On the third night of The Voice, the montages appeared. That is, we see a group of singers who either didn’t make the cut, or ones that were chosen whose performance the audience did not get to see. Perhaps in honor of show number three, we saw three montages. One of three singers who did not make it, and two of six singers who did make the cut, but whose names and their chosen coaches I’ll have to watch again to match up. Needless to say, I’ll just wait for them to show up in the knockout rounds.
However, they let Adam Levine do a “blind audition,” which may have allowed us to at least hear one of the performers who got through. And towards the end of the show, he was shown as being on “Team Blake.” Really? That performance, while a very quick run-through of Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” prevented us from seeing more of the people the show is supposedly about. Not to mention, it lends some heft to my theory that the coaches profit more from the show than any winner ever does. Between the montages, and the Levine performance, there was plenty of time for at least one or two more performances.
Overall, tonight was not one of the great nights on show. There wasn’t a lot of “wow” in the performances, even though another eight artists were chosen (not counting the six in the montages and the Adam Levine performance). Some brief observations about the chosen ones:
Kelsie May performed “You’re Looking At Country” by Loretta Lynn. The 15 year-old was solid, with a voice made for classic, throwback country. It wasn’t a great performance, but she did go through and chose Blake Shelton as her coach.
Kimberly Nichole, the self-proclaimed “Rock Ballerina” was up next. Her performance of Ike & Tina Turner’s Nutbush City Limits didn’t measure up for me. I needed to hear more fire, and she was very controlled. In a lot of performances, being controlled is usually a good thing, but I wanted a little more from this performer and I just didn’t get it. She chose Pharrell Williams as her coach.
Michael Leier was up next and performed “Last Kiss” as performed by Pearl Jam. The song didn’t give him much in terms of range, but that may be because of the way Eddie Vedder performs it. He does have powerful voice though. I liked his performance, but I did not love it—mainly due to the fact that there was more power on display than range. He chose Adam to be his coach.
Travis Ewing performed Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name” with a slowed down, reggae-like arrangement. The arrangement was clever and he pulled it off, mostly. I thought that the arrangement drained some of the energy out of the song, but compared to what had been previously heard, he took the temporary “best of the night” designation. Certainly by virtue of the arrangement alone, it was the most interesting performance so far. He was the second artist to join Team Pharrell on the night.
Sonic (one name singer!) was up next and performed Money On My Mind by current hot boy Sam Smith. Compared to Mr. Leier from earlier, she had range in spades. However, her performance ran out of gas towards the end. She started out great, but it fell apart a bit later on. It was good enough, however to get Adam and Christina Aguilera to turn their chairs. Sonic picked Christina to be her coach. I’ll be interested to see what she can do with Sonic.
Jacob Rummell is up next and he performed Count On Me by Bruno Mars. Jacob’s voice is very pleasing to the ear, a very high tenor with good falsetto range. Adam noted on the show that he reminds one of a young Michael Jackson, in terms of the innocence in his voice. His performance was very good, but there were nerves in it. He chose Blake as his coach, which will make for an interesting pairing.
After so many younger performers, Barry Minniefield was the next performer. Barry is 52 years old, which is something you don’t really see on this show (or any music performance show, for that matter). Barry did “Me And Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul. His is a voice that you don’t hear on these shows either…a sound of a grown man singing an adult song. It’s the type of voice and performance, while good, doesn’t sound like one that wins a competition like this. For the longest, it did not look like anyone would turn for him…until Adam did at the very last minute. I don’t know if Adam can get him to the final rounds, but it will be interesting to see him try.
The true best performance of the night was by India Carney, a 21 year old student at UCLA. She performed Billy Joel’s New York State Of Mind, and got all four chairs to turn-one of the few artists of the night to do so, if not the only one. It was a very good performance, outdistancing all the others. Of course, the editing of the show gave away the four chair turn, so you knew she was going through. The battle to be her coach was entertaining, though in the end she went Team Christina.
Two artists, Hannah Ellis and Ella Khorov, did perform and had their backstories shown, but they were not chosen. I didn’t think either of them did enough to go through-Davis just didn’t bring enough to Martina McBride’s “This One’s For The Girls,” and Khorov’s all-over-the-place take on Ann Peebles’ “I Can’t Stand The Rain.”
If you watched and have some thoughts about the show, leave them in the comments. More blind auditions on Tuesday night.