BWW Recap: THE VOICE - First Night of Live Rounds Pins Team Blake Against Team Adam
Hey everyone! I can't believe we're on Live Rounds for the Voice! It seems like just yesterday I was recapping the blind auditions, and now we're at the Lives! Everyone is on their team, and has made it incredibly far. This week's objective is to send two people from each people home, and three people will advance: two people chosen by America and one chosen by a coach. If you're familiar with The Voice, they offer phone calls, texting (if you have Sprint), online voting, and buying the singles by the contestants will help them be saved in the competition. Each night you have until 10 AM the next day for your vote to count.
Alright, this week we started with a performance by Christina and Flo Rida, performing their new single, "How I Feel" before the competition started. The performance had amazing production value (would we expect anything less from Xtina?) and I love a good vocalist tied with a good rapper. I always think that makes a great pairing, and Christina and Flo Rida delivered.
But now, onto the contestants.
The first contestant up was Shelbie Z, who got married since we saw her on the prerecorded rounds! Congratulations Shelbie! She chose to sing Rita McIntyre's song "Fancy", to which Blake responded that she had to hit it out of the park, cause Rita watches The Voice! No pressure! Luckily, Shelbie completely owned up to the challenge, and none of the judges could disagree with that. CeeLo and Adam both said she is one of the reasons that Blake's team is so strong, while Blake agreed, saying that if he had just woken up from a coma, he would think she was a big name in country. It doesn't get much better than that, and I think Rita was proud.
Next up we have Team Adam's James Wolpert, who sang "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell (one of my favorite songs!). This performance seemed to turn Blake into a fan of James, and encouraged him to do more acoustic versions of songs, like how he performed "A Case of You". Christina and CeeLo both applauded him, saying that his peformance was heartwarming and a great song choice for him. His coach, Adam, praised him for being poised and elegant during his performance.
Team Blake went up next with Nic Hawk, singing "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke. Both CeeLo and Adam complimented him on his rhythm and ability to be entertaining. Blake called him the complete performer. However, in a competition where song choice is everything, with the controversy surrounding Blurred Lines, was Nic's performance strong enough to keep him in the competition? We'll see!
Team Blake went up again with Ray Bourdeaux, who sang "Home" by Marc Broussard. Christina said it was his best performance so far, and loved the "blues-y vibe". CeeLo said it was a great song choice and hit home for him. Coach Blake said, Ray has the ability to bring awareness to a style of music titled "Louisiana Swamp Pop", and that Blake's excited for his future as a performer, even beyond a performer.