The Voice: I Know Who I Want in the Finals. How About You?

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After last week's shocking elimination of Judith Hill, I had to steel myself for last night's top six. Yes, I know all the rationales for why we have three bland, blonde country singers left in the competition and one fascinating, multidimensional artist unceremoniously booted, but I'm obviously still feeling the sting from Amanda Brown's elimination last season!

I stopped watching at that point last season. (I KNOW!!!) And I might just do the same if we don't have a Sasha-Michelle finale, because those women killed it last night. Twice.

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Michelle better make the finals. Image: NBC

With no silly duets or group numbers, last night each remaining singer sang two solos. Just the way I like. So let's dig in.

Team Blake:

1. Holly Tucker

a. "When God-Fearing Women Get the Blues" by Martina McBride

Holly has a good, strong country voice. A few of those high notes sounded strained, but she's just fine. She has quite a bit of vocal agility -- more than the typical country singer, even. My issue with Holly has always been that I just don't know how she feels about what she is singing. There was no emotional intention in this song whatsoever. Sure, sometimes she gets a furrowed brow of concern going on, but it seems more tied to the difficulty of the note being sung, not the content of the song. I like my singers with a good dose of connection to their material. Holly has a way to go to mature to be able to show that.

b. "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts

Again, overall, a lovely, strong voice. Again, she had a little trouble with the most challenging aspect of the song -- this time not the high notes, but those big intervals on the chorus. There's just not a lot of interpretation there.

Bottom line: I think it's time for Holly to go. I mean, at some point, won't the fans of bland, blonde country singers split their vote? She's probably on the losing end of that, against Danielle and Amber.

2. The Swon Brothers

a. "Wagon Wheel" by Old Crow Medicine Show

I don't know about you, but I could not tear my focus and eyes away from those incredibly lame "production elements" (i.e., the line dancing saloon girls). The whole effect was to make this seem like one step to the side of karaoke. I like that Blake and the Swon Brothers are picking interesting, old-timey country music. But come on. Saloon girls?

b. "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard

I couldn't get beyond how this song was telling me that I am less patriotic and less moral than people who live in the country. Not that I'm sensitive or anything.

Bottom line: The Swon Brothers definitely have appeal. I just think that they are sometimes helped more by the backing bands and vocals than the other artists. They need to do a stripped down number and soon.  

3. Danielle;

a. "Shake the Sugar Tree" by Pam Tillis

Oh, man. The potential. Danielle has a fantastic, rich, lovely voice, but so she is unformed as a performer. I don't think it's really bothering America, but it's starting to get to me.

b. "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans

Four words say it all: Great vocal; placid performance. What else is new? Of course this was Carrie Underwood's four-word description, too, and it worked out well for her. (And not only on Idol -- Underwood has developed into a performer with way more charisma and well-rounded capability than I could have imagined back during Season 4 of Idol.) So, hopefully, Danielle follows in that path.

Bottom line: I think she's adorable; she sounds amazing, and she'll be fine. I would think Holly would have to go before Danielle.

Team Usher

1. Michelle

a. "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane

So here's what I mean about interpretation. Unlike almost every other remaining singer, Michelle was singing about so much. I heard lyrics in this song I'd never heard before. I took meaning from it that I didn't know it possessed. That's what an artist brings to a song. A singer brings a lot, but to me it's not enough.

b. "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift

And this? Was AWESOME:

Bottom line: Oh please. It would be a travesty for Michelle to go now! Not after those two performances.

Team Shakira

1. Sasha

a. "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin

She is BACK. That's right, let me say it again, it's been a few weeks: Olivia Pope-Beyonce drops mic.

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