THE STORY SO FAR! The top 20
was pared to the final 12: three for each team. One will
be named the Voice... but not without one. Final. Twist.
First out the box is
CAROLINE PENNELL, the infectiously happy 17-year-old who
will hope to wake up America by singing "Wake Me Up" by
THEY SAY: Cee Lo says
she's done exceptionally well. Blake liked to hear
something uptempo and energetic, staying in the pocket.
Adam thought that there was a purity in what Caroline
WE SAY: Yes, the voice is
infectious, but there's a bit of pain in this song, and
for Caroline, it's out of character. Hope it doesn't
cost her in the end, because she's a charm.
Next up is JOSH LOGAN,
who got an 11th-hour reprieve thanks to Christina. He
will try to parlay that into a winning performance of
"Man in the Mirror" by the late great Michael Jackson
(note: it's the James Morrison cover).
THEY SAY: Christina
thought it was not as technical, and that it was pulling
back the reins. Adam says that the cameras got you. Cee
Lo says it was "pretty damn good". Blake thought that
Josh let the song shine.
WE SAY: IT SOUNDS LIKE
JAMES MORRISON. Which isn't bad, really, but you need to
sound like Josh Logan.
... What the hell is Matt
Lauer doing up in the Sprint Skybox?
JAMES WOLPERT was the
first person saved by America's vote, but Adam thinks he
can draw out more energy from our erstwhile week. This
week, it's going to be rock for an operative singer. The
song: the Killers, "Mr. Brightside."
THEY SAY: Adam thought it
was a "blistering performance" that turned him into "a
rock star". Christina has seen his growth, but was
nervous for him. Cee Lo agrees, saying that James' quirk
was written in the song.
WE SAY: .... Pack your
bags, you're going home tomorrow between the pitchiness
and the uneasy tone.
Up fourth is AUSTIN
JENCKES, someone that Blake believes can have a country
crossover success. Blake thinks that "It's a Great Day
to Be Alive" by Travis Tritt has that crossover appeal.
Austin happens to love all types of music, so.. maybe?
THEY SAY: Blake says he's
"capable of doing just about anything". Cee Lo liked the
twang. Adam liked the money note. Christina says it felt
WE SAY: There's
absolutely nothing cross-over about this. Not saying
that it's bad or bad on him, but if you're looking for
someone other than the country voters to chime in, you'd
be best served to look elsewhere.
Next up, the youngest
artist in the contest, Team Christina's JACQUIE LEE. She
has heart and depth way beyond her years. Christina
wants to play on that, so she gives her Jack White's
"Love Is Blindness."
THEY SAY: Christina felt
the energy at the chorus. Adam thought compares her to a
"beautiful" "dragon". Cee Lo forgets to think, getting
lost in the song.
WE SAY: She likes to add
depth and precision to her performances, but needs to be
careful, lest she become a pop music automaton. She
needs to continue to challenge herself and deliver more
than expectations will allow.
RAY BOUDREAUX plus John
Legend.... equals a softer side and an audience
connection? The song is "All of Me". Will Ray score all
of the votes?
THEY SAY: Blake was
wrapped up in that. Christina wanted to hear more
technical things, saying that pitch-wise, it fell short.
WE SAY: It's been said
that the worst thing a new artist can do is release a
ballad as their first single. The good news is that this
is not his first single. The bad news... it's his last
one, and people tend to remember the latest ones,
especially when they tend to plod on and on and on. The
good news is that he had a genuine emotional connection.
We're heading into hour 2
with KAT ROBICHAUD, and Cee Lo thinks that a softer
moment is necessary. She says that people wanted to hear
rocking Kat. We're going to get rocking Kat with "Sail"
THEY SAY: Cee Lo got that
"Kattitude"... among other things. Blake thought she was
"like a lion". Christina: "Kat came to play today."
WE SAY: Crowd surfing...
Picking a song that you can relate to that is over the
heads of most of the audience... There's a word for
Next up, an Air Force
veteran, JONNY GRAY. Cee Lo doesn't want him to be
predictable. He wants to challenge him. This
challenge... Phil Collins' "Another Day in Paradise".
THEY SAY: Cee Lo can't
wait for Jonny to start writing his own music. Adam
thought it was very technical.
WE SAY: This could be a
defining moment because of Jonny's connection to the
song and Jonny's connection to the military,
PARTICULARLY on this day. So we could ALMOST give him a
Next, we're going to the
islands to hear TESSANNE CHIN. She's got a mellow vibe,
but tonight, she's going to kick butt with a
showstopper, "My Kind of Love" by Emeli Sande, singing
for her husband.
THEY SAY: Adam thought
was it was emotional, flawless, and mindblowing.
Christina thought that there was a lot of passion and a
cool reverb effect.
WE SAY: She has fire. She
has passion. But can she translate that into votes?
Let's see. If it were up to me, though... Easy in for
MATTHEW SCHULER is paying
tribute to his gospel roots after throwing up a Hail
Mary last week. Is he genuine enough for Jeff Buckley's
THEY SAY: Christina
thought it was "magical". Blake is ready to call Matthew
his frontrunner. Adam says that he preserved the legacy
of this song.
WE SAY: You couldn't pick
a song that was NOT done to death on other shows? Yes he
sounds good, but we're ready for something different. If
he has anything going for himself, it's that it's a
completely different arrangement of the song.
COLE VOSBURY is next to
take the stage, beard and all. He could take any kind of
song and make it his own... which means, of course, that
Blake is going to give him a country song. ... Or not.
He's going with "Adorn" by Miguel.
THEY SAY: Blake compares
his compositions to "bringing a gun to a knife fight".
Cee Lo just likes to remind everyone that he picked him
WE SAY: It's distinctly
Cole... without losing that groove of the original. This
is how you interpret a song on this show.
We're closing up shop
today with the last player from Team Adam, WILL CHAMPLIN.
He is going to close up with "Demons" by Imagine
THEY SAY: Adam says that
Will needs to "love music way too much", and that the
song was passionate.
WE SAY: Adam's right.
So what do we say?
SAFE: Josh, Austin,
Jacquie, Ray, Jonny, Tessanne, Cole, Will
TROUBLE: Caroline, Matthew.
OUT: James, Kat
That's what we think.
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