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TV Show: Voice, The

Singers fight for final spots on 'The Voice'
By Samie Durnford, QMI Agency


Former Lady Gaga back up singer, Chevonne, sings for a spot on 'The Voice'. (NBC)


It’s an all out war as The Voice blind auditions come to an end. For the judges and singers alike, there’s a lot on the line with only a few spots left on each team. On week eight of The Voice, everyone is getting feisty under the pressure.

First up is 15-year-old Natalie Hernandez, a small town singing star looking to make it on the big stage. Missing prom to be on the show, her song of choice is White Horse. She’s super cute and as soon as she opens her mouth Christina and Blake turn around at the exact same time. Even though it’s a country song, her style is a lot different. She’s quiet but smooth, not someone who you can see belting out high notes but it works for her. Adam turns around and upsets Blake. CeeLo chooses to pass.

“I think all of the right things are in place for you,” says Adam. Christina argues that she felt she had a connection with Natalie and in the end, Christina gets picked.

Christina now only has one spot left.

Rod Michael is an ex boy band member from the band B3 in Europe. He says he was pretty successful until he moved back to America and became a “nobody”. He’s ready for another shot at fame singing Please Don’t Go. He starts off super slow and the girls in the crowd are already dancing. He’s hot and gets even more so when he opens his mouth to sing. He has a classic Wanted/One Direction boy band sound to his voice. None of the judges turn around. CeeLo blames song choice for Rod’s failure.

“Clearly the audience was all hot and bothered,” says Adam. “It was like 50 Shades of Grey in here.”

Singers like Rod prove that you gotta have a voice, not just looks.

Like Adam says: “It’s The Voice, not ‘The Abs’!”

Singing since she was five, Caitlin Michele used singing to get through a panic disorder. Singing Cosmic Love, she’s ready to wow the judges with her powerful voice. Right away, I’d say she’s close to comparable to Florence Welch and the original song. However, it lacks a personal touch. She hits an intense note and Blake hits his button. Adam is soon to follow just to spite Blake.

Blake stands up and starts swearing at Adam. Adam says he was resisting pressing his button because there were some pitch issues but she was still awesome and powerful.

“Bulls—t!” yells Blake. He says she’s accurate with her notes. Christina pipes up and ends up pitching team Adam for Caitlin. She agrees, and picks Adam.

“You didn’t even know who Florence and The Machine was!” Christina tells Blake, defending herself.

Nicole Johnson is a country singer and her family has her back after moving to Nashville to help her become a singer. Singing a non-country song, Mr. Know It All, CeeLo is the first to turn around followed by Blake. She’s not amazing and sort of lacks a strong country tone. Maybe a different song would have sounded better. Both judges think she’s amazing anyway and she chooses Blake.

I think Blake was getting nervous no one would ever pick him.

A middle school French teacher, Kameron Corvet, is ready to move out of the classroom and into the music scene. Singing Crazy and playing his own guitar, he’s not too bad but he’s not really anything special. The judges feel the same way I do and he’s left going home.

As a Lady Gaga backup singer, Chevonne knows what it’s like to perform in from of thousands. But, she’s ready to break out on her own. Singing Brass In Pocket, it starts of quiet and not that great. Blake yells at tries to tell CeeLo to turn around. I think her song choice is what’s sucking overall. Finally, CeeLo and Blake hit their button at the last moment. CeeLo says he connects with and Blake says he wants to help her become an artist. Chevonne ends up picking CeeLo. Perfect choice, I think.

Kayla Nevarez, had to leave her dad at home to come to the show because he’s sick. Her story is heartbreaking. Her family had to move to a smaller home because only her mom could work and Kayla has to sleep on the couch so her brother can have a bed. Singing American Boy, her voice is bigger than she is but it’s great. It’s smooth and has an interesting sound to it. Adam is instantly impressed and Christina also turns around, followed by CeeLo.

Christina fights hard for her, practically begging Kayla to pick her. CeeLo says she has swagger. Adam says he was immediately hooked and is willing to give her his last spot.

Kayla ends up Adam, despite growing up listening to Christina. Odd choice but it could work.

Adam’s team is now full.

Coming from an entire family of singers, Celica Westbrook was almost signed to a record deal at 14-years-old but it fell through. She hits the stage with slow song A Thousand Years. Her voice is sultry and flawless. Christina is the first to turn around and after a few more notes, CeeLo follows and so does Blake.

“With God as my witness, you need to be on radio now,” says Christina and she wins over Celica.

Christina’s team is now full as well and it’s mostly girl power. She only has three guys on her team.

Ready for fame, fulltime musician Jessica Cayne battled an eating disorder for 10 years before working towards recovery. Now, she’s ready to share her love of music. Singing Good Girl, some of her notes are a bit harsh on the ears but she sounds okay. None of the judges turn around.

46-years-old Rudy Parris put family first and music on the backburner for years. Now, singing Every Breath You Take and playing acoustic guitar, he’s ready for his dream to come true. Blake thinks for a bit but hits his button. CeeLo hits his button before the end of the song. I’m not in love with Rudy, but he has an interesting look and his voice is not too shabby.

“You damn sure don’t look country,” says Blake. “But, you should pick me.”

CeeLo pitches a country/rock fusion sort of sound but Rudy snags the last spot on Blake’s team.

Last up is, Cody Belew, a guy who wishes he was an “elderly black lady”. He’s a huge fan of CeeLo and is dying to win him over. His personality is a good fit for quirky CeeLo. Singing, Hard To Handle, he has attitude but his singing isn’t ask funky as his personality. I expected more energy and excitement. CeeLo takes some time to dance before hitting his button. Cody has his back to the stage though as he finishes his song and thinks he failed before realizing CeeLo did hit his button. He absolutely freaks out realizing he’s made it on the show.

All of the judges now have a full team of 16 singers.

Next week is the heated battle rounds which pin singers against each other in pairs. Picking a winner on the spot, only one singer makes it onto the next round with the other singer going home to cut the teams in half.

The battle rounds are my absolute favorite and this year’s battles look like the best ever with Mary J. Blidge, Rob Thomas, Michael Buble, and Billy Joe Armstrong as assistant coaches.

Also, there’s a new twist where coaches can steal singers. I guess we’ll have to wait and see how that goes. It looks exciting!




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