The Voice Recap: Dawn & Hawkes Fade in Kat Perkins’ Presence (4/7/14)

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The final night of The Voice’s 2nd round of battles was a sad one with the departure of Dawn & Hawkes (photo in this recap) from the competition. I’ve been a big Dawn & Hawkes fan since their blind audition and was hoping that they can finally bring out all their dreamlike singing on the second round of the battles. Unfortunately, they had to go head to head with the equally charming rocker Kat Perkins. From start to finish, Kat was engaged in the song and with the audience while keeping her vocals in check. She surely listened well to mentor…

The Voice Recap: Sisaundra Lewis Profoundly Impresses Chris Martin (4/1/14)

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Last season was all about Tessanne Chin’s out-of-this world vocals. Tonight, Sisaundra Lewis claimed the vacated spot on The Voice and made a believer out of anyone who heard her onslaught to a James Brown classic. Early on, Chris Martin sensed Sisaundra’s brilliance, hailing her as one of the few singers who can empower a song. Sisaundra’s battle with Biff Gore (stolen from Team Usher) was larger than life: she slickly tackled the lower and upper ranges, found her big moments (that long note towards the end was a killer) and bitingly accentuated the ironic truth behind It’s a Man’s,…

The Voice Recap: Tess Boyer Reborn as Supreme Power Vocalist (3/31/14)

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For the first time in The Voice‘s history, the battle round returns where the survivors of the first round in every team tackle each other the 2nd time around. It’s not going to be a smooth ride this season, that’s for sure. Coldplay’s Chris Martin had his hands full as he mentored all artists from four teams. Tonight featured a reinvented Tess Boyer (photo in this recap) who packed her performance with so much gusto that left all mentors standing in awe, three of which fought for a steal. Tess gave a lasting impression and had Shakira proclaiming that she’s hands…

The Voice Recap: Usher’s Suspenseful Final Steal is Cierra Mickens (3/25/14)

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Now it can be said: Usher has a penchant for suspense and he did it with such gusto on The Voice’s final battle night. So you can imagine the interspersed emotions that Cierra Mickens (photo in this recap) went through in a span of seconds: from the time Shakira dropped her from the team to the moment Usher pushed his button for a steal. The result was nonetheless dramatic and to a certain extent, very pleasurable to see the Alaskan powerhouse overwhelmed with relief for a chance to move on to the next round. For Usher, his belief in Cierra has…

The Voice Recap: No 2nd Chance for Country Duo Alaska & Madi (3/24/14)

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Week 2 of The Voice’s Battle Rounds was bittersweet for Alaska and Madi, the duo I’ve been looking forward to seeing once more after their cool audition that had Blake Shelton rooting for their success. Unfortunately for the two best friends, they had to go against Audra McLaughlin whose country sound connected more with their mentor. The duo had their final performance this season when they failed to impress Shakira and Usher for a steal. During their auditions, Alaska/Madi  (photo in this recap) and Audra exuded the classic country sound that has been tattooed on my mind so it was…