Song of the Day #2,324: ‘Help Me’ – DaNica Shirey

danica_shireyOne of my favorites in this year’s competition is the only remaining woman, DaNica Shirey.

Note: As I write this, I’m unaware of who was sent home this week (and will remain so until I return from a business trip on Friday). So I will not be reading any blog comments until after I’ve caught up. But if Shirey was eliminated on Tuesday, I’d be shocked.

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Song of the Day #2,322: ‘Chandelier’ – Jean Kelley

jean_kelleyI’m writing these posts a few days before the next episodes of The Voice, meaning two more people will have been sent home before the week is through.

For that reason, I’m not aiming to feature my favorite remaining contestants, or turn this theme week into a prediction of the final four. I will close out the week with performances by two of the strongest contenders, but today and tomorrow I’m featuring singers who have already packed their bags.

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Song of the Day #2,321: ‘Riptide’ – Team Gwen

voice_team_gwenMy family took a few years off from watching The Voice but picked it back up this season. I like singing competitions for two reasons: the judges and the chance to hear new songs or interesting takes on songs I already like.

One reason I never watched American Idol (is it still on? I’m not sure) is my complete lack of interest in Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and Paula Abdul. The parade of weirdos they brought into to replace the departing judges never piqued my interest either.

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Song of the Day #1,120: ‘The House That Built Me’ – Dia Frampton & Miranda Lambert

In the final episode of The Voice, when all the voting was done and the network just needed to burn 55 minutes before revealing the winner, each of the finalists got to perform with an established artist.

Javier Colon sang ‘Landslide’ with the legendary Stevie Nicks, whose voice is showing signs of age but who still commands the stage with her very awesomeness. Vicci Martinez performed with the guy from Train, one of her favorite groups. Beverly McClellan sang with some guy I’d never heard of before and further established that, no matter how strong her voice is, she can’t command an audience’s attention for more than 20 seconds.

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