabid fans burning up Twitter… LOL. It’s not just a blog thing.

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
2:48 pm

I was surprised Adam Levine didn’t recognize ‘Whatya Want From Me.” He also didn’t recognize “Bless the Broken Road” though that’s less surprising.

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
2:50 pm

Jordin Sparks is now three feet from me signing autographs to sick kids. Too bad Wendy, doing the interview for The Voice, didn’t ask her about her weight loss, which is what I would have asked. After Jordin did a liner for The Voice, she noted, “You guys had the name before the show, right?”

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
2:54 pm

Wendy told me the publicist kept giving her the signal to wrap up so she didn’t get around to the weight loss question.

Harriett

June 22nd, 2011
3:08 pm

Thanks, Rodney! You would’ve done a great interview! JT, I had heard of Adam Levine. I subscribe to Rolling Stone magazine, after all! ;)

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
3:38 pm

those darn publicists!!

RxDawg

June 22nd, 2011
3:42 pm

I’m going to put my post on the previous blog here where it belongs…

Alright, I see the voice recap post isn’t up yet and I’m going to bed so I’ll say it here and maybe add it to the real post tomorrow.

I’ve been waiting to see a few episodes to make sure I was right. I didn’t want to be hasty and just jump on something because it was new. But now I’m convinced. The Voice is ten times a better show than American Idol. It is simply superior TV entertainment. It has WAY better talent. It has WAY better song selections (and I’m now convinced that Idol is probably being cheapskates with the royalties). It has WAY better voting system (sorry to all you obsessed tweens out there). I love the idea of coaches over judges. I love that the coaches perform a lot. I love that the coaches perform with each other a lot. I love that the coaches perform with the contestants a lot. It’s like Idol has too many rules or something. The Voice just does what they want in the name of great music, and then there is a competition thrown in.

I’m sure some of you Idol die hards will probably very much disagree with me. I’ve been watching Idol since about the end of the 2nd season. Idol is fun. But the Voice, for me, seemed to take all the wrongs in American Idol and make them right. I’m now a complete fan. I think we should be talking about Idol on “The Voice” blog from now on.

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

June 22nd, 2011
3:53 pm

Rx, glad you enjoy the The Voice. I feel like it’s AAA while Idol tends to be more Rookie ball. I enjoy the rookies. :)

RxDawg

June 22nd, 2011
4:02 pm

As far as the favorites go…

I agree that Vici is a major front runner.

I think Javier could be… but he tends to oversing a lot. I noticed Adam was trying to make him keep the melody. But the talent is most certainly there.

I think Nakia is awesome, but unfortunately he is going to lose out to Vici. Which is a shame because I really enjoy everything he does.

Casey just keeps impressing me, but I just don’t see her beating out Javier.

Beverly just doesnt’ do it for me. There is something about her singing style that just annoys me for some reason. A little too copy cat or something. I just can’t place it because I realize she’s actually really good.

Frenchie is probably gone. She can belt big notes but the begining of Like a Prayer was verrrry awkward.

Dia will get in over Xenia. But she’s kinda meh for me. Way to lazy with her phrasing for me. Javier does this too.

RxDawg

June 22nd, 2011
4:04 pm

lol yes K&C fan, exactly. Being a musician I really appreciate and enjoy the good talent that The Voice brings. And it drives me to drink to watch so much mediocre talent get voted through on Idol because they’re cute.

Harriett

June 22nd, 2011
4:09 pm

But, Rx, allow me, as a former muscian/band member who slugged out a living for many years on the club scene to comment. You can hear folks just as talented as those on The Voice in any number of clubs in America. There is a freshness to the Idol contestants that is not found among some of these jaded veterans who have been performing and scratching out a living for years. Unless there is something VERY special about them, they will all go back to plugging away. I don’t think Idol requires “cute” as much as “fresh.”

G

June 22nd, 2011
4:17 pm

RxDawg, you’re batting 1.000 today. I’m a musician too and it drives me crazy to see the best talent get voted off AI early. I’m highly impressed with The Voice.

Harriett

June 22nd, 2011
4:34 pm

Time to go. Talk to y’all tomorrow.

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

There’s lots to be said for A and AA ball. The further you are from the big leagues, the more fun & less staid things tend to be. :-)

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

I think the first season or two of Idol were more like A (or AA) ball. Things were a lot simpler, the stage wasn’t nearly as big. It was a simpler, stripped-down production. (I don’t remember seeing all the pyrotechnics and special effects on “Idol Rewind.”)

Now… Idol is more AAA – if not major league.

Rickster

June 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Hope everyone has a great evening. (And a good day to you, Sakura.) :-)

Rodney Ho

June 22nd, 2011
5:37 pm

My new blog thread and my non-encounter with Jordin Sparks!

Seth T

June 22nd, 2011
9:37 pm

http://www.youtube.com/user/emilywest#p/a/u/0/kSr1TCZPBZs

I see there are a few musicians on the post, that have been around the circuits, as I have been. I agree with Hariett that you can find some local/regional talent that that will rival a good number of the people in the top 24 or 16 on these talent shows like Idol or the Voice.

The girl in the enclosed video started, as a young girl, in the same studio where I recorded and helped produce an album on a different project. (Not the City or studio or label where she currently produces music) She changed her last name to “West”, when they seen she was going somewhere.

There is another young woman here now, that a friend of mine is trying to get signed, that could wipe the floor with a number of the early round female contestants on some of these talent shows. We are going to encourage her to try-out for the voice next season, unless she gets really lucky and gets signed in the meantime.

RxDawg

June 22nd, 2011
11:02 pm

Thanks for sharing Seth.