June 29th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
If Pat Benatar, David Bowie and the remaining members of Queen watched NBC's “The Voice” last night, then I'm sure they had BIG smiles on their faces.
For me, those were two of the best covers of two of their best songs.
It all started with the four coaches performing the 1981 song “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie. What a perfect way to start the finals show. The long and high notes were Christina's while Blake and Adam had their solo moments showing off their strengths as well. And Cee Lo brought the soul to it, naturally.
The other memorable cover came at the end with Cee Lo and Vicci Martinez. They did a duet of Pat Benatar's “Love is a Battlefield.” To see him belt out "Love is a Battlefield" in such a ferocious manner was both fun and funny at the same time. I mean he and Martinez REALLY got into character for the song. What a performance! I felt tired just watching it.
The rest of the show was broken up into individual performances from the four remaining artists and then duets with the artists and their coaches. For their solo performances the artists got to sing an original song written just for them. And I'll say this right off the bat: The artist who I believe nailed both the solo and the duet was Dia Frampton!
Isn’t it funny how things change from week to week with this show? Last week I thought she was definitely a long shot but now I believe Dia is a front-runner. She performed her new song “Inventing Shadows” with just her piano wearing a beautiful red flowing dress.
Smart song choice for Frampton since this particular song allowed her to reveal her unique vocal range. It hit just the right note. If anyone had any doubt that Dia had the range she certainly erased any doubt tonight with her performance.
The second strongest performance came from Javier Colon from Team Adam. It may not have been a stand-out performance, but it was nice to see him pick the right song to accentuate his stellar vocals. He hit all the right notes and held them as he sang “Stitch by Stitch.” He even sported his signature baseball cap.
Later in the show he performed Michael Jackson's hit song “Man in the Mirror” with Adam Levine. Although it was a nice performance I'm not sure it was the best song for the duo to collaborate on. The song requires a really strong voice all the way through. At times Javier's voice dominated while Adam's vocals seemed to fall into the background. Javier definitely owned this song and that's hard to do.
(On a side note, he’s also got at least one famous fan. It seems that a Justin Bieber Facebook page urged everyone to support Javier. So do you think Bieber nation could help Javier win?)
Beverly McClellan's duet with Christina Aguilera was, in a word, perfect. They sang Aguilera's 2002 song “Beautiful.” Both ladies have such powerful voices, so they took turns singing lines from the song so they wouldn’t overpower one another. It sounded great and ended very well with the two of them singing the last note together. When they sang, it was the only time the press room was silent.
I was also pleasantly surprised by Beverly's solo performance of “Love Sick.” It was exhausting yet exhilarating to watch. She really rocked it out. After her performance Shelton said, "If music was crack you would have a serious problem.” Another classic line from Shelton that is oh so true.
I have to admit, I was expecting to hear the soulful Beverly that sang “Beautiful.” I know Beverly can do it all but it would have been nice for her to sway towards the soulful which she does so well.
And then there was Team Cee Lo's artist Vicci Martinez, who sang “Afraid to Sleep.” It was nice but not too strong. She hit all the right notes but for some reason I was expecting a performance as strong as the one she gave last week when she belted out Florence and the Machine's “Dog Days Are Over," but we didn't see that. Instead we got a good song that perhaps might not have been the best choice for her last night.
The show also had some star power with Brad Paisley and Shelton singing “Don’t Drink the Water” and Ne-Yo and Pitbull coming together for “Give Me Everything.”
Wednesday, Miranda Lambert will team up with Dia, Javier with Stevie Nicks, Ryan Tedder of One Republic will join forces with Beverly and Pat Monahan of Train will sing with Vicci.
So whose “Voice” do you think will win it?
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