The suspense was tense as six excellent contestants were whittled down to four on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. Ne-Yo started off the night with a performance of “Let Me Love You” backed by Amanda Brown. With this fun, energetic kickoff, the show felt more like a celebration of the group’s talent than a sad goodbye.
Singing and Saving
Terry and Trevin seemed an unlikely combination, but they teamed up to duet on “Feel Again,” and it came off surprisingly well. I guess the trick of the elimination show, now that there are so few contestants, is that you need to get their performances out of the way before kicking anyone off – it would be harsh to make someone sing after being sent home, after all. So, as not everyone had performed, they announced the first artist saved, who was Terry McDermott! He may have Jane Fonda’s hairdo from the ’70s, but America loves this Scottish family guy.
The next duet was Amanda and Cassadee taking on Kelly Clarkson’s “Break Away.” The song was fine, and both women are better at walking down stairs in heels than I will ever be. Carson Daly summed it up by muttering “Well, that’s nice” after the performance and ushering the remaining contestants onto the stage. Team Cee-Lo’s Trevin Hunte was the next contestant saved!
After a cute interview (with the horrible Christina Milian) where Rob Thomas said he couldn’t offer any advice to the contestants because they all sing better than he does, Thomas and Matchbox 20 took the stage backed by contestants Nicholas and Trevin to perform “Overjoyed.” After a goofy-cute montage of the contestants and coaches doing impressions of each other, the next artist to be overjoyed (and saved) was star-to-beat Cassadee Pope.
Two of the remaining contestants in danger, Melanie and Nicholas, had the next duet with Fiona Apple’s “Criminal.” Melanie was back to her black and white hair and she seemed to be back in her comfort zone as well, after disappointing performances on Monday. It was a cool little combination of two unique talents.
Less Than Overjoyed
Next, Carson announced the first contestant of the night to be sent home, and Melanie Martinez graciously accepted that her time was up. The final decision came down to Nicholas David and Amanda Brown, and Carson prolonged the stressful moment by asking each judge to say a few last words to the singers. Christina said she was proud of both singers, Blake Shelton guessed that Nicholas would survive the cut, Cee-Lo remained wowed by his horse, Nicholas, and Adam Levine advised his contestant, Amanda, that she could be successful whether or not she continued in the competition. My money was on Nicholas to stay, after his lovely rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” this week, and I was right! Adam comforted Amanda, and Nicholas looked grateful and relieved.
Tune in next week to see the final four become the final two! Which coaches’ stars will survive to the final round?