The Voice Judges Take On Queen’s Catalog, With Varying Success

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To usher in the next stage of the Rube Goldberg competition structure on NBC’s The Voice, the show opened with another judge-quartet performance, this time a medley of three of Queen‘s biggest hits. For the myriad sing-alongs the band inspires, Queen is really tough to cover, and unfortunately, it shows a little in this performance.

Adam Levine kicks things off with a take on the ballad section of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” inviting a direct comparison to the original vocals, which I should think no singer would ever want to do. Levine is not a bad singer by any stretch of the imagination, but he’s also no Freddie Mercury.

Levine redeemed himself by taking on lead guitar for “We Will Rock You,” sung by a more-than-competent Blake Shelton and a surprisingly out-of-breath Cee Lo Green (whose vocal stamina rarely flags).

Christina Aguilera then explored the low end of her range for the opening verse of “We Are the Champions” (the single for which “We Will Rock You” was a B-side!), before the rest of the judges joined her for the chorus. The latter two songs seemed to unite the studio audience as if played over the PA at a sporting event. Even still, compared to the knockout “Fat-Bottomed Girls” duet performed by Casey Abrams and Jack Black during the American Idol finale, this tribute felt a bit lacking.

What do you think? Were the judges up to the task of singing Queen standards? Let us know in the comments!