Martinez Eliminated on NBC’s “The Voice”

Melanie Martinez’s journey on The Voice has come to an end…

During Tuesday night’s double elimination on the live results show, the quirky 17-year-old Latina singer was sent packing after failing to garner enough votes to reach the final four on NBC’s hit reality singing competition.

Melanie Martinez

Martinez’s elimination, along with her fellow Team Adam member, Amanda Brown leaves only two coaches to vie for the winning title, Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green.

“I’m just happy I got to express who I am as an artist and touch people’s hearts,” said Martinez of transforming top hits into her own while on the show. “That was the ultimate goal.”

But before bidding adieu to the show, Martinez teamed up with Team Cee Lo’s Nicholas David to perform an impressive cover of Fiona Apple‘s “Criminal” per the unsolicited song suggestions that Christina Aguilera gave Martinez after her performance on Monday night.

The contestants still left in the competition in clude:

Terry McDermott (Team Blake)
Trevin Hunte (Team Cee Lo)
Cassadee Pope (Team Blake)
Nicholas David (Team Cee Lo)

With Martinez’s exit, no Latino artists are left standing in the competition.

Bryan Keith Breezes into the Top 10 on “The Voice”

Bryan Keith’s big moment has paid off on NBC’s The Voice

The 23-year-old Latino singer/songwriter – who impressed the judges with his inspired rendition of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” during Monday’s performance show of the hit singing competition – earned enough votes this week to advance to the Top 10 and keep his Voice dreams alive.

Bryan Keith

“Brian had a great moment, had a great time and he’s moving ahead,” said the singer’s mentor Adam Levine.

It’s the same fate for two of the show’s other Latino artists…

Team Adam’s Melanie Martinez, who was complimented for her uniqueness after performing Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” was one of the last contestants declared safe during Tuesday’s results show.

Christina Aguilera’s protégé Dez Duron, who performed “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” on Monday has also advanced to the next round.

But it’s the end of the road for Team Xtina’s other Hispanic artist, Adriana Louise. Despite a solid performance of Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” the 22-year-old singer from the Bronx didn’t muster enough votes to move forward.

“Thank you for being everything that I could’ve wished for and more; you are the best coach I could’ve ever asked for,” said Adriana Louise to her mentor. “You believed in me more than I believed in myself. So thank you so much, this is just the beginning.”

Bryan Keith Has His “Moment” on NBC’s “The Voice”

It’s Bryan Keith’s moment to shine on NBC’s The Voice

During Monday night’s “Top 12” performances, the 23-year-old Latino singer/songwriter and Team Adam member had his “breakout” moment while performing Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black.”

Bryan Keith

Hernandez – the son of Latin jazz and salsa singer Ray De La Paz, who was a member of the Grammy-winning band Spanish Harlem Orchestra – received major kudos from the Voice coaches.

“Bryan, I think you just took the lead for Team Adam,” said Blake Shelton. “That was really good, congratulations. Solid!”

Christina Aguilera complimented him on his “cool, modern day raspy [Frank] Sinatra thing,” while his coach called his performance a “moment.”

“You definitely had that kind of break-out thing just happen, that really showed everybody how incredible you are,” said Adam Levine. “This was your day and this was your moment to show to kind of show America what was happening.”

But Hernandez wasn’t the only Team Adam member to impress the judges…

Melanie Martinez, who started her performance seated on the floor before bolting up to end her song with gusto, looked uniquely chic in her black and white striped dress.

The 17-year-old Latina singer performed Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup” and earned raves from the judges for her uniqueness.

“I’ve never heard you project as much as you did on that one,” said Shelton. “And I enjoyed it ‘cause there’s a quality to your voice that I just found out that, no matter what range you’re singing in, it’s always there.”

Aguilera called it her “most emotional” performance, while Martinez’s coach said she has something that’s all her own.

“There’s only one Melanie in this competition,” said Levine. “You’re spectacular and you’re the only one like you in this competition.”

Meanwhile, Aguilera’s two Latino contestants still left in the competition did not disappoint…

Dez Duron performed a jazz-induced version of Frankie Valli’s Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” a la Lauryn Hill.


“I thought that performance was impeccable; I thought that it was wonderful through and through,” declared Cee Lo Green of the 22-year-old Latino singer. “[Christina’s] absolutely right in saying that you are the total package. You’ve got so much charisma, so much control and you’ve got such natural appeal, sexual appeal.

Levine complimented Duron on finding his voice with a song that was “decisively you,” while his coach asked the audience and America one simple question about her “old soul crooner with a modern twist”:

“How can you guys not love this guy?” asked Aguilera, adding, “When you get on there stage, I really notice there’s a certain… there’s no other way to describe it other than just a true star quality feel that you do have. ” “Old soul crooner voice with a modern twist”

But Duron wasn’t the only Team Xtina member to bring their A-game.

Adriana Louise, shining bright like a star in her gold sequined dress, performance a sassy and raspy rendition of Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl.”

“You looked beautiful tonight. I thought you sounded as great as ever and just continuing to improve,” said Green, adding, “Regardless of tempo, song or styling, you always seem very committed and convicted to what you’re singing. And I can appreciate that.”

Shelton and Levine both applauded Adriana for adeptly taking on Underwood’s song.

“ I am so happy that you did a country song, and Carrie Underwood song,” said sole country coach Shelton. “And I think you made it your own and I appreciate that.”

Aguilera called Adriana’s performance “so playful and so cute” and talked about how easy she made performing that song looked.

“You don’t get it on the radio how hard that is to execute live, but it’s really hard,” said Aguilera. “Even this, like all those runs in between, to execute that so perfectly is really hard you guys… “The best is yet to come from you. And, if you make it through to the next round, America I won’t disappoint you with Adriana, she is a firecracker!”

“The Voice” Contestant Duron Breezes Into the Top 12

Dez Duron is feelin’ America’s love on NBC’s The Voice

Dez Duron

Following his impressive rendition of Hunter Hayes‘ No. 1 country song “Wanted” in the second installment of the show’s Playoff Rounds on Wednesday night, the 22-year-old Latino heartthrob was declared safe after receiving enough votes from the public to advance to the Top 12.

Duron and Sylvia Yacoub got the most public votes on Christina Aguilera’s team.

And when it came down to picking who else to send on to the Top 12, Aguilera had to choose between Latina singer Adriana Louise, Devyn Deloera and De’borah.

“Don’t let anyone or anyone’s opinion define who you are,” said Aguilera before revealing deciding to keep Adriana Louise.

Meanwhile, Team Adam member Bryan Keith Hernandez advanced to the next round after being one of the top two vote-getters, while  Melanie Martinez had to rely on her mentor to advance to the Top 12.

“No one is better than the other, I don’t believe that,” said Adam Levine before choosing Martinez over fellow Latina Joselyn Rivera and Loren Allred.

But Diego Val wouldn’t be so lucky… Cee-Lo Green opted to send Cody Belew on to the next round and send home Val and Mackenzie Berg.

And it was the end of the road for mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo. The member of Blake Shelton‘s was among the three at the bottom of the pack, but Blake Shelton decided to send Michaela Page forward instead of Castillo and Liz Davis.

Rivera “Kills It” During Her First Live “The Voice” Performance

In her quest to advance to the next round on The Voice, Joselyn Rivera has Lovato nothing on the stage…

During the first night of live shows on NBC’s singing competition on Monday, the 17-year-old Latina pop sensation performed Demi Lovato’s “Give Your Heart a Break” during the “Live Playoffs.”

Joselyn Rivera

“I love this song because it give you a chance to show your range,” said Rivera in her pre-performance clip.

Looking like a pop star in her one-shoulder hot pink dress, black ankle boots and red streaks in her hair, the member of Team Adam impressed the coaches with her rendition.

“You always deliver when you get on stage; you’re one of the people we can all count on to be great,” said Voice coach Blake Shelton. “You look good on a big stage like this; you look like a star!”

Christina Aguilera, Rivera’s former coach before Adam Levine stepped in to “steal” her away, complimented her former protégé on her performance.

“You were working the stage,” said Aguilera. “Your smile lights up the whole room!”

And Levine was nothing short of pleased with Rivera’s performance.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am sitting here and knowing what we talked about. And all the things we discussed you did [them] so incredibly well,” declared Levine. “You did an incredible job, I am so proud. You killed it!”

But Rivera will have to wait until Thursday to find out if she’s earned enough votes from the public to stay in the competition. And if she doesn’t, she’ll have to see if Levine will pick her to move forward from the remaining three members of his team.

Castillo Gets a Standing Ovation on “The Voice”

Julio Cesar Castillo is proving to be El Rey of the stage on The Voice

During Monday night’s first live show – with Adam Levine and Blake Shelton’s team members taking the stage during the Playoffs Round, the contestants performed in hopes of earning enough vote to advance to the next round.

Julio Cesar Castillo

Castillo, who performed Justin Bieber’s ”Somebody to Love” in the previous round to defeat his fellow Team Blake member MarissaAnn, returned to his mariachi roots to perform the Spanish-language classic “El Rey.”

The 21-year-old singer, who was the first contestant to audition with an all-Spanish song on The Voice, received a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience and the hard-to-please coaches on NBC’s reality singing competition.

“The first standing ovation of the night! I know you made all the Latino people out there so proud,” said Voice coach Christina Aguilera. “This is so the reason why you’re still standing strong in this competition and why you’re still here. I love that you stay true to yourself.  And this is what you gotta love about Latin people. We’re so passionate and we have so much heart. It’s just in our blood. And I know not everyone was able to follow along, but you truly gave your heart to that song. And the richness of your vibrato, just mmmm. I loved it!”

Castillo’s coach agreed with Aguilera.

“ I don’t know what you’re saying,” said Shelton. “He had to find a way to make everybody understand emotionally, what’s going on on that stage. And, I don’t know if you noticed what happened in the audience, but it was pretty good buddy!”

Castillo’s fate will be decided on Thursday night’s show, when America’s votes will send two of Shelton’s five team members to the next round. He’ll then pick one of the remaining three contestants on his team to move forward.

Martinez’s “Bulletproof” Performance Moves Her Forward on “The Voice”

“Melanie Martinez proves to be bulletproof on The Voice

During Monday night’s episode of NBC’s singing competition, which featured the start of the new Knockout Round, the 17-year-old Latina singer battled against her fellow Team Adam member Sam James.

Melanie Martinez

After a “shaky rehearsal,” Martinez performed a toned down version of La Roux’s “Bulletproof,” while James took on Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”

Voice coach Blake Shelton complimented both singers, saying they have “something special,” but picked Sam as the winner.

But fellow coach Christina Aguilera disagreed.

“Melanie, when you open your mouth and you sing, it’s almost haunting,” professed Aguilera. “And it really invites you into this special world that only you are capable of creating.”

In the end, Adam Levine, who believed Martinez’s nerves made her performance more breathy than normal, picked the two-tone-haired singer to advance to The Voice’s live shows.

“Melanie has this really unique voice that I feel like no one has ever heard before,” he said after making his announcement. “She can go really, really far in this competition.

And a relieved Martinez is ready to make more music.

“I’m just so incredibly thankful for this opportunity,” said Martinez. “I’m so happy that I get to show America what I can do during lives.”

Martinez Advances to Next Round on “The Voice”

The lights continue to shine bright for The Voice’s Melanie Martinez

During Tuesday night’s battle round on NBC’s hit singing competition, the adorable 17-year-old high school student and photographer faced a tough challenge from her teammate Caitlin Michele.

Melanie Martinez

Team Adam’s indie darlings tackled Ellie Goulding‘s “Lights,” turning the showy song into a poignant ballad. Despite Michele being a more seasoned performer, Martinez managed to hold her own, even changing up the song’s melody enough to make the song her own.

“It was probably the prettiest and most moving performance I think of the whole day because it wasn’t overdone,” declared The Voice mentor Christina Aguilera, adding. “There is no right and wrong choice.”

Melanie Martinez vs. Caitlin Michele

Fellow mentor Blake Shelton couldn’t pick a winner either, while Cee Lo Green gave a slight edge to the gap-toothed teenager with the two-tone hair and quirky style.

“It was a beautiful song. And, it was enchanted,” professed Green. “Something about the way that you end things Melanie. That breath is so sweet and it’s sad.”

In the end, Adam Levine, who said the pair couldn’t have impressed him more, decided to follow his gut, picking Martinez.

“I am so excited,” gushed Martinez. “Oh my God!”

She now moves on to The Voice’s Knockout Round.