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‘The Voice’ top 3 performance recap: don’t cry for Cassadee

Nicholas David is in position to win "The Voice" if he can get past Cassadee. CREDIT: NBC

Nicholas David is a dark horse to win "The Voice" if he can get past Cassadee and Terry. CREDIT: NBCTwo gu

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Guys have won the first two seasons. Will they end up splitting the vote now that they created a three-way finale? Cassadee has been outselling the other two by wide margins on iTunes. She is a pro who fronted a band before and comes across sa polished and vocally pristine. She’s up against Nicholas, a bearded soul man who opted for Cee Lo-level glitz tonight and Terry, an excellent 80s rocker in the wrong decade. I’m going to play it safe and call this for Cassadee.

Also, the opener with “Hallelujah” and the contestants and coaches holding the names of the Newtown dead was appropriately touching and effective in its brevity.

1) Nicholas David (”Great Balls of Fire”/Jerry Lee Lewis mashed up with “Fire”/Jimi Hendrix, Team Cee Lo) – I haven’t been following this show all season but is this really what Nicholas is about? He has a good voice but is he Vegas? All that literal… fire.. This is something Taylor Hicks would have chewed up and spit out. But Nicholas seems like way too serious an artist to make this work. Cee Lo would have fit in this, as well. Maybe his coach wants to make him like him? Grade: B

2) Cassadee Pope (”Over You” Miranda Lambert/ Team Blake) – A smart reprise because she can pop-ify anything, including this country song and I read that this sold gobs of downloads before and was on the  iTunes chart for a good period of  time. Grade: A-minus

3) Terry McDermott (”Dude (Look Like a Lady”- Aerosmith with Blake in duet /Team Blake) – Fun, perfectly innocuous. I am personally surprised Terry made it this far. He’s a very good cover singer is all I can fathom. Grade: B/B-plus

4) Nicholas David (”Lean on Me” Bill Withers) – This reprise was a good pick. He brings sweet white soul to the equation in a way Michael Bolton never could. Grade: A-minus

5) Terry McDermott (”Broken Wings” Mr. Mister) – Clearly, there is no attempt to make him modern in any sense with his song picks. He picked a boring Mr. Mister song. It’s a perfectly respectable version, as he always seems to do. But poof! I almost immediately forget about it. Grade: B

6) Cassadee Pope (”Steve McQueen” Sheryl Crow, duet with Blake) – She’s entertaining and her voice has a sweet, plaintive tone to it. Although this is theoretically a duet, Cassadee gets most of the vocals, which was a smart move on Blake’s part. Grade: A/A-minus

7) Terry McDermott (”I Want To Know What Love Is’ – Foreigner) – This reprise is the best I’ve ever heard him. He at least brings something interesting vocally to this 1980s ballad (and yes, he sure likes thos 1980s rock ballads.). There are a few flat notes interspersed. Grade: B-plus/A-minus.

8) Nicholas David (”Play That Funky Music” Wild Cherry duet with Cee Lo) – Yes, more indulgence from Cee Lo, who not coincidentally has a Vegas show set up in 2013. Go go dancers. Check. Glittery suit. Uh huh. Cirque du Soleil tightrope performers. Yup. A Cee Lo Mini Me? Didn’t see that one! Cheesy as all get out! Grade: B-plus

9) Cassadee Pope (“Cry” Faith Hill) – Clearly, she wants to be the next Faith Hill with her country crossovers. She brings all the power and emotion to the table that should set her up for a win. Should is the operative word here. Grade: A/A-minus

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R

December 17th, 2012
8:02 pm

I hope Cassadee wins!

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:05 pm

That was a really touching tribute – very moving.

OK – Let’s rumble!

DanJ

December 17th, 2012
8:13 pm

The good and bad about Nicholas and his first song. The good: He brought back the funky chicken. The bad: Karaoke at best.

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:22 pm

[my last comment is awaiting moderation - apparently too phallic in my comparison to Joe C[ock]er)

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:22 pm

[my last comment is awaiting moderation - apparently too phallic in my comparison to Joe C[ock]er)

DanJ

December 17th, 2012
8:25 pm

Squishy, I’ve had the same problem. Use 0 for o or ( for C. I did enjoy Cassadee’s song. She has the most talent and should win!

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:33 pm

Well, now I know – thanks, Dan.

This is my first year watching this show – but I have to say – I don’t think any of these judges can sing. If I watch again next year, I won’t miss Ceelo or Christina (who I’ve heard won’t be returning next year).

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:35 pm

Oh – and I agree – I’d like to see Cassadee win this. I really lost interest in this competition when Melanie Martinez & Amanda Brown were voted off.

DanJ

December 17th, 2012
8:41 pm

I liked Nicholas version of Lean On Me better than the first song medley. @Squishy- I really liked Amanda Brown, wasn’t a big fan of Melanie.

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
8:48 pm

E-Trade totally ruined this song for me… All I can think back is to that awesome commercial with the E-Trade Baby & Benny…

I’dunno what it was about Melanie that I liked – sort of a Fiona Apple sound… maybe that was it…

DanJ

December 17th, 2012
8:56 pm

Terry had some issues and it showed. I think he forgot the words! Don’t see him or Nicholas getting a contract. I think Trevin and Amanda get signed before they do.

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
9:02 pm

You know, Dan – I could have sworn I read *somewhere* that both Melanie & Amanda had signed with whatever record label Adam is associated with soon after they were eliminated. But don’t quote me – I’m a very unreliable source.

Why do you think Terry & Nicholas won’t get signed soon? (Not disagreeing – just curious about your rationale).

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
9:07 pm

Terry is singing all the hits from my High School Prom…

DanJ

December 17th, 2012
9:16 pm

Terry has a average rock voice and would need a total make-over. he is TOO 80ish. He does those songs well but I don’t see anything original in him. Nicholas is more of a Blues/R&B/Indy artist. He has a nice voice but in number of record sells I don’t see it. His fan base would be limited. I think Melanie would sell better than Nicholas or Terry. She has a more loyal fan base IMO. I think Amanda, Trevin and even Dez has more upside room to growth. Of course this is just my opinion.

Squishy

December 17th, 2012
9:22 pm

Valid points – I can’t disagree with any of it.

Seth T

December 18th, 2012
12:53 am

This is my DVR speaking – so don’t blame these comments on me >>>>

” The finale was mostly only half-successful attempts at doing old. overdone rock, or re-doing one of their previous songs. There were a few good minutes, but not many. The Judges flowed with honey for everything and the back-stage chatter was boring.

We are again reminded of why this show does not produce anything near a rising star. With the emphasis on the contestants families and the side-stories for their 3rd-time-around need for success, the show producers push heavily for charity/sympathy voting.

No matter who wins, I doubt that the winner will have much more success than the last 2 winners of this show. It’s doubtful that any of them have a big chance of reaching a high level of success for any extended period of time.

They might get some radio play and tv appearances here and there for a while, but by next year at this time, you won’t see much of them except as a reappearance on The Voice.

All 3 will be much better-off in terms of their price-tag to play and appear – but the business is fast-moving and fickle unless you consistantly get into the Billboard Hot 100 with songs, and make hot, hot videos.

Merry Christmas to all 3, but have someone besides Blake sing White Christmas next time it gets done on this show.”

Deirdre

December 18th, 2012
7:43 am

Morning!

Still not watching The Voice. It isn’t that I don’t like the final 3 singers, I actually do like all 3 of them. It’s just that I’m saving all my critiquing for January. Speaking of which, the Las Vegas round will happen this week. There are spoilers available but since we really don’t know any of these people yet(in truth, we DO know a few from previous Hollywood Weeks) I figure that spoilers aren’t much help.
I will say that handsome Johnny Keyser, who over-confidenced himself right out of a spot on the live shows, is back. Also that very young kid who everyone thought should have made it, last name is Brothers, is back, a little more mature and closer to being ready for prime time.

Deirdre

December 18th, 2012
8:06 am

Note to Sam…I saw the winter finale of WD. Great episode! If they hurt Darryl I may have to drive down to Senoia and give somebody a piece of my mind! I also have an even greater respect for Glen. That guy is tough!

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
9:52 am

Good morning, everyone!

What did I miss? I had to make mac n cheese, baked beans, yams and cobbler for a luncheon today. I had to concentrate (lol).

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
10:26 am

Seem like every time I come on and post, everyone scatters and goes back to work (lol).

Nosgoth1979

December 18th, 2012
10:28 am

I have to agree with your ratings there, and I noticed that in each one of them Cassadee was a little ahead of Terry and Nicholas. I think she’s a shoe-in to win. That was an amazing episode, and I’m SO glad I didn’t miss it entirely. I was pretty worried about it last night, I had to run out of the house moments before The Voice started, and realized (too late) that I forgot to set my DVR. Luckily a little while back one of my DISH coworkers convinced me to getting a Hopper, which is a whole-home DVR that DISH released earlier this year; it has this feature called PrimeTime Anytime that records all four of the major networks every evening during primetime. So it automatically recorded The Voice for me, and once I remembered I had this feature, I was able to catch up this morning before I ended up hearing spoilers.

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
10:39 am

Haven’t been watching The Voice, and only watched the previous last 2 episodes. Now, it appears I missed a good show last night!

Brittany

December 18th, 2012
11:01 am

Obviously this article is bias. The author likes Cassadee, therefore the article is skewed toward her and makes the two men seem like they are just adequate in Cassadee’s shadow. I don’t think so. I think the young woman is wonderful and that she could win, however I think Terry is the best singer to come to the The Voice, ever.

Deirdre

December 18th, 2012
11:23 am

Brittany…this is a BLOG! The author of a blog is allowed to be biased.

Debbie

December 18th, 2012
11:23 am

Ce Lo…..should have Nicholas David do a Boz Scaggs tune. He would be PERFECT for it.

RxDawg

December 18th, 2012
11:47 am

Yay! Maybe I’ve just missed it, but I’m glad to see RoHo finally blogging about The Voice. I only got to watch about half the show last night. But Nicholas is my favorite. But honestly I’m happy with any of them winning. This show is so much more positive then XF to me. I think the talent waaaaay better to.

Dum-Bass

December 18th, 2012
1:49 pm

Agree with you “RxDawg” but a lot of the regular posters on here rag on it a lot even though they have hardly watched it, even RoHo. The Voice(I even disliked it at first) has so much more class than X Factor there’s no comparison. Last night’s opening with the tribute was a good example of being “classy”. You wouldn’t see that on the X Factor, they would be too busy self-aggrandizing.

Sam-A

December 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

Deirdre: If they kill Darryl, I’ll go with you, and same for Glenn! They and Carole are my favorite characters! For me, the scene with Darryl holding the baby was very touching – loved it! And Glenn is just a little spitfire – the bravest of the bunch. I about died when he let them lower him into that pit with the walker awhile back.

AMC is gonna run a marathon in January of both seasons 1 & 2 in B&W, which might have a dual purpose – make the show even creepier (especially in the prison) and make all the gore a bit more palatable.

Seth T

December 18th, 2012
3:17 pm

Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson and Bruno Mars will be performing on the 2 hour finale of The Voice tonight.

Sierra

December 18th, 2012
3:45 pm

Here are last week’s digital sales for the top 3:

25 MCDERMOTT*TERRY I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS 55158 0 55158
30 DAVID*NICHOLAS SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW 48387 0 48387
37 POPE*CASSADEE STAND 41400 0 41400
44 POPE*CASSADEE I’M WITH YOU 34965 0 34965
111 POPE*CASSADEE OVER YOU 16223 -58 38891 207242
122 MCDERMOTT*TERRY STAY WITH ME 14965 0 14965
151 DAVID*NICHOLAS SEPTEMBER 12771 0 12771

Seth T

December 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

iTunes charts. after close of voting last niight::

1. Cassadee Pope – Cry
5. Terry McDermott – Broken Wings
6. Cassadee Pope – Over You
12. Terry McDermott – I Want To Know What Love Is
14. Nicholas David – Great Balls of Fire / Fire

DanJ

December 18th, 2012
4:35 pm

I watch Idol, X-Factor and The Voice because I love music. I don’t watch them for the judges or mentors. I like to see contestants following their dream of making it in music. Nothing more! I say that because I think it silly to bash one show and pledge love to another. It’s not a college football game.
I see the flaws in all the shows and bring them up for discussion. And they all have flaws! If you want to debate single out a topic instead of constantly whining why X-Factor gets a write up and The Voice doesn’t. Maybe if they didn’t run The Voice twice a year it would get more ink!

Deirdre

December 18th, 2012
5:10 pm

Ya know what…..Rodney only has so much time. He can’t cover ALL the shows. He covers Idol because that’s where it all started for him. He only started covering XF because of Simon Cowell and his Idol connection. I don’t watch The Voice mainly because I don’t have the time but I’m aware of the 3 finalists, have listened to them and like them. XF gets my attention about once every 3 weeks. I don’t like the format at all! Too much of just about everything.

Instead of whining about what Rodney covers and what he doesn’t, why not try to figure out the amount of time it would take for him to cover live every show you think is worthy. The man gets to have a life away from tv, too.

JTesla

December 18th, 2012
6:43 pm

I’m still trying to figure out which of us bash The Voice. Usually when I say something negative about it I say it together with the fans of the show. Last negative I had for it was the mentors eliminating people late in the game and the fact that it ran twice in the same year. Minor beefs.

Now X-Factor… I’ll admit to bashing that. So much promise, so much garbage.

JTesla

December 18th, 2012
6:44 pm

Deirdre “The man gets to have a life away from tv, too.”

Nah, Rodney more TV less life away from TV!

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
8:02 pm

Good evening!

Squishy

December 18th, 2012
8:09 pm

This is just as bad as it was when they originally aired it last night…

Squishy

December 18th, 2012
8:14 pm

It looks like the 8PM hour broadcast is a repeat of last night’s show. Then the finale show runs from 9-11PM.

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
8:18 pm

Thanks Squishy. Just looked at TV Guide. This gives me a chance to see what I missed last night.

Chile, you made me laugh. I’ve heard only good things about last night’s show, and now here you come saying it was basically a train wreck (lol).

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
8:26 pm

Yay, Terry is going to sing Broken Wings. Another one of my favorites.

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
8:27 pm

Oh my, he’s nervous!

Pitchy

December 18th, 2012
8:30 pm

New thread is up.