The Walking Dead Craze

Okay, I still don’t understand. AMC’s The Walking Dead is back tonight with its millions and millions of viewers probably dying to dive into season 4. I only watched half of the first season and could not get into it. I thought it dragged on, and while it reflected the story’s atmosphere, it was just too boring for me. But the way people are dying to see this next season, I’m considering watching it again. I just don’t know. So here’s a quick poll because I haven’t had one in a while. I’m curious to know how many people watch the show because it is actually awesome, or they just want to be a part of the craze.

 

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The Voice Rant

So Idol ended a little while ago, and I didn’t really talk about the finale. I think that was mostly because I was so satisfied. Candice was my favourite from the start and she came out on top. Luckily, despite American Idol having ended, I still get my weekly dose of a singing competition from the Voice.

The voice elimination yesterday absolutely blew my mind.

Judith Hill was eliminated?!!
She’s so good that sometimes you forget that she’s even a competitor. And that’s not a bad thing, it’s because she’s just so good. Every time I converse with my sister about who’s going to go out any given week, Judith’s name just never ever comes up!

I have so much to say in regards to this show. Sarah Simmons, I can sort of see why she got eliminated. I didn’t love the direction she had been taking the last two weeks, because when she sings the slow songs, her voice just sounds so much more magical and angelic.

I’m intrigued as to who other people’s favourites are– people who are reading the post anyways. So please vote on the poll, and don’t worry it’s all anonymous (even to me)! ^_^

Thankfully, my favourite competitor is still in the competition. My favourite is Michelle Chamuel. The first time I heard her sing, I knew she was good. But at the point, what she had going for her (in my eyes), was that she was entertaining to watch. But by the second time I saw her on that stage, I realized that she was one of the best in the competition. With every coming week, I have grown more and more in love with her.

It’s really frustrating for me that Judith had to go home. I have my mind made up however, that I want Michelle to win.

Another quite funny thing is that Blake loaded his team with country singers this year, refusing to keep the others, when last year, both of his contestants in the top 3 were non-country singers. Blake, stop saying “I’m going to stick to what I know” because you can clearly handle other genres! So I got a little bit sidetracked from what the actual funny thing was, which is that my favourite country singer is actually Amber, who is in fact on the lovely baby-voiced Adam Levine’s team.

The issue that I have with Blake’s entire team is kind of complicated. When I think of a singing competition winner, I think of someone who can do pretty much every type of song which is thrown at them, or they can put their own spin on it. When they put their own spin on it, it has to sound good though. For example, Sasha (team Shakira) has phenomenal vocal power and she’s stunning, but I have been really irritated at many of the arrangements her or Shakira have come up with for her. Two major examples are when she sang “Alone” and this Monday’s “Without You”.

If an artist has a distinct sound which they must stick to, it needs to be SO perfect because that’s what they’re going to be known for and it needs to be enjoyable. This being said brings Swon Brothers to mind– the first group to ever make it to The Voice live shows. They have a very cool distinct sound, but I find them very confusing to compare to the rest of the artists. They’re unique, but are they good enough to deserve to win over everybody else on a singing show? Can they do something that the others can’t? It’s confusing, because nobody really dares to attempt to steal someone else’s sound to show that they can do it. The reason probably being that they would get hate for trying to steal someone else’s shine and not doing their own thing.

Holly Tucker is a good singer. I actually realized this week how much I like the sweet tone of her voice. It’s pretty ironic because she was rocking out. I’m not even going to pretend though, that she’s the strongest or even the most unique voice in the competition. I thought she was going to go out this week.

Danielle, has a remarkable voice. She has a voice that blows my brains when I think that she’s a 16 year old. She is fantastic technically, but she just never gets even close to me emotionally. She hits every note with such ease and clarity, but I think even if she can’t give me some feeling through her voice, some little imperfections would make me enjoy her a little bit more.
This is a large reason why (in my humble opinion), Sarah sounded so much better singing Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” with Danielle on elimination day.

[Great song choice by the way. I have an will always be in love with that song. It’s a work of genius art.]

That’s my little rant on Team Blake and Shakira incidentally. I actually adore Sasha, but she isn’t giving me what I want to hear at this point. I loved when she sang “Next to Me” though!! It would make me so happy to hear more performances like that from Sasha. When she sings like that, she’s definitely a top contender. That being said, my top three are Michelle, Amber, and Sasha. But Michelle is undoubtedly my favourite.

Blake is not going to win this season. I don’t WANT Blake to win this season. Speaking of Blake, “Austin” (by Blake Shelton) is my all-time favourite country record, and I would love for Michelle Chamuel to give it a go.