NBC’s The Voice Season 5 – Blind Auditions: Premiere

So Marianya here… Below are my impressions of the contestants that have been picked up by various coaches as well as my thoughts on the coach / contestant connection.

Unfortunately since I am already busy on Monday nights, my thoughts / impressions will not be posted until the day after. So bare with me. :)

DAY ONE BLIND AUDITIONS (TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23)


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Kat Robichaud

X
X
X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“I’ve Got the Music in Me”
by The Kiki Dee Band


Contestant Impressions: She has that strong raspy voice that would work well with the rock genre. And in some ways stronger than Juliet Simms from Season 2.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Since there is no strong rock-related coaches in the chairs that turned she really could learn anything from the three. Choosing Cee Lo was a wise, but not surprising move, however, I would like to see her go with Blake.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Caroline Pennell

X

X
Song Choice“Anything Could Happen”
by Ellie Goulding
Original
Contestant


Contestant Impressions: Younger contestants don’t really impress me as much as some of the older ones. Yes there are many that have a lot of natural talent and impeccable tone quality, however, to me give any of them a couple more years and they would be even better. I feel the same way about Caroline.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Blake has the stronger track record when it comes to coaching the youth, but Cee Lo is a respectable choice. At the same time, I think Cee Lo will push her in ways that Blake might not be able too. So despite my reluctance, Cee Lo was probably the more appropriate choice.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Donna Allen
X

X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“You Are So Beautiful”
made popular by Joe Cocker


Contestant Impressions: Mature, strong, power voice… and moving. The problem is that as much as I respect her voice and am glad she is part of the competition now I am not convinced of her longetivity.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Between Adam and Christina, the latter would have been too similar while Adam would actually push her in ways that Christina might not be able to. AKA good choice.

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October 1, 2013 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBC’s The Voice Season 5 – Blind Auditions: Week Two

BLIND AUDITIONS: WEEK TWO – NIGHT ONE


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Ray Boudreaux

X

X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Use Me” composed and originally recorded by Bill Withers


Contestant Impressions: This is a strong bluesy kind of performance that I haven’t really heard all that often. Only thing wrong… there wasn’t enough of it.
Contestant / Coach Combo: He really could have gone either way when it came to his coach. I think Blake it a better fit, but CeeLo would have been interesting.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Lina Gaudenzi


X
X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Landslide” is a song written by Stevie Nicks and performed by British-American music group Fleetwood Mac


Contestant Impressions: As much as I like her voice and the tone, etc… This isn’t someone that I generally remember, meaning I have to rewatch her performance to remember what I was thinking about her. It will be interesting to see what she sings down the road.
Contestant / Coach Combo: The obvious choice here is Christina, and honestly as much as Blake would have worked… Christina just works better.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Juhi

X
X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Mercy” performed by Duffy


Contestant Impressions: For someone so young, she really knocked this out of the park. There is something I like about her voice, except there are similarities to current / past artists so she doesn’t really stand out that much.
Contestant / Coach Combo: This is a combo in heavy (well considering the choices). Christina could work, but CeeLo is just that much better at the moment.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Justin Blake
X



Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Sure Be Cool If You Did” recorded by Blake Shelton


Contestant Impressions: Seriously? A Blake Shelton song? There is something about his I like, don’t know what though. He has a bit of a grit and a growl that he plays with.
Contestant / Coach Combo: I am really happy with this combo, Adam will do really well with Justin. Particularly since Adam has always wanted to work with a country artist.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Timyra-Joi

X
X
X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Girl on Fire” recorded by Alicia Keys


Contestant Impressions: For someone so young she has a lot of power in her voice. What I would love to hear is more depth to it, though she is strong in the technicalities.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Christina and Timyra-Joi are far too similar in vocal styles that I am not sure if it is a good fit. However, considering her youth this is probably the best choice since it would allow Christina to help her develop into a more mature voice as opposed to the other coaches where the differing styles could have a negative impact on her vocally.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Monika Leigh
X
X

X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“The Thrill Is Gone” is a major hit for B.B. King


Contestant Impressions: I really love her deeper, lower range, not to mention her falsetto. OMG. And most people that sing the lower range have to work for it, but she didn’t have to, it was just there.
Contestant / Coach Combo: That being said, she really couldn’t go wrong with any of the three coaches, well more either Adam or Blake over CeeLo but not by much. This will be interesting to see it develops.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Briana Cuoco

X
X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Yoü and I” by Lady Gaga


Contestant Impressions: She sounded just a little off towards the beginning then when she got into the pocket it just got better over time.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Honestly Christina would work better than CeeLo in this pairing. She could really focus on harnessing the power and taking it to the next level.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
George Horga Jr

X


Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Treasure” is a song by Bruno Mars


Contestant Impressions: Upbeat… he sounded like he was having a ball on stage. However, for some reason he became forgettable over time for me.
Contestant / Coach Combo: This is a combo that could work. Granted considering that CeeLo was the only one that turned, what other choices were there?


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Preston Pohl
X
X

X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Electric Feel” is the second single from MGMT


Contestant Impressions: This is what I was waiting for all night! Something unique, smooth, and that caught my attention and kept it.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Adam is the perfect coach for him, CeeLo is unique but I don’t think he could really do for him that Adam could do for him. Blake could push him, but I don’t think he could push him the way that Adam would. Overall, it is all about Adam here.

BLIND AUDITIONS: WEEK TWO – NIGHT TWO


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Will Champlin
X
X

X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Not Over You” by Gavin DeGraw


Contestant Impressions: Charisma, power, poise. His tone is really strong as well as his diction. Very strong vocally.
Contestant / Coach Combo: That being said Adam I think was the safest choice. Not one I would have liked to have seen but it would be interesting to see what happens here.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Stephanie Anne Johnson

X
X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall


Contestant Impressions: There is a lot of attitude and power in he voice. She really knows how to use her voice to her advantage.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Thus a combo with Christina works well. CeeLo could work too but I thinK Christina would be able to help let it flourish even more.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Sam Cerniglia

X

X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“It’s a Beautiful Day” is a song by Michael Bublé


Contestant Impressions: You can really feel this guy just grooving with the music. He felt really comfortable and in the pocket throughout the song. He definitely has the style and feel of Michael Buble, however, his voice is deeper and in a lower register (which I prefer).
Contestant / Coach Combo: Honestly with Blake being friends with Michael Buble is a huge advantage because Sam is not only going to get pushed and stretched by Blake, but it is with the knowledge and stylizations that Buble could aid Blake with. Sam wins in this match up.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
James Irwin
X
X
X
X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.


Contestant Impressions: Holy crap, I got chills listening to this guy sing. He was able to go through the spectrum from the subtle and vulnerable to the powerful whilst still being vulnerable.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Him and Adam pairing up is probably a very good choice. Adam works well with some flexibility plus he has the advantage of remembering James from last season… so really between Blake and Adam… Adam is probably preferred as his coach.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Olivia Henken

X
X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Two Black Cadillacs” released by Carrie Underwood


Contestant Impressions: Not bad, strong but there is something that needs work.
Contestant / Coach Combo: It was kind of funny when CeeLo mentioned he would never consider a country singer and he still pushed his button for a country singer. A CeeLo / country singer pairing could have fascinating results… but Christina is ultimately the better choice


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
R Anthony

X
X

Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Hall of Fame” is a song by The Script


Contestant Impressions: I really like what he brought to the song, there was something raw and inspiring about his voice that really draws you in.
Contestant / Coach Combo: Between the two coaches CeeLo would help him take his voice to the next level whileas Christina’s similarities in vocal technique might stunt him in his growth.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Justin Chain



X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“She’s Country” is a song written by Danny Myrick and Bridgette Tatum, and recorded by Jason Aldean


Contestant Impressions: He is definitely down to earth country. Not the kind of country that has the flexibility to move to other genres, but just sure fire country.
Contestant / Coach Combo: However, Blake is the easy choice… if another coach had turned their chair around I would love to have seen another pairing sans Blake.


Adam
Cee Lo
Christina
Blake
Ashley DuBose
X
X
X
X
Song Choice
Original
Contestant
“Diamonds” is a song recorded by Rihanna


Contestant Impressions: Wow, this one can sing. I love the power and subtlety in her vocals and what she brings to the table. This is someone I am looking forward to down the road.
Contestant / Coach Combo: What is it with Adam winning these four chair turns this night? I mean seriously. Then again, this has a feeling of chocolate and vanilla which can be good or bad. What I mean is that their styles don’t mesh on paper but they work well together. So I am expecting good things to happen here.

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

The Voice Season 4: Chicago Auditions

This past weekend there were auditions for Season 4 of the Voice and I decided that if I was able to get everything done on Saturday then Sunday I would attend auditions just for the hell of it.

Well, as is obvious from this post I went and it wasn’t all that different from the experience I had when I went with a friend two seasons ago. The difference being the location… at least for the initial cattle call auditions which isn’t saying much since in neither situation did me or my friend make it past the cattle call auditions.

Ah well.
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January 14, 2013 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBCs the Voice Season 3 – Battle Round (Observations)

So I have been watching NBCs the Voice and we are just getting underway with the Battle Rounds.

For those of you that have been paying attention I have also been watching The Voice of Vietnam which is Vietnam’s adaptation of The Voice that is just now going into the Live Rounds of the first season.

One of the first things that I noticed is that in the United States… for the Battle Rounds in the United States version when the vocalists are learning the music everyone is using just paper for the lyrics and musics. When watching The Voice of Vietnam – on the other hand – everyone was learning their music via the Samsung tablets. Interesting…

In any case, the joy of the Battle Rounds this time around in the United States version is “The Steal” where any of the coaches could “steal” the vocalist that did not win their individual battle round. We have seen the steal go to work twice in Monday’s episode of the voice as well as on Tuesday’s episode of the voice.

Let’s look more in depth with the “stolen” vocalists.
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October 10, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBCs the Voice: What to expect out of Season 4?

Well I am a little late with this news bit, please forgive me. But Christina and CeeLo Green have both stepped down from The Voice for Season 4 to focus on their careers.

So who has been tapped to fill in the chairs? Shakira and Usher apparently.

In a news article from Yahoo!

Rumors have swirled for months that NBC’s overkill decision to air “The Voice” twice yearly would at least temporarily drive away some or all of the show’s regular judges, causing the lineup to be revamped for the spring 2013 season. Apparently such is the downside of hiring judges who, you know, are still relevant hitmakers and have other important things to do with their time, like touring and recording, besides sitting on an NBC soundstage six months out of the year.

Heck when Christina was speaking to Ryan Seacrest, she admitted that she originally assumed that her time on The Voice would be:

kind of like a side project…then it kind of took off, and there goes my free time!

Christina and CeeLo both have high praise for NBCs the Voice saying:

Christina Aguilera: Being a coach on “The Voice’ is a wonderful experience and the relationship amongst us all is like an extended family. [...] I am so proud of being part of the show from the beginning, all the work we’ve done, and proud of what the show stands for as a whole. As I have expressed since day one of the show, that I am a singer and performer first and I am so excited to get back to that love. Since this year NBC and ‘The Voice’ have decided to tape back-to-back seasons, requiring a full-year commitment, it is important for me to take Season 4 off, allowing me to support my music that my fans have been waiting for…by pursuing my first passion of music during the break, I am also able to come back and offer even more to my team on ‘The Voice’ in the future.

CeeLo Green: First, thank you NBC for supporting my decision to take this Season 4 hiatus! It says that I’m seen and respected as a complete artist and not just a cast member. I’m highly enthusiastic about focusing my undivided attention on my additional endeavors and interests like my upcoming solo album, new Goodie Mob album, Las Vegas residency ‘Loberace,’ new memoir, and new NBC comedy…I will return for Season 5 and will be watching Season 4. NBC is home and as far as Usher and Shakira are concerned–’mi casa su casa.’

Even though there is emphasis that Blake Shelton and Maroon 5′s front man Adam Levine will be part of Season 4, Blake appears to have made it clear that the one year commitment has been wearing down on him (and his career) a bit:

I don’t know how much longer I’m even going to do it. It’s [NBC's] decision [for us to leave], in that they’re the ones choosing to do back-to-back seasons. They really leave us no other option. As far as Christina and Adam and Cee Lo and I, if we want to tour, there’s not a chance of that doing back-to-back seasons. That’s not acceptable to me. At some point, I’ve got to go, ‘You know what, this has been awesome. It’s changed my life, but it’s not my life. I’ve got to get back to what I really do, and that’s country music.

Yahoo! News made an interesting speculation in regards to Blake’s latest statement:

It is expected that any current judges who sit out a “Voice” season will return eventually, after taking some much-needed time to focus on their own careers…however, Blake’s statement almost reads like a final farewell, so we shall see. If he does ever leave, Adam will probably be crushed. But maybe Usher can be his new bromance buddy when and if that happens.

But personally I think Blake may have also wanted to take Season 4 off, but since Christina and Cee Lo beat him to the punch he is (forced) in a way to stick around for at least another season before he is able to take time off from the show. After all when cycling in new judges, ideally, TPTB would like to keep at least half the judges so the audience members and viewers wouldn’t feel like it is a totally different show. And that is understandable.

Here is hoping that after Blake take a season (or even two) off he would come back… because personally I think the best solution would be that Christina and Cee Lo would go ahead and take a break for Season 4… have both come back for Season 5 and let Adam and Blake take their break… so that way we could feel comfortable with the new coaches/judges with both sets of original pieces… then cycle in new coaches/judges for Season 6 for whomever wants to leave… this way the camaderie reasonably stays intact… so here is hoping that NBC does the smart thing and do this:

Season 3: Adam, Blake, CeeLo, Christina
Season 4: Adam, Blake, Shakira, Usher
Season 5: Shakira, Usher, Christina, CeeLo
Season 6: NEW, NEW, OLD, OLD… (two of the newer coaches and two of the original coaches)

And this way each coach/judge could be cycled in an out in one to two year increments (aka anywhere between one through four seasons)… and probably draw a pool of eight to twelve musicians, vocalists, artists. How would TPTBs that be choose their four judges? Either there is a set schedule that the coaches/judges could agree to OR first come first serve? It would be interesting to see and find out how this works for future cycles.

With all that being said: Who would you like to see be a coach/judge on the voice?

September 29, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBCs the Voice Season 3: Second Time’s the Charm

In the premiere episode we were treated to seeing Daniel Rosa take another try at the Voice, after not making a team in Season 2 but was given great advice for his singing, he came back stronger and more confident making it onto CeeLo’s team. As a quick reminder here is Daniel’s original audition in Season 2 (audio only w/ pictures)…

Versus Season 3′s audition.

Last night we were treated to another singer that auditioned in Season 2 and did not make a team then only to make it onto a team in Season 3: Dez Duron.
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September 25, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBCs The Voice: Adam Levine’s Two Buttons’ Pressed Upstaged

For those of us who are fans of The Voice, how could we forget Adam Levine pressing Cee Lo’s button as well as his own for Tony Lucca’s rendition of Trouble?

Well… I started watching “The Voice of Việt Nam” which is Việt Nam’s version of The Voice and I couldn’t help but smile when one of the judges (Trần Lập) pressed not just one button… but two (of co-judges/coaches Thu Minh and Hồ Ngọc Hà)!

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September 24, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

NBCs the Voice Season 3: Reimaging Britney Spears’ Toxic

Monday night we were treated with a re-imagining of Britney Spears’ Toxic by Melanie Martinez. It was so good it got three of the four judges to turn their chairs: Adam, CeeLo and Blake.

However this isn’t the first time that we have seen a re-imaging of Toxic in recent memory… In fact Jake Wesley Rogers of NBCs America’s Got Talent also did a different rendition of Toxic via piano:

Unfortunately for Jake it didn’t get him through the quarterfinals.

Which do you prefer?

September 18, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.

The Voice 2012 Returns Monday

The Voice is returning to NBC on Monday. Unlike the rest of the vocal reality TV shows, the judges are still the same. Plus, the Voice has added a great new twist this season to make the Battle Round more interesting. Basically, once the coach chooses who they’re going to keep in the battle rounds, then the other coach can steal the singer who lost the battle round. Should make it interesting.

The Voice Season 3 Teaser Trailer
The Voice coaches talk about Season 3, and one of the new surprises in store for their teams!

Nobody Like Them
The Voice coaches bring a world of experience to their quest to find America’s next great star.

September 5, 2012 I Written By

A true lover of TV. Not everything about TV, but great TV. Not afraid to say what he thinks and be proven wrong when someone knows something more than he does. My favorite TV show is definitely Amazing Race. However, it's not my favorite TV show to blog about.

NBCs the Voice Season 3: Advisers to the Judges Chosen

Several advisers for the judges have been announced for NBCs the Voice:
- Mary J Blige has been tapped to aid Adam Levine
- Michael Buble will be aiding Blake Shelton
- Matchbox 20′s Rob Thomas will be CeeLo Green’s adviser
- Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day will join Christina Aguilera’s team

What do you think of the line-up thus far?

In other Reality TV news:

As the talent contest field grows more crowded, shows are competing for big-name music stars. “American Idol” is adding Mariah Carey as a judge, and “The X Factor” signed Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.

July 27, 2012 I Written By

My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does blogging fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =) Though you may find me at either PureDWTS, PureSYTYCD or PureAmericasGotTalent at this point.