The knockout rounds of “The Voice” are now over. What did you think to the new addition this season? Did you find the knockouts exciting or were you just frustrated by the choices made? (You can probably tell which camp I’m in.)
Anyway, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Adam and Cee Lo had already made their choices the previous night. Last night we got to see who Christina and Blake would take forward to the live shows.
Team Christina’s Devyn DeLoera vs. Laura Vivas
“I want to see who can deliver a powerful performance under pressure,” Christina told these two. Well, Devyn sure tried with Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” while Laura took on Marc Anthony’s “I Need to Know,” even singing half of it in Spanish. It didn’t win over Christina. Impressed with his ambitious song choice, she picked Devyn.
Team Christina’s Adriana Louise vs. Celica Westbrook
Next, Christina put Adriana Louise up against Celica Westbrook because they are “both powerful pop singers.” Adrianna chose “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson to show off her “emotion” and Celica chose Justin Bieber’s “Never Say Never” because he’s in her age range. Lousy song choice for/by Celica and she is soon sent home, with Christina begging the teen, “Don’t hate me!”
Would song choices dictate all the results of the knockouts this episode?
Team Christina’s Alessandra Guercio vs. Dez Duron
These two were put together “because of their “two different styles,” which were obvious from the song choices: Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” for Alessandra and Lionel Richie’s “Stuck on You” for Dez. Christina praised Alessandra’s raspy tone and Dez’s runs, but chose to keep Dez on her team, much to the delight of the ladies in the audience.
Team Christina’s Chevonne vs. De’Borah
Chevonne chose to sing “Dancing With Myself” to celebrate how far she’s come in the competition, while De’Borah picked “You Found Me” by The Fray because she can really relate to the song. It seems Christina felt De’Borah had come farthest as she sent her through to the live shows. Was Chevonne not happy, as she ignored Cee Lo’s repeated calls of “bye” as she left the stage. I guess He will miss her.
Team Christina’s Aquile vs.Sylvia Yacoub
Aquile sang “Grenade” and Sylvia chose one of her coach’s most popular tunes “Fighter.” “That’s hard to do,” Christina told her, but it did pay off for her as Christina chose Sylvia to go through to the live rounds.
So who will make up Team Blake?
Team Blake’s Gracia Harrison vs. Liz Davis
Blake only wants one country singer for the live rounds as he doesn’t want to “split the vote.” So it’s ironic that Gracia choosing to sing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith confused Blake. He didn’t like her breaking out of her genre and picked Liz who sang one of Blake’s wife Miranda Lambert’s biggest hits “Gunpowder and Lead” because it’s edgy, like her personality (aka “edgy”).
Team Blake’s Rudy Parris vs.Terry McDermott
These two rockers faced off with Rudy singing Chris Brown’s “Forever,” which Blake cautioned might be too young for the grandfather. In the end it probably was, as all the coaches preferred Terry singing “Maybe I’m Amazed” by Paul McCartney. Blake was impressed by Terry’s certainty about the image he wants to portray.
Team Blake’s Colin McLoughlin vs. Michaela Paige
Former Team Adam member Colin McLoughlin was pitted against 16-year-old Michaela Paige because “they both have great command of their tone and pitch.” Colin picked “Breakeven” by The Script, while Michaela channeled her inner-rocker with “Love Is a Battlefield.” “It comes down to what I’m into the most,” Blake says after their performances before choosing Michaela, saing “I love this little girl so much.” Patronizing much?
Team Blake’s Julio Cesar Castillo vs. MarissaAnn
Julio sang Justin Bieber’s “Somebody to Love,” while 15-year-old MarissaAnn tackled “Lady Marmalade,” which features her former coach Christina. It was probably a step too far for the teenager as Blake picked Julio to go through to the live rounds.
Team Blake’s Suzanna Choffel vs. Cassadee Pope
Cassadee sang “Payphone,” one of Adam’s band Maroon 5′s songs, because it’s the perfect range for her and she loves the song. Suzanna took a risk, picking Bob Marley‘s “Could You Be Loved?” Adam was impressed by Cassadee’s take on his hit song and Blake actually cited Suzanne’s “song choice” as the reason for rejecting her. She didn’t handle the classic well.
Blake was very pleased with his choices.
“I really think we have the most diverse team. I really think I could win this thing again, I do.”
Do you agree? Who are you supporting on this season’s “The Voice”? Which team is the strongest?