In order to allow last night’s Presidential debate to air a full two hours, NBC aired a truncated one hour version of the The Voice last night. After watching the show, I wish they would tighten up the format just like last night’s show. Two hour shows, they might get eleven artists in including all the backstories. Last night, they aired six singers in an hour in what appeared to be a breezy pace. I was waiting for the season’s first montage (where they pack three or four singers who make the cut into a brief two minute clip, but there wasn’t one to be found. What also wasn’t found was a possible winner of the show. Or maybe the winner was there, but I didn’t hear it.
Only one of the six singers featured failed to get a coach to turn around. Zack Hicks, a self-proclaimed country-soul singer from Dallas, sang Billy Vera & The Beaters’ “At This Moment.” Much like the coaches, I thought the song choice wasn’t right for the style of music he professed to want to perform. He was nervous at first, and settled down eventually, but I think a better song more suited to what he wants to sing might have gotten him a chair turn.
There were no four-chair turns in last night’s show, but there were two singers who got three of the coaches to turn around. Of those, my favorite was Elia Esparza who sang “Como La Flor” by Selena in Spanish. Though it could have been a big risk, her singing was great. I loved her clear strong voice, even as I couldn’t understand most of the words she sang. Four years of Spanish in high school and I could only pick out a few words and phrases. If I knew then what I know now…anyway I thought she sounded great. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus all turned for her, but she chose Adam as her coach.
The other singer who rated a three chair turn was Josh Halverson, who sang “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan. Alicia Keys, Shelton and Cyrus all turned for the balladeer, who does have an interesting voice. As far as performing a Dylan song goes, I think the guy did pretty well. How far will he go? I have no idea. I don’t hear “winner” though. Maybe Alicia can mold him into a contender; she’s his coach after another one of her great closing speeches.
Bindi Liebowitz led off the streamlined show with a performance of “Bust Your Windows” by Jazmine Sullivan. I found it to be an interesting song choice; it sounded like her performance was nothing but chorus after chorus. She might be very talented, but I wish she had chosen a better song. I felt it didn’t or couldn’t showcase her voice very well. That song works for Sullivan, but few others. She did get Adam and Blake to turn for her though, and after round 2,632 of Adam v. Blake, she chose Adam as her coach.
Karlee Metzger stepped up to perform “Samson” by Regina Spektor. Metzger gets points for choosing the toughest song of the evening to sing, and I think she did a pretty good job. Like the coaches, I agree that her falsetto notes were a bit loose, but she certainly made up for it in her natural range. I just hope she doesn’t feel she has to resort to vocal tricks to sing something that might be easier. Miley and Blake turned around at the very end of the performance, and Metzger chose Cyrus as her coach.
Lane Mack performed “Every Day I Have The Blues,” a blues standard made famous by B.B. King, among many others. He sounds alright, but he only got Cyrus to give him a chair turn. I’m interested to see what this guy can do, but I fear he may not be around long. And no, I wasn’t a big fan of his scream during the song. Or after it was done.
Alicia Keys added one more artist, bringing her total to six.
Miley Cyrus added two more artists, bringing her total to six.
Adam Levine added two more artists, bringing his total to six.
Blake Shelton was shut out, leaving his total at five.
Each coach will have twelve artists on their team when the battle rounds begin.
If you watched the show, was there anyone who looked like the future winner of Season 11? Did you find anyone impressive? I like Esparza, but I’ll be watching to see what the coaches can do with the others who made it through tonight.
photo from Creative Commons via Eva Rinaldi (available for reuse).