I can't say enough about Caroline. She's the frontrunner to win the whole thing. Her previous two performances are still charting on iTunes -- and deservedly so. Not only does she have the talent, but the fans as well, which is important. I'm expecting her to close out the show.
Kat seems like she's just made for the live shows. She's a great entertainer, and I'm looking forward to seeing how she's going to use the stage and how her performance will come together.
Jonny Gray is also a strong contender on Cee Lo's team. I mean, he's the only guy left on the team. As for Tamara Chauniece and Amber Nicole, I don't know. They haven't gotten me excited so far, but they also haven't received air time as much as the others have.
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My two singers to watch on Team Christina are Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler.
Jacquie is like the little engine that could, who keeps going and going when I didn't even think she'd get this far. She's the one who improves every time she takes the stage, so I won't be expecting any less of her.
Matthew's not my favorite, but I can't exclude him here because I predict he's going to be the second to last singer of the night. If he closes the show over Caroline, then I'm positive The Voice wants him to win since it's basically been The Matthew Schuler Show all season long.
Other than that, the rest of the team doesn't get me excited whatsoever. Olivia Henken is Carrie Underwood 2.0, I'm not interested in seeing which artist Josh Logan impersonates next and I'm thinking we've already seen the best Stephanie Anne Johnson can give.
The two teams each have their own strong contenders, and then the rest of the singers are meh. Let's see it all plays out -- follow us on The Voice live blog!
Christina's performance tonight with A Great Big World is the complete opposite from Monday night's with Flo Rida. I love this collaboration of "Say Something." I feel like we're seeing a side of her that I've never seen before, with this amazing, soft control. It's really touching.
Amber Nicole ("Wasting All These Tears" by Cassadee Pope)
I like the idea of making the season 3 winner's tune to a more R&B track, but Amber Nicole just does not have the voice. The song is a little too much for her. It starts off okay, but then it's really rocky, and it sounds like she loses her pitch and just tries to belt out a huge note that's also off-key. Finally, the coaches are honest and point out her issues rather than sugar coating it.
Jonny Gray ("Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve)
The song suits his voice, but he doesn't do much with it. I think with Jonny, we all gush over his tone, but his performances are becoming one-dimensional. His tone has carried him this far, but it's now time for him to actually start impressing us.
The coaches aren't holding back this second night! Where was all the (helpful) criticism on Monday night? Some of those singers could've used it.
Tamara Chauniece ("I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor)
The gospel singer takes on a disco hit. She definitely does a lot more with it than I thought she would. She has attitude, she puts in her runs and her big notes are strong. This song is a good choice. It's likely it's her best performance (oh, Adam agrees too), but I also don't remember any past ones off the top of my head.
Kat Roubichaud ("She Keeps Me Warm" by Mary Lambert)
Wow, the fourth Cee Lo singer in a row? That's not a good sign for his team overall. Or we're just going to see all of Cee Lo's singers first. Gosh, I love Kat. I was expecting her to do a big rock performance, but I'm glad she surprised me with this tender side, showing off a control I hadn't seen before.
She's so emotionally connected -- probably the best one on the show. I love that she just randomly hugs someone in the audience. I thought it was a friend, but nope, a stranger.
Caroline Pennell ("We're Going to be Friends" by The White Stripes)
Is it just me or is Caroline growing up in front of our eyes? She looks a lot older (in a good way) than we last saw her. This is the perfect song choice for her. I didn't think about Jack White one bit -- it's all Caroline. It's a beautiful rendition. And Adam has pretty much read my mind, or I'm reading his mind because he says the exact same thing.
Blake rambles about being amputated and hearing her voice and thinking about cotton candy.
Josh Logan ("Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley)
I don't know what version this is, but I don't like it. He's too much of a chameleon, someone who wants to be a hundred different things. I like the melody alright, but not his voice. Adam says it got too complicated and wish it was scaled back.
Olivia Henken ("Roar" by Katy Perry)
Just when I thought she'd do the same old thing again, she takes on a pop hit. It starts off really great. I'm really feeling her emotional connection to the softer parts of the song, but once she hits the chorus and the big notes, she gets lost and it's like she's just belting it out for no reason. I think that's what I don't like about her is these powerful notes because there isn't much strength behind it after a while. It's also pitchy.
Stephanie Anne Johnson ("Georgia On My Mind" by Ray Charles)
She sounds great. This is a good song that fits her range -- it's probably the best song that she's done. But unfortunately, I can barely understand her in the middle portion of the song, but she ends strong. It's also pretty old-fashioned, so I don't know if that's enough to get through with America's votes.
Matthew Schuler ("Wrecking Ball" by Miley Cyrus)
I commend him for tackling such a huge song. He's definitely an overachiever when it comes to song choices. It's definitely not the best he's done. That big note he hits sounds shaky. I feel like he makes performances harder than they should be -- that's probably because he keeps picking songs sung by females.
Jacquie Lee ("I Put A Spell On You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins)
Wow, the youngest singer in the competition is closing the show? Get it, girl. I think Christina finally found a mini Xtina to mold and nurture. She's looking extra Selena Gomez-y tonight, and she sounds amazing. I don't even know where these giant notes are coming from. They definitely saved the best for last.
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