The Voice Australia 5: Battles (2)

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More battles! Wow we only have three episodes of battle rounds and I am very much entertained. And a surprising twist and turn at the end of the episode.

Now let us see how the night went.

ILISAVANI CAVA (vs) THE KOI BOYS
Uptown Funk
Team JESSIE

– This was a fun battle to be honest and I thought both artists bring on whatever they can do to showcase what they can. Vocally, not perfect but that imperfections allow a great balance on the battle. The Koi Boys are still good at finding the right connections and harmonies between them although sometimes their pitch is off. Ilisavani on the other hand uses his grit way too much that it sounded grating but he held his own. 7

WINNER: The Koi Boys
ELIMINATED: Ilisavani Cava
STOLEN:


KAYLEIGH KILLICK (vs) ASTRID RIPEPI
Never Forget You
Team RONAN

– Astrid sounded really good and I am surprised with this decision. I thought Astrid brought the right amount of spunk and intensity on this that she easily outshinrs Kayleigh. Interesting. 6.5

WINNER: Kayleigh Killick
ELIMINATED: Astrid Ripepi
STOLEN:


KIM SHEEHY (vs) MAXON
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Team DELTA

– Yikes! There are parts here that sounded nice and some of the dynamics were lovely but there are also parts where both hit a couple of sharp notes. 6

WINNER: Kim Sheehy
ELIMINATED: Maxon
STOLEN:


NATHAN LAMONT (vs) ANDREW LOADSMAN
I Will Wait
Team MADDEN

– Andrew Loadsman is a star. He just needs to find a way not to overdone the vocal choices he is making so that the song that he is singing is still recognizable but other than that he is really made. Nathan held his own but the inevitable has to happen and he is unfortunately the sacrificial lamb. 7

WINNER: Andrew Loadsman
ELIMINATED: Nathan Lamont
STOLEN:


SARAH BROWNE (vs) EMAD YOUNAN
Dancing In The Dark
Team RONAN

– I don’t know what it is but I felt like they are missing their timing but the vocals were pretty good. Emad to be exact is quite a good story teller and his vocals were mostly spot on. 6.5

WINNER: Emad Younan
ELIMINATED: Sarah Browne
STOLEN:


NAZZEREENE TALEB (vs) MADDISON MCNAMARA
Stole The Show
Team MADDEN

– This is pretty good. Nazzereene came out swinging and her vocals were impeccable. Maddison sounded pretty too although she hit a couple of wobbly notes but I thought she held her own. Real good. 7

WINNER: Nazzereene Taleb
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Maddison McNamara (Team Jessie)


MARCIA HOWARD (vs) CRISSY ASHCROFT
Wicked Game
Team DELTA

– It sounded dated and halfway it became boring. 4

WINNER: Marcia Howard
ELIMINATED: Crissy Ashcroft
STOLEN:


NADA LEIGH NASSER (vs) JASMIN JADE NASSER
How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore
Team JESSIE

– Like their blinds, both Nada and Jasmin can sing and both compliments what the other is lacking. To be fair, I thought Jasmin sang better and her choices were pretty spot on. Is it a good idea to make them as a duo? Not sure. It’s risky but I guess Jessie can coach them. This is pretty good battle performance although it felt more like a duet. 7.5

WINNER: Nada & Jasmin*
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN:

* Jessie J cannot choose between the two and ask for the producer’s permission if she can not eliminate one but instead make them as a duo. The contestants agreed as well. A The Voice first.

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The Voice Australia 5: Battles (1)

It’s the start of the Battles! Yay! And I am looking forward to what the coaches and artists will bring on the table. Oh and each coach has 2 SAVES to use.

On to tonight’s battles.

MIKAELA DEAN (vs) SAM TRENWITH
Harder To Breathe
Team RONAN

– This started really energetic and fun and I thought both artists held that energy until the end. Vocally, Mikaela is more on point than Sam but Sam had that command on stage than Mikaela. The vocals got shaky towards the end and maybe this battle needed a notch more intensity towards the end because the build up was there already. 7

WINNER: Sam Trenwith
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Mikaela Dean (Team Jessie)


ASHLEIGH MARSHALL (vs) CARMEL RODRIGUES
Colours Of The Wind
Team JESSIE

– It was a sweet song but the vocals were a bit shaky. Ashleigh had better vocal control though she hit a couple of sharp notes. Carmel is quite vocally theatrical on how she delivered her verses and hit some wobbly notes during those high notes. 6

WINNER: Ashleigh Marshall
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Carmel Rodrigues (Team Madden)


TASH LOCKHART (vs) ELLE MURPHY
What Kind Of Man
Team DELTA

– Was the song too big for them? Or the song just didn’t suit them? Either way, I thought both struggle in terms of vocals. While they managed to keep the command on stage looked confident, I thought the vocals were all over the place. 5

WINNER: Elle Murphy
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Tash Lockhart (Team Ronan)


BLAKE MORGAN (vs) DON LEATON
Stitches
Team MADDEN

– Yikes. The guys were struggling to find their notes. Both of them hit like sharps and flats during their verses. You could see the coaches were even on the fence with this performance. It was just.. I’m sorry.. terrible. 3

WINNER: Blake Morgan
ELIMINATED: Don Leaton
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NINA FERRO (vs) NIC JEFFRIES
All I Ask
Team RONAN

– Surprisingly, I kinda agree with Jessie in her point of view. The vocals were decent but the emotional connection is kinda empty. I thought the song choice is siding more on Nina and I felt bad for Nic because most parts he is finding his pitch. This is quite..interesting in terms on how you perceive it to be. 6

WINNER: Nina Ferro
ELIMINATED: Nic Jeffries
STOLEN:


CALVIN SWART (vs) JACK PELLOW
Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Team JESSIE

– Sure the vocals here are not perfect but I love how they played on their strengths. They managed to control the melody on their advantage. The vocals were shaky. 7

WINNER: Jack Pellow
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Calvin Swart (Team Delta)


MARYANN WRIGHT (vs) NATASHA HOEBERIGS
Memory
Team DELTA

– Eh? This is very theatrical vocally and stage command – halfway I dozed off. Sleepy. 5

WINNER: MaryAnn Wright
ELIMINATED: Natasha Hoeberigs
STOLEN:


LANE SINCLAIR (vs) GEORGIA WIGGINS
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Team MADDEN

– Dark. Intense. Solid. Gorgeous. The vocals here is admittedly not perfect but the way these two phrased their verses, the way they navigated it and the overall dramatic intensity is simply amazing. I thought this was solid, entertaining and memorable. 8

WINNER: Lane Sinclair
ELIMINATED:
STOLEN: Georgia Wiggins (Team Ronan)

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (’16 Bryan Singer)

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult..
Director/s: Bryan Singer
Genre/s: Science & Fiction

The newest installment of the X-Men franchise is a hit and a miss. The visuals were again stunning. The actors lived up to their characters especially James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender who were again the anchor of the film. The action sequences were thrilling enough and it is packed with punch and kick – no pun intended – that allows the viewers to enjoy every scenes and characters fight scenes. Now what I didn’t like is the story telling as I felt like the film was a big disjointed. The phasing is quite jarring and the overall writing is a bit flawed. Nonetheless, the film once again is an entertaining piece and will cater to a lot of audience. 6.5

Movie Review: The Nice Guys (’16 Shane Black)

Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Matt Bomer…
Director/s: Shane Black
Genre/s: Comedy

Smart. Clever. Funny. The Nice Guys is such a treat and it is quite addicting. Sure, that was over the top but I digress. The film is funny and the palpable chemistry between Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling brought a new dimension to the film’s already solid story telling and phasing. The beauty of the film is that it didn’t try too much and the comedic timing is effortless the laughter became so natural. I loved it! 8

Movie Review: Alice Through The Looking Glass (’16 James Bobin)

Starring: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska…
Director: James Bobin
Genre/s: Science & Fiction, Fantasy

Alice Through The Looking Glass is such a disappointment. Sure the visuals are still something to recognize for but the totality of the film felt dark, gloomy and a let down. It just feel like even the whole cast didn’t really feel – feel the film. The phasing is a mess. The script is dull. The whole thing is just a big ball of boring beautiful cinematography. And as much as I enjoyed Anne Hathaway and Johnny Depp during the first one, in here, I just felt cold and dispireted. Such a let down. Sigh. 4

The Voice US 10: Finale

The Voice Season 10 Top 12

It’s curtain call for the 10th season of The Voice and even if Adam Wakefield of Team Blake has presented himself as a threat to the inevitable win of Alisan Porter, I still think she got this on the bag. With early pimping, the producers wanting to break the girl curse and a lot of celebrities rooting for Alisan, there is no way Curly Sue won’t win the crown.

Anyway as for the final showdown of the top 4, I find it a bit underwhelming. Probably because I was looking for something exciting and variety. Nonetheless, it is what it is and we were treated with some really good – predictable – performances.

Oh, I am a bit excited with next season. I wonder what will Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys bring in as the new coaches.

Now on to the rankings.

COVER SONGS

[4] LAITH AL-SAADI
White Room
Team ADAM

– It is what is expected from Laith. Nothing really new. Not bad at all. 6

[3] ADAM WAKEFIELD
When I Call Your Name
Team BLAKE

– Like Laith, this is something you predictably get from Adam! While predictable, his gorgeous tone really stands out. 7

[2] HANNAH HUSTON
Every Breath You Take
Team PHARRELL

– Props to the risk they took on the arrangement of the stalker song. It’s interesting. A bit acquired. But I like that it wasn’t expected. 7.5

[1] ALISAN PORTER
Somewhere
Team CHRISTINA

– Undeniably, the strongest out of 4. Her vocals were solid and spot on. 8

ORIGINAL SONG

[4] ALISAN PORTER
Down That Road
Team CHRISTINA

– Generic. Predictable. This isn’t bad and this showed probably what kind of artist will be post-The Voice but I, on a personal level, just didn’t feel it. 6

[3] LAITH AL-SAADI
Morning Light
Team ADAM

– Same with Alisan. It is the usual Laith. The single isn’t bad but it is not groundbreaking too. 6

[2] ADAM WAKEFIELD
Lonesome, Broken & Blues
Team BLAKE

– Raw and has potential. While just like the singles of Laith and Alisan, Adam played with his strengths. But what I adore in this is the potential of it to do well in country radio. Probably, Adam’s tone is what I enjoy the most from here. 7

[1] HANNAH HUSTON
I Call The Shots
Team PHARRELL

– Surprisingly, I know not all people will agree with me, Hannah’s single is what I liked best. Not the most hook friendly single but it has tons of potential. The chorus is quite repetitive but it works and Hannah’s tone is solid here. Maybe the rhythm needed rework but I digress. I enjoyed this. 7.5

Movie Review: The Angry Birds Movie (’16 Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly)

Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Peter Dinklage…
Director/s: Clay Kaytis, Fergal Reilly
Genre/s: Animation

While Angry Birds isn’t anything groundbreaking and with a thought that it is an application adaptation, I didn’t really expect much from it. I do think it had obvious flaws but for what it’s worth, the film I think is still decent. With enough laughs, right amount of hilarity and the burst of colors and impressive visuals? I think the film was able to cater its target audience and even the kids at heart. I enjoyed it and I thought it was a good breather! 7