thebigblackwolfe:

sistahmamaqueen:

socialwerq:

thesoftghetto:

Goddaaaaaamn!!

Lillie McCloud, a 54-year-old mother of three and grandmother to seven had the “X-Factor” judges stunned after learning her age and more importantly hearing her voice!

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54????!!!!
PLEASE LET ME LOOK THAT YOUNG WHEN i AM 54!!

HOOOLLLDDDDD UP. 

it’s like whitney houston got reincarnated and picked up right where she left off. 

THIS WAS THE SHIT.

SHE SANG THE HELL OUT OF THAT SONG AND EVERYBODY CAUGHT THE SPIRIT YES GAWD

THIS IS WHAT I AM INTO

I really had so much fun this morning with my talent show blogging and the folks who indulged me.

<3 u guise

knitmeapony:

girljanitor:

Ella Henderson-Believe

In proper defense of Ella Henderson to balance my critique earlier, I present one of the weirdest PLOT TWIST moments from a talent show I’ve witnessed.

I mean, if a sixteen year old with that hair told you she was going to sing Believe by Cher, I mean, you’d cringe, right?

No. It’s like, jaw-droppingly amazing. One of the judges starts crying, ffs.

I love it because there’s like, no universe where this should have worked. But it did. It was a really great holy crap moment and awesome on Ella.

Did she do this arrangement?  Wow.  This girl has some serious musical chops. A+ gorgeous.

Yes! It’s really impressive. For her initial audition, she actually did an original song she wrote.

Ella Henderson-Believe

In proper defense of Ella Henderson to balance my critique earlier, I present one of the weirdest PLOT TWIST moments from a talent show I’ve witnessed.

I mean, if a sixteen year old with that hair told you she was going to sing Believe by Cher, I mean, you’d cringe, right?

No. It’s like, jaw-droppingly amazing. One of the judges starts crying, ffs.

I love it because there’s like, no universe where this should have worked. But it did. It was a really great holy crap moment and awesome on Ella.

I like that you post these because I don’t watch shows like this (no TV and no time) but I love the clips. This is fantastic. The guy can sing, plus “You look more like my brother than my brother” made me bust out laughing.
XD i’m glad! i don’t have cable either but i have my ways.
I laughed so hard at “it’s the frog eyes” thing because I was like, “omg shut up you’re both really goodlooking”

Matt Henry-Trouble

This is the full video of Matt Henry’s Blind Audition for The Voice UK. The first 4 minutes are “about Matt”+ performance, with some truly spectacular goofing off on the part of the judges.

The song really shows off how versatile and amazing a singer Matt is; the overall vid is why I like the Voice UK better than the US version. The judges seem to really, truly give a shit, have fun, are actually funny and fun to watch, and have a lot of respect for the contestants.

This is worth watching even JUST for Will.i.am’s reaction when he realized this guy looks a LOT like him. It’s really hilarious.

*edit

lol I found a news story about them; apparently they got on really well too:

Matt Henry-Skinny Love

Warning-watching this will probably wrench the heart from your chest. Like, when I watched this the first time I sat there and bawled for 20 min. before I could get my shit together and finish watching the show.

THIS MAN IS OPENLY CRYING DURING THIS PERFORMANCE.

His voice hit me in a way, like…it’s 1000X better than any Robert Smith.

There was a video package they showed before the performance where he talked about how the sing affected him (because of associations) and Jessie Jay (his coach), was talking about how hard it is to cry and sing at the same time, and was being pretty cautionary about it-like, “there’s a fine line between them watching you cry and them crying with you”.

Just…just watch it.

ellastars:

girljanitor:

Minnie Riperton is/was/will always be one of the most mind-blowingly superhuman singers to exist ever.

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So, if you know anything about singing, or the anatomy of human vocal chords, this video will probably make you throw a chair and scream GET THE ENTIRE FUCK OUT OF HERE.

"Loving You" as a cover song is generally considered (by me) to be a rather boring affair with a few impossible high notes. Leah McFall, will.i.am’s protege on The Voice UK, not only makes this song sound current and interesting

she also

did an entirely different version of the SAME SONG on the show a few weeks ago with really DIFFERENT choices in melody and phrasing.

NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS.

For comparative purposes, watch as Ella Henderson from the X factor UK barely manages to get through a considerably more vanilla version of the same song. I mean, you can watch the judges’ reactions to this like, “ok wow you made it barely”, and hear how the notes get a bit sharp on the high end.

Leah McFall’s performances here are some of the best I’ve seen on talent shows, period. It’s definitely one of the only versions of this song I’ve seen that comes close to holding a candle to the original.

Excuse me? Ella barely manages makes it true the song? Those two sing this song with a different feeling! You can’t compare these! 

Ella keeped it the original way which is really hard to sing and she sings it like it is nothing. While Leah gives her own twist to it so that she can sing it easier! 

I can and did compare them. XD

I still stand by my opinion-the strain in Ella’s voice in that performance is really noticeable. I also dislike the lack of emphasis on the verses of the song-it seemed like she was really in her head the whole time, and lacked commitment to either technical proficiency on the one hand, and tenderness/emotion on the other.

That being said, I was actually made an Ella fan in spite of myself because of some of her other performances, notably her original song and her performance of Cher’s Believe-the latter being totally ASTOUNDING in technique, tone, originality, and pure artistry. I wanted actively to dislike her-her hair really bothered me-but nope, she was just really gifted. She won me over.

Ella with “Loving You”, however, fell totally flat imo.

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For me, she is very plain, vocally, but better quality than Leah.
Yeah, her style is definitely different than American preferences. But comparing to a  lot of the Irish music I’ve heard, I really do get it, like, that plain, pure tone and style. The tone is just exceptionally lovely. I’d get an album of that, for sure.

AND NOW FOR BF AND MINE’S PERSONAL FAVORITE!

Matt Henry-Babylon

Ok, seriously? One of the best performances I’ve seen. Absolute chills all over. Amazingly choreographed. Rapport with the audience+viewers=100% on point.

Matt was our fave because he was definitely the most “ready”; always professional, always comfortable onstage, best personality, best overall consistency. All of his performances gave the impression they could go live on an awards show and be of the same quality.

Also, his resemblance to will.i.am was a great running gag on the show. XD I think I’ll have to post his audition because when they noticed how much they look alike, hilarity ensued.

When he was eliminated instead of weird bad British country dude Mike, everyone on the show and BF and I were certainly chagrined, to say the least. Jessie (Matt’s coach) was verbally scathing, as was Will. I approved. there was no excuse for that to happen.

I hope Matt has an amazing career.