For the past few weeks, Stefanie and I have been texting each other incessantly during The Voice Season 7 performance shows, recapping our favorite and not-so-favorite performances of the show. This week, instead of texting back and forth, we decided to share our thoughts throughout the show in a Google Doc, updating it live as the show was going on, so that we could post it here on MomSmack for the world to see. So, here we go.
Sugar Joans–Take Me To The River by a million people
Stefanie Adrian (SA): I just can’t get on board. I want to because I respect Pharrell and he has been in love with her from the beginning. I don’t know what is blinding him, but my blinders are off.
Mary Burt-Godwin (MBG): Sugar needs to stay in the wedding band world.
MBG: P.S. Is Blake drunk in every episode?
SA: Always wonder the same. He has one hell of a control over his slur if it’s true.
Ryan Sill–”Ordinary World” by Duran Duran
SA: He was incredible. Pitchy on occasion but overall amazing. He has, “Bring Back the Boy Band” written all over him. And? Clearly Gwen is quite smitten.
MBG: Not doing well by my favorite 80’s band, Duran Duran. The only thing I liked about it was his guyliner. Also? I’m pretty sure Gwen needed a commercial break so she could change her undies.
Jessie Pitt–”Don’t You Worry Child” by Swedish House Mafia
SA: This was a tragic performance by Jessie. She was off key and pitchy. I am crazy for her and have no idea what went wrong. I have no idea what the judges heard. I can only assume Miranda was insulted that she was compared to her after that performance.
MBG: Pitts is the operative word here. You better worry, honey.
MBG: The judges are being way too nice tonight. Finally Adam said something critical.
Damien–”He’s Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” by The Hollies
SA: I can’t even stand how good he is. He takes a song that should have sounded like a cruise ship performance and makes it something I want to roll around in naked.
MBG: Pharrell said it best with “I don’t know who would be prouder, the church or Donny Hathaway?” Oh lordy, that was some sangin’.
DaNica Shirey–”Creep” by Radiohead
SA: I can’t figure out what to say about Danica. She is always amazing. Her voice is never in question. The problem I have is finding any relevance for her. On the bright side, she didn’t need the audience. She brought her own fans.
MBG: I loved the last 15 seconds of the song. The first 2.45 left a lot to be desired. Her voice is luscious but it’s not what I want to listen to on the radio. More importantly, I hope the moms from “duh, duh, duh,” don’t hop on Gwen’s comment that “You don’t look like a mom from duh, duh, duh.”
Taylor John Williams–”If” by Bread
SA: I thought he started amazing. I was clutching my pillow and singing along with him like a 16 year old in love. Then the end happened. I like him brooding but he is going to be in trouble this week. If he makes it through he will need something amazing next week to convince us that he is as good as we once thought he was.
MBG: This song is a totally obscure love song from the 70’s that I, not surprisingly, love. I found the background music too loud and the butterfly lighting distracting. Also, I didn’t feel his connection to the lyrics–probably because he’s 12. I still love him but that one didn’t do it for me.
Reagan James–”It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over” by Lenny Kravitz
SA: That was the reverse equivalent of me showing up drunk at my son’s fraternity party and trying to make “I Will Survive” sound current.
MBG: Um, song choice is killing me tonight. I love this song but I am not sure Lenny Kravitz is where Reagan should be. Her fake bun and bedazzled baseball jersey are cute and all but this performance struck out.
SA: Clearly, Blake is drunk. How did he love that?
Luke Wade–”Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
SA: I’m not going to lie I was very concerned in the beginning that he was going to start crying. Which I don’t think would have hurt his cause. At this level it’s hard to overlook that stumble. I think he will be safe because others sucked worse. And because he is amazing.
MBG: Luke has been one of my front-runner pics from the beginning. Way to recover, bro! He looks great and sound great, and as Carson so eloquently said, “you got that shit back on track.” (Did Carson really say “shit”? Sure sounded like it).
Matt McAndrew–”Take Me To Church” by Hozier
SA: If church sounds like that I might even be able to get my teenagers excited to go. My only complaint is that the music was too loud. I wanted more of his voice and less of the background.
MBG: Matt is in it to win it (pretty sure Randy Jackson used to say that about every since American Idol contestant). Best performance of the night for me (so far). I’ll go to church with him anytime.
Craig Wayne Boyd–”You Look So Good in Love” by George Straight
MBG: The long hair, the earring and the country twang are all the things I stand against in life. But I am smitten by him!
SA: I’ve got nothing to say that is appropriate to put in print.
MBG: This guy can win it!
SA: Any idea how old he is? Am I cougaring or just enjoying?
Chris Jamison–”Jealous” by Nick Jonas
SA: This guy should be selling albums right the hell now. The long lost 23 year old inside of me is wishing…nvm. I am now going to wash my brain out with soap.
MBG: Yes, please and thank you. This guy gets best improved week after week. He came out of the blue for me and now he’s the person to beat. He sang, “Everybody wants a taste.” Yes, yes they do.
SA: OH HOW I WISH I COULD HIT LIKE ON YOUR REVIEW OF HIM.
Anita Antoinette–”Redemption Song” by Bob Marley
SA: Just before she started I wrote this to Mary, “I am not a fan of hers. I try week after week and I just can’t like her.” And then she sang. Finally, the moment I needed and now I am in love.
MBG: I’m in tears (not a shocker). She did that song, Bob Marley, and Jamaica proud. She is my favorite female by a bong shot, I mean long shot. As Gwen put it, she’s “authentic and true.”
Best of the night: Anita Antoinette
Worst of the night: Ryan Sill
Picks for who is going home: Danica & Sugar
Prediction for who will win the whole thing: My Top 3 After tonight at Chris, Luke, Anita & Damien
Best of the night: Craig Wayne Boyd
Worst of the night: Jessie & Sugar
Picks for who is going home: Jessie Pitts
Prediction for who will win the whole thing: Top 3 after tonight – Craig, Damien, Chris & Matt
In case you missed it, one of the best parts of the show last night were the hilarious #textsfromblakesmom flying around Twitter.
— Claire Curran (@clairelcurran) November 18, 2014
— Redneck Momma (@3MommaDuke) November 18, 2014
“That better be water in your glass!” #TextsFromBlakesMom
— Leigh (@leighasch) November 18, 2014
Stefanie and I will be keeping score. The person with the least amount of points at the end of the season has to do something embarrassing, still TBD. Care to help us pic the embarrassing thing?