“The Voice” showcases hits by Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, more


“The Voice” continues to make dreams come true for singing hopefuls. At the end of Monday night’s episode, only 10 singers remained. Along the way, a few of the singers performed classic hits that reminded some viewers of why those songs have been popular for decades.

Depending on viewers’ tastes, it could be difficult to pick a “best” performance from among the three classic songs. The selection would depend on what audiences thought of the performer, and how well the audience liked the original version of the song that the hopeful performer sang.

Chris Kroeze on Team Blake stirred up the studio audience and the judges with his version of “Long Train Runnin'” by the Doobie Brothers. His rock-edged country voice seemed well-suited for a classic rock track with a rollicking feel and straightforward lyrics. Jennifer Hudson seemed especially impressed with the performance. Sometimes watching and listening to the judges respond to singers with whom they are impressed is half the fun.

Another 1970s tune that was brought to life on “The Voice” was “Emotions” the iconic Bee Gees tune. Team Jennifer contestant, MaKenzie Thomas took on the song full of rapid phrases and high notes. Thomas’ appearance on the show this season and her having made it to the top ten is seen as important feat. She had tried out for the show before and didn’t get a single chair turn. Now, as has been pointed out by different judges, she could win the whole thing.

While the 1970s were well-represented, Kennedy Holmes, also from Team JHud, took on Whitney Houston’s version of “Greatest Love of All.” The singer managed to do justice to the song full of soaring notes and emotion-rich phrases.

These three performances kind of stole the show Monday night. Shows like “The Voice” often inspire polarized responses from audiences. People either love them fanatically and immediately jump on the bandwagon of beloved singers, or they detest them for one reason or another. The usual argument involves the show’s creators ultimately not doing much for the performers. But, with the iTunes sales, and the car if a singer makes it to the top four, the definition of “nothing” needs to change.

“The Voice”: now there are ten

It seems like it was only a week ago that hordes of hopeful singers were vying for chair turns on “The Voice’s” black, slick-looking stage. At this point, people who found a second chance in a new-this-year feature, “The Comeback Stage,” have been voted off. It remains to be seen if the second chance aspect will be a part of future airings.

At any rate, there are now 10 contestants. What that means in the language of “The Voice” is that six more singers have to go home before the show is down to the final four.

Each new crop of singers with their individual takes on songs both new and classic, seems to excite enough audience members that the popularity of “The Voice” shows no sign of decreasing. Maybe the secret to the show’s success is the performers. Each seems to have lively engagement with fans via social media. That approach would make the voting process a bit more meaningful, potentially. Instead of just casting a vote for a face and a voice, audiences have an opportunity to support a performer they have engaged with, albeit online.

As always, it will be interesting to see how “The Voice” finally arrives at its winner for the current season.



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