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Common sense isn’t so common on The Voice

When it comes to elimination night and you have an opportunity to shine, do you huff it? No. You do the best you can in order to garner a position of advancement. What's so damned hard about that? I mean ... that's what you're competing for ... right?

- Season 2, Episode 17 - "Live Eliminations"

We got the the bowtie (Pip) and the “mandanna” (James Massone) out of the way last episode (“mandanna” … that cracks me up), so what happened this episode? Confusion.

You see … I don’t get it. I don’t understand what’s that difficult about starting what you finish on The Voice.

Here … let me break it down for you: When it comes to elimination time, when you have to sing for your life to advance in the standings, what you do is … SING YOUR ASS OFF … !!!

What don’t these contestants get about that … !??

Come this particular night, Tony Lucca and Jamar Rogers didn’t have to worry — they were saved by the voters. Mathai, Katrina Parker, Juliet Simms and Cheesa, on the other hand, did.

Katrina sang like she wanted it. Mathai, while putting out an interesting song, didn’t do as well. Result? Katrina got picked to advance by Adam.

Cheesa? I knew she was going. Know why? Because her performance started out slowly and boringly, then digressed to something so uneven there was no possible way it could affect Cee Lo’s decision to save her. Juliet on the other hand (and though a little screechy) put a performance out there tons better than Cheesa.

Yes. You bet it’s easy to sit there on my comfy chair and armchair quarterback these things. The difference is I not only listen and critique these things, I make plenty of mistakes. Some I slap the side of my head at while telling myself “Damn, that was obvious … why didn’t I see that?!?” while others aren’t quite so blatant.

Mathai’s and Cheesa’s performances? They seemed easy to figure our compared to Katrina’s and Juliet’s.


  • The definition of cruel and unusual punishment: When Adam sits in his chair and blathers on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on (you get the picture) while Mathai and Katrina switch from one foot to the other in obvious consternation waiting for him to freakin’! finally! stop! talking! and choose someone, for Pete’s sake. Geez … I could strangle him when he does that … and it’s not just him. All the coaches drone too much when it comes to who they’re going to chose.
  • On a point of positivity, Blake did it again, just as he did the night before: He humbled himself in critiquing Juliet. He said it was testament to what she’s done throughout the competition in that she’s improved in his eyes. You just gotta love that.

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5 Responses to “Common sense isn’t so common on The Voice”

April 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

I dunno about common sense: Both judges made exactly the decision I expected them to. I’m sorry to say that Cheesa had been carried on this show several episodes too long (I think I’m still stung about her winning in the battle round when I don’t think she should have).

I love Jamar’s story, and if the show keeps hyping it up he’s going to run away with the popular vote.

I still contend, though, that my two favorites (Tony and Lindsay) are the “Voices” to beat.

April 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM

. . . . .

When I talked about “common sense” in the post, I referred to the contestants. Do your damnedest to get the coaches swayed over to you side because what you’re in this competition for is to become “The Voice.”

The coaches used “common sense” in picking who they did for to be let go … I don’t fault them for that in the least. I’m talking about the contestants who seem to lack it.

April 25, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Again, I don’t know. You’re used to Idol, but you know that I’m not. I think there is a descernable difference in the stress level that these contestants are under — note: I’m not complaining, just stating a fact. And yes, great performers need to be able to perform under these types of conditions, BUT:

They’re not great performers yet. Several have been around the block a time or two (Tony Lucca as an example) but none of them are Adele or Blake or Cee-Lo or anyone. And since the auditions, they’ve mainly been in scenarios where they have at best a 1 in 4 chance going home.

It goes back to the discussion we had a couple of weeks ago, that the studio recorded versions of the songs were generally markedly better than their live counterparts. They should be.

You talk about uneven a lot, and I think this nervousness speaks to it. I also think it is one of the reasons that Tony has performed so consistently is because he is the most experienced.

(Though I still think he should have sung a Christina song instead)

April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

. . . . .

You may be right … and maybe I am expecting more out of some of the contestants than they can actually provide. But it seems to me some of the song choices or manners in which they convey the songs don’t seem logical or conducive to winning the hearts or minds or nods of the coaches. And I believe that’s the case with Mathai, I believe that’s the case with Cheesa.

April 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

It amused me greatly last night that near the end of Cee Lo’s blathering the show decided “screw it” and just started running credits. I have a picture of someone backscreen holding a HUGE sign saying DO IT NOW! ready to flash so they could get the final announcement out on time.