Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Voice 7 Wrap-Up: 25 Best Performances

To the obligatory countdown. 27 Episodes. 70 Blind Auditions. 24 Battles. 16 Knockouts. 20 Live Playoffs. 61 Live Performances. It's been a long and interesting season. I admit, I bitched several times that this season turned out to be a dud. I mean, there were a lot of underwhelming to almost pathetic performances, the coaches were nothing but annoying cheerleaders as they were basically unable to give any sort of constructive criticisms, and the girls were gone after Top 10 - well, DaNica survived until Top 8, but still.

Looking back though, there were still a couple of outstanding performances throughout the entire season, and yes, this is where this definitive list is for. Again, this is VERY subjective and I guarantee that there will probably be some performances that are nowhere to be found on your list that may be as high as 10 or something on here. But please respond maturely, flames don't make me particularly happy.

Without further ado, here's The Voice Season 7 25 Best Performances!

The Voice 7: Finale

I knew it! The moment the pandering started after his last song, it was game over. Not taking anything away from the winner because he was consistent with his performance the whole season and he's good, but I was really hoping that someone else would win. His win was probably a big blow to Adam Levine's ego no?

Interestingly, as much as we talk about the country voting block, I'm shocked that The Voice took them seven (7) seasons to finally crown a male country singer. Well, American Idol waited 10 seasons, but I digress. I bet Gwen's kicking herself for letting him go and Blake saving him.

Also, as much as I bitched about how underwhelming this season was, the last two weeks slightly made up for it. Somehow.

Oh, and we had the Finale performances. Highlights were the girls - DaNica Shirey, Sugar Joans, Mia Pfirrman, Jean Kelley, and Bryana Salaz - outstanding version of Bang Bang, Matt McAndrew's performance with Taylor Phelan and company, Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk, and of course, the fantastic duet of Chris Jamison and Jessie J.

So yeah, just for the purpose of writing it down..


X Factor UK 11 Wrap-Up: 25 Best Performances

34 Episodes. 105 Live Performances. 16 Finalists. 9 Sing-offs. 5 Deadlocks. 1 Stevi Ritchie. This was quite a season no? To be honest, I'm not sure how to rank this season compared to the previous ones, but I actually had fun watching and reviewing this season since Season 7 when Matt Cardle won. Sure, I tried last season, but I gave up at the mediocrity of it all. This year, it wasn't phenomenal, but it had enough talent to keep me glued the whole season.

So yes, just like every other reality singing shows in this blog, here's the a VERY subjective list of 25 best performances of the season.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Voice 7: Top 4

The Voice 7 Finale night was indeed the Twilight Zone episode! I've been bitching for weeks now as to how this season turned out to be a dud, and then suddenly everyone's delivering good to outstanding performance. Did they just need enough time to settle and be comfortable? If this season consisted only of tonight and last week's performance shows, this season would probably one of the better ones. 

As of now, I just can't, for the love of me, figure out how will America vote. There's Damien who's probably the underdog in the competition after getting eliminated last week, but can't be disregarded as he has his own genre behind him. He could pull a Jermaine Paul - remember him? - and win the competition when no ones expecting him to. 

Then there's the country block supporting Craig Wayne Boyd. He's definitely not my cup of tea, but he has people and with Blake by his side, a possible win is imminent - especially with the song choices given to him. Then, we have Matt McAndrew, who's been probably the most consistent of them all. He's been charting iTunes incredibly well and Adam Levine seems to back him up more than his other acts.

And lastly, Chris Jamison, someone who no one thought will make it this far - especially after just being saved by Adam during the Live Playoffs - but he's been proving week after week that he deserved the spot and probably the win. The momentum is in his side and he's peaking at the right time, but is it enough? I genuinely think he's the most marketable, but we shall see.

On with the inevitable Adam Levine show! Haha.

Music Video: Wasted Love - Matt McAndrew

Arguably, the best original song out of all The Voice finalist this season, Matt McAndrew's Wasted Love sounds like a potential hit. It's a soaring sound with an almost anthemic melody that's quite memorable. Plus, his voice was surprisingly distinctive. Awesome.

Live performance after the jump!

Music Video: Velvet - Chris Jamison

Check out Chris Jamison's music video for Velvet - his original song from The Voice Finale. Watching and listening to this further strengthened my belief that this guy is probably the best bet of The Voice to actually have a successful artist after the show. The cool retro vibe of the song perfectly fits Chris' solid vocals and fantastic falsetto and with the right promotion and people behind him, he's ready to go.

Live performance after the jump!

Music Video: Soldier - Damien

Watch Damien's music video for his original song Soldier that's arguably the best possible sound for him to prove that he can be a current and viable recording artist - more than an old fashioned ballad singer. It has a relatively solid melody and a catchy hook. I doubt this will sell a ton, but it's a good enough effort.

Live performance after the jump!
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