Undercover Boss “Massage Heights”

Shane Evans President and COO of Massage Heights. She is running a very close knit family business. Businesses run with just family at the head normally have more problems than businesses that are able to be more objective and hire the right people for the job. I think Shane learned some good things about her company and what needed to happen to make it improve.

Nikita

Prediction: pay off student loans. Help getting more clients
What happened: New marketing plan to help advertise new offering so she can have more opportunity to work. School loans are going to be paid off.

Colin

Prediction: Vacation. Franchise. Money for nieces, nephews, scholarships.
What happened: Franchisee training, all paid. Starting a fund for employees who are having trouble. He will receive $30,000 as the first recipient. 

Kenny

Prediction: New training
What happened: Education on the Massage Heights products. $10,000 to a college fund so he can become a child physiologist.

Tori

Prediction: New computer system. Training. Dream wedding. Trip to see family. Vacation. Money.
What happened: New computer system for retreat. Sending her to corporate to learn to be a better director. Transfer to Michigan Massage Heights, pay for expenses of moving. $10,000 to get started in Michigan.

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The Voice Season 5


Reality shows that I watch are very few. So writing about them I shouldn’t be spoiling the results for too many people. So far this season of The Voice I haven’t been blown away by any one person. I still don’t even have a true favorite, just a couple of artists I would like to see continue.

And the winner is…Tessanne Chin

Final Performances (12/16/13)
Tessanne Chin:
Performing her first song again really shows she’s come into her own. It sounded like a Tessanne song. The duo of Tessanne and Adam was good, when they didn’t sing at the same time. Their voices just don’t meld that well. Throwing some reggae in at the end made for an interesting rendition of Let it Be. Her last performance really showcased the powerhouse part of her voice. Until the end when she showed her softer side.

Will Champlin: His first song was really made for his voice. He almost sounded like the original artist. I know I’ve heard the song Will and Adam performed, but can’t really place it, must be a classic of some sort. They sound quite similar when you hear them both like that. With his last performance he really showed his versatility between pop songs and classics. He did a really great job.

Jacquie Lee: She really knew what type of song showcases her voice the best. She did another power performance. Xtina and Jacquie together, wow, they both just belt. A couple of the notes weren’t the greatest sounding together, but overall the performance sounded good. I haven’t heard that song before, so not sure what it was supposed to sound like. Her last song was another power performance. I think it was her best yet.

Live Eliminations (12/10/13)
Team Adam:
Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin

Team Xtina: Jacquie Lee

Semi-Finals (12/9/13)
James Wolpert:
see below

Will Champlin: He did a great job of Carry On. It started really slow, but once he got to the chorus he just blew it away.

Jacquie Lee: Wow this girl can belt. Angel can’t be an easy song to sing, but she did a great job.

Cole Vosbury: I”m very unfamiliar with country music. But this song really showcases Cole’s talents well.

Tessanne Chin: She really likes to take on the classics. It’s good for relatability for more people. She didn’t do a bad job, but it wasn’t my favorite performance.

Live Eliminations (12/3/13)
Team Adam:
James Wolpert, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin

Team Blake: Cole Vosbury

Team Xtina: Jacquie Lee

 Top 8 (11/25/13)
James Wolpert:
see below

Top 6 (12/2/13)
Cole Vosbury:
Not a bad performance. He sounded like he belongs in the ’60s.
Aww a ballad. I think he can pull off this type of music well. 

Tessanne Chin: They are really going for making her a female Marley. I guess it can work, she sounded pretty good on this one.
Finally a song I know! She did a really great job with Unconditionally. It is a hard song to sing, and she did a really good job.

Matthew Schuler: I’m not all that familiar with One Direction, but I think he did a good job. A lot more singing then it’s meant for since there’s normally 4-5 people singing it. He was singing very softly until the chorus, so most of the lyrics were a bit lost to me.
And now back to the oldies. He can pull it off. This is more what I expect from him.

Will Champlin: He looked super nervous in this performance. Like he was told to do some choreography, but it didn’t come naturally to him. I think the song was good for him, it suited his voice well.
Ok he went a bit crazy with his second song choice. He still sounds ok, it’s just a bit of a change from piano to banjo.

James Wolpert: see below, like way down there towards the beginning of the season.

Jacquie Lee: I know she has the voice for the song, but it just didn’t seem right coming from someone so young. It just didn’t fit for me. She did well for what she was given, but I didn’t think it really fit.
She’s trying for the softer ballad song again. This one seems more for her. But then this one was her choice. For being a Xtina song she really pulled it off well.

Live Eliminations (11/26/13)
Team Adam:
James Wolpert, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin

Team Blake: Cole Vosbury

Team Xtina: Matthew Schuler, Jacquie Lee

 Top 8 (11/25/13)
James Wolpert:
see below

Tessanne Chin: So far this is my favorite performance of hers. I like the new take on a “classic.” Reminds me of the mid-90s when Shaggy was a big artist.

Caroline Pennell: She did a wonderful performance of Dog Days Are Over. Very impressed.

Cole Vosbury: He’s pretty good at singing ballads. I didn’t recognize the song, but I think he did a good job.

Matthew Schuler: I think the theatrics outshined his performance. He’s also not the greatest vocally on the move. He seemed to run out of air a couple of times or just didn’t hold his mic in the right place.

Will Champlin: Surprisingly he did really well. The beginning actually sounded like the original. Or at least what I think is the original.Anyway he did a great job on At Last.

Ray Boudreaux: I think Ray’s song choice helped to showcase his voice better than previous weeks. He’s actually a pretty good singer.

Jacquie Lee: There were some points when it sounded like Christina was singing. But this was another good power song for her. She has some pipes on her.

Live Eliminations (11/19/13)
Team Adam: James Wolpert, Will Champlin, Tessanne Chin

Team Blake: Ray Boudreaux, Cole Vosbury

Team Ceelo: Caroline Pennell

Team Xtina: Matthew Schuler, Jacquie Lee

Top 10 (11/18/13)
Austin Jenckes: Not a bad performance. I didn’t hear him hold out many notes, but overall it was pretty good. He is really using the grit in his voice even more.

Jacquie Lee: Her performance started off very shaky. But she really came around at the end. She’s not ready to do slow, soft ballads.

Will Champlin: Interesting song choice. I think it does sound good with his voice. It was neat to see him play piano, since so many of the artists are guitar people. For the bigger parts of the song, his voice didn’t seem as strong as I would have liked to hear, but overall he does have a more unique sound.

Caroline Pennell: Taking on John Denver, that’s brave. I think she is suited for it. Her set was so fitting for her. I really enjoyed her performance.

Cole Vosbury: Blake wanted him to sing a love song, to meet girls or something. Anyway he’s not bad. He has such a distinctive sound and grit to his voice. Overall I think he executed this song well.

Tessanne Chin: I’m still lost on the huge appeal with her. I think she did fine in her performance, but it wasn’t anything I was super impressed by. Not that I could sing that way, but still I expect more from this show.

Ray Boudreaux: Didn’t sound very swamp-pop or whatever his “genre” is. He’s not bad, I could see a song a of his making it to the radio.

James Wolpert: See below. ‘Nuf said.

Kat Robichaud: My favorite of the season. She’s really grown since the beginning. I think her voice was really strong for this song. She did a great job holding control while being carried. Overall I liked her performance.

Matthew Schuler: I think he did a good job with a slower ballad. I don’t remember what he normally sings, but this I think sounded good. He has good breath control with going from a long note into the next phrase. The yoga paid off.

Eliminations (11/12/13):
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes, Cole Vosbury, Ray Boudreaux

Team Ceelo: Caroline Pennell, Kat Robichaud

Team Xtina: Matthew Schuler, Jacquie Lee

Team Adam: Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin, James Wolpert

Live Performances (11/11/13):
Caroline Pennell: It’s nice to hear her project more. And to sing a faster tempo song. She does have a unique sound in her voice. Later on she will be easy to reconize when singing.

Josh Logan: It’s not that he can’t sing, but I just don’t like listening to his performances. Maybe it’s because he sounds too similar to John Mayer? Either way, by time I finish writing this I fast forward through the performance. Another observation is that his voice while talking sounds very deep, but when he sings it’s at least an octave higher.

James Wolpert: And no. See below for reasons. I did notice Christina’s makeup, looks like her lips are more tan than she is.

Austin Jenckes: He’s not bad. I don’t think I would normally listen to him, but his voice isn’t hard on the ears. I think this week he showed more range, but I think I normally fast-forward through.

Jacquie Lee: Much better than her last performance. Once she starts singing the “big” notes that are louder and higher her voice just hits this nails on chalkboard place that isn’t pleasant to hear. Like each chorus of this song, but the rest of the song, when she was singing in a lower range and softer she sounded much better.

Ray Boudreax: I actually didn’t mind sitting through this song. Last week I just skipped his performance. I’m not sure I fully recognize this song by John Legend, but I think Ray did a great job with it. He really showed he has a nice soft side to his voice that can really woo a girl.

Kat Robichaud: This performance she looked just like Jennifer Lawrence. I actually do like Kat. She is really intense yet fun. I just want to hang out with her sometime. She’s really great with interacting with the audience which is cool to see. I can see her going somewhere with her career.

Jonny Gray: he seems like a nice enough guy, but I just wasn’t impressed with this song.

Tessanne Chin: I’m just not seeing the excitement everyone has for her. She sounds like artists already out there. She’s good and all, but I guess I’m just not seeing what the pros are. I think the main draw is the fact that she’s from Jamaica.

Matthew Schuler: Now this kid is impressive. Not sure if it’s just the song choice this week, but he killed it. Even though I’ve heard this song a lot lately, I enjoyed hearing Matthew’s version. He really put some power into it and still shows his softer side.

Cole Vosbury: I don’t think his performance was bad, but I don’t know how much I would ever listen to him normally. I think his voice sounds pleasant though.

Will Champlin: I don’t think this song is really that great for his voice. He just sings too thin. He’s just doesn’t connect as much as I would expect. It could be nerves. His voice is nicer than a lot of people’s, but I just don’t get much from him besides good technique. He can hit the notes, but they felt emotionless. Yay, I just managed to write the same thing almost 3 times in a row now.

Live Eliminations (11/7/13):
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes, Cole Vosbury, Ray Boudreax

Team Ceelo: Caroline Pennell, Jonny Gray, Kat Robichaud

Team Xtina: Jacquie Lee, Matthew Schuler, Josh Logan

Team Adam: James Wolpert, Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin

Live Shows (11/5/13):
Amber Nicole:
As much as I liked Cassidy Pope, I’m not that much into country. But Amber really showed off her power-house voice with this song.

Jonny Gray: He reminds me of singers from the ’60s. I’m hoping he doesn’t do the full version of Bittersweet Symphony. I think the version I have is around 10 minutes. Anyway I think he did a great job. I’m not sure if I would want to listen a whole album, but I can see him doing well. He has a distinctive sound.

Tamara Chauniece: So Carson said I’ll be singing along…we shall see. I Will Survive is not something I even attempt to sing along to. Her voice is not that suited to it. She sounds too thin, you really need a special type of voice to really pull it off.

Kat Robichaud: I really like Kat’s voice. It’s truly unique. She seems like a fun person. I really liked her rendition of You Keep Me Warm. I enjoyed her entire performance.

Caroline Pennell: Watching Ceelo is just hilarious with Caroline. I’m not sure I’ve ever heard this song, but I think it works for her. She definitely has a unique sound to her voice. You can tell she’s young though, about halfway through the song she lost control for a little bit. She may not be a star right away, but she might have a good following with Regina Spektor fans.

Josh Logan: I don’t really care for this song, and his version, well let’s just say I fast-forwarded through it.

Olivia Henken: I feel like I’m watching Reese Witherspoon. I’m intrigued by the fact that she is taking on a Katy Perry song. I do like the original, it’s hard to compete with. Her outfit really doesn’t fit for the song, the hair works though. Overall I did like her version.

Stephanie Anne Johnson: She has a nice voice. The song isn’t something I would normally listen to, but I think she did a good job. I only watched a little bit of this performance.

Matthew Schuler: A song I know! Wrecking Ball is one that I have looked up lyrics for multiple times because for some reason it’s hard to understand. I think the lyrics are really good. Matthew’s version was much easier to understand. He has a very interesting sound to his voice. By the end we got to hear more of the power in his voice.

Jacquie Lee: The voice that comes out of her is just shocking. For this song I normally would have skipped forward, but wow, she’s amazing performing this song. I was pretty entranced with how much power she has. But with that came an almost screeching sound, I’m not sure I always want to hear her that way, but overall I was impressed.

Live Shows (11/4/13):
Shelbie Z: I don’t listen to country, but I think her voice is pretty good. I still ended up fast-forwarding the last 30 seconds. So I did listen longer than normal.

James: Pretty much don’t care. I hate Apple and tired of the references. And I really don’t think he’s that unique.

Nic Hawk: Well at least I can understand the lyrics for Blurred Lines for the first time. Not a huge fan of Nic, but I guess with this song he’s not so bad. But I still couldn’t listen all the way through.

Ray Boudreaux: And more country. Well Louisiana country. He has an interesting sound. Listened to maybe 20-30 seconds of it.

Austin Jenckes: Seeing him without a hat was strange. Looks like a completely different person. Even though I’m not a fan of the music I do think he has a good voice and it’s unique.

Grey: I do like her. Probably one of my top picks. She reminds me of Cassidy Pope. This week’s song, not really the best choice. I don’t really care for this song to begin with. She did a good rendition of this song.

Will Champlin: He really took Secrets in a new direction. It wasn’t bad, just unexpected.

Preston Pohl: He has quite the rasp in his voice. It was an interesting rendition of the song. Not sure if he should do anymore rap in his songs. His voice is just too gritty.

Cole Vosbury: Another guy with a very gritty voice. He’s not bad, I just hardly ever know what songs he’s singing.

Tessanne Chin: She has a lower voice for a woman, but it’s quite powerful. Not my favorite performance, but she was quite good nonetheless.

Second Knockouts (10/29/13):
2 more hours of knockouts coming up.

Lina vs. Preston: Not a fan of their song choices. Lina really shows range with her song. Preston has a rasp to his voice that makes me think he’s losing his voice.

E.G. vs. Ray: Honestly wasn’t impressed with this knockout. I liked Ray’s performance better. Honestly I fast-forwarded through most of both performances.

Anthony vs. Jacquie: Anthony well, sounded very out of tune and just bad. Jacquie just looks too sweet for her song choice. But at least she sounded much better than her practice. I think she could do really well.

Stephanie vs. Tamara: I really liked Stephanie’s version of Nora Jones’ Don’t Know Why. She did a really good job with it. Not so sure on a Reggae version of Alicia Keys. But Tamara’s voice was really strong. The judges all favored Tamara. But Christina saved Stephanie.

James vs. Juhi: I’ve always favored Juhi and I thought her performance was really good. I ended up fast-forwarding through James’ performance, I wasn’t impressed with him at all.

Austin vs. Brandon: Austin was phenomenal. I actually enjoyed listening to his cover of I’ll Be. Brandon didn’t really capture my attention at first, but as his performance went on I thought he started to fall off (according to Blake he went sharp). I still favored Austins performance though.

Caroline vs. George: I’m glad Caroline chose a song that matches her voice. She really just draws you in. George, well, not really a fan of the style he is going for. I also don’t find his voice that distinctive. He could be thrown into any generic boy band. Looks like it too.

Matthew vs. Will: Will really showed a sensitive side and the grit in his voice. Along with sharing that his wife has a brain tumor. So there’s extra sympathy there. Matthew was good as well. I think he showed good range, but Will’s performance sticks with you. Although Matthew won Will is able to continue with Adam.

First night of Knockouts (10/28/13):
At this point in the season I’m not really attached to any of the artists. I also don’t know many of their names, later I might know more of who they are.

Christina’s first pairing I didn’t watch since I didn’t know the songs. From the little I did hear I agree with her choice.

CeeLo’s first knockouts: WOW! Kat was awesome. Her rendition of You Ought to Know was really great. Monica was really good, but I’m not as much of a fan of the song she picked. (Hit the Road Jack)

Blake’s first knockouts: Holly singing Radiohead’s Creep was a great choice on her part. She was one of my favorites so far. She seems so sweet, but can be quite haunting. Nic, well wasn’t a fan of the Genie in a Bottle rendition. But then I haven’t really liked that song in years. And his voice is almost nails on a chalkboard, kind of like Adam’s depend on the song.

Adam’s first knockouts: Ashley, while I like her voice, don’t like the song choice. Not her fault that I’ve never liked the song. Tessanne has such a powerful voice. It’s just fun to hear her talk. Her rendition of Stronger was really good.

Blake’s second knockouts: Briana is a good singer, but for some reason I don’t normally remember her performances. But every time they remind you of who she’s related to I remember that part of her story. Shelbie is a good country singer, at least I think so, since I don’t listen to country I don’t have a very good sense of what’s good or not.

Adam’s second knockouts: Grey vs. James. The beginning of Grey’s performance her vocals seemed to be off in timing with the band. And even in parts throughout, it felt like they weren’t syncing well. I found James’ voice to be relaxing. And even after pausing the TV for a while after his performance the song was still in my head.

Christina’s second knockouts: Destinee vs. Olivia. Again with country I don’t really watch these. If I don’t know the songs I have much less interest.

CeeLo’s second knockouts: Cole vs. Jonny. I like qualities about both of their voices. I think they did really well with their performances. I favored The Beatles pick though.

Of course the bantering of coaches as they try to get artists on their teams creates some amusing moments. Like Adam telling Cole not to look into Blake’s eyes for too long.