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The Voice 2014 live shows kicked off Monday night with 12 pretty fantastic performances. I’ll be reviewing each performance and assigning the letter grade I think each one deserves.

Bria Kelly, “Rolling in the Deep.” Adele. Really? Whatever, it was at least an edgier version of the song than I’m used to hearing, so I think it was pretty entertaining. Her vocals weren’t as solid as she usually is, however. But I liked the power and intensity of it all. Grade: A

Delvin Choice, “Unchained Melody.” I don’t think this was the best song choice or performance, but I did like that the arrangement actually made the song seem less dated. The first half of the song I wasn’t feeling it, but when he got to THE moment of the song, it all fell into place. Very well-done. Grade: A+

Dani Moz, “Just Give Me A Reason.” I like Dani, but I didn’t love this performance. It was all very one-note and not a good note. I don’t know, I just found it pretty irritating. I don’t think it was the best song to start off with when you’re singing for America. Grade: B

Audra McLauhlin, “Angel of the Morning.” Good song choice. Well, it’s a good song. Not sure if it’s a good song for voters, but whatever. She’s a great singer and this song gave her the chance to bring out a lot of her tricks. There was one moment in the song, though, that cost her a whole letter grade. Yikes. Grade: B+

T.J. Wilkins, “Waiting on the World to Change.” Well this was a weird song choice for him and it came off just as weird. This isn’t the kind of artist he is. At least I didn’t think so. The performance wasn’t bad. I mean his vocals were fine. It was all just weird. Grade: B-

Christina Grimme, “Dark Horse.” Why you gotta come on The Voice and sing Katy Perry? Sing a song that has some kind of meaning. Ugh. I’m going to try to look past the fact that i hated the song and just say that she’s a great singer and has great stage presence. Definitely not my favorite performance, but not bad. Grade: B+

Sisaundra Lewis, “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.” Sisaundra can sing anything. So while I think Elton John isn’t what I would have picked for her, it doesn’t matter because she owned it like it was her song and always has been. She’s such an effortless singer and that power. She’s fantastic. Grade: A+

Kristen Merlin, “Stay.” I think Kristen has one of the best voices in the competition. It’s so distinct and flawless. Her performance was perfect. And then a technical difficulty pops up. That was horrible and not her fault at all. She handled the problem well and I’m glad everyone saw it. Grade: A+

Kat Perkins, “Magic Man.” Great, great song choice. Perfect for her. The tempo was a little insane, but I guess that’s because they don’t have a lot of time. So I was pretty distracted by that. But her vocals were great. She’s a natural and the rocker thing works very well for her. Grade: A

Jake Worthington, “Anymore.” Eh. That was a pretty boring performance. It’s not a bad song, I just think this was not a good time in the competition to do it. He seems to be an awesome guy and I can see fans liking that, but I found it all boring. Grade: C+

Tess Boyer, “I’ll Be There For You.” I love this song, so I was pretty happy that Shakira picked it for Tess. But I didn’t love it when it came down to it. I did like her look and how she commanded the stage, but her vocals were kind of harsh. Not harsh, but just not easy to listen to. Grade: B

Josh Kauffman, “Stay With Me.” I liked this arrangement. I’m pretty tired of hearing this song on TV shows, so it was nice to hear a different arrangement. And Josh is such a good singer that before I knew it I was no longer tired of hearing the song. I liked it a lot. He’s a great artist. Grade: A



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