The Voice (U.S. Season 8) Top 6 Instant Save Performance Personal Rankings

OH MY GOODNESS! THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING! WHY IS IT LIKE THIS!?

#TeamChristina, both Kimberly Nichole and India Carney, is in the Bottom 2, WHERE THEY DO NOT DESERVE TO BE IN!! WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE!?

And worst of all: KIMBERLY WAS ELIMINATED!! WHAT THE F*CK!? A standout performer, gone in an instant!? Not to be disrespectful to India, but Team Xtina’s chances of winning in this season drastically decreased. And I was really hoping Christina would win this season! Without a seasoned performer, she just again, might lose.

Why did it have to be based largely on iTunes downloads, anyway? It is not the most accurate gauge of an artist’s flexibility and prominence. People’s musical preferences change over time; and so must artist’s musical abilities. Let’s just see if this season’s The Voice Season 8 winner will still be prominent after a couple of years. Hah! Sure, it’s called The Voice, in the sense that the vocals are given much focus. But once the artists expire their contracts with The Voice and get out in the real music business, vocals alone are not enough to sell records.

I couldn’t help but reflect, the earlier seasons of American Idol had a better voting system.

*sigh* Anyway, in modern singing competitions, it is the runners-up who outshine the winners of these shows. Cue:

…Avery Wilson…

…and Jacquie Lee.

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The Voice (U.S. Season 8) Top 6 Mother’s Day Dedication Personal Rankings

I felt that the Top 6’s dedication songs were better choices and turned out better performances than their regular Top 6 performances. Apparently, all they chose songs and performed them within their comfort zones but still, they really stood out. With that, there are changes from how I ranked them in my earlier post:

6. Meghan Linsey – “Amazing Grace”

There are many versions of this song (and I have listened to a lot of them), and thought that it would not be safe to have sung this. Still, it was a solid vocal and the solemn atmosphere of the stage blended well with how the song should be performed.

5. Sawyer Fredericks – “Shine On”

He is back to his guitar-playing and belting it out through the mic. I thought that this was a better performance than his “Take Me to the River” performance as it suits best with where he is now musically and as a person. He just is not the goofy type to take on up-tempo, dance-y beats.

4. Kimberly Nichole – “Free Fallin'”

Just, Wow! Wow! Wow! It is nice to see her in a seemingly laidback acoustic performance, but there is just no stopping that voice from soaring! It just sounded weird for her to sing something like this, but still, a great performance from a great performer!

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The Voice (U.S. Season 8) Top 6 Personal Rankings

We are getting close to the finale and I do hope this will turn out to be an amazing season for The Voice (U.S.A.). With an awesome pool of talent, it gets difficult to pick favorites! But anyway, here are my personal picks from the remaining Top 6 artists:

6. Sawyer Fredericks – “Take Me to the River”

I’m not used to seeing Sawyer perform an upbeat song; well, not that upbeat, but probably upbeat for his usual style. He did have a very strong vocal delivery on this song. However, with a song like this, you really have to groove it. There were times when I thought he would attempt to dance, but he did not. I guess it just was not his style to sing and groove / sing and dance. Good thing there were dancers in his performance, or else it would have looked awkward.

5. Koryn Hawthorne – “Dream On”

Oh my goodness! This was an amazing delivery! Really strong, powerful, edgy, and it had a great build-up; although not much at the end. There were also some words that were difficult to understand, but dang! That was one awesome vocal!

4. Joshua Davis – “Desire”

Awesome performance! Not enough to really stand out, but still very good! He deserves to go on! Plus, I really love his soft, whispery tone. I said it before, and I will say it again: I love to have a voice made up of Joshua’s manly and soft tones with Rob Taylor’s falsetto and deep bass.

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The Voice (U.S. Season 8) Top 8 Personal Rankings

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 Voice (U.S. Season 8) Top 10 Personal Rankings

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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