Sunday, January 8, 2017

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: Stats and Numbers

Brian Justin Crum's Creep may have topped this year's ORSS, but how did the voting went for the rest of the shortlisted performances of 2016?

Due to the demand of some of the jury and readers who, for the first time, got a view of the roster this year, DAM NATION will reveal the ranking of the rest of the performances as well as some interesting stats.

Without further ado..

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #1 Creep - Brian Justin Crum / America's Got Talent

Brian Justin Crum
America's Got Talent

With the numbers going quite unpredictable this year due to strength of this year's talent pool - just look at the average standard deviation of 16.48 versus last year's 13.27 - it was astoundingly hard to predict who will top the list for 2016.

Cyrus Villanueva's Jealous obliterated everyone last year after topping eleven (11) jury lists. This year, Brian Justin Crum's Creep from America's Got Talent topped a good five (5) jury votes to reign supreme in this year's Olympics of Reality Singing Shows.

The guy brought the house down with a pitch perfect, multilayered vocal performance - impeccable softer notes on the verses, soaring chorus, seamless transitions, dazzling bridge - that never slowed down, all while emanating a sense of vulnerability and rawness in his delivery. It was one of the more powerful vocal performances of the year and this year's Best Reality Singing Show performance.

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #2 When We Were Young - Fernando Daniel / The Voice Portugal

Fernando Daniel
The Voice Portugal

Billy Gilman's version of When We Were Young had an aura of perfection and technical brilliance about it, but some of the jury felt that the performance lacked some great deal of raw emotion. Fernando Daniel, on the other hand, showcased vocal accuracy and versatility, not to mention the way he authentically conveyed whatever emotion the song required. And yes, that was enough to lure the jury and put him almost at the top of this year's list.

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #3 Diamonds - La'Porsha Renae / American Idol

La'Porsha Renae
American Idol

Let’s get the obvious out of the way: La'Porsha owned this performance! The arrangement was genius, the way her vocals navigated those intricate runs were pretty outstanding, and it was impressive for her to transform a song with limited melody to a total vocal masterclass. You know what's more impressive? Diamonds ranking third on this year's list with not a single jury voting her at the top of their list. Take it in whatever angle you want, but that's some pretty stunning feat.

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #4 Purple Rain - Jolan / The Voice UK

The Voice UK

There were plenty of distractions in the staging - aggressively pulsating lightbulbs, the red and blue lights - but Jolan’s thrilling, pitch-perfect vocals drown out everything else, and he’s got the charisma to match his vocal firepower. The way the sparse arrangement of the opening verse highlighted his clean yet textured voice, and even when the music crescendoed to its climax, he was never at risk of being swallowed alive by the band. Purple Rain was one of the few performances that had the right mix of drama and technical skills.

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #5 Heart's A Mess - Kim Sheehy / The Voice Australia

Kim Sheehy
The Voice Australia

Gorgeous. Not only was this visually stunning, but Heart's A Mess, as a whole, was just pure magic. Her voice cut through the air like a razor, her diction was crisp and the phrasing was immaculate. Even the way her voice swoops and soared over the chorus was divine. With two (2) juries putting the performance on top of their list and ten (10) more within their Top 10, this was a clear win for the Australian singer.

Olympics of Reality Singing Shows 2016: #6 Who's Lovin' You - Jennie Lena / The Voice Holland

Jennie Lena
The Voice Holland

Who's Lovin' You may have been one of the more overdone songs on the list, but that didn't stop Jennie from ranking this high with the jury. Just from that one insanely impressive run at the beginning, she already had the coaches in her hands - and maybe the jury too. She's ferocious, powerful, violently talented, and a total vocal juggernaut. There was just a sense of abandon in this performance that made it all the more interesting.

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