This post is part of our The Voice Season Nine Fantasy League series. Click here to see our original team rosters.
The Voice season nine has certainly been filled with bad song a choice, surprising twists and watching Gwen Stefani forcibly turning the girls on her team into Gwen Stefani clones. (Can poor Korin Bukowski just get to be herself? It’s really creepy to watch how Gwen is taking over her style. All I’m saying is it’s not a winning strategy. She did the same thing to Ellie Lawrence and she went home and Korin was in the bottom last week.) It’s been a weird season. Now that I’ve seen the schedule for the eliminations (one a week for a few weeks and then a massive bloodletting vote that sends half of the people home right before the finale) I’m even more perplexed at the oddities of season nine. Here’s how Team Kari did last night:
Amy Vachal- I hated everything about this performance. I don’t like this song. The air ukulele was weird, the outfit was terrible and I just found it to be a cheap attempt at vintage style pop performance. Adam Levine, you don’t do a good job of arranging things in this style. Leave it to Scott Bradlee and Postmodern Jukebox.
Jeffrey Austin- I barely remember this performance. It was something else that felt like Sam Smith. There were disco balls on stage and it was the first time I’ve thought of Robyn in 15 years.
Emily Ann Roberts- I love Emily Ann. She’s so cute and her voice is truly lovely. I loved her performance of “Why Not Me” and although it didn’t feel as bluegrass as Blake Shelton acted like he was going to arrange it, it still had a beautiful traditional country feel. I loved her little giggle at the end too. I just wish Emily Ann could build up her confidence a little bit, because she always starts out a little nervous and then finishes so strongly. I just wish she could start a song as well as she completes it!
Jordan Smith did well, again. Barrett Baber set the stage on fire in the hands down best performance of the night. I love “Delta Dawn” and he rocked it! Barrett, Emily Ann and Jordan are definitely my picks for best performance this week!
The season rolls on with uncharacteristically small eliminations leading up to a big painful one. So here’s how my team did this week in my opinion.
He keeps suffering from poor song choice, and I’m really starting to wonder how much my original choice to win it all is going to stick around.
The song she sang was a weird Lady Gaga song that really sounds more like a Shania Twain song that was originally written for Steven Tyler. She did sing it pretty good though.
When you cover a song on The Voice, it’s always great if you can put a new spin on it. What I love best about this version wasn’t just that it was awesome, it was that it was his idea to do it this way! Great coaching on Blake’s part to let him do this and chime in with ways to make it better. This was the best performance of the night, maybe the whole competition.
This wasn’t his best performance, but it was still better than most of what we saw last night. I think Jordan is going to win the whole thing.
I’m starting to grow very tired of everything he sings sounding like a Stevie Wonder impression. I love Stevie, but Evan needs to be Evan, not Stevie.
I liked Korin a lot better before her heavily Gwen inspired makeover. I’d like to see her go back to looking more like her (even if that’s a punched up version of her look) and sing songs that were more in her original wheelhouse.
I’m bound to lose some of my team sooner rather than later, and I am worried that it’s going to happen tonight, but I still think I’m going to win this year.
Who had the best performance last night? Who do you think will make it to the finale? Tell us in the comments!
(All images are from nbc.com)