Maybe I have been naive, but thought that The Voice is a vehicle for singers to get the break they need to get started.
FRENCHIE DAVIS VS. TARRALYN RAMSEY
However when Frenchie Davis and Tarralyn Ramsey opened the show, it reminded me that both of these ladies have a lot of professional experience. Frenchie Davis was in Season Two of American Idol, but was later told to leave the show when it was disclosed that she had posed for topless photos online.
Davis has extensive experience acting on Broadway, with her stint on Rent being the most well known.
Ramsey also has had a lot previous experience including singing with Ray Charles. Charles did seven years ago, so that gives an idea of how long Ramsey has been in the music business.
When Frenchie Davis competes against younger singers in the live shows, she will have a distinct advantage.
The Frenchie Davis-Tarralyn Ramsey battle was much more competitive than the other pairings on the show. You could feel the tension, just from watching the two veteran singers battling it out, till Frenchie was declared the winner by Christina Aguilera.
PATRICK THOMAS-TYLER ANDERSON
This battle was much less mean spirited than the first battle. Both singers seemed to get along fine, making it easier to enjoy the singing without getting caught up in a lot of drama. Tyler Anderson got much better feedback from the other judges, but Blake Shelton picked the country music singer Patrick Thomas in the end. Anderson held his own, but Shelton clearly wanted to stay with the country singer as long as he lasts in the competition.
CASEY WESTON VS. TIM MAHONEY
This was a classy matchup with Casey Weston a young female singer matched up against an older male singer Tim Mahoney, who was looking for the big break he needed last night. I thought he would be an easy winner, based on his experience but their coach, Adam Levine gave the nod to Casey, probably knowing she has more of future than Mahoney.
VICCI MARTINEZ VS. NIKI DAWSON
It was good to see the great sportmanship between Vicci Martinez and Niki Dawson. Cee Lo Green chose Vicci as the better singer and liked her war dance.
Vicci Martinez has many videos on You Tube, with some of them including the Vicci Martinez Band.
Summary: I am not so sure the battle theme for this stage of the competition is working well. I would have rather heard each singer sing a solo of the same song, rather than having the two singers trying to outshout each other and to reach the higher note, than the competition.
Evidently, we will have more three more weeks of the battle in the ring competitions. Frankly, I am not looking forward to the next three weeks of shrieking.
The boxing ring has to go. This is a singing competition, not a boxing match, but NBC apparently thinks this concept will work, but they are dead wrong.
We may see a lot of very good singers going home, because they will not be able to function in a boxing ring battle with another singer.
I may be wrong, but I have a feeling the ratings will drop, since they no longer have the chairs turning around gimmick now that we know who the remaining 12 singers are.
NBC is trying to avoid being an American Idol lookalike show, but I would rather see them use a better format to avoid all the shrieking and shouting.
The Voice in my book needs some revamping or it could become another gimmicky show that didn’t work.