Here’s how they did:
Tony Luca (Team Adam) pleased Cee Lo with probably his best song choice so far in the competition, “How You Like Me Now,” by Heavy. And they did like him. All of them. “That was definitely slickly done,” said Christina.
Erin Willett (Team Blake) sang “Without You” by David Guetta featuring Usher. Blake advised her to bring meaning to the song, which was no easy task, but as usual, she killed it. In a very, very good way. “I would give anything to have a tenth of the talent you have,” confessed Blake. You and me both, Blake; you and me both.
Chris Mann (Team Christina) sang “Ave Maria.” Honestly. He was proud of it, too. “I don’t really care if it’s cool,” he said, tearing up, “I just want to sing the song!” It seemed a shrewd move, as Christina “felt the heavens open up right now.” She rang on to the stage to hug her mentee.
Jamar Rogers (Team Cee Lo) got to sing (had to sing?) “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” He was a lot better ripping it up last week, I think, but Cee Lo loved it. “I think the story of your life would be a bestseller,” he said. “We all wanna know you more. We all wanna love you even more.” Actually, I don’t think I do. Last night’s performance seemed a little but desperate and dateless. I would prefer he kicked back and got back in touch with his cool gene.
Jermaine Paul (Team Blake) sang “Oopen Arms” by Journey and dedicated it to his wife. Pass the sick bag, please. But he put real feeling into the song and some of his runs were amazing. “You came in and murdered that song!” Christina exclaimed. “You put the Jermaine on it!” If he’s not in the final, I’d be amazed.
Katrina Parker (Team Adam) sang the Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly” and once again was criticized for copying the artist a little too closely, like in bad karaoke. But I’m with Blake, actually, who was much more positive. “Your voice has a seasoned quality to it that I love,” he said. Christina encouraged everyone to “Take a look at Katrina Parker, because she’s a star.” She could be, if she survives against stronger Team Adam contestants here.
Lindsey Pavao (Team Christina) took on Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” and her vulnerability was enchanting, despite the sometimes shaky vocals, I thought. It was a refreshing hippie-fest, yet I don’t think she has a Hogan’s ghost of a chance against Chris Mann.
Juliet Simms (Team Cee Lo) sang James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” and that huge frame from such a tiny girl was amazing. The judges were blown away. “You’re one of my favorites! You’re the one to beat tonight,” said Adam, while her mentor screamed, “You killed it! You killed it!” She also got possibly the best audience reaction ever in the history of ‘The Voice.’
So, who is about to move forward into the ‘The Voice’ 2012 grand finale?