The Voice Recap: Was it a knockout for R&B singer Elyjuh Rene? (10/28/14)

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Night 2 of The Voice’s Knockout Rounds was short yet not so sweet relative to the first batch of performers. The coaches’ ultimate decisions were still anchored on potential which led to instances of raised eyebrows and palpable looks of shock. So, song choice may be wrong but it doesn’t necessarily mean one’s downfall. Take the case of R&B vocalist Elyjuh Rene and how he sealed his fate with a Chris Brown song. How did it end? Read on in our recap of today’s episode. Team Pharrell’s Elyjuh Rene (photo in this recap) and Ricky Manning  were paired based on…

The Voice Recap: Clear-cut artistry draws attention to Sugar Joans, Luke Wade & Taylor Phelan (10/27/14)

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Tonight, The Voice rolled into the Knockout Rounds. This is the part where the artists finally get to choose their songs and show the kind of artistic direction they want to pursue. By the end of the knockouts, all coaches will have cut their teams by half plus a steal. For this round, Taylor Swift was instrumental in a lot of major successes in the performances (having coached for all teams), throwing in tried and tested tips that I’m sure she herself executes in her own performances. I’ve never been a Taylor fan but after seeing and experiencing the effects…

The Voice Recap: Ricky Manning & Reagan James boldly surge through intricate songs (10/21/14)

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The final battle night in The Voice ended with a groovy bang, courtesy of two young singers who surrendered to their songs and let loose from start to finish. Ricky Manning finally found his bearings after months of playing in the streets, unleashing his ability to permeate soulful vocals. And then there’s 15-year old Reagan James (left, on photo in this recap) who was a pro in both her artistic abilities and live performance. Here’s our recap for this episode. Team Pharrell. This team’s last pairing tested a music school-trained singer’s chops, Brittany Butler, against a street-savvy performer in the…

The Voice Recap: Taylor Brashears, Toia Jones & DaNica Shirey push limits, assert dominance (10/20/14)

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Week 2 of The Voice’s battle rounds was another high moment this season as the artists pushed their limits further from what we’ve already seen during their blind auditions. From tonight’s duets, two stood out: the power sing-off between Toia Jones and DaNica Shirey at the end of the show and Taylor Brashears’ uber poise in her battle with Bree Fondacaro. One battle ended on a high note while the other showed a kind of singing prowess that can’t just be ignored. I’m referring to Taylor’s knock-out attitude on stage that speaks volumes of confidence, fierceness and power. Let’s start…

The Voice Recap: Pop, rock & reggae flourish in Menlik Zergabachew & Troy Ritchie battle (10/14/14)

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Night 2 of The Voice’s battle rounds was a fantastic extension of two of last night’s patent feats: the creative process involving the coaches and guest mentors as well as the flawless execution of lessons learned by the artists. Tonight, the small tweaks employed by Gwen Stefani and hubby Gavin Rossdale created a brilliant fusion of pop, rock and reggae that made Menlik Zergabachew and Troy Ritchie the coolest dudes in the battles. Last night, Alicia Keys’ brilliance was key to the best duet (Luke Wade vs. Griffin); tonight, the honor went to Gwen and Gavin with the unusual pairing…