First up for Team Christina, Sylvia Yacoub sang Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire.” I’m always put in mind of Celine Dione when I hear Sylvia sing (and not in a good way, if that’s even possible. But one can’t deny this girl has talent. The coaches all went crazy for her performance but Blake topped them all by telling Sylvia that no one will ever forget her. That is really important in the entertainment industry, but unfortunately I’m not sure it’s warranted in Sylvia’s case. Nevertheless, she’s good.
Terry McDermott sang Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69″ for Team Blake. Ever wondered how he manages to hit such high notes? “A good old wedgie. That’s what you need” Terry said. Really. I was a bit mixed up by this performance. It was good and Terry made it look easy. But somehow, the song is easy anyway…oh and Bryan is Canadian, Carson, so the host calling this a “classic American song!” was a little unfortunate.
Team Adam went next, with Melanie Martinez singing “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes. Adam was a little critical of her, telling her she needed to put more energy than usual into her performance. There was, for once, some emotion in her performance. The coaches didn’t go wild for the performance, but the best comment came from Cee Lo: “You are the variety that is the spice of life,” he said. Does that mean she’s a bit weird but interesting, or is it just me thinking that?
Next, Cody Belew sang for Team Cee Lo, Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” no less! “Cody worked it like a true diva! Hey-ey!” gushed Christina. “You were like, ‘Wait!’ and I was like, “Oh, hey-ey!” Afterward, Cody explains his secret to Christina Milian: “It’s three parts attitude, one part hip action.” More stage presence than real singing on this one. Fascinating, but I don’t want him to win.
Bryan Keith sang next for Team Adam with Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind.” The song suited him and I really enjoyed his raspy voice on this performance. “You really did that song justice,” says Adam. “Billy Joel does sing like he has a pair, and so do you.” Uh…right…OK. Moving on…
Team Adam’s Amanda Brown sang Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ “Stars.” She needed to make this one good and she did. Like Blake, I didn’t know thesong. But she put so much emotion into her performance that I totally got it. “That was incredible,” Blake said. “I heard the voice of a generation. Let me tell you what I saw. I saw an immaculate impassioned performance.” Cee Lo explained his deep personal connection to Bill Withers and when he cried, Nicholas left the stage to hug him. I love him! Nicholas, not Cee Lo; Cee Lo drives me nuts.
Then it was time for Cee Lo’s own act, Trevin Hunte, singing Usher’s “Scream.” This was a risk for Trevin and I’m not sure it paid off. But the audience loved it, even though there was a fair bit of sliding up to notes rather than hitting them on point.
Cassadee Pope (Team Blake) sang Blake’s own song, “Over You.” Blake wrote the song for his late brother, who died in an accident. When I knew that I was so glad that the struggling Cassadee nailed this one. She is so much better when she goes country. Blake gave her a massive compliment, saying, “Cassadee, you just sang easily the most important and the most personal song that I’ve ever been a part of in my life but you made me feel like I was hearing it for the first time.” Miranda’s not going to be happy, Blake.
Dez Duron sang “Feeling Good” for Team Christina. Unfortunately, Dez has heard way too many bad covers of this song, so even when Ron Fair advises him, “Don’t just sing the song with your mouth. Sing it with your attitude and your being” he doesn’t really seem to know what to do with it. It was lounge singer meets boy band for me. But as Christina says, “Ladies love Dez.” OK, he’s cute in that tux.
Who will leave tonight on “The Voice” results show? I have no idea as I have given up trying to call the voting public’s minds. What do want to see happen tonight?