Last night on The Voice we reached the quarterfinals of the live shows. It was the turn of Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton’s to fight it out forAmerica’s votes. But there was also an unexpected twist: instant eliminations! It was all bound to end in tears, wasn’t it?
Each of the two coaches featured last night had to cut one member.
First let’s have a look what happened with Team Christina:
Jesse Campbell gave a moving performance of Beyoncé’s “Halo,” dedicated to his daughter.
Next to take to the stage was Ashley De La Rosa, who had been saved last week. He sang a roc version of Jewel’s “Foolish Games,” displaying a nice vulnerability and some impressive vocal gymnastics. “I think you are the biggest surprise, at least for me,” Adam told her, and Blake said Christina’s decision to save Ashley was the smartest decision of this season of The Voice. So that all seemed to go very well!
Next up to sing was Lindsey Pavao. She changed her original song choice from a medley of “S&M” and “We Found Love” by Rihanna to “Part of Me” by Katy Perry. But as usual, she totally put her own stamp on it anyway. There were some pitch problems which Adam picked up on but I actually still enjoyed the performance.
Opera singer Chris Mann, the opera singer tackled Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” next, to a mixed set of reviews. Adam thought it was “a good odd,” but “refreshingly different.” Christina acknowledged that this song was clearly out of Chris’ comfort zone.
And then we were in to the first elimination. I expected Lindsey to go at this poin but Christina chose to boot Jesse Campbell. I didn’t see that one coming at all, did you?
Then it was time for Team Blake to perform.
First was RaeLynn singing Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country.” She made Blake the proudest he had been of anyone on his team all season! Christina called the country rocker performance a “little badass” and it was. In a good way.
Jordis Unga didn’t rock it out this week, for once and she went sweet and soft on Sara Evan’s “Little Bit Stronger.” She even got a little bit emotional as she sang. Christina preferred this “intimate softer approach” to her usual style and coach Blake told her, “You did perfect.”
Erin Willett belted out Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain,” a tough song but all the judges felt she did well on it.
A tearful Jermaine Paul performed Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds.” Christina admitted that Paul is her favorite member from Team Blake and Cee Lo Green was impressed with the amount of soul he gave to the song.
So everyone had sang and it was time for another Instant Elimination: Unfortunately, her save from last week was of no help, nor was singing “perfect, apparently. After giving her this high praise Blake Shelton gave Jordis Unga the boot from the competition last night.
I have to admit that I was surprised by both of those eiliminations. How about you?