Perhaps I am coming down with an ear infection or it was my TV, but a lot of those performance seemed off pitch for huge chunks. And I thought the tongue baths from the coaches seemed way over the top.
I thought Tessanne was mediocre through most of that song (with pitch problems). Frankly, it gave me more respect for Gwen Stefani. However, she opened up in the last 30 seconds and really redeemed herself- although after the callbacks the ending was a whimper, not a bang. I agree with Xtina, that we finally saw her, instead of just her range.
The rehearsal clips of James sounded awful, so I was very surprised that he actually pulled it off (although he had pitch problems in the beginning as well). The attack of the ventriloquist's dummies intro was embarrassingly bad. But I liked this showman James. I think this look and approach is where he belongs- I suppose in that Buble et al. genre. I think James will definitely be safe.
Poor Caroline. The drowning out by the background vocals really hurt her. She needed to dispel any doubts that her voice is too twee and the backgrounds took that opportunity away from her. Like Kat last wek, CeeLo once again delivered an eulogy for his sweet Caroline. CeeLo, by doing this, you give America your blessing to send her home. Your instinct may be loving and supportive, but you actually undermine your artists. I'm beginning to think CeeLo is done with this gig. I hope Caroline survives, but I am not hopeful. I think a good path for Caroline's career would be to hook up with a male singer to form a duo. Another voice in the mix would allow the beautiful parts of her voice to shine. It's as if her voice is an ornament that needs something to hang on. She has always sounded her best with another singer (the battle round, the Royals duet).
Matthew crashed and burned this week. It was pitchy and he could not get control of that song. He should go home for that performance, as it was the worst of the night hands down, so we'll see how much America likes him.
Jacqui. She had the most problems with pitch. She screamed that ending. There was nothing musical about those sounds. She started out nicely, but really blew it by the end. She actually showed more poise and lovely singing in the group performance.
I simply couldn't get into Cole's performance- and I have liked Cole from the start. There was something wrong with that entire performance, but I can't put my finger on what it was. Was it the key in which he sang? It just was not very good.
Ray. I caught the beginning and just fast forwarded. A karaoke song choice that didn't give him much room to play. Perhaps his work in the group performance will save him, because he sounded really good on that (they all did).
ETA: I forgot about Will. I could see the technical skills and the commitment to the performance, but it didn't do anything for me. Perhaps I am just worn out on bluesy singers today because there is nothing really for them to do. I am a huge fan of 60's/70's r&b/soul (including the great Etta James whom I had the good fortune to see live thrice), so it really has to be new in some way to catch my attention. This was not. I think the problem with this performance was embedded in Xtina's comment- Will thinks too much. He never seems to experience the joy of singing; he is more focused on getting it right. I think he might find success as a producer, but I don't think a singing career is for him. I found it interesting that we learned last night that Will also went to Berklee. I wonder why they never mentioned at some point that two members of Team Adam were graduates of Berklee.
Edited by BarneySays, Nov 26, 2013 @ 8:49 PM.