During Monday night’s live performances on “The Voice” all of the contestants shined in their own right. On Itunes yesterday all of the artists charted, with Michelle Chamuel and Danielle Bradbury each reaching the top twenty. Everyone was at the top of their game.
Still, very few expected Judith Hill, the former back-up singer of the late great Michael Jackson, would be in the bottom three, let alone be eliminated this early in the competition. With Hill and her teammate Sarah Simmons eliminated last night 2/3 of Adam Levine’s team is out of the competition. The last girl standing from team Adam is Amber Carrington.
Judith Hill is phenomenally talented, but like the regular pop world, song choice is everything. On Monday, she picked a relatively new song by Will.i.am that has a certain appeal. But she completely changed the arrangement so that it didn’t sound anything like the original. It was good. Damn good.
But yesterday as Michelle Chamuel’s stripped down version of “Grenade” rose up the Itunes charts – Hill’s version of “#thatPower languished near the bottom of the top 100. Conclusion: there is something to be said for leaving a good enough thing alone.
On Tuesday nights elimination show Hill sang “Sweet Nothing” with Chamuel. I kept thinking she could have rocked that song solo the night before and it would’ve showcased what is so great about her voice.
Hill took a gamble with her song choice and unfortunately she lost.
The elimination of Sarah Simmons was less of a surprise. She did an okay job on Goyte “Somebody that I used to know”, but nothing to write home about. Her appeal was lost on me. One minute she sang in a breathy airy voice, the next she’d be growling. The two styles didn’t mesh well. Had she used the rasp more and the airiness less maybe she would have been more of a standout.
The good news is that the two singers are in excellent company. Remember last season’s front runners, Trevyn Hunt and Amanda Brown were both eliminated well before the finals. The bad news: neither Hunte nor Brown has been able to capitalize on the buzz they received during last season as of yet.
Even though “Idol” this season was a mess, the show has a track record of creating viable stars. Maybe Judith Hill or Sarah Simmons will be ‘The Voice’s’ first break out stars.
For those keeping track – the remaining contestants are
The Swon Brothers