‘The Voice’: What Happened Behind the Scenes

by | June 22, 2011 at 2:28 PM | RealityTV, The Voice, TV News

Dia Frampton of 'The Voice' (Photo: NBC)

Dia Frampton of 'The Voice' (Photo: NBC)

As we coast into the semifinals, it looks like we finally have a clear frontrunner on “The Voice.” Her name is Dia Frampton.

Consider the evidence: She’s the top seller of “The Voice” artists in iTunes. The live audience at the Warner Brothers Studio 16 lot screams louder for her than any of the Top 8 artists. And, her unique rendition of R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion” drew accolades across the board, including Christina Aguilera saying she’s shown the most growth.

Watch Tuesday Night’s Semifinals of “The Voice”:

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That said, Tuesday night’s semifinals also proved that Frampton has tough competition from Vicci Martinez, whose version of Florence and the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over” – in which she came out with six drummers and banging on two drums herself – was a genuine highlight. In fact, Cee-Lo Green called it “the coolest performance of the night.”

Here’s how the rest of the night broke down:

Eliminations: America’s votes saved Martinez on Team Cee-Lo and Javier Colon on Team Adam. Cee-Lo then saved Nakia, which sent Tori and Taylor Thompson and Curtis Grimes packing. Adam saved Casey Weston, which sent Devon Barley and Jeff Jenkins packing? Got that?

Top 8 Duke It Out: The Top 8 performed and America votes. Each coach also had to give their team members up to 100 points. So who goes home Wednesday night will be based on America’s votes and the coach’s points. Confusing? Yeah, we think so too.

The Best of the Rest: In a sea of super-talented vocalists, this isn’t exactly a show where anyone blows it. They are all good. All the time. Every performance. Period. Yeah, it’s actually quite unnerving how perfect their pitches are. But if we had to pick one sour note, it would be Xenia, who is still coming off a bit too young, a bit too green, a bit too un-interesting to keep our attention. She’s only 16 and seems a bit in over hear heard. Why Blake saved her last week is beyond us. Other highlights: Frenchie Davis’ singing Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” Nakia giving Adam Lambert’s “What Do You Want From Me?” a go, and Javier Colon belting out Coldplay’s “Fix You.”

Christina vs. Adam? Nah! On the Christina Aguilera vs. Adam Levine front, we got to spy a bit on the two from our seat behind the judges and let’s put this rumor to rest. Christina and Adam did not look like enemies as the two were huddled with Cee-Lo for a chit-chat in the wings just prior to the show. Nor did they look like frenemies as she performed with Maroon 5 tonight on the song she’s featured on, “Moves Like Jagger.” They actually performed the song twice and the take they used was the one where Christina hugs Adam at the end. Awww. Cee-Lo, meanwhile, stood up and shook his moneymaker during their performance. And, later, on a commercial break, he walked around the stage shaking hands and chatting up the pretty ladies in the audience…again.

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