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'The Voice' - Eight remain
May 1, 2012 - April Diodato
Here are my thoughts on last night's episode of “The Voice” --
- I think Jamar Rogers will win. He has been consistently excellent throughout the show, delivering show-stopping performances each time, and last night was no exception. He always gives it his all. He has a powerful backstory (which has proven to be just as crucial as talent in singing competition reality shows) and has such a vibrant personality. Onstage, he glows. He has persevered in the face of adversity and it's impossible not to cheer him on.
- Everyone was phenomenal last night. The only singer who wasn't at her strongest last night was Erin Willett, which was really unfortunate because I think she has one of the best voices in the competition. It wasn't a great song choice for her. However, even if she is eliminated -- and I believe she will be tonight -- she could go far if she capitalizes on the exposure she's gotten on “The Voice.”
- My personal favorite is Juliet Simms. Her performance of “Roxanne” remains my favorite on the show so far. Until last night, she had yet to match that success, but her rendition of James Brown's “It's a Man's Man's Man's World” finally did that -- it was mind-blowing. Her voice is incredible. She has had trouble overcoming her nerves since “Roxanne” and I was worried that she wouldn't nail it, but she did. Out of all the contestants, I look forward to buying her album the most. If Jamar doesn't take all, it needs to be Juliet.
- Katrina Parker is another favorite of mine -- I love the sound of her voice. She is excellent, she has proven herself and already has a following. There wasn't a bad note in her version of “Killing Me Softly.” Tony Lucca did well but she is the strongest member of Team Adam without question.
- Christina Aguilera didn't disappoint with her outlandish ensemble last night. It was a bizarre combination: a sparkly crown, fishnet stockings and what appeared to be a tuxedo jacket -- no pants. She looked positively deranged. I loved it. She never does miss a chance to belt out a few notes of her own and soak up as much praise as she can. It's obnoxious, but the woman is undeniably talented -- and it's so much fun to love to hate her. Christina's team did well, by the way, but neither of her remaining singers will win.
How will it all unfold tonight? Who do you think will make it to the final four?