The Voice US 8: Knockouts (3)

The Voice US 8 - Knockouts

Final night of the knockouts round and only Christina still has her “Steal” in play. One rant though: Why prolong the live play offs to next week and waste a one hour episode tomorrow night. Ugh. Honestly, this felt way too loong already. Haha. The show is really milking the good ratings (despite sometimes declining) that it has.

Anyway, here is how the knockouts part 3 went..

12. Kelsie May
Tim McGraw
Team BLAKE

– First, why choose one of Taylor Swift’s least popular song? Second, seriously? Haha. Kelsie looked and delivered something uninspired. Her vocals were weak. Her delivery felt like she was just forced to be here. 4

[ELIMINATED against Brooke Adee]

11. Jacob Rummell
Life Of The Party
Team PHARRELL

– This has all the potential to be great but somehow Jacob’s nerves got the best of him. His vocals were shaky and uneven. The delivery was weak and obviously the performance showed that he is not yet ready for primetime. 4.5

[ELIMINATED against Lowell Oakley]

10. Brooke Adee
Electric Feel
Team BLAKE

– Yes, Brooke sounded better than Kelsie and still, I love her tone. It is so rich and pure but the performance felt dragging. The vocals were exhausting. 5

[WINS over Kelsie May]

9. Lowell Oakley
My Girl
Team PHARRELL

– Good thing, Lowell’s vocals were strong. I mean, his vocal delivery is probably what made him win this. But the overall performance is too calculated and played. Also, it is too cheesy no? 6

[WINS over Jacob Rummell]

8. Barry Minniefield
What You Won’t Do For Love
Team ADAM

– Decent but nothing special. 6

[ELIMINATED against Tonya Boyd-Cannon]

7. Tonya Boyd-Cannon
I Wish
Team ADAM

– Again, decent but nothing really spectacular. I will still choose her over Barry since I think Tonya is more capable of delivering something current. 6

[WINS over Barry Minniefield]

6. Rob Taylor
Love & Happiness
Team CHRISTINA

– I guess, Christina likes his style no? The whole performance is a little uneven for me. His vocal support is weak but then there are moments where it really worked. 6

[WINS over Treeva Gibson]

5. Joe Tolo
One Of Us
Team CHRISTINA

– This is the best vocal performance from Joe since his blinds but unfortunately he is against a more experienced and a better vocalist. His tone sounded sweet and his vocals were really strong. but one thing though, he is too bland no? 6.5

[ELIMINATED against India Carney]

4. Treeva Gibson
Chasing Pavements
Team CHRISTINA

– I didn’t think the arrangement of the song made something exciting but Treeva sounded fantastic here. Her vocals were pretty strong. It was not perfect but I actually prefer her over Rob. 7

[ELIMINATED against Rob Taylor]

3. India Carney
Big White Room
Team CHRISTINA

– Vocally, it was another solid performance from India but I must say she should lose that theatrical practices because it is showing in her delivery. This is not as good as that of Sarina Joi Crowe (American Idol 14) but for tonight she delivered one of the better performances. 7

[WINS over Joe Tolo]

2. Lexi Davila
Anything Could Happen
Team ADAM

– Where did she came from? I swear, I written Lexi off after her blinds because well, I didn’t think she will go as far as this. Haha. To my surprise, Lexi delivered a strong knockout performance. It started shaky yes but once she picked up – that key change towards the end – she never really looked back. 7.5

[ELIMINATED against Joshua Davis; STEAL by Christina]

1. Joshua Davis
Arms Of A Woman
Team ADAM

– Joshua delivered probably tonight’s best vocals and emotionally invested performance. His vocals reminded me of a restraint Tony Lucca (Adam’s artist during season 3?) and he must showed just enough vulnerability. Very good! 7.5

[WINS over Lexi Davila]

Cover: Chris Jamison – Want To Want Me

The Voice Season 7 alumna and my bet to win that season dropped by some recording studio recently and covered Jason Derulo’s current hit, “Want To Want Me”. This is right on Chris wheelhous. R&B flavor with some falsettos going on and I am ecstatic to say that Chris, once again, delivered a stunning cover. This guy was robbed during his season and he proved that he has so much potential in the music industry today. His vocals here were really strong and his falsettos were stronger that I used to hear him. Just a thought though, Chris should take care of himself more because his usual gorgeous, appealing sexy face looks a little dirty in this video. Credits to some video editing and camera work though in maintaining a more pleasing view fof him. Hehe.

Listen to his wonderful cover below:

Movie Review: That Thing Called Tadhana (’15 Antoinette Jadaone)

That Thing Called Tadhana is simple, honest, straightforward and indulgent. It successfully shuts down the common conotation on a Filipino Indie Film where explicits involve same sex encounters or frontal nudities. In here, director Antoinette maximizes her actors and the powerful writing of the script. One could easily relate to the narrative of the film. As the scenes and sequences progress, one could identify him/herself with the character and it leads to a wonderful journey with the film. Angelica Panganiban was superb. Her natural ability to deliver lines for both humor and dramatic scenes were precious. She managed to show the vulnerability of the character but still market it as someone genuinely true. Of course, it is the same with JM De Guzman, which proves that such material is his best vehicle for a comeback. The film successfully check all the marks of a good film. The film was crafted nicely. The actors were stunningly brilliant. The writing was spot on. This is a surprisingly strong showing for a Filipino film and proves that there can be more than explicits scenes or tired same old story lines. Plus, I’m glad talented directors like Antoinette Jadaone was given a chance to showcase what she can do.. and she delivered! 8

New Track: Fifth Harmony (ft. Kid Ink) – Worth It

This is fantastic! The track boasts a tune that works in the music industry now (remember, Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” and Ariana Grande’s “Problem”). But what really works here is the girls’ strong vocals backed up with some Kid Ink rap inflections. The tune is gorgeous albeit repetitive. Plus it has the funky, groove and hook that lasts very well.

Check out their new song and video that premiered tonight during the Nickelodeon’s Kid’s Choice Awards 2015:

The Voice UK 4: Top 8 (Semi-Finals)

I am not sure if the voting format really works as I feel like minutes after all performances were the time range for the voting public to vote is a little flawed. But then what do I know, right?

Tonight, 8 artists are going to be trimmed into 4 as the semi-finalists will perform for the public’s votes. The Top 4 vote getter will advance to next week’s live finals.

Now let’s see how the night went..

8. Vikesh Champaneri
Don’t Leave Me This Way
Team WILL

– His delivery looked very uninspired and his vocals were really weak and off key. I wish it was stronger but there is nothibg really spectacular to get from here. 4

7. Lucy O’Byrne
O Mio Babbino Caro
Team WILL

– It’s hard to give comments on something that is not a cup of your tea but I must say that the sounds here were lovely. But that’s it. 5

6. Emmanuel Nwamadi
A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Team RICKY

– The emotional delivery is not as strong as last week but I’m happy that his vocals here are stronger. But. It is so boring, halfway I almost catch myself sleeping. 6

5. Sheena McHugh
Toca’s Miracle
Team WILL

– The only uptempo that stood out among the ballads of the night. And Sheena sounded really nice here. I am not sure if the song choice though gave her new set of fans but her delivery was almost flawless. I just didn’t like the end as it felt more like she was showboating with those (some) unnecessary high notes but then Sheena pulled this one decently. 7

4. Stevie McCrorie
Bleeding Love
Team RICKY

– I don’t know if this really worked fully but Stevie is a believable performer. He got a little wobbly before that end but the arrangement somehow worked in his advantage. A little weak during the times when the build up and high register were needed but the vocals here sounded really nice. 7

3. Karis Thomas
Say Something
Team RITA

– Last week, Karis’ performance is either you like it or not and the use of her raunchy, gritty tone is sometimes overwhelming. In here, Karis proved that she can do restraint. Her vocals here sounded fantastic and the placement of those grits were beautifully used. Her phrasing also sounded marvelous. 7.5

2. Joe Woolford
Jealous
Team RITA

– Who knew Joe could pull something like this. If there is one thing that is missing here is that emotional investment – maybe because he is too young – but Joe wonderfully pulled this Labyrinth track beautifully. His vocals were lovely. The phrasing choice were great. Such a nice performance. 8

1. Sasha Simone
Say You Love Me
Team TOM

– This is gorgeous and a very nice contrast from last week. The delivery is flawless. Her vocals were wonderful. The emotional connection is fantastic. 8.5

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ELIMINATED:
Joe Woolford (Team Rita)
Karis Thomas (Team Rita)
Vikesh Champaneri (Team Will)
Sheena McHugh (Team Will)

Movie Review: Home (’15 Tim Johnson)

To be fair, Home is really adorable. The grand colors and bizarre visuals were pleasing and eye treat. The narrative touches the heart easily as it successfully embrace a tale of friendship and family. The endearing thing about this film is the warmth and pleasant feels that is transcending naturally in the screen. But here is the thing about the movie, it wasn’t groundbreakingly memorable. It didn’t have that special thing that let us say, Frozen or Big Hero 6 have that allows it to completely wrap itself on you. But I don’t think it was that bad like what the others thought of it. All in all, there is a freshness in here that I like and the way director Tim Johnson crafted the film seems to be passionately heartwarming. It just really came short with that special ingredient to make this film magical. Nonetheless, this is fairly decent. 7

Cover: Frencheska Farr – Rather Be

Probably one of the most underrated artist in the local scene, Frencheska Farr dropped a cover of a cover of this Clean Bandit hit. I think from the get go, “Rather Be” is already an appealing track to perform and listen. With a couple of key changes here and there, Frencheska gave a gorgeous and almost restraint version of the song with her silky, smooth and lovely tone front and center. The vocals here were wonderful to be honest.

Listen to her cover that she uploaded on her soundcloud account: