And that completes the Top 6 who will be battling it out again next week! I was so aghast when I saw India Carney as part of the Bottom Three. Personally, I do not think she should have been there. Between the three of them, I would choose India to be saved. I was so nervous that she would be eliminated in favor of the other two artists from Team Blake, Hannah Kirby and Corey Kent White. When Carson Daly said, “Closest vote ever!” I mistakenly heard the word, “closest” as “Corey”, which knocked the air out of me. I was at the edge of my seat! Thankfully, two Instant Save votes went through and led India to perform next week.
It was a shame to see Hannah go because she really has amazing potential, but that is just the way it is.
Anyway, let’s get on to rank the Instant Save Performances this week:
3. Corey Kent White – “Somebody Like You”
Corey should sing more familiar country tunes like this. I actually did enjoy listening to his version of this classic country song, which I often hear on the radio where I live. However, for his performance, I felt like there was a part of him that he kept holding back, which further made me feel like he was not giving it his all. He did have a good run on this show and he will still learn more about performance; kudos to him for all he had done so far on The Voice.
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It has gotten really difficult now to pick favorite performances among the Top 8 of The Voice (U.S. Season 8). They all are so good; even those who did not shine early in the competition have improved both in performance and song interpretation. As such, I catered this list according to performances I would watch over and over, and whose song interpretations I would listen to on loop.
8. Corey Kent White – “When I See You Smile”
I love this song by Bad English, but I did not like this country-fied version of it. If it was another country artist who covered this, someone with a richer voice, I would have loved it. However, I just did not like Corey’s version. Nevertheless, Corey has come a long way with the way he performs; still not yet a pro, but definitely getting there.
7. Sawyer Fredericks – “Simple Man”
This was actually a solid performance, I just am not familiar with the song. I do wish Sawyer would interpret more of the Top 40 / familiar songs at present to cater to a wider audience. His power and rawness are definitely there, but there are times when you would be looking for other sounds and vocal inflections. At last, he too is starting to loosen up approach the audience. I love the way he looked at the audience and sang the line, “Follow your heart…” (2:02 in the video); he really dedicated it to his audience.
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The performances are getting tight. Everyone seems really good now that it has become difficult to pick your favorite performances/artists each week. You want everyone to stay, but because this is a competition, only one can stay. For this list, I just based it on the “WOW! moments” and how “close to perfection” each performance is.
10. India Carney – “Run to You”
Whitney Houston songs really are difficult to perform live. India started great that I thought she would nail this song through and through. She did; I just was not fond of her falsetto. Her vibrato is amazing, but it is also prominent in her falsetto, which makes it sound like she is unsure of her falsetto pitch. An integral part of Whitney Houston songs is the falsetto, which is strong, clear, and controlled in her songs. It just was not done right in this performance. India really needs to strengthen her falsetto voice.
9. Deanna Johnson – “Somebody to Love”
I thought Deanna did good in this performance. She is actually one of those artists who sing with a garbled, indie style, but you can still understand the words. There were some few pitch problems, but she did redeem herself in the second half of the performance where she just went out there and rocked the stage with her power.
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The Top 12 are all so talented, but there are still some who outshine the others. There are those who have amazing vocal prowess, display heartfelt emotion, and have explosive stage presence. For this list, I thought of taking into consideration: clarity of enunciation, keeping within pitch, and being able to keep up to the audience.
I noticed for some artists, they sang with the garbled style, seen in today’s top 40 singers. I really do not dig this style because it is just that: you cannot make out what words are actually being said.
As with my last list, I still would like to have the timbre of Joshua Davis and the falsetto ability of Rob Taylor. That would be one sweet combination in a voice!
12. Corey Kent White – “Why”
His performance just did not have that “WOW!” ingredient. For the gestures, I felt like he was acting it out, which is just the way you do it, but it just did not feel genuine. The guitar could have been a problem—he did not even strum that much towards the second half of his performance.
11. Deanna Johnson – “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)”
I like her unheard-of song choices since they really do showcase her spinto voice. I like the positivity being projected that gives a nice contrast to her low register. I also like her simple, elegant-style stage presence. However, I wish she sang with a clearer enunciation.
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Now that the Top 12 of the eighth season of The Voice (U.S.) has been picked, I went back to each of the Top 20’s performances and sorted them from my standpoint of least favorite to most liked. The way I sorted them is by episode (14 and 15), and in this post, I ordered the 10 performances of episode 14. With that, there will be a second part to this post. Twenty performances in one post is too many, so I did it this way. Maybe I will do a third part wherein I sort the whole 20 performances, we will see. 😛
At this point of The Voice, how you perform (actions and expression) now matter; not just the actual voice. That is what having a coach is for. This is no longer the Blind Auditions.
10. Brooke Adee – “Love Me Like You Do”
Brooke is so beautiful and she does have a voice to go with it. However, her performance lacked conviction from her facial expressions to her movements. It was like all she did was sing, just walk around the stage, and smile. I believe she would have let out a better performance if she had sung a better song. Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” just does not seem fit as a competition piece.
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