A new frontrunner on 'The Voice'
June 29th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

A new frontrunner on 'The Voice'

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?


soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. pedro

    dia reminds me of michelle branch or other annoying pop singers like that. she has a good voice, but i can't stand the ridiculous, self-aware way she pronounces words when she sings. instead of singing a word, say, "just" it would be "juuoooiiist" to make it seem more special or something. it's horrible!

    June 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. voicing my concern

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AsslGw0YF4&w=640&h=390]

    June 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The Måd Ræp3r

    Pat Benatar is so awesome, I'm her #1 fan! :D I love hearing her sing "I Luv Rock and Roll" with the Blackhearts backing her up!

    June 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • katieb

      that was not pat benatar, that was joan jett. an you are her #1 fan? WOW!

      June 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    Is that the show with that loser Ce Lo or however the hell you spell his name – you know the guy that used to get his kicks out of torturing animals?

    June 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sam

    The problem with this article is the headline. Uhh...I'm not sure what rock you've been under, KJ Matthews, but Dia has been the frontrunner since she ripped "Heartless" a new one back a few weeks ago.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. LOL

    HAHAHAHAHA. LOVE the comments.

    June 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kool Aid Man

    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

    June 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Sam//

    I don't care anymore because you all screwed Jeff Jenkins over.
    Jeff should have won. This is complete and utter madness.

    June 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rebecca

    I am on the fence between javier and Dia I love them both Dia has such a unique addictive voise yet javier is just fantastic!

    June 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Yup

    Dia is yet again #1 on iTunes, as she should be.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. Hola

    Dia has a famous fan, too. Christina Perri tweeted saying how she was Team Dia and that she voted for her, and is completely a fan of her and would love to sing with her!!! Dia will take it all, tomorrow, cause she has 'The Voice'.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  12. Uncle Fester

    She looks like Lerch playing the Harpsichord.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. be quiet

    I believe Javier should win. Second is Beverly, then Vicci and Dia is last. I think people are too caught up in Dia's cute factor to realize that many of the notes she sings are not in tune.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. 16 and pregnant mom to be

    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."

    Uh NO. The only one that wouldve been smiling would be that stinky fish with the toothy grin, Pat Benatar. Bowie and Queen couldnt careless about this Hyena doo doo.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • pathetic

      With a comment like yours it's no wonder how you got knocked up that young... sounds like someone needs a high school diploma.

      June 29, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • 16 and pregnant mom to be

      I just gave birth to 4 lovely little turdles.

      June 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Hansen

      Who exactly is the father? I may need to have a talk with him... miss, please have a seat right there.

      June 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Anthony Weiner

    Chaz, you called? What exactly are we doing? I prefer the text method.

    June 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Anthony Weiner

    Sorry, I only communicate with people via text message.

    June 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |

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