THE STORY SO FAR! Last week,
Team Cee-Lo breathed its last as Caroline Pennell and
Ray Boudreaux were sent packing by America. Matthew
Schuler got the Twitter Vote of confidence, but can he
succeed where past recipients have failed?
From here on out, Cee-Lo
will have ZERO control over the outcome of the
competition. And he looks a little perturbed.
Each performer will sing
twice - once as a dedication and another coaches'
decision. Tomorrow night, ONE person will be eliminated,
the other five will make it to the semifinals.
COACHES' CHOICE #1
First up, COLE VOSBURY
goes from vulnerable to fun-loving after being given a
new guitar and a new lease on life in the contest. We're
opening the show with "Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates.
THEY SAY: Blake says that
he could put it on iTunes tonight and they wouldn't have
to change a thing. Cee-Lo says that he is definitely a
fan and is invested in him emotionally. Adam says it's
always a pleasure to hear him.
WE SAY: A good choice of
song, hitting it right on the money (smirk) in tone and
pitch. Cole is definitely starting the night on the
Next up, Adam picked for
TESSANNE CHIN ANOTHER reggae-twinged favorite,
"Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. What she loves about
this song is that it exemplifies her motherland, the
extremes of Jamaica.
THEY SAY: Adam says that
it is impossible to take ownership of that song, but to
take the flag is something powerful. Christina got lost
in what she saw was a lullaby
WE SAY: Tessanne's voice
is about as complex as the song itself. And the note
that shakes the heavens is in full play. It is
passionate and vulnerable all at once.
MATTHEW SCHULER is
dedicating "Story of My Life" by One Direction to his
family and friends in Pennsylvania.
THEY SAY: Christina loved
the song choice, saying that he made it his own. Adam
likes that he didn't try and chase 1D, but made the song
WE SAY: It starts out
flat. The middle is flat. The ending was flat. Overall,
it's all power but no passion.
Next up, WILL CHAMPLIN is
dedicating "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke for his
wife and baby girl.
THEY SAY: Adam thought he
can play on the keys AND sing at the same time. Very
courageous. Cee-Lo says he's got soul AND heart.
WE SAY: Peaked too early.
Otherwise, very nice.
Still in PA, here's JAMES
WOLPERT dedicating "Fell In Love With A Girl" by the
White Stripes to his father, who has stood by him
through thick and thin.
THEY SAY: Adam says it's
never perfect, but this song was about bringing it back
to simplicity of a voice. Blake thought it was just "on
WE SAY: Good move going
unplugged with this song. I just wish you weren't so
wishy-washy with it. It sounds good, but it looks like
he's trying to escape through his own orifices.
COACHES' CHOICE #2
Christina is going to
showcase JACQUIE LEE'S vulnerable side with her
trademark belting with Janis Joplin's "Cry Baby". She is
the youngest, but her fire burns the brightest. Let's
hope she doesn't start second-guessing herself,
otherwise, she's going to flame out.
THEY SAY: Christina is
moved to take the stage to tell her how she left
everything on the stage. And yes, she's that short. Cee-Lo
says she can't fake that kind of funk.
WE SAY: I don't know how
Jacquie keeps drawing the last spot in the lineup... but
she makes the absolute most of it. For someone who
doesn't know about "love", she sure has a funny way of
emoting and telling the story of the song.
AT THE HALF...
On top: Jacquie, Will, Tessanne, Cole
On notice: James, Matthew
COLE is back on stage to
dedicate "Better Man" by James Morrison to his first
love, even though it didn't work out.
THEY SAY: Blake thought
it was awesome and beautiful. Cee-Lo agrees with Blake,
saying it was sweeter. Christina says that he loves what
he does, saying how consistent he is.
WE SAY: Simple song sung
simply, venturing closely to soundalike without going
full karaoke. Very good performance.
Next up, TESSANNE returns
to dedicate "Unconditionally" by Katy Perry for her mom
THEY SAY: Adam thought it
was a challenge of range for her to do those two songs.
Blake calls her a world-class vocalist.
WE SAY: I'm beginning to
see a bit of flaws from her otherwise flawless voice.
She may have bitten off more than she could chew with
COACHES' CHOICE #3
MATTHEW is back on stage
hoping to beat back fate with "When a Man Loves a Woman"
by Percy Sledge.
THEY SAY: Christina
thought that he was very versatile, and that he digs
deep for vocals. Blake thought it was "as good as (he)
ever heard him sing."
WE SAY: Infinitely
better. Whether it's enough for him to beat his fate as
condemned... that's on the others.
WILL has one more go, as
Adam tries to challenge his range with something "really
weird". It's poppy, it's country, it's electronic...
It's the new one from Avicii, "Hey Brother". With a
THEY SAY: Adam says that
it was cut from so many cloths, but he made it work.
Blake thought it was cool.
WE SAY: Why, Adam....
WHY. He was doing so well, too. The chorus was okay, the
verses were rather whiny. If he has any saving grace,
it's that he's a performer.
JACQUIE says "The Voice
Within" (by Christina) is the reason she got into
singing... and this one is for her coach.
THEY SAY: Christina
thought it was a very special song, saying that it had
"so many similarities" with her at that age (give or
WE SAY: It would've been
a lot better if she wasn't singing note for note, run
for run, LIKE HER COACH. We want more Jacquie, less
COACHES CHOICE #4
We're closing the night
with JAMES singing "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I
Won't Do That)" by Meat Loaf. Theatre gave him a
background to be a great singer (C-Note: could've fooled
us). Can he end the night on a dramatic note?
THEY SAY: Adam thinks
that, as sick as James is, he was amazing. Cee-Lo says
that it was typical of rock opera.
WE SAY: This is the most
animated that we've seen James. Which isn't saying much.
But it's actually a decent performance that will get him
into the semis. But JUST.
SAFE: Cole, Jacquie
TROUBLE: Tessanne, Will, James.
I REALLY hate to say it,
but history is not on Matthew's side. We'll see if the
votes swing that way tomorrow.
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