‘The Voice’: The Top Six Perform

December 3, 2013 3:46 AM

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‘The Voice’: The Top Six Perform

It’s the semi-final selections on “The Voice” this week and the final artists performed twice on Monday in their bid to convince America they deserve to make it to the top four.

With Team Adam hoarding half the contenders at this late stage, chances are he’ll make it into the finals, if not win the competition. Indeed, CeeLo, who no longer has horse in the race, earmarked two of Adam’s artists, Tessanne Chin and James Wolpert, as his picks from the remaining six.

The two artists journeyed to both ends of the spectrum for their song choices on Monday. Tessanne Chin kicked off with a rendition of Bob Marley’s sacred “Redemption Song.” I’m personally loving her reggae selections but I question whether that will win her the competition. She rounded that out with a standout rendition of “Unconditionally,” which gave Katy Perry a run for her money.

An illness-stricken James Wolpert meanwhile gave a supremely entertaining rendition of Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love.” “You really can’t overdo this,” Adam coached him during rehearsals, and he took that to heart. He balanced that with the White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With a Girl,” performed acoustically.

Team Adam’s third contender Will Champlin took on a Sam Cooke classic after last week topping the iTunes charts with Etta James. Then he picked up his banjo for a fun performance of Avicii’s “Hey Brother.”

After finding himself in the bottom three last week and being instant saved, eyes were on Team Christina’s onetime frontrunner Matthew Schuler. If the past is anything to go by, his chances aren’t great. The previous instant saves have been voted out the competition. And his song choices were dubious on Monday: he started with One Direction’s “Story of My Life” and ended with Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman.”

Christina’s other contender in the game, Jacquie Lee, once again displayed her enormous promise but lack of control as the youngest artist in the competition at 16. Janis Joplin’s “Cry Baby” and Christina’s own “The Voice Within” threatened to consume her and at times she resorted to yelling the big the notes.

Team Blake’s dark horse Cole Vosbury gave two more polished performances, singing the Hall And Oates classic “Rich Girl” and James Morrison’s “Better Man.” Christina called him out for being too raspy, which was a bit rich considering Jacquie’s issues on Monday.

Among other developments, Christina got some heat online for her wardrobe selection, which was particularly revealing on Monday. On Tuesday, two artists will be eliminated.

Source: blogs.wsj.com

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