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‘The Voice’ Recap: Men Vs. Women

Monday’s episode of  The Voice” made it seem all the more likely the men on the show are in for an “American Idol”-style fate: to be picked off act by act until only women are left standing.

Of course, there’s no such thing as a sure bet when it comes to predicting viewers’ votes (if there was, Angie Miller would have been in last week’s Idol finale), but it’s hard to imagine how the fellows who remain on “The Voice” are going to top the women.

With two men eliminated last week, the guys were already at a 7-3 disadvantage as the top 10 performed Monday night.

And frankly the girls were giving ‘er, whether it was Holly’s gospel power vocal, Michelle’s impassioned pop, Judith’s jazzy Michael Jackson or Danielle’s pitch-perfect country. Just when you thought you’d seen the best the women had to offer on Monday, another girl would come along and raise the bar even higher.

Here’s a rundown of the performances, ranked from my most to least favorite.

Michelle Chamuel, Team Usher: If you watched Amber Holcomb stumble with P!nk’s “Just Give Me a Reason” on Idol a few weeks ago, you know it’s not an easy song to sing, which makes it all the more impressive that Michelle nailed it vocally. Not only that, she was intensely passionate about it, even though she admitted her independence made it hard to relate to the song’s message. Kris Thomas, take note (see below), it doesn’t matter whether the lyrics are an accurate description of what’s going on in your life if you fool us into believing they are.

Holly Tucker, Team Blake: It’s an open question whether coach Blake Shelton chose the hymn “How Great Thou Art” to show a different side of Holly or to snap up votes from religious Americans. To be honest, the subject matter didn’t appeal to me, but Holly’s delivery did. She started with a lovely clear tone and beautiful vibrato and progressed to impressively controlled power notes. Shelton said she’d turned things up a notch at a crucial time in the competition. And he also connected the song’s message about faith to the tragedy in Oklahoma, his home state, where a tornado killed at least 51 people.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I don’t watch American Idol, but I watch The Voice religiously and it never occurred to me that women rule the show. I work at DISH and I have far more women than men in my line of work, so maybe I just don’t notice that kind of thing. Michelle and Danielle are my two favorite artists on the show, and they have amazed me each week with each song that they tackle. I’m so glad that I’ve been saving this whole season to my DISH Hopper because I don’t want to ever lose any their performances. Since my DVR can hold up to 1,250 SD or 450 HD hours of recordings, I know that I don’t have to delete any recordings to make room to continue saving full seasons of my other favorite shows.

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