I was hoping for another group performance by the coaches, instead we got some so-so singing and a questionable save by Blake. Adam's team went up against Cee-Lo's team, and Christina and Blake's teams were whittled down to two.
We saw Christina's choices first, America's vote went to Beverly McClellan, while Christina chose to save Frenchie Davis. She has two strong, and bald, women competing for the top spot and I still say she has the strongest team. Didn't Christina look much better last night? Nude lips, weave braided and a blue dress. Stay away from the hot pants!
Where I thought Christina's teams gave the better performances last week, I think Cee-Lo and Adam's teams performed on par with each other. First up was the duo of Tori and Taylor Thompson singing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy". Yeah, I don't know either. Although they looked cute, they sounded terrible but at least they had fun, right? Blake focused on their outfits, Christina made it all about her, asking if they were channeling her "Candyman" video. Bad idea jeans all around, and a crappy way to kick off the performances.
Vicci Martinez did a whole hell of a lot better with Dolly Parton's "Jolene". I thought the song fit her style well, but it wasn't anything special. Adam thought it was "soulful" and "raw," while her coach thought it was simply "perfect."
One of the only two great performances of the night came from Nakia who sang Kings of Leon's "Sex On Fire".
Nakia was not playing with this one, he hit all his notes perfectly and even dropped down to his knees during the breakdown of the song. The fire dancers were a bit much, but I guess it added to the performance. "He pointed at me and said 'Your sex is on fire' and I felt the burn," Blake said. We all felt all hot and on fire. Unf.
Curtis Grimes did a Country take on Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love". He got some cowgirl dancers, and I wish I had pay more attention to them to see if they did the side-step dance from the video. This could have been a lot better if Curtis didn't seem to be mumbling and he bothered to change up his tone. Blake praised him for slamming his guitar down, but other than that it was pretty boring. Yawwwwn.
I would love to go to a spa and get massages with Cee-Lo, and how good did he look with that new goatee?! He talks with his team about how much he appreciates them, and they appreciate him and there is so much appreciation. They take to the stage to sing Sly and the Family Stone's "Everyday People" which should have been so much better than it was. Maybe he should have replaced them all with Muppets. Nakia and Cee-Lo, decked out in an afro wig, carried the song while Tori, Taylor and Curtis just sort of bounced along. I don't even think Vicci was singing directly into the mic. Better luck next time, gang.
Casey Weston, who I had forgotten all about, was the first to perform from Adam's team with a cover of KT Tunstall's "Black Horse and a Cherry Tree". (What is KT Tunstall up to these days?) Anyway, Casey seemed comfy on stage even though her set up seemed off. What was up with the background dancers(?) just clapping along to the beat? Blake said that he would download her performance, although I'm sure he was just humoring her.
Chicken Little 2.0 Devon Barely made an easy choice with "Stop & Stare" the type of Top 40 Pop he's probably going to end up singing even though he won't win. He was shaky, and I'm pretty sure he forgot the words at the beginning. Cee-Lo and Christina called it "powerful." Um, no it wasn't. At least Adam acknowledged that it was a "pitchy" performance, but still gave his contestant good remarks. Somehow Devon and Carson Daly ended up wearing the exact same outfit. Jeff Jenkins sang Carrie Underwood's "Jesus Take The Wheel", a song that had a lot of meaning for him. Not a good performance from him either and you could barely hear him at the beginning, but the emotion was there. "There's just something about your presence and the power of your voice that demands your attention," Adam says. Eh, I guess. I don't think they were going to give him any negative critiques after he just sang a song dedicated to his mother.
Finally, Javier Colon with "Angel". You know, that sad puppy commercial song?! Towards the end, his runs started to get a little over the top but it was an amazing performance either way. I figure it's going to come down to Javier and perhaps Beverly so i'll have to get used to the marathon performances. "Your ability really epitomizes the point of this show," Cee-Lo says. I have to agree.
Adam's team met at his house for lunch. He seems the least connected with his team, but they ask him random questions anyways. They come together for a performance of "With A Little Help From My Friends" with a little help from a gospel choir. I quite enjoyed this, and Javier commanded the stage. They should have just let him sing this by himself.
At the end, we find out who America chose for Blake, Dia Frampton! Okay, I can live with that one, but when it came to Blake's pick, I wonder if he really thought this one out. The obvious choice would have been cornball Jared, but he went with Xenia who...I mean, what?! Maybe Patrick and Jared didn't need his help as much as Xenia does, and he seems to really be interested in her as an artist so we'll see how this works out for his team. I predict Javier and Nakia being the obvious saves from America, but who will Cee-Lo and Adam save for their teams?
Until next week!
Written by: Brittani