The Voice Auditions 4

Another night of Voice Auditions!


Ducky – “Tighten Up” – Ducky didn’t get picked…Although all the judges say they regret it.  His performance didn’t come out and grab me either, and I guess I can see why he didn’t get picked.  But his look was pretty rockin!  Too bad this competition isn’t called The Look.

Jonathis – “You Got It Bad” – This kid is a great dancer and a great performer, but I don’t know if he is really that strong of a singer.  CeeLo and Xtina both turned their chair around, but ultimately he made a great decision and chose TEAM XTINA.

Monique Benabou – “Mr. Know It All” – She has a STRONG voice but she had a few pitch issues especially around the bridge.  But it wasn’t so bad that it can’t be fixed.  I think that is why Xtina hesitated, but ultimately chose her.  She went TEAM XTINA.

Naia Kete – “The Lazy Song” – There are 3 generations of dreds in this family!  She is a singer on the third street promenade, and she has a very nice tone to her voice.  It sounded strong and soothing at the same time. Blake and CeeLo turned around and she chose TEAM BLAKE.

Erick Macek – “Free Fallin‘” – I really liked his interpretation of the song, but his voice just wasn’t strong enough.  He doesn’t get picked.

Charlotte Sometimes – “Apologize” – She has this very indie sound to her voice, and made all four judges turn their chairs.  But in a surprise decision, she chose TEAM BLAKE.

Tony Vincent – “We Are The Champions” – This Broadway boy knocked it out with this performance.  It is tough to pull off Queen and he did it well.    He went TEAM CEELO.

Anthony Evans – “What’s Going On” – He has a voice that can actually be quite versatile.  He may not have big range, but as Xtina said, he was technically excellent.  He went TEAM XTINA.

Jamie Lono – “Folsom Prison Blues” – What a great rendition of that song!  This is one of my favorite performances thus far.  Adam and Ceelo turn around, but he goes TEAM CEELO.

Dylan Chambers – “Valerie” – It wasn’t thrilling for me, and I understand why the judges didn’t pick him.  he seems too young and needs more work.

Justin Hopkins – “Babylon” – This was a less than thrilling song choice for him–he has a great voice, and I think CeeLo will do well with him.  He goes TEAM CEELO.

Nicolle Galyon – “You Save Me” – She has some serious raw talent that can just be refined.  I’m hoping she can turn off the nerves and gain some confidence.  She goes TEAM ADAM.

A few snippets of performances: Ashley De La Rosa goes TEAM XTINA,  Jordan Rager goes TEAM BLAKE, Karla Davis goes TEAM ADAM, and ALyX (WTF is with the spelling?) goes TEAM BLAKE.

Eric Tipton – “You Make My Dreams Come True” – This guy would have gotten chosen if he picked a better song.  Hall and Oates?  Not so great.  He doesn’t manage to turn a chair.

Mathai – “Rumor Has It” – She is a cute girl and had a pretty nice interpretation of the song.  Not surprisingly all the guys turned around, and not surprisingly, she goes TEAM ADAM.

One more week of these auditions!  I really do find them entertaining, but I’m still going to whine about a two-hour episode.  I also hate how everyone has these weird health related sob stories…”I had my jaw wired shut.” “I have half a lung.”  Really?  I don’t blame the contestants, because clearly this is producer prompted…

Dear The Voice producers,

If I wanted to hear about people’s freak health issues, I would watch the Discovery Health channel.  Please stick to singing.  thx.

Friday Roundup 02.17.12

It has been an exciting week of TV reality show auditions and American Idol alumni appearances! This is the first post of a new feature here on, entitled the Friday Roundup.

Ok, it’s a working title.  Don’t judge.

imageIdol alum were all over the place this week, beginning with a strong showing at the Grammy Awards last Sunday evening. Kelly rocked the “just rolled out of bed” hair while rocking out with Jason Aldean. She held the whole show together while the poor guy had mic problems–always a professional. Ms. Underwood also looked stunning per usual.


But of course the most moving performance was from Jennifer Hudson in memory of Whitney.
She even rocked the Whitney hair. Please remind me again how John Stevens and his performance of Crocodile Rock finished ahead of her on Idol?


imageMonday night we got to see Kat McPhee on her FAB new show Smash. I have finally caught up with my DVR and just today watched the first two episodes of Smash. And I am quite mad…mad that I let these sit for two weeks of my DVR unenjoyed! This is seriously my new favorite show. I love every. single. thing. If you have not watched, it is well worth your time. And Ms. McPhee, you are fab!

The Voice auditions continued Monday night, as well. The teams are rounding out well, but the two-hour episodes are killer. Blind auditions continue the next two weeks, but I am very much looking forward to moving on to the next round of competition.

Idol wrapped up Hollywood Week with some of the best Hollywood audition episodes ever. Not because of the outstanding performances, but because it featured a wide range of contestants with generous amounts of singing and easy on the drama. Basically, just the way I like my Idol episodes cooked. However, the last round of brutal cuts in yesterday’s episode left me with a little bitter taste. imageGabi Carubba and Schyler Dixon got the shaft, people. Both of these girls were very talented and certainly deserved to move on to the final solo round. The round that was supposed to be 40, but was expanded to 42. I mean, come on guys, why not 44?

A little preview for next week, we have more blind auditions on The Voice, and Idol has the final solo round. I also imagine the top 24 will be announced on Thursday, with the “100 mile aisle walk of doom” wherein the contestants must walk down the insanely long walkway to await their fate.

Wow, I am a rhyming MACHINE today!

And if you like New York and Broadway, and like everything about Glee except for the fact that they are in HS, you will seriously love Smash. I wish I could say someone paid me to say that, but no…I am actually a huge nerd and love it. So watch.

The Voice Auditions 3

Another night of blind auditions on the voice!  What will be in store tonight?


Sarah GoldenYou and I –  Not really sure I liked how the show wanted to you try to be fooled if this androgynous figure was a guy or girl.  She had a pretty good voice, and I think she would be better on a different song.  She went with  TEAM CEELO.

Ellie DuheMercy – She had some good chops but need some polish.  I totally understand why no judges picked her, but I also understand why they all felt a little guilty for not doing so.

Pip (with no last name) – House of the Rising Sun – He had a pretty great performance and caused all four judges to turn their chairs.  They were taken in by the delivery and song choice and kept captivated by the orange Chuck Taylors.  He chose TEAM ADAM.

Erin WillettI Want You Back – She had a great gritty female big rocker voice and gave a great performance.  She only got one judge to turn around so she is TEAM BLAKE.

David GraceSweet Home Alabama – He was ok but he did do some weird things with his voice that were a turn off.  He needs to keep working at it.

Katrina ParkerOne of Us – Stylistically it was really interesting.  I think Adam lucked out with this one because she is pretty good and unique. She went TEAM ADAM.

Geoff McBrideHigher Ground – Wow, this guy has got some chops!  He choses TEAM XTINA.

Erin MartinHey There Delilah – OMG her voice is SO OBNOXIOUS.  Adam is smart for not turning around for her.  She chooses TEAM CEELO.

James MassoneBetter Find Your Loving – This kid is kind of a mess.  I hope CeeLo can do something with him.  He chooses TEAM CEELO.

Winter RaeTake A Bow – She was pretty pitchy, especially in her lower register.  She is BFFs with Perez, who came out to support her. Unfortunately no judges turned their chair.

Chris Cauley – Grenade – He has a very smooth silky voice.  He asked Adam and CeeLo to arm wrestle for him.  But he chooses TEAM ADAM.

We didn’t get to see full performances, but  Nathan Parret went TEAM ADAM, Brian Fuentes went TEAM BLAKE, and Moses Stone went TEAM XTINA.

Jordis UngaMaybe I’m Amazed – The final performance comes from Jordis, and they definitely saved the best for last tonight!.  Wow, she is awesome, and she has a star name.  This girl will go far.  She picks TEAM BLAKE!

There is some serious talent on this show!  Wow.  However, I will say again that these two-hour episodes are looooong.  I wonder how many of these blind audition shows before they move on to the next round?

The Voice Audition 2

The second episode of this show kicks off with a Judges Vocal!  A Prince medley ensues (led by Xtina, of course).  This is another thing that could NEVER HAPPEN on Idol.  Pretty sure Randy can’t actually sing.


The Line (Hailey and Leland) – “American Girl” – These guys were just OK for me.  They have potential to be molded, and they harmonize well, but I didn’t think they are anything amazing at this point.  All four judges turn around, and they go with the less obvious choice of TEAM XTINA.

Jamar Rodgers – “Seven Nation Army” – Well hello familiar face Jamar Rodgers.  Remember Danny Gokey’s BFF that got cut way before his time.  Well, now he is getting his shot.  He is now living in the Bronx.  He reveals he is HIV positive…this never came up on Idol at all!  I wonder if he never revealed it to producers, or producers were to scared to profile a kid with HIV.  At any rate, I’m glad he gets to tell his story.  His performance was pretty good, and I’m excited to hear more from him.  CeeLo is the only judge who picks him, so he goes TEAM CEELO.

Neal Middleton – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” – He had a slightly manic southern rock performance.  Decent voice, but he belongs with a band somewhere in Alabama.  No judges picked him, so he heads home.

Gwen Sebastian – “Stay” – She sounds very much like Sugarland, and I think she will do well.  She chooses TEAM BLAKE.

Pamela Rose – “Already Gone” – Another SoFlo contestant!  She was really pitchy throughout the entire song, and caused none of the judges to turn around.

Kim Yarbrough – “Tell Me Something Good” – Wow, she is another one of these people who I can’t believe has never been signed.  She is amazing, and goes TEAM ADAM.

Angie Johnson – “Heartbreaker” – This soldier was discovered by Carson Daily on YouTube, and he wanted her to have the chance to try out for this show.  She has a nice gritty rocker voice, and she pulled off a tough song right on pitch.  The only managed to woo CeeLo, so the is TEAM CEELO.

Dez Duron – “I Want It That Way” – I think his song choice really what brought him down.  He is not a bad vocalist, and it wasn’t the boy band song, necessarily, but more so chosing to sing a group song solo.  I felt like he was struggling to sing both the lead and backing vocals.  He didn’t manage to woo any of the judges, but Xtina seemed to regret not turning around.

Lindsey Pavao – “Say Aah” – Such a hipster performer–I think she is a great song interpreter and has an interesting voice.  She would get eaten alive on Idol, but she might do well in this format.  She chooses TEAM XTINA.

Hoja Lopez – “Teenage Dream” – She had some weird vocal issues – not pitchy, but like she was holding back, and her voice didn’t shine through.  She was sent home.

Jermaine Paul – “Complicated” – He has a great, great voice, but his performance was a little manic.  I think he needs to work on control a bit.  He gives the judges a hard time and it sounds like he might have some ego issues.  He surprisingly chooses TEAM BLAKE.

Angel Taylor – “Someone Like You” – I think Adam was right, that she was nervous at the beginning.  You can tell she has mad vocals and she is holding back for some reason–I think she needs to let go and let those mad vocals shine.  She chooses TEAM ADAM.

These two-hour performance episodes are LONG…but the talent here is pretty amazing.  I am excited to watch this show unfold.  Until Monday…