June 8th, 2011
09:52 AM ET
"The Voice" has done it again.
Every week I think there’s no way the contestants can keep wowing us, but last night was no different.
“The Voice” went live for the first time, kicking off the finals round and the remaining four weeks of live shows with 16 artists. That's four singers per celebrity coach on the panel.
The show started off with a bang when celebrity coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green and country crooner Blake Shelton belted out a medley of Queen songs. They brought down the house before the show even started. Christina ended the medley by showcasing what she is known for: nailing those high notes. She was back in top form and I loved every minute of it.
Both Blake and Christina performed with their four chosen singers. Team Blake opted for Maroon 5’s “This Love” and Team Christina went for “Lady Marmalade.”
Team Christina seemed to be locked in a battle of its own between Beverly McClellan, Frenchie Davis and Christina herself, with all three of them bringing their A game and hitting those hard to reach notes.
Then it was time for the solo performances. First up was contestant Raquel Castro, who sang “Blow” by Ke$ha. She got glowing remarks, and even scared Blake for a second, since he was worried about her strong performance up against his singers.
But then came Jared Blake, and before he even sang the first note of his rendition of Kings of Leon's “Use Somebody,” you knew he was going to rock it hard. Jared delivered, and Blake quipped that he was tired of everyone saying that Jared was the guy of second chances, adding that he's earned his chance now.
Of the remaining six singers, three stood out. Professional singer Dia Frampton of the rock band "Meg & Dia" perhaps took the biggest risk. The Team Blake member performed a rap song with just her voice and a piano, doing a rendition of Kanye West's "Heartless.”
Adam Levine took note, saying it was the most refreshing and unique thing he’s seen on “The Voice.” Beverly and Frenchie were the clear front-runners. Beverly sang Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One" while Frenchie opted for "When Love Takes Over" by David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. It's been hours since their performances and I'm still torn between who did a better job, but I'm leaning toward Beverly.
Of course we are still early into the finals with a few weeks left, and Team Adam and Team Cee Lo haven't even performed yet. But one thing is for sure: “The Voice” is addictive and perhaps producing some of the best singing we've seen on television in a long, long time.
What’d you think of last night’s show? Did I miss a singer who stood out for you? Sound off!
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