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The Voice Season 2: Finals Pt 2

Final iTunes rankings for the season.

#2 Tony Lucca “99 Problems”
#4 Tony Lucca&Adam Levine “Yesterday”
#7 Chris Mann&Christina Aguilera “The Prayer”
#9 Juliet Simms “Freebird”
#11 Chris Mann “You Raise Me Up”
#12 Jermaine Paul “I Believe I Can Fly”
#21 Jermaine Paul&Blake Shelton “Soul Man”
#66 Juliet Simms&CeeLo Green “Born To Be Wild”

Alrighty people–we’re taking your wagers now–what’s the Over/Under on how long it is until Tony Lucca is on twitter begging Nigel Lythgoe for another shot on TV because the folks at The Voice have already forgotten alllll about him? Not that we know that Tony is our winner, no, not for another two hours. We might get lucky. He was forced in via Adam’s shenanigans, so we know he hasn’t actually connected with the voting public. Jermaine had the best over all night, even though the song we’re “supposed” to vote on was his worst. Juliet had a bad night, but she’s had the best overall season, so perhaps she could still take it.

Until then we have two whole hours of filler. Let’s wade in and see if any of is was worth it, shall we?

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The Voice Season 2: The Finals

We have four performances, and yet this is going to take 2 hours? Oh The Voice, I hate you sometimes. I think I’m really glad this will be over.

I’ve tried to be open minded for The Voice. I really have. There were things about it that are better than Idol when we started last year. The “Blind Audition” gimmick is very entertaining. But the “battle rounds” were a disaster–they went on far too long, and the predetermined outcomes were damning. In fact, I would say the predetermined outcomes–all the way to forcing Tony into the finals tonight–are what kill this show for me. Say what you will about Idol, but at least their results are not fixed. And since Jimmy took over, they aren’t arguing with who wins, they’re going to do whatever they need to in order to make sure they have a hit record. That show has learned its lesson: they are only as good as their last winner’s performance on the charts. The Voice still hasn’t caught on to that.

Speaking of fixed, shall we wade through 1hour and 45 minutes of filler to find out who they’ve done everything to make sure wins tomorrow?

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The Voice Season 2: Semifinal Eliminations

Damn, Juliet didn’t just break the Top 25. Girl broke the iTunes Top5.

4. Juliet Simms It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
11. Lindsey Pavao  “Skinny Love”
19. Katrina Parker “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
21. Jamar Rogers “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
24. Tony Lucca “How Do You Like Me Now”
36. Jermaine Paul  “Open Arms”
42. Chris Mann  “Ave Maria”
103. Erin Willett “Without You”

Meanwhile, Erin never even broke the Top 100. Dead dads might win pity votes, but it doesn’t inspire people to buy your music. I am surprised Lindsey placed so high–perhaps the indie quirk is a more popular sound than I originally assumed? Perhaps we might be lucky enough not to have Chris Mann butcher classical opera at us in a concerted effort to look down on the show that’s giving him free air time.

So, who’s up to make the final? And where the hell are those who made the finals last year anyway?

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The Voice Season 2: SemiFinals

Finally! All four teams in one place! After weeks and weeks, we can finally compare those that are left to each other on a level playing field. Heck, maybe we’ll be able to remember who is left on each team since they’ll be here week to week.

Except half of them will be gone by tomorrow. Remember not to get too attached! Not that it’s all up to us. The judges also get to score them, which will get added to our votes, just in case, you know, we vote wrong.

So how do Team Blake and Team CeeLo match up? Is Team Adam terrible just in comparison to Team CeeLo, or is it really the bottom of the barrel? Can we buy CeeLo’s shirt with the heart-shaped picture of The Fluffy White Cat of Evil? Answers to these, and other questions, after the jump!

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The Voice Season 2: QuarterFinal First Eliminiation

After Monday’s predetermined eliminations to keep us from voting for the wrong people, how did everyone shape up on the iTunes charts?

32 – Against All Odds Jermaine Paul
33 – She’s Country RaeLynn
66 – Foolish Games Ashley De La Rosa
75 – Part of Me Lindsey Pavao
77 – Viva La Vida Chris Mann
85 – A Little Bit Stronger Jordis Unga
87 – Halo Jesse Campbell
175 – Set Fire to the Rain  Erin Willett

Damn, Team Blake has two in the Top40…and that’s it. Erin is so far behind the others (including those eliminated) we can only assume her advancement is part of what the producers were working to ensure last night.

The little groups of three look so small and helpless up there, waiting to hear who’s headed out back to meet the squad. So let’s ignore yet another terrible performance by The Wanted, and go to results, shall we? Continue reading

The Voice Season 2: Quarterfinals Part 1

Onward!

Eight performances tonight, four from Team Blake and four from Team Xtina. In a twist (because this show can’t risk staying consistent) after the artists perform someone will get eliminated from each team by their judge, in order to keep America from accidentally voting to keep the wrong person. THE VOICE: XTREME RULEZ! Xtina claims to be super upset about this. Blake says that this took them all off guard. Perhaps he should learn to read? I’m sure it was on the schedule. Carson suggests that this is Adam’s fault for pointing out how well the contestants did when they were “singing for their lives.” I blame the XFactor for popularizing that term. It totally sounds like the eliminated person is going to be taken out back and put in front of a firing squad for the crime of not singing with enough passion.

After the jump, performances.

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The Voice Season 2: First Eliminations

Welcome back to The Voice! I find myself disappointed. Last year NBC didn’t schedule The Voice to have results shows until nearly the end of the season. Therefore, voting went on all week, 10x per method per day. I thought that to be a far superior method than Idol’s two-hour power voting window. But no more. Now voting is open for ten hours on all platforms, but as far as I could tell there was no limit. Dislike. The only way they are now superior to Idol is the inclusion of iTunes sales as votes.

Speaking of which, two of my least favorites on the night were the highest charting on iTunes today. Double dislike.

The Voice iTunes Rankings: 3 pm et

22. Lindsey Paveo – Somebody That I Used To Know
46. RaeLynn – Wake Up Call
48. Charlotte Sometimes – Misery Business
59. Chris Mann – Bridge Over Troubled Water
63. Jesse Campbell – What A Wonderful World
72. Naia Kete – Turning Tables
74. Jordis Unga – Alone
94. Jermaine Paul – Living on a Prayer
110. Erin Willett – Living for the City

Hey Lindsey: here’s a primer on how not to butcher Gotye next time.

Also, serious America? Erin is not even in the Top 100? You disappoint me.

Last year, the way the eliminations worked on the first two weeks of live shows was that the teams of four were halved down to two–one put through by America, and the other put through by the team’s judge. This season, the way this is going to work is that each team (this time of six) will be halved, with America’s Top Three from each team going through. Then–to serve as a backstop corrective in case America’s Top Three do not include someone in the Producer’s Top Three–the judges will get to put one more from each team through, which will include some sort of faux sing-off. All told, four will be going home tonight, two from each team, which will put us in even numbers in time for the QuarterFinals.

After the jump, who is safe, who is saved and who is gone from my television as soon as they arrived.

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The Voice Season 2: Live Live Live!

This is The Voice!

Is it? Because I saw some of the people who were put through. But hey, we’re at the live shows, after two months of gimmicks, so we’ll go with it.

There are 24 people currently left in the competition, so tonight half of them perform. Tonight: Team Xtina and Team Blake. Next week: Teams Adam and CeeLo.

Now that we’re live Carson seems to have turned wooden, and is obviously nervous about the time. The big change from the first season is we have result shows the next day, so instead of voting lasting a week, it only lasts 12 hours. That’s ten hours longer than Idol–Carson doesn’t mention whether last season’s 10 votes per medium is still in effect. I still love the idea that iTunes purchases count as votes. The voting numbers spell out 1-866-U-Love, which sounds really weird.

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The Voice Season 2: Battle Round Part 1

The Battle Rounds: probably my least favorite of The Voice’s gimmicks. Duets between contestants where the point of the duet–where two singers work together to blend their voices in harmony–is polluted in favor of a silly conceit of those voices “battling” to outsing each other. Because what we really need in a singing competition is contestants encouraged to oversing and sabotage their performance partner for points.

This is also where we meet the extra celebrities who have grabbed onto The Voice in an attempt to grab some extra household name recognition.

After the jump, quick reviews of each “duet” and who was pre selected by their judge to “win” and go forward before anyone opened their mouth on camera.

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