–The Judges: I knew Shakira’s name but haven’t really listened to her, and I like her so much! Adam Levine is a hottie, and I liked listening to him; ditto Usher, but getting to know them as people has been fun. Blake Shelton I knew because I listen to country more (which still astounds me–growing up, I disdained it totally!) but he wasn’t on my go-to list, yet now I like the heck out of him!
–The Chemistry: the much-talked-about bromance between Blake and Adam is fun, but all of them have molded into quite a cast–Shakira is such a lady and a gentle influence; Usher has depths to him that really impress me, and the quips flying back and forth between Adam and Blake are a hoot.
–Then, of course, The Talent: SUCH a pleasure to hear such remarkable voices! I hate seeing people go home!
I will probably forget some I’ll regret not mentioning, but I have my favorites: Holly Tucker, Sarah Simmons, Michele Shamuel, Vedo, Kris Thomas, Amber Carrington, Caroline Glaser, Garrett Gardner–wait, that’s nearly all of the finalists, right?
Do you have a favorite? The next cut will be nail-biting interesting!