‘The Voice’ Top 8 Live Playoffs: Somebodies to Love
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Top eight night on "The Voice" this Monday was one of the most competitive episodes in the series' history. Seriously, I've just begun this recap and already I'm dreading having to predict who'll go home Tuesday…and I'm dreading Tuesday's actual results show even more.
With so much awesomeness to process, let's just get to recapping, shall we?
James Wolpert (Team Adam) – James has been hit-or-miss this season, and his biggest misses have been when he's tried to do anthemic, belty classic rock, like "More Than a Feeling" and "Without You." So I was worried when I heard that James would be taking on the most anthemic and belty band ever, Queen, doing "Somebody to Love." This would be a disaster, right? Actually, no. It wasn't. It kind of felt like a preview for NBC's recently renewed "The Sing-Off," with nerdy James in a suit, backed by an army of what Carson Daly called "The Many James Wolperts." Yes, it was shouty and awkward in parts — what James Wolpert performance isn't? — but it was charming. (You know what was more awkward? When Carson compared James's army to the Eminem clones in the "Real Slim Shady" video. Doesn't Carson remember what Eminem said about him and Christina Aguilera in that song?) Anyway, this was good. Was it as good as James's coach, Adam Levine, claimed? Well, no. It did not "sound like Freddie [Mercury]," and when Adam claimed that James could "go front Queen tomorrow"…well, I don't think James is any threat to off/on Queen singer Adam Lambert, either. I even preferred Cody Belew's version of "Somebody to Love" from "The Voice" Season 3. Also, contrary to what Blake Shelton said, this was not James's best performance to date (that would be "A Case of You"), nor was CeeLo Green correct when he called this "one of the absolute best performances in the history of 'The Voice.'" But, all that being said, I did enjoy this. James is somebody to love.
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam) – Adam hasn't really done right by Tessanne with his song choices, giving her material that has sucked all the funk right out of her and made her seem old-fashioned. But No Doubt's reggae-tinged "Underneath It All" was the perfect fit for this Jamaican powerhouse. She got sassy, she got in the audience's faces, and she had swagger for days. It was fantastic to see her finally come to life like this. And that reggae breakdown was everything. "Such an amazing moment for you, there…We finally found a way to tie Jamaica to America," said Adam. Christina loved how Tessanne "brought it back to her roots." This was the Tessanne we should have been seeing all along! And I hope we keep seeing more of this version of Tessanne in the top six.