One upside to a reality show running for more than three months is that you get a chance to change your mind.
That's certainly the case with "The Voice."
With Monday's performances from the final eight contestants, I think it's safe to say my favorites are sealed, but it was a long road to get there. So let's look at last night's songs, and I'll try to explain my thinking when it comes to these guys.
Melanie Martinez sang that song "Too Close," that you hear on commercials desperately trying to make Internet Explorer relevant again. At the beginning of the show, I generally disliked Melanie — I thought she was all style and no substance. Wrong, wrong, wrong. She brought back the foot-tambourine, her set looked like a
Angry Side-Rant: Melanie said she was going through a break-up, and that story line was OF COURSE talked about ad nauseaum it was frankly exploitive. Some thoughts: "She is in high school, everyone is brokenhearted in high school." "Who would break this girl's heart? She is a treasure!" "Maybe she broke HIS heart and we shouldn't let her be playing the victim?"
Ultimate thought: "The Voice" producers are clearly grasping at straws for captivating story lines here, and exploiting a teenager's personal love life on a show that HAS NOTHING to do with relationship drama is pretty callous and self-serving.
Team Cee Lo
Let's take a moment to appreciate my genius: driving home from Thanksgiving, I was rocking out pretty hard to Queen, and I thought to myself, "Geez, Cody Belew really needs to sing "Somebody to Love." LO AND BEHOLD! There was a choir! A white grand piano! It was all very extravagant, and I loved every single second of it. I do feel like Cody took the easy way out with one of the final long, high notes, but I am a forgiving person. From the get-go, Cody has been an exuberant, jubilant, foul-mouthed wonder, and with sass for days. I like him more and more each week.
Trevin Hunte went back to form with
Nicholas David, with the Pippi Longstocking braids this week, sang
Dez Duron sang "U Smile" (God, I hated typing that "U"), and it was as if the Biebs grew up and became a lounge singer. Dez is another one who's starting to wear on me. This song was in the same vein as last week's sultry "Feeling Good," and it's a groove that works for him. ("Groove" was Blake's word.) Dez and Christina keep changing it up song-wise, but the presentation is always the same, and it's getting boring. I wouldn't be surprised, though, if Dez makes it further in the competition. I mean, look at him.
Terry McDermott finally, finally, FINALLY took a break from the classic rock ... to sing a
Cassadee Pope resurrected that song everyone loved but has since forgotten about, "Are You Happy Now?" by
Adam sang with
Melanie, Terry, Cassadee and Dez did a group take on The All-American Rejects' "Move Along," which was just Cassadee oversinging everyone and Terry looking unconcerned.
Later, Nicholas, Cody, Amanda and Trevin sang Journey's "Any Way You Want It." God, let's just let Cody sing everything forever.
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Parting Thought: With the bottom two cut every week, and no guarantee a coach will have a contestant in the Top 4, Christina is getting MEAN and desperate. She only has Dez left, and he's not a strong enough contender for her. Cee Lo, on the other hand, still has three contestants left, assuring him a spot in the finals.