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Fall of the House of Usher

My friend David Litvak has crossed the nerd streams by combining Poe’s The Fall of The House of Usher with The Voice’s champion Coach, and successful pop star Usher Raymond IV.

The results are rather perfect.


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The Voice Season Six: Finale

So! Josh’s precious “Set Fire To The Rain” was apparently hidden in iTunes. You could find it under “Albums” but not in the regular singles spot where frantic voters usually look.


3. “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Christina Grimmie
6. “Right Here Waiting” Jake Worthington
7.  “A Country Boy Can Survive” Jake Worthington/Blake Shelton
8. “Somebody That I Used to Know” Christina Grimmie/Adam Levine 
9.  “Don’t Close Your Eyes” Jake Worthington 
11. “Every Breath You Take” Josh Kaufman/Usher
16. “Signed Sealed and Delivered” Josh Kaufman
19. “Set Fire to the Rain” Josh Kaufman
41. “Wrecking Ball” Christina Grimmie 

Is this why it didn’t make the Top Ten? (Note, it’s very rare for at all three finalists not to each have at least one single in the Top Ten. The Duet purchases do not count as votes.) More importantly, is this why the Top Ten Multiplier does not count this week, even though it always has, and the press release even said it would only a few days ago?

Can we stop a minute? This is what I hate about The Voice, more than anything. More than the gimmicks, more than the lack of focus on the contestants, more than the sense that this is just a vehicle for people in the music business to hop on and get network face time with America. What I hate Hate HATE is this total disregard for the rules. The rules are set out at the beginning of the season. And then, if the production doesn’t like something–they don’t try to manipulate the audience. They don’t sandbag contestants with bad songs and poor reviews. Instead…..they just change the rules. Like the rules don’t matter. Like we won’t notice and won’t care. The contestants are literally competing on shifting sand. The season with Cassadee Pope was the worst–they literally changed the rules every week in order to ensure she won. If Idol did this, Ryan would be out there, solemnly explaining and apologizing and repeating over and over how they had to do this to be fair. The Voice? Meh, was there a Top Ten multiplier factor for the finale? No! Wait, did we do that last year? Oh, well, you know, l, well…..hey…..oh, Hey here’s Celebrity X performing!

The worst part–they’re right. The audience doesn’t care, and most of them probably won’t even notice. So let’s bullet point our way through the filler.

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The Voice Season Six: Top Three

As another seasons of The Voice draws to an end, I find myself wondering again if I will bother recapping come Fall. I mean, I will. I’ll tune in, I’ll be amused by new judges, I’ll love the Blind Auditions, and we’ll start again. But from such promising beginnings, to find ourselves with two total dud contestants, and one that had to be forced in by the producers last minute in order for their to be something (other than the celebrities) to tune in for–it just seems like this show and I are massively out of touch with each other.


But I suppose we must finish what we start. To be fair, some seasons (like last fall) produced three pretty good finalists–as we were reminded last week. If the show only ran once a year, it might not have dud seasons like this.

Oh, but NBC has no programming, so they’d rather shake this for all the golden egg ratings that it’s worth. Too bad this egg seems to be rather dingy.

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The Voice Season Six: SemiFinals Elimination

There are times when I really feel out of touch with America. This season on The Voice is one of them.


03.  “Heaven” Jake Worthington
04. “All of Me” Josh Kaufman 
05. “Foolish Games” Kristen Merlin 
12. “Love Runs Out” Josh Kaufman 
13. “Good Ole Boys” Jake Worthington 
18. “Hide and Seek” Christina Grimmie 
27. “Some Nights” Christina Grimmie
31. “Let it Go” Kat Perkins
48. “Gunpowder & Lead” Kristen Merlin 
56 “Chandelier” Kat Perkins 

Seriously America? Seriously? Jake Worthington? And not just Jake, but his god awful treacle number? It even beat douchebro Josh.

I do not understand this country. Christina better pray that her people vote like gangbusters for her to be saved or next week’s finale is going to be two duds versus Kristen Merlin.

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The Voice Season Six: Top Five SemiFinals

We’re nearly finished another season of The Voice, and the slog of boring Battle Rounds has not been made up for by the rushing through of the Live Shows. I know the celebrities have better things to do than remind us they exist every week on network TV. (Wait, no, they don’t.)

The Voice - Season 6


Perhaps Adam’s choice to dye his hair that dreadful color caused the producers to feel that limiting our exposure to the horror of his visage was wise for all involved. I, for one, hope it is back to normal by next fall, or I may have to drop recapping this show for visual safety.

Tonight we start off with what really matters–the celebrities hawking their latest singles. This week it’s coach Usher who cares more about opening the show for your hard earned iTunes single dollars than about the contestant performances.

Tomorrow, in order to spoil what little suspense the finale might hold in terms of competition, we will have a bottom three. Two will go home, and one will be prestamped for third place. At least it’s a Top Three, so one of the coaches will be out of contestants.

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The Voice Season Six: Top 8 Elimination

Lack of real white male eyecandy or talent. It’s the only explanation I have, and I’m sticking to it.

2. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Josh Kaufman
4. “How To Love” Christina Grimmie
13. “Get Lucky” Kat Perkins
21. “Hillbilly Deluxe” Jake Worthington
28. “I Drive Your Truck” Kristen Merlin
41. “I Believe I Can Fly” Delvin Choice
59. “Forgive” Audra McLaughlin
72. “River Deep Mountain High” Sisaundra Lewis

But the real story is third place. Wow. I’m genuinely shocked that Kat charted that high. She might just escape the bottom half of the pack tonight, which would be bad news for Audra and Kristen. If Kat does end up in the bottom, she walks in with the most mobilized voters, which should worry everyone else.

Let’s get to Adam and that horrific platinum hair and get this done.

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The Voice Season Six: Top 8

We’re only two weeks into the last gimmick of the season, and we’re already down to only eight contestants. As a bonus for getting so far so quickly, we’ll be rewarded with a bottom four tomorrow. Well, you can’t accuse The Voice of not trying to hurry things along. The question is, did the show choose to do that in order to break the trend of the one in the bottom who is “Saved By America” being automatically out next week, by doubling the numbers and therefore the odds? Or are they just making sure that next week’s Top Six results are thoroughly spoilt days in advance? I assume the idea is the former, but money says it will result in the latter.

Speaking of hurrying things along, since we have two full hours and only eight performances by contestants, the show filled those extra slots by looking ahead to Season Seven and pimping their newest celebrity mentors. Yes, both Pharrell and Gwen Stefani are on hand to remind you of their pop culture relevance.

Well, former, pop culture relevance in Gwen’s case, but nevermind.

As for the ongoing extra celebrities “assistants” stuffed into the pre-performance packages in order to get network face time, that’s now reserved for mentors with more than one contestant to work with. (Sorry Shakira and Usher.) Blake brought Gwen Sebastian–who also got to perform in the middle of the show, despite not even being a mentor next season. Maybe we can vote for her to be in the Bottom Four? Adam (and his horrifyingly platinum hair) has James Valentine, a fellow Maroon 5 member you’ve never heard of. They do not get to perform.

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