Late to the party.Team Adam:
I liked Tony probably the most I ever had. That said, I still don't have a feeling for him as an artist and I wasn't in love with this song for him. I respect his performance, even if it's something I personally wouldn't buy. I thought Katrina did great except that she could have taken a recording of Lauryn Hill and pressed 'play'. It was essentially Lauryn Hill karaoke. Very good, but between Adam and Katrina there was nothing new brought to the table? Lauryn Hill's version was a big deal because it was respectful of Roberta Flack with her own spin. I don't understand the decision to have Katrina mindlessly clone another artist at all.
Objectively, I think Adam wanted to back who he thought was the winner. So I understand his vote split. It infuriates me, though, because Katrina survived two eliminations and finally got the audience vote only to have Adam back Tony. Adam wants to win. In the greater scheme of things, though, I think this is a travesty. I don't think Tony will win the whole thing. He already has his audience. Katrina, in my opinion, did a better job and could make more of the opportunity. For Adam to hose this is wrong on just about every level, and the reasons he gave are just icing on the insult. Also, I can't help the feeling that if you're female, you should stay the hell away from Adam as a coach.
One last thing about Tony:
If people don't like Jason Mraz/ Matt Nathanson/ Gavin Degraw type of music, then I could see why Tony wouldn't be appealing to the masses
If I had heard any
of this, I would so totally be Team Tony. Maybe this is what he does "in real life", but on the show, it has been nothing even remotely close to this. Team Blake:
Snore. Erin chose the wrong song and it sunk. Jermaine was given the wrong song and it was okay, but nothing special. For whatever reason, his solo songs tend to be keyed high for his voice, which gives them an unpleasant pinched sound. I like Jermaine so much better in the group numbers, where he seems both relaxed and more expressive and it falls in a comfortable range for his voice. Blake may be happy Jermaine chose him, but Blake's coaching is doing Jermaine absolutely no favors. I have no idea how he's winning popular votes.
I honestly don't care about either one at this point. They've had time to show us what they've got and that they want to win. I like Erin, but she seems stuck in her personal issues (which, understandable, but part of the business is leaving that off the stage, and Without You is the absolute last song to do that) and Jermaine can't escape Blake's awful mismanagement. If he can't get songs that show off his voice in the proper register, he's not going to do anything worthwhile as a recording artist.Team Xtina:
Chris Mann chose the safest possible song. I have to thank The Voice: I have always wanted to hear the accompaniment for Ave Maria much more than the singer (sarcasm). Chris was technically great, but again -- I didn't have chills. Part of that's the audio mix, which had his volume too low. But it was also self-indulgent and unambitious. Rather than show us something amazing or special, he offered up a crowd-pleaser that everyone and their mom would vote for. On the one hand, can't blame him. On the other hand, boring, predictable, blah.
Lindsay had my favorite performance of the night. This, to me, was everything Katrina's was not. I liked it better than Bon Iver's, even though I know that not everyone will agree. Smart choice, sung well, and played to her strengths. Loved it. I would buy an album of it -- I hope she gets to make one. I am disappointed that Xtina didn't back Lindsay, because whatever album Chris Mann farts out will get more publicity and television time.Team Cee-Lo:
Both great performances. Jamar's suffers in comparison, and that comes down to song choice. It was a good pick for him, but not nearly as dramatic. Juliet was just on
, too. My favorite performance from her. I feel bad for Jamar, but it looks like Cee-Lo picked Juliet and Jamar just let him.
After the results, I'm kind of meh on the final. Lindsay and Katrina are gone. I guess I'm really only curious at what Jermaine will do, as it could (finally) be great, even though the track record there suggests it won't. I think so long as she has a song she can work with, it's Juliet's to lose, especially with the guys splitting the vote-for-the-males vote.Last Year's Contestants:
Snooze. Snooze. WTF. Snooze. I was looking forward to Dia, but did not find the tune catchy, as I'd heard it described. It actually struck me as weird, as if the lyrics of "Everybody Hurts" were sung to the tune of "Shiny Happy People". (I watched the video WileyCoyote
-- thanks for the link -- and it was miles better.) Would have been better with more Dia and less unintelligible and listless rap. Vicci and Javier's songs were terrible, sleep-inducing affairs. Vicci was trying and I love her voice, but the song and sharing the stage with Cee-Lo were doing her no favors. Javier's song was the most derivative drivel and a complete waste of his talent. Beverley didn't even get her own song, but made up for it by screaming with Cyndi Lauper. That wasn't good music, but it was great TV.
Wow. All of last year's blood, sweat and tears produced that
? Suddenly I care even less about the finale. Maybe Lindsay and Katrina are
better off. Escape while you can!