The Voice >> Team Adam & Team Cee Lo Go Live!

Jamar Rogers wins the night with his performance of Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way.”

Last night was the first night in a few weeks that I’ve gotten to sit down and watch The Voice. (Not even gonna front, I’ve been watching/supporting Gavin DeGraw on Dancing with the Stars.)  I’m still making my way through Team Xtina and Team Blake’s performances from last week, but I haven’t been too impressed with what I’ve heard.

I went into last night’s show hoping that Team Adam & Team Cee Lo would just bring it, but there seemed to be a lot of nerves, which isn’t surprising. I thought both teams had strong performances and both teams had weaker performances, which will probably be dealt with on tonight’s results show.

I guess I’ll just jump right in!

Team Cee Lo

Jamar Rogers | “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – Lenny Kravitz

I really like Jamar. I like the positive energy that he brings to the show, plus he’s crazy talented. His performance, for me, was easily the best of the night. His voice and his stage presence went unmatched last night. I like that Cee Lo picked a song that truly brought out the best in Jamar. It was an exciting performance to end the show on. I have a feeling that Jamar is definitely a contestant that we will see in the finals.

Juliet Simms | “Roxanne” – The Police

I definitely agreed with Blake Shelton last night when he said it was the first time we’d really heard Juliet sing. She’s usually growling her way through songs, which if the song calls for it, it’s fine, but I also felt like we were hearing her true voice last night. She has a fantastic natural sounding rock voice without all the growling and it’s more appealing to the ear. I don’t think she’ll have any issue getting to the next round.

Erin Martin | “Walk Like an Egyptian” – The Bangles

I actually thought this was a great song pick for her. Cee Lo found a recognizable song that would fit her voice. That’s no small feat. However, I felt for someone who doesn’t want to get by on her looks, it seems like she likes to pose like a model during her performance than actually “sing.” She had a chance to show some personality, but she kind of threw away her shot. I think the only way she’s moving on to next week is by getting saved by Cee Lo, but I think that save has someone else’s name on it.

Cheesa | “Don’t Leave Me This Way” – Thelma Houston

I like Cheesa’s voice a lot. During her battle, it really could have gone either way, but I think she earned her spot. I get that she has this big voice and that Cee Lo wants to showcase that, but I wasn’t really feelin’ that song. It did show a little bit of range at the beginning and really highlighted her powerful voice. I loved how she worked the stage and did some choreography. The girl is a great singer and performer, but like Adam Levine said, there’s a lot of great singers in the competition, and she’ll need to really bring it and do something to set herself a part from the competition. I actually think that she’ll be the one to nab Cee Lo’s save.

James Massone | “Don’t Know Why” – Norah Jones

I actually really liked this song pick for James. It really worked well with his voice. I thought the arrangement was too rushed and at times it felt like James was just trying to keep up. He definitely needs to watch his pitch. It’s great to interact with the crowd, but you have to keep your voice in check. I think he’ll get the votes for the next round. He’s like The Voice’s own Boston Bieber. Girls are sure to give this kid some love.

Tony Vincent | “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – Tears For Fears

I kind of stopped paying attention after I found out what song he was singing, because I was reminiscing about this:

My bad, y’all. Watching the performance now, I like his voice, but I didn’t like song for his voice. And I agree with Christina Aguilera, the song did restrain him, as far as how much he could show off his vocals. Production-wise, I thought it was a little over the top. I thought he should have come down from the platform after the first chorus, so he could move around a little more. The performance overall felt really limiting, which is disappointing, because obviously, he’s a talented dude.

Team Adam

Mathai | “Ordinary People” – John Legend

I loved the very beginning of Mathai’s performance. The a capella opening was fabulous. From there, I can understand why Christina called it “loungey.” I was disappointed that Mathai didn’t really listen to Adam’s advice about taking it down a notch and showing the emotion of the song, because it’s not a happy song, yet she had a big smile plastered across her face for the entire performance. That may have just been how she dealt with her nerves, but I wish she could reigned them in a bit, so she could have had a more heartfelt and sincere performance. Overall, I thought she sounded lovely, but like Christina said, the performance wasn’t convincing. And trust me, I was not Christina Aguilera’s biggest fan last night, even if she did raise valid points.

Kim Yarbrough | “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele

I wish Adam had steered Kim far, far away from this song. I get that the song is full of this great emotion that Kim connected with for her performance, but the song has been done. Adam is a great coach, but if the coaches were picking the songs, then he should have been picking the songs, or at the very least, collaborate more when it comes to picking the songs. Performance-wise, I thought Kim nailed it. She captured the emotion that the song calls for and really gave it go.

Pip | “When You Were Young” – The Killers

I thought Pip was going to perform something from maybe Michael Buble or even Amy Winehouse again, since he has that big ol’ retro kind of voice. So color me surprised when he starts talking about how he wants to be more of a pop-rock artist like his coach, so he’s picked “When You Were Young” by The Killers to sing. Even though I was initially thrown by this decision, I thought he did a good job. I loved seeing him up above the crowd like a lil’ rock star, bowtie and all. But I totally understood what the judges were getting at with it feeling forced; he definitely needed to grasp the emotion of the song more to make his performance more believable. I thought his vocal performance was solid, and I think Pip has a strong enough fan base to get him to the next round.

Tony Lucca | “In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

This song choice had Adam written all over it, which is good, because it means he picked it with the intent to challenge his performer. And we found out that Adam really wanted Tony to tackle the falsetto, which Tony has admitted is a weakness. I was excited to see how this was all going to play out and then during Tony’s performance, it became clear to me that the falsetto note was not going to happen and you could also see Adam kind of figuring this out as well during the performance. Overall, I thought Tony had a solid performance. I would like to see him perform something that’s more soulful with a little grit to it, but that’s me.

I was quite shocked to hear Christina take him to task over his performance. Kind of out of all the contestants, I didn’t think she’d really keep it real with him, yet she had the balls to call him one-dimensional and was wondering about versatile he could be past this point. And then she kept right on going by mentioning of all the support he was receiving and name-dropped Justin Timberlake, in particular. It’s one thing to be constructive with your feedback, but I felt like she took it too far by implying that support from his well-known friends in the music world would be the reason for him making it to the next round, since she thinks there are better voices on the show. I love Christina, but I didn’t see the need for her to take what came off as a personal shot at him.

Obviously, you can tell who I’m rooting for. Not because Justin Timberlake says so, but because I’m a longtime that fan that knows what he’s capable of.

Katrina Parker | “Tonight Tonight” – Smashing Pumpkins

I’ve re-watched this performance a couple of times and I’ve decided what I thought was an odd song choice was very fitting. I thought it worked well with her voice. I just love the tone to Katrina’s voice, and if she moves on (and I really hope she does), I can’t wait to see what song Adam challenges her with next, because she really seems to be benefiting from his coaching.

My only nitpick about Katrina’s performance was the styling, I know she loves to rock fabulous dresses, so I didn’t mind the dress, I thought she looked great. But her hair and make-up was very similar to Adele, which was something that she and Adam talked about getting away from during their session. I love her retro style, but I think if vocally, she’s making the effort to not come across as an Adele-knock-off, the styling team need to keep that in mind as well.

Karla Davis |”Airplanes” –  B.o.B.

I didn’t see Karla’s session with Adam, so I have no idea if that’s a song he handed her or not. And because I totally missed two weeks of battle rounds, this was also my first time hearing her sing. Knowing that she beat out Orlando Napier in the battle round, I was expecting to be blown away. I think it was Christina that mentioned a possible microphone issue, because I re-watched Karla’s performance today and it did sound overly breathy during the verses, but she kind of came into her own more so during the choruses.  Unfortunately, I thought Karla weakest link on Team Adam.  I liked her tone during the choruses, but I definitely think this boils down to the song choice and this was the wrong song for her.

My predictions:

Team Cee Lo

Saved by America: Jamar, Juliet, James
Saved by Cee Lo: Cheesa

Team Adam

Saved by America: Mathai, Pip, Tony
Saved by Adam: I think it’s going to come down to Katrina and Kim. As much as I love Kim’s voice, I really would love to see what Adam’s coaching can bring about in Katrina, so I would go with Katrina.

Let me know what you thought about last night’s show & who you think is moving on to the next round!

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Kirsten Coachman

Kirsten Coachman is an entertainment writer and editor from the SF Bay Area. Fan of live music, Shonda Rhimes dramas, and the San Jose Sharks. Follow her on Twitter: @KirsCoachman

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