Katrina Parker Recaps 'The Voice:' It's Down To The Top 5
Okay, a LOT went down on The Voice this week, so let’s just cut to the chase. Five contestants, ten performances, one night – GO.
Don’t Be Sad, Amber. OK, scratch that. Be sad, because melancholy Amber Carrington is the BEST. “Sad” was one of my favorite moments last night. It was emotive, restrained where it needed to be and pretty flawless vocally (reminiscent of “Stay” earlier this season). THIS is where Amber really shines – songs where she can showcase both her emotional range and all the different parts of her voice (including that gorgeous falsetto). Forget country - I want to hear Amber on pop radio.
Facial Hair Alert. Adam Levine was sporting a bit of facial hair, you guys. I like it, but I don’t know how far I want it to go. I’d call this threat level yellow. We’ll see if he goes threat level red (or full on ZZ Top) by the end of the season. Fingers crossed! Just kidding. Uncross!
Swon Surprise.The Swon Brothers were a pleasant surprise this week. I haven’t exactly been head over heels for them so far, but I thought they were really compelling last night. Everything was strong – the song choices, solid lead vocals via Elder Swon, solid harmonies via Baby Swon and authentic performances that would have been right at home on the CMAs stage. I was especially enamored with “Danny’s Song” which inspired an Anne Murray shoutout from Blake Shelton! I call this a SWIN-SWIN.
AMAZEBALLS. Usher said it like it was a real word. Then Adam Levine jokingly repeated it. Then The Voice tweeted it. Guys – let’s try NOT to make this word happen again. Just let it die. For the children.
Bad Girls Do it Better. “Bad Girls” was a nice choice for Sasha Allen this week. It was fun, flirty and bold without being too bold (yes, even the neon sign worked for me), giving Sasha another chance to show off her voice AND her ability to move onstage. Plus? Disco Balls!
More Adorable Please. There are two things that will make this show better – more grandmas and more dogs. We got both in The Swon Brothers home visit. First, we were introduced to Nanny Swon who called the experience of seeing them onstage “awesome” (squee!). Then we saw a yorkie, so I paused it, rewound it and paused it again. I love dogs. I love grandmas. This is my kind of party!
We Love You, Michelle. Adam said it. Usher said it. I’ve said it, but it bears repeating – I LOVE Michelle Chamuel. Last night was no exception. “Clarity” didn’t rock my world, but “Time After Time” was a quintessential Michelle moment - full of vocal dynamics, intense sincerity, dramatic fist pumps and exploding clocks. If Michelle is not in the Top 3 tonight, I’ll probably break some clocks myself.
What is this, a BBQ? Blake Shelton – That jean jacket was confused about where you were scheduled to be last night. Were you going to a BBQ or starring on a hit TV show? Why don’t you give it a copy of your itinerary next time?
Pass the Tissues. The home visits were all sweet, but the most touching moment (for me) was between Sasha Allen and her daughter who was genuinely surprised to see mom show up unannounced. It warmed the cockles of my cold, cold heart.
The Katy Perry Curse is Confused. When Katy Perry cautioned Amber Carrington about the challenges of singing “Firework” in her good luck video, I gasped. Then Adam mentioned Katy’s additional words of warning (whoa!). Y’all, even Katy Perry knows about the Katy Perry Curse now. Does this mean the curse is imploding, thereby becoming null and void?? We can only wait and see.
Are You There, God? It’s Me, The Voice. Did someone forget to unplug the fog machine for Sasha Allen’s performance of “I Will Always Love You?” Between the all-white wardrobe, London fog and wind machine everyone looked like they were starring in a Lifetime film tentatively titled “All Soul Singers Go To Heaven.”
The Power of 80’s/90’s Country. Whether you love him or hate him, you have to give Blake Shelton credit for making smart song choices this season. Reintroducing 80’s and 90’s country hits to America via his contestants is a brilliant strategy. It works especially well for Danielle Bradbery, who can sing the hell out of anything she’s given…but don’t take my word for it! The proof is in the pudding - IE: the iTunes charts - where I’m sure we’ll see Danielle’s renditions of “Please Remember Me” and “Who I Am” do exceedingly well this week.
You’ve Just Been McGraw’d. Taped messages from various mentors and superstars seemed to be an ongoing theme last night. My favorite would have to be Tim McGraw’s, simply because whenever I see him I think of 2 things: 1) The Blind Side & 2) That time Faith Hill scolded a woman for grabbing his crotch at a concert, cementing my belief that Faith Hill is more badass than she appears.
Who are your favorites for the Final 3? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and tune in Monday at 8PM ET as I live-tweet the last Monday of performances (@katrinapmusic). You can also hear me this Wednesday (6/12) as I join “On Air with Tony Sweet” to talk my upcoming album, The Voice and PUPPIES (4-6PM PT at UBNRadio.com, Channel 1).