There could have been a ‘ticker tape’ parade, fireworks or an explosion,
but none of those would have ‘beat’ the two nights of ‘back to back’
finales! If you don’t follow “The Voice” or “American Idol” you may think
this post is not meaningful, but I will tell you that if you turn your
radio on in the next month, I am guaranteeing you will hear one of the
I still remember ‘picking’ Carrie Underwood, Philip Phillips, David Cook
and Chris Daughtry. I chose Caleb Johnson, early in the “American Idol”
interviews and singing try-outs. He had been here once before in another
season, and he won the ‘whole she-bang’ last night.
On the show, “The Voice,” I did feel a close affinity with Josh Kaufman,
38 years old, married with three children. I could relate to his ambitions
and his enterprising spirit. I enjoyed his singing, all the way through
it, held my breath when he slipped through Adam’s fingers and got grabbed
I would like to tell you all about everything in my mind, but sometimes
the best way for readers to feel some excitement, is not to tell too much!
After all, you are all here on the internet, either with wordpress of a
dot come blog. You may choose to look up some of these favorites of mine
and their songs they performed. Don’t worry, many of the songs were
actually ‘older’ and recognizable songs.
Here are Robin’s Top Ten Favorite “Collaborations” on the two competitive
singing shows, “American Idol” versus “The Voice.”
TOP TEN BEST ACTS:
My #1 Favorite:
What I call the “Fabulous Foursome”
This involved the three “American Idol” judges and Randy Jackson.
When Jennifer was sitting on the Grand Piano, while Harry Connick, Jr. was
singing, it gave me goosebumps. She was singing in a sweet, childlike way,
Cyndi Lauper’s, “True Colors.” Then, when she had the audience ‘chilling’
and not expecting any kind of change, she jumped off the piano, the Fab 4
struck the beginning chords of “Go Your Own Way,” by Heart and I was not
able to sit down! I had to jump up with the ‘gang’ who I had come to
look forward to. Keith Urban and Randy Jackson jammed on their guitars,
Harry pounded the ivories on the Grand Piano and the electronic keyboard.
Jennifer Lopez’s moves were making the audience, get ‘dance fever!’
My #2 Favorite:
Malaya Watson and John Legend.
Such a beautiful treat. The song, “All of You” is so enthralling and a
true legendary love song. Check this one out, if you like traditional
piano playing and great vocals. Amazingly sweet and shows Malaya’s
ability at such a young age, too. She’s from Detroit, Michigan!
My #3 Favorite:
***KISS and Caleb Johnson***
He won and is America’s new Idol.
Wow! Hot, sizzling and rocking the house! This brought great big smiles
from usually stoic and serious Harry Connick, Jr. In fact, all three
judges were dancing their hearts out to the song. It felt like a real
love, rock and roll ‘festival!’ Such a warm and fuzzy feeling when they
called Caleb’s non-singing brother up to shake the Kiss group’s hands.
My #4 Favorite:
Paramore and Jena Irene.
They were awesome in their matching voices, blending and melodic in
Great (yellow) balls of fire and joy!
My #5 Favorite:
Jennifer Nettles and Jessica Muse.
Truly magical and fantastic pairing!
My #6 Favorite:
Ed Sheeran and Christina Grimmie, The Voice.
The song transcended time and space, “All of the Stars.”
My #7 Favorite:
Josh Kaufman (who won The Voice) with Usher, singing and possibly
improving Police’s song, “Every Breath You Take.”
My #8 Favorite was Christina Grimmie’s version of the Elvis song,
“Can’t Help Falling in Love with You.”
Now, if you wish to check out Jena Irene’s version, you may find she
did an awesome job with this song, too!
My # 9 Favorite:
Josh’s version, the night before, of Adele’s song, “Set Fire to
My #10 Favorite:
Alex Preston and Jason Mraz, singing together. They performed Jason’s
new song, “Love Someone.” I liked Alex’s voice, wished he had been
able to sing more of his serious numbers. This was light and very
fun-loving, relaxed song.
The two shows gave us really great concerts with many more fantastic
moments. Hope that you will enjoy hearing some of my recommended song
collaborations with famous people with the contestants…
Who I believe will be famous themselves, someday!