With a top ten group of extremely solid and diverse singers, eliminations in this week of The Voice really came down to the contestants’ song choices and the audience’s personal preferences. Performances from Rascal Flatts, Christina Aguilera, and Adam Levine served to move the action along as everyone waited to learn who would be thankful for surviving this week.
Let’s Get It Started
At the beginning of the show, Carson Daly announced that Cassadee Pope and Melanie Martinez both saw their songs hit the top ten in the iTunes singles chart, so it seemed as though these two ladies would be easily moving on to the top eight. Before any results were announced, however, Christina took the stage with her team, delivering a fun, rowdy version of her song “Let There Be Love” that redeemed the diva after her blah duet with Blake Shelton Monday night. Bonus: Christina’s beautiful makeup and platinum ‘do with black-tipped bangs and ends was her most sleek and cool look of the season.
After some goofy filler interviews with the coaches and contestants revealing fairly lame secrets (Christina is afraid of the dark! Cee-lo smells good!), the first two contestants saved were Team Cee-Lo’s Nicholas David and Team Blake’s Cassadee Pope (shocker!). Then Cassadee and Cody joined Rascal Flatts and about 1,000 candles onstage for the group’s song “Change.” So, Rascal Flatts, for me, falls into the category of boring music played by unattractive people – someone will have to explain the appeal of this mediocre warbling to me — they seem to be the country equivalent of the Foo Fighters.
Adam Levine Is Evolving Into A Full Blown Heartthrob
No, it’s not a plot point, but it should be noted that Adam Levine looked like every teenage girl’s dream of a bad boy with a heart of gold in his Mr. Rogers sweater. The next contestants saved were Team Christina’s Dez (well deserved after his fantastic performance this week) and Cee-Lo’s cocky divo Cody.
Adam continued to look hot while joining his team onstage to perform Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” If only he would come over and sing along with the recording of that song on my Wii Just Dance game — it would really help my workout along. Can we make that happen? Fulfilling the promise at the beginning of the show, Melanie Martinez was the next contestant saved.
Bye, Bye, Bye
One fun addition to the evening was that the audience chose the final performance of the night by voting on Twitter for either “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” or “I Want You to Want Me.” The winning choice was “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” and Team Blake and Team Christina rocked out to the Pat Benatar classic, which couldn’t have been easy for Sylvia and Terry, who were still waiting to hear whether they had survived the eliminations. After the song, Terry got some quick relief as it was announced that he was saved, but the final four contestants had to hang on through one more commercial break!
And, the final two contestants set to have a great Thanksgiving this week were Team Cee-Lo’s golden boy Trevin Hunte and Team Adam’s Amanda Brown. That left Sylvia Yacoub and Bryan Keith as the unlucky ones going home, but surely both of these artists have gained a wealth of experience (not to mention fans) from their time on the show.
It’s getting harder and harder to watch these kids leave The Voice. Next week promises more fantastic performances as the top eight try even harder to win your votes.