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The Voice 2013: How the Coaches’ Song Choices Are Hurting Their Contestants

Let’s start off by making it clear that we adore and respect the four celebrity coaches on The Voice 2013. But some of their song choices have really had us scratching our heads lately. Last night’s live show premiere really solidified that fact that these musicians could be accidentally sabotaging their contestants.

Here’s a list of the worst offenders:

1. Vedo: “Against All Odds” in the Live Shows

OK, first off, Vedo doesn’t even know who Phil Collins is! So why subject this poor, grieving artist to the most trite of all music competition songs? If he’s forced to sing “I Believe I Can Fly” next then we recommend me mic-drop right on stage. If Ush took one second to check out this kid’s insanely impressive set of covers, he’d know which genre he shines in.

2. Brandon Roush: “Piece of My Heart” in the Battle Rounds

Umm, did Shakira really give Janis Joplin’s look-alike (Shawna P.) a Janis Joplin song and call it a fair fight? This carrot top didn’t stand a chance. Shak’s clear bias in this battle was a real bummer for Brandon.

3. Jacqui Sandell: “Little White Church” in the Battle Rounds

Blake Shelton’s bias toward country singers is getting a bit out of hand and when he picked Little Big Town’s “Little White Church” for the battle between rocker Jacqui and country singer Savannah Berry, it was one straw too many. Jacqui did everything her coach asked of her and proved herself to be a true talent on the stage. Given another song, Savannah would have crumbled under Jacqui’s gritty power.

4. Cáthia: “I Have Nothing” in the Live Shows

Props to Cáthia for attempting this iconic tune in her first round of live shows, but Usher really shouldn’t have given her such a challenging song right out of the gate. It made her seem more weak than impressive right around the time America starts voting.

5. J’Sun: “How You Like Me Now?” in the Battle Rounds

Clearly Shakira’s bias toward Garrett Gardner meant J’Sun was doomed from the start, but the R&B singer could have at least used a more genre-appropriate song.

What do you think of the coaches’ song choices this season? Tell us below!

05.8.2013 / 02:00 AM EDT by Rachel McRady
Related: The Voice, Music, The Voice 2013, Vedo, Cáthia, J’Sun, Brandon Roush, Jacqui Sandell

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