The Voice UK Review: Final Four Revealed!

Well last weekend was the semi-finals of The Voice UK and the 8 semi-finalists sung for a place in the final. They all also sung with their coaches. Here is my review of the semi final performances:

Kevin Simm – Adele – Rolling In The Deep

Kevin changed it up this week with a faster track which has to be admired. However it wasn’t his best performance. A lot of notes weren’t great but he had the unenviable task of opening the show and for that he did well.

Lyrickal – Charlie Puth – See You Again

This was probably Lyrickal’s best performance on the show. Some of the lower notes were slightly off but all in all his vocal wasn’t half bad on this and his rap was really good. He can be very proud of this performance.

Heather Cameron-Hayes – Justin Bieber – Sorry

The first lady to take to the stage in the semis was Heather and she smashed it. It was beautiful. The arrangement of the song was brilliant and Heather’s vocal was excellent.

Cody Frost – Fleetwood Mac – The Chain

Cody was brilliant on the night. She rocked out to this track and it was sensational. She proved she is well-deserving of her place in the final. Brilliant. Well done Cody!

Lydia Lucy – Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

Lydia was brilliant on the night. It was a beautiful, emotional performance. She changed up her style and it worked brilliantly.

Jordan Gray – Bruce Springsteen – Dancing In The Dark

This is where it gets sad for me because I think Jordan is sensational. A ready-made pop/rock chick. I was really sad she didn’t get through to the final because I look forward to her performances as she is such an incredible singer and performer. She was brilliant as always on the night and the future is so bright for her. Good luck Jordan! You have earned two fans in me and my sister.

Vangelis Polydorou

This took me back as this track was huge when I was a teenager. He performed it stunningly. It was haunting and well if you’ll excuse the pun beautiful. Stunning Vangelis, just a stunning performance.

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – Prince – Purple Rain

I thought this song would suit Jolan’s voice but in reality it wasn’t his best performance. In saying that he did hit the money note in the song but his vocal wasn’t always on point throughout.It probably is an unpopular opinion but I wasn’t crazy about his performance on the night. I preferred his performance the week before if I’m been honest.

And then there were some performances with the coaches …

Team Ricky – Huey Lewis and the News – Power Of Love

First up was reigning champion Ricky and his lads Kevin and Jolan. The three boys went go-karting in the week and met Craig David and performed Huey Lewis and the News’s Power Of Love. It was a good performance and they all done a good job.

Team George – Culture Club – Victims

This was a beautiful performance from Team George. One of the best of the group performances. Their voices blended beautifully. In the week George showed them some of his stage costumes from over the years and it was wonderful to take a look back at some of his looks. Like a mini exhibition in a museum. Fabulous.

Team Paloma – Janis Joplin – Piece Of My Heart

The other best team performance came from Paloma and her girls Jordan and Heather. I love Janis Joplin and they performed it brilliantly with plenty of sassiness. In the week they had afternoon tea. How grand! 🙂 They also met and sang for Lianne La Havas.

Team Will – Chic/The Sugarhill Gang – Good Times/Rapper’s Delight

This was good. Will’s performances with his teams are always a bit of a show to behold and I look forward to them each year and as always really good. In the week the team had afternoon tea. Again how grand! 🙂 Will invited Lydia’s granny and Lyrickal’s mum along too which was sweet.

And there was guest performers on the night …

Zara Larsson & Tinie Tempah – Lush Life + Girls Like

Birdy – Wild Horses

Well done to all the finalists and semi-finalists! 🙂

Now that the wonderful Jordan is no longer in the competion, I’m Team Cody and Team George all the way. Good luck to you both at the weekend! 🙂

 

 

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First Voice UK Live Show Review: Jordan Gray Steals The Show

 

The first live show of BBC show The Voice UK took place last night and the last ten performed for the first time live following two finalists Chloe Castro (from Team Ricky) and Beth Morris (from Team Paloma) leaving the show. It was a mixed bag of performances but Jordan Gray (from Team Paloma) stole the show with her amazing rendition of Florence & The Machine’s Shake It Off.

Below is my review of live show 1 performance by performance:

Team Will

Lydia Lucy – Somebody Else’s Guy By Jocelyn Brown

Proceedings began with Team Will and the first singer on his team to sing was Lydia Lucy. The song didn’t really suit her. I don’t know if her vocal is very distinctive and personal taste wise I probably prefer singers that you switch on a record and you know it’s them without knowing they have a track out. I don’t know if I find that with Lydia’s vocal which isn’t to say by any means she can’t sing but I think she needs to find a song that makes her stand out more and while I love this song it wasn’t the song to do that.

Lyrickal – Just Like A Child By James Morrison

Lyrickal’s performance wasn’t great vocally but I appreciated that he tried something new that we hadn’t seen him do on the show before. The emotion with which he sang the song was great.

Lauren Lapsley-Browne – Dreamer By Livin’ Joy

It pains me to say it but this didn’t work. The song kind of swallowed Lauren’s vocal up and it didn’t really suit her but she did Ireland proud by getting to the quarter finals. Not everyone can say they got to that stage and we’re very proud of her.

Team Paloma

Heather Cameron-Hayes – Stitches By Shawn Mendes

If Heather had have been on another team last night she probably would have got the fast pass into the semi-final because she was in the top three performances on the night so it was great she got through on the public vote. She sang this song beautifully and her piano playing was stunning too. Oh and the piano and dress co-ordination was quite cool too. She is definitely a dark horse to make the final next week.

Jordan Gray – Shake It Out By Florence & The Machine

Everything was perfect about this performance by Jordan Gray. Her vocals were on point, the staging was incredible and she looked amazing. She’s a natural performer and a true artist and she’s put herself in a great position to win the entire contest after her performance last night.

Team Ricky

Kevin Simms – I’m Kissing You By Des’ree

There is no doubt that Kevin has a great voice but he has sung all ballads throughout the contest so far and last night he did another ballad. He sang it very well but it was very much in his comfort zone. In saying that a singer can sing anything and I’m glad he has the chance to come back next week and show that he can do something different because I believe he is more than capable of doing so.

Jolan Gidney-Craigen – Yes By McAlmont & Butler

Jolan sang Yes by Mc Almont & Butler and he did a really good job on the track. Jolan was definitely in the top three performances on the night and has really set himself up as a contender for voice glory. If it is to be our 3rd male winner in a row I think it might be Jolan who wins.

Team George

Harry Fisher – Space Oddity By David Bowie

This didn’t really work unfortunately. Harry has a great voice but it was a big ask to perform a David Bowie track in the first live show. David had such a storytelling vocal and that was missing so it wasn’t the right song but he is a great singer.

Vangelis Polydorou – Here Comes The Rain Again By Eurythmics

Another huge song for a first live show. It didn’t suit Vangelis’ vocal but I’m glad he has the chance to come back next week because he has had some good performances up to this point.

Cody Frost – Ordinary World By Duran Duran

Cody was really good on the chorus of this song but on the verses her vocal sounded a bit low. It wasn’t her best performance on the show but I’m sure she’ll come back fighting next week in the semi-final because she’s really talented.

 

So basically round 1 goes to Jordan but anything can happen next week which makes everything very exciting! But outside of reviewing performances it has to be said that it is immensely brave of each of the finalists to even go on that stage. Not everyone would have the guts to put themselves out there live on prime time television and that in itself regardless of how a performance goes is incredibly admirable so well done to the ten of them on that! 🙂

Below is the performance by the coaches and the performances by the guest performers Stevie McCrorie and Years & Years.

 

 

Highlights, Style & Winners From The Recent Oscars & Brits: Look back!

Recently two very big ceremonies took place. One in the world of film. The other in the world of music. The Oscars in America and The Brits in England. Let’s take a look back at the highlights from Royal Blood’s win for rock at The Brits and Birdman’s big win at the Oscars as well as the style and the winners!

Highlights From The Oscars

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Wins Best Picture

Graham Moore’s, John Legend’s, Common’s & Patricia Arquette’s Inspiring Speeches & John Legend’s & Common’s Performance

Neil Patrick Harris Opens the Show

Maroon 5 Perform

Winners

Best picture: Birdman

Actress in a leading role: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Actor in a leading role: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Supporting actor: JK Simmons, Whiplash

Directing: Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman

Original screenplay: Birdman

Adapted screenplay: The Imitation Game

Costume design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Makeup and hairstyling: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Foreign language film: Ida

Documentary (short subject): Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1

Live action short film: The Phone Call

Visual effects: Interstellar

Animated short film: Feast

Animated feature film: Big Hero 6

Production design: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman

Film editing: Tom Cross for Whiplash

Documentary feature: Citizenfour

Original song: Glory from Selma

Original score: Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Presented By: Neil Patrick Harris

The Brits Highlights

Sam Smith Wins & Performs Too

Royal Blood Win & Perform Too

Paloma Faith Wins & Performs Too

James Bay’s Critics’ Choice Win

Winners

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Ed Sheeran – X

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR

One Direction – You & I

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT

Sam Smith

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

Foo Fighters

BRITISH SINGLE

Mark Ronson ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST

Pharrell Williams

GLOBAL SUCCESS

Sam Smith

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Paloma Faith

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST

Taylor Swift

BRITISH GROUP

Royal Blood

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST

Ed Sheeran

CRITICS’ CHOICE AWARD (previously announced)

James Bay

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Paul Epworth

Presented By: Ant & Dec

Oscars Style

Female Style

Sienna Miller

Jennifer Aniston

Scarlett Johansson

Jennifer Hudson

Karlie Kloss

Male Style

Jared Leto

Common

Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka

David Oyelowo

The Brits Style

Female Style

Cara Delevingne

Holly Willoughby

Emma Bunton

Rebecca Ferguson

Paloma Faith

Male Style

RJ Mitte

Adam Lambert

Nick Jonas

Mark Ronson

Sam Smith

Children In Need & Band Aid 30: Charity Fever Takes Over! Yay!

Children In Need has been a TV fixture of my life since I was a kid and I’ve always loved the adorable Pudsey! 🙂

And this year for 2014 the TV extravaganza was out again in full force raising much-needed funds to help children and young people all over Britain with Sir Terry Wogan, Nick Grimshaw, Rochelle Humes, Tess Daly and Fearne Cotton on presenting duties. Throughout the night we seen short clips about the stories of children and young people and causes which the money would help and it’s really heartbreaking to see. It makes you very thankful for your own health and that of your loved ones and really hits home just how important it is that as much money is raised as possible.

Here is five highlights from the many high points on the night! Enjoy! 🙂

The official BBC Children In Need single

The single this year was a cover of Avicii’s Wake Me Up by Gareth Malone’s All Star Choir composing of Mel Giedroyc, Linda Robson, Fabrice Muamba, Nitin Ginatra, Craig Revel Horwood, John Craven, Radzi Chinyanganya, Jo Brand, Margaret Alphonsi, Alice Levine, Larry Lamb and a childrens’ choir. The song has went in straight at number 1 in the UK.

S Club 7 Greatest Hits Medley

I was a huge fan of S Club 7 when I was younger especially album track “Boy Like Me”. Yeah that was on repeat when I was younger! 🙂 So it was lovely to see them back.

Susan Boyle

I just love Susan Boyle’s voice. Amazing as always! 🙂

Tom and Jerry

Here’s a real blast from the past from my childhood! 🙂 The animation is great on this and who doesn’t love Tom and Jerry?! 🙂

Eastenders’ Grease

Eastenders are always very entertaining on Children In Need and this year was no exception!

BBC Song

I love the original of this song God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and I think everyone does a great job on it for a worthy cause. There’s many stars involved including Brian May, Sam Smith, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch, Chris Martin, Jaime Cullum, Chrissie Hynde, Pharrell Williams, Elton John, Emeli Sandé, Kylie Minogue, Ellie Goulding, Stevie Wonder, Gareth Malone, Jools Holland and Paloma Faith as well as original Beach Boys’ member Brian Wilson and a youth choir and orchestra.

For more go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2R3PxWX7hzMb8lNZs3Ngz5L/god-only-knows

To find all the ways to donate to this amazing cause go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/22w0vNWLPftNlYjwPtclpDw/donate

Meanwhile on The X Factor at the weekend, Sir Bob Geldof made a thought-provoking speech about the new Band Aid 30 song in aid of helping raise funds for the Ebola crisis.

Geldof said,

‘Thanks Simon for allowing us to do this, this is hardcore, to allow X factor nation to do this, it is an enormous production, this thing [Ebola] could arrive here on a plane any time. This is the most anti-human disease but we can stop it, and we will stop it, and we will support those immensely brave NHS doctors and soldiers who have volunteered, and the government who are leading the world on this. At 8am tomorrow morning, for the first time this is about us, buy this thing, buy five by ten, it’s a great track, we wanted to show you the context of how this was done only yesterday’.

The track, Do They Know It’s Christmas?, has a whole host of stars on board including Roger Taylor, Bono, Sinead O’Connor, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Chris Martin, Guy Garvey, Bastille, One Direction and Olly Murs.

To help you can pre-order the track on iTunes.

Geldof said,

“It’s a song, it’s a track, but it’s an event and the next stage is to turn it into a phenomenon like it was in the eighties. And the only way to do that is to get people to buy the thing. Spare me this free economy. Spare me Spotify and YouTube. There’s a donate button on YouTube. Hit the donate button. It’s a badge of honour to have this on your phone or on your iPod, or whatever the hell you’re using. And don’t buy one, buy several. Give them to your mates.”

View the song’s video here:

But remember to support and please help the cause too if you can. 🙂