This week on “The Voice,” there were several stellar performances from the singers, with a few of them taking riskier chances with song choices – all with varying degrees of success.
Baldwin’s Melanie Martinez took a chance with her cover of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” By tweaking the arrangement, she found a way to make the song uniquely her own.
“That was uber-cool. That’s one of the coolest things that’s happened this season,” Ceelo Green said of her performance.
Her coach, Adam Levine, gave her credit for fighting to do her version of the song. “I’m so proud that you really stayed strong and really wanted to make this happen because it was an amazing rendition,” he said.
Queens’ Trevin Hunte also pushed to do a risky (for him) song. Unfortunately, the decision to do Usher’s “Scream” wasn’t really a smart one and may have put him at risk to go home.
Here are this week’s power rankings:
1. Amanda Brown, “Stars”: Wow. Just. Wow. Her passionate and powerful performance of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ song put Brown back on top and far above the rest of the field. If she keeps singing like this, she will be unbeatable.
2. Dez Duron, “Feeling Good”: The hunky crooner proved he’s more than a pretty face by rising to the challenge of a difficult classic. Though his sex appeal and good looks will bring a lot of the teen girls/soccer moms vote, he definitely deserves to move on.
3. Melanie Martinez, “Seven Nation Army”: The stripped-down arrangement was a perfect choice for her. She may not have the strongest or the greatest voice on the show but she is the most interesting singer in the competition.
4. Bryan Keith, “New York State of Mind”: Clearly, this song was near and dear to the Brooklyn native’s heart. He brought an emotional and personal connection to the Billy Joel classic that had both Adam and Ceelo commenting on his, uh, manliness.
5. Cassadee Pope, “Over You”: She brought a tenderness to the song that added to its emotional punch, which really resonated with her coach Blake Shelton, who co-wrote with his wife, Miranda Lambert, for his brother who died in a car accident when Shelton was a teenager.
6. Nicholas David, “Lean on Me”: The gospel-tinged cover of Bill Wither’s classic – complete with a church choir -- was right in David’s comfort zone and much more suited to his voice than last week’s “Power of Love.” He’s such a wonderful mix of strange and unexpected; let’s hope the voters keep him around so we can see what he does next.
7. Trevin Hunte, “Scream”: He took a big risk performing this up-tempo number by Usher, which really didn’t play up his vocal abilities very well. It wasn’t until he hit the high notes in the middle of the song that he started to hit his stride. It’s great that he wants to reach outside his comfort zone, but he needs to make sure the songs suit his talents.
8. Terry McDermott, “Summer of ‘69”: His faithful rendition of Bryan Adams’ hit was OK but he’s starting to sound like a guy singing karaoke at his favorite pub. He has a good voice but his performances aren’t distinct enough to make him stand out.
9. Cody Belew, “Crazy in Love”: Oh, Cody. If only your voice matched the sassy attitude and flashy dance moves you brought to the song. Mentor Jennifer Hudson said it best in the rehearsal clip: “Cody’s personality is so huge. That turned out to be more memorable to me than his vocals.” How long can he skate by on attitude alone?
10. Sylvia Yacoub, “Girl on Fire”: Her version was pitchy and lacked the control and power that made the song a hit for Alicia Keys. With just about everyone else doing more memorable performances this week, it’ll be tough for her to get the votes to move on.
SHOULD BE ELIMINATED: Cody, Sylvia
WILL BE ELIMINATED: Terry, Sylvia
ACTUALLY ELIMINATED: ???
Photo: Baldwin's Melanie Martinez tweaked the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" last night.