The Voice: Can’t We Keep Them All?

Last night on The Voice, Javier Colon (Team Adam) and Vicci Martinez (Team Cee-Lo) were saved by America’s votes and moved on to the next round. Casey Weston (Team Adam) and Nakia (Team Cee-Lo) were saved by their respective coaches, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Cee-Lo.

Totally called Adam saving Casey. To each their own. I liked Casey’s performance last week, but Jeff Jenkins was pretty good, too. Actually all of Team Adam was fantastic last week. Moving on…

Frenchie Davis (Team Christina) kicked off the performances with Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” I have to say that I’ve been unfortunately very underwhelmed by her performances on The Voice. I was hoping to get to see her really bust out some crazy notes on this show, but she seems to be holding back, which is probably why America didn’t vote her through to the semi-finals.

Nakia (Team Cee-Lo) was up next performing Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me.” I thought this was an interesting song pick for him. He really has to reel his voice in and keep it under control, or else it sounds like he’s shouting. I thought he did a good job at doing that. But, I don’t think he fully connected to the song, like Adam Lambert is when he performs it. That said, Nakia’s take on the song was alright.

I know Adam Levine said in his feedback that he had never heard the song before, which probably made for some fun @replies on Twitter, but cut the man some slack. He wasn’t rude about it, he just said he didn’t know that song existed.

Adam’s been bouncing around different countries since Maroon 5’s Hands All Over album debuted last September. He also revealed last night that he’s never heard of that song by The Script, which is what made me raise an eyebrow. I think someone needs to take Mr. Levine music shopping, and maybe turn on the radio for him in the car.

Alright, Dia Frampton (Team Blake) performed REM’s “Losing My Religion.” I really think Dia has come into her own during this competition. She seemed a lot more confident last night, and it really helped her out performance-wise. I do just love the unique quality of her voice. I definitely think she’s moving onto the finals.

Casey Weston (Team Adam) performed Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Why, why, WHY? Christina should have had one of her divas tackle this one. “I Will Always Love You” is not an understated song, and no matter who the singer is, they will always be compared to Whitney Houston. Kind of disappointed with that song selection from Adam.

One of the best performances of the night came from Beverly McClellan (Team Christina), who sang, “The Thrill is Gone.” I was absolutely in awe of this performance. I thought she did such a great job, and she sounded just fabulous. Beverly mentioned that she was nervous, because of how good Frenchie is, and honestly, it should be the other way around.

If you know me, then you know that I am not a Coldplay fan. Funny enough, when people cover Coldplay songs, I tend to like them. I can’t explain it.  Anyways, I was super bummed to hear that Javier Colon (Team Adam) was singing “Fix You,” not just because it’s a Coldplay song, but because it’s another slow, boring ballad. 

That said, I love when the arrangement picked up and the song all of a sudden had that rock edge to it. So awesome! Javier managed to really put his mark on a song that most music fans don’t think should be touched. To me, that says something. I thought he sounded fantastic.

Xenia (Team Blake) sang, “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script. It was a shaky performance, but I think she did really well. I just love the tone to Xenia’s voice. I feel like if she wasn’t so affected by her stage fright and was able to utilize the stage more, she’d soar past Dia to the finals next week. Not even gonna front, I totally voted for her last night.

The last contestant performance of the night came from Vicci Martinez (Team Cee-Lo), who just rocked out on Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over.” She was a little pitchy in spots, but she sang that song like it was the last song she’d ever sing. I love singers with that kind of passion.

Switching gears, the coaches also took part in the show gettin’ their sang on. Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera performed their new single, “Moves Like Jagger,” which is such a hot track. I’ve been jammin’ to it since it debuted on the radio yesterday morning. I thought it was funny that while Adam tried to engage with Christina during the performance, she was just off kind of rockin’ the stage. It made for a lot of wide camera shots, but that’s okay. I thought the combo of M5 & Christina just rocked, and I hope y’all go buy the song on iTunes! Check out their performance below!

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Blake Shelton performed his single, “Honey Bee,” which I had never heard before, and I just loved it. It’s such a cute song! Blake definitely knows how to work the room. He was all over the stage throughout his performance. I loved the end when Xenia and Dia joined him on stage to sing the chorus. Too freaking cute. Check out Blake’s performance below!

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Overall, I thought the contestants did pretty amazing last night. It kills me that four of them are being cut on tonight’s results show. I don’t feel like I’m super invested in The Voice, but all these contestants just seem like rad, talented people. Can’t we keep them all for the finale next week?


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Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is a Writer, Editor, and Arts & Entertainment Journalist from the SF Bay Area. When not listening to music or cheering on the San Jose Sharks, she's probably at the movies. Follow her on Twitter: @KirsCoachman

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