The Voice

Its down to the top eight semifinalists for aspiring artists on “The Voice”. This show added some pressure, since contestants were not only singing for the voters favor, but for the judges favor, as well.

Blake Shelton performed his new single, “Over”, for its first television viewing. Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green’s teams collaborated on “All These Things I’ve Done” by The Killers, and Shelton and Aguilera’s teams collaborated on “The Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga.

The show opened with Tony Lucca singing “How Do You Like Me Now?” by The Heavy. The performance was well-received, showing a completely different side of Lucca. Levine enjoyed it. Shelton said he didn’t know the song, but the version Lucca sang would be his favorite. Aguilera said it was a good song choice.

Erin Willett was next up, with her performance of “Without You” by David Guetta and Usher. Shelton said he was looking for a breakout moment for her, and that he was proud of her for having the strength to deliver the performance she gave. Aguilera said she was proud of Willett for making the song unique. Cee Lo said there have to be more moments like the one Willet delivered on the show.

Chris Mann performed “Ave Maria”. Cee Lo said Mann was incomparable, and that Mann’s voice is the epitome of the show. Adam said that Mann gives “The Voice” credibility. Aguilera said there were very few people in the competition that can hit the notes he hit, and that it humbled her.

Jamar Rogers sang “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, which has been previously recorded by Simply Red and Patti Labelle. Cee Lo picked it for him, so that he could show off his softer side.

Jermaine Paul sang “Open Arms” by Journey. Blake chose it to help showcase Paul’s technical skills. Aguilera and Green both gave their approval, and Adam said he had proven he was no longer a back up singer.

Katrina Parker sang “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees. Aguilera alluded to the fact that she should have put more of herself in the song. Shelton said he couldn’t believe Parker had been sitting in a cubicle for as long as she has. He explained that her voice had the quality of being seasoned, as if she had been performing for some time, as a professional. It has been noted, also that Parker sounds like Lauryn Hill.

Lindsey Pavao sang “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. She took Aguilera’s advice and sang more closely to the microphone. It did help.

Juliet Simms sang “It’s A Man’s World” by James Brown. Adam called it something special. Aguilera said her performance was feisty, and that it had given her the same feeling she had when she sang the song.

On top of rehearsing, rehearsing and more rehearsing for the show, these contestants also put their efforts into volunteering a an Las Angeles food bank, recently. The crew from “The Voice” did it to help kick off the global Starbucks event “Global Month of Service” in March.

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