Published on June 22nd, 2011 | by Melody Simpson4
‘The Voice’ Episode 1.9 Review: The Semi-Finals
Last night’s episode of The Voice started off with an equally predictable and shocking results segment before getting right into the exhilarating semi-final performances.
As expected, America chose Vicci Martinez to head to the semi-finals. She is without a doubt the most talented singer on the team, so it is definitely satisfying to see someone so deserving in the semi-finals. As Cee Lo said, “America has great taste.” And Cee Lo’s protege, Nakia was personally chosen to move onto the next round. Talk about a predictable but very talented team! America’s choice for Team Adam was also very muh expected, as host ,Carson Daly announced Javier Colon as the top choice. But the results came to quite to an unexpected turn when Levine said, “I came in here thinking that I was going to go with you Jeff” and then he chose Casey Weston. Levine has been very vocal about choosing Casey the second time around during the blind auditions and has been passionate about working with her ever since, so it makes sense that he would choose Casey. However, considering how moving Jeff Jenkins has been, it was somewhat shocking that Levine did not go with his gut. Poor Devon Barley. It seems he did not stand a chance with Levine choosing. Good luck buddy!
After the results, which took less than the first 15 minutes of the broadcast (woo hoo!), all eight finalist were set to take the stage. First to take the stage was Frenchie from Team Christina who took on Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.” It was refreshing to hear Frenchi say that she was out of her comfort zone while Aguilera was saying that she wasn’t out of it at all. Sure, her voice isn’t out of the comfort zone but her personality clearly was for a moment. Just because she has the voice that she has, doesn’t mean she is comfortable using it to get that “church” feel. But Frenchie put all of her reservations aside and owned the song!
The performances went back and forth between teams instead of having a set in order by team. Depending on preference, this may or may not have been pleasing. Though, it would have been much more convenient to keep track of the artists if they performed by team. Anyhow, next to take the stage was Nakie from Team Cee Lo. Stepping out of the box even more, Cee Lo assigned Nakia Adam Lambert’s “What Do You Want From Me.” Like Adam Lambert, Nakia is a wonderful entertainer. Enough said.
Now at this point in the game, Dia Frampton seems to have the most creative control of all of the contestants. She chose to sing R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” and even seemed to help arrange the performance. Frampton is very creative and does not hesitate to be such. So whether or not she wins The Voice, her debut album deserves to be number one. Blake Shelton did a fantastic job crafting his team!
Going from quite a high to quite a sleepy low… Casey Weston performed Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” which everybody knows from Whitney Houston’s version. If it hasn’t been said before, I’m saying it now. I am not a fan of this girl’s voice. She sounds like a singing sheep. She’s better than the cowardly lion but not by much. Harsh as it may be, she’s annoying. This feeling can be held in only for so long. What’s unfortunate is that Weston is a pretty girl and with all of her opinions, seems to have a strong head on her shoulders. But even this cannot help me get past her voice. Is she interested in publishing a book of poetry? I’d read that. But don’t expect me to go out to buy her album.
Beverly McClellan gave Frenchie a run for her spot in the finals with B.B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone.” As Cee Lo pointed out, there is something so pure about McClellan’s love for music and performing… so it is very easy to root for her whether or not viewers are even into her style of music. From one incredible talent to another… while many may have melted by the footage of Levine singing a bit of “Fix You” by Coldplay during rehearsals, Javier Colon did a great job, as usual.
Next, Xenia took on “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved” by The Script. Her timing throughout the song, keeping up with the rhythm, was better than expected. But she was a bit pitchy on the high notes and was just as boring as her last performance. She’s a terrible performer but an incredible singer. It’s a shame because she would take over this competition if she were a better performer. Last to take the stage was Vicci Martinez with “The Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine. This was definitely the most fitting song choice and the most exciting performance to watch given the drum choreography. The Voice definitely saved the best for last! What a delight Martinez was to watch! What a delight!
The coaches had just as exciting of a night as the semi-finalists. Levine’s band, Maroon 5 performed the worled premiere of their new song, “Moves Like Jagger” with Aguilera which had everybody out of their seats, dancing away. Shelton also performed his hit, “Honey Bee” with team members, Frampton and Xenia coming out to share the stage towards the end of the number. Frampton was noticeably better than Xenia, who completely ruined the country vibe. Regardless, the song and performance were full of so much love, so the performance was not completely ruined.
So at the end of the broadcast, the coaches voted on their choice artists for the semi-finals, but America’s votes also play into who moves on. Voting for the semi-final performances closed the morning after the show. More about how the voting system works should hopefully be explained in tonight’s results show… because as of right now, it is very unclear how the coaches’ scores and our votes will balance out. Viewers were able to head into “The V Room” less than a handful of times throughout last night’s broadcast which was disappointing but surely, there must be a lot of talk online about casting for season 2, which has already begun! Which of your favorite undiscovered artists do you want to see in Season 2?
Watch The Voice performance shows Tuesdays at 9/8c and results shows Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC.
*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC