Published on June 23rd, 2011 | by Melody Simpson1
‘The Voice’ Episode 1.10 Review: The Semi-Final Results
The semi-finals results show of The Voice opened up with a spectacular performance of George Michael’s “Faith” by the eight finalists of the season. For half of the artists on stage, this was their last night on the stage while still competing for the big prize… and most of the results were just as we all expected them to be.
Because the competition has dwindled down, viewers were not subjected to a somewhat draining two hour broadcast last night which was wonderful. NBC knows how to give the viewers what they want in just the right amount of time with no dead air. Go NBC!
So after reading a heartfelt poem to his remaining team members, one artist was eliminated and the other headed to the finals first on Cee Lo’s team. Vicci Martinez and Nakia were in the ring as Cee Lo’s votes were announced 49 points vs. 51 points out of 100 points. Cee Lo’s reasoning behind the scoring added up to his conflict with hearing Martinez’s performance earlier in the week. That can ruin a performance. But America heard her just fine and their votes added onto Cee Lo’s votes meant that Vicci Martinez was the first artist to head to the final round! Really, after her performance this week, there wasn’t a doubt that she wouldn’t make it this. Though no explanation was given as to how America’s votes translated into points, so perhaps host, Carson Daly will be more articulate come finals. One can only hope.
“Javier, I had to see you go into the finals.” – Coach, Adam Levine
Adam Levine and Gym Class Heroes gave an “unplanned” performance of their new song, “Stereo Hearts” during rehearsals, which was a great treat for Levine’s final two artists… especially for Casey Weston who had no chance against Javier Colon at making it into the finals. Levine’s score for Colon hit 65, so Weston’s score only reached 35. Levine did not hesitate to “play the game” and make sure that Colon advanced to the next round. As a more mature and experienced artist, more than ready for his time in the music business, Levine’s scores and America’s votes placed Colon in the final four. This was just how we all knew the results would be from the very beginning. Could the night get any more predictable and satisfying? Well, yeah.
The most emotional act by a coach came from Blake Shelton as footage was shown of him taking his team to Ohio on a private jet for a meet and greet and concert. Shelton catered to his fans just as much as he did to his final two artists without hesitation. He gave both Dia Frampton and Xenia electric guitars as well as their own meet and greet with country singer, Brad Paisley. But it didn’t end there! During his concert for his fans, he invited Frampton and Xenia on stage to sing his hit, “Honey Bee” which was an experience these ladies will never forget. That is a prize within itself, so both of these ladies came out winners even though one was eliminated after their return from Ohio.
In a shocking move, Shelton’s scores totaled to 50/50! Due to Shelton’s scoring, this was the first elimination in the semi-finals where the votes solely depended on America’s votes. And America did not disappoint, putting Dia Frampton through to the final round! On the other hand, there was Christina Aguilera who also gave a 50/50 scoring due to not wanting to compare apples and oranges. So America was also the sole decision maker in moving on one artist to the finals for Team Christina… and this may have actually been one of the only shocking moments of the night. America’s votes revealed Beverly McClellan to be the artist from Team Christina moving onto the next round. It is unclear as to what the future holds for Frenchie’s music career… as she was almost ready to give up before this competition began. So hopefully this is not the end for her. Even with Frenchie gone though, the final four are quite a spectacular bunch of artists, so the final performance show next week should be quite a show!
Viewers were treated to a performance of the new single “Bright Lights, Bigger City” by Cee Lo last night and will be treated to original songs and duets between the final four and their coaches next week. Perhaps these original songs are the potential first singles for the winner’s debut album? One can only anticipate. The V Room, which we saw once or twice last night, seemed to be transformed into the Sprint Room. This was too much ad placement for my taste… but it’s better than watching the artists hopping around in Sprint music video commercials, so I will stop complaining. Carson Daly has yet to give an exact number of the millions of votes cast, so hopefully we will get a number in the finale. Does anybody else care about the number of votes? Last night’s results show was a very satisfying results show and has proven to craft some very talented artists that America loves. All of the final four contestants have gained quite an incredible experience here, but who are you rooting for to win?
Watch the final performance show of The Voice this Tuesday at 9/8c and the season finale this Wednesday night at 8/7c on NBC.
*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC