The Farr Side: Speak up for ‘The Voice’

David T. Farr

"The Voice” has created a stir, and NBC couldn’t be happier.

It’s the network’s first big hit in quite some time, which might provide much-needed bragging rights. In fact, “The Voice” has been given the coveted TV spot directly following next season’s Super Bowl (provided there is one). 

I didn’t mind watching at first, but the rules seemed confusing, almost too gimmick-y for me. That soon changed when I saw how Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton played out as coaches. I grew to appreciate them even more as artists, as well as people who once shared the same dream of many of the contestants.

The initial team aspect proved most difficult for me because the team’s coach had to choose between two talents. That would be a tough thing to do.

Each team had a surprisingly great lineup, although I found myself favoring Adam Levine’s. That doesn’t mean the teams of Aguilera, Green and Shelton’s didn’t have great singers. That’s the problem — they did.

Levine’s top 4 contained Devon Barley, Javier Colon, Jeff Jenkins, and Casey Weston. All are great, although Colon is my favorite by a long shot. This guy is already there if you ask me. Colon was heavily promoted during the promotional commercials for “The Voice” singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” He could re-record that track and have a major hit. Whether or not he wins, you can bet a music career is in the cards.

Aguilera’s top four were Raquel Castro, Frenchie Davis, Lily Elise, and Beverly McClellan. McClellan, by far, is Aguilera’s best chance at a win. She can belt it out like Melissa Etheridge can.

Team Green was also a diversified bunch with a country singer, a rocker, a guy who can sing anything and a pair of sisters who just need some proper direction. Curtis Grimes, Vicci Martinez, Nakia, and Tori and Taylor round out his top four. My money’s on Nakia. I believe this guy can sing anything. Plus, he’s likable and funny.

Shelton’s career will get a boost from his participation — not that he needed it.  People who may not have known much about him certainly will now.

Shelton’s team at the final four level comprised Jared Blake, Dia Frampton, Patrick Thomas and Xenia. All good, but it was the likes of Frampton and Xenia who won over the audiences, as well as, Coach Shelton. Frampton’s performance of Kanye West’s “Heartless” has been a major turning point for her and the show.

The finish line is near, but I’m crossing my fingers it’s Colon and Frampton standing at the end. Both, exude a ‘Voice” ready for the mainstream radio.

David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.