'The Voice' Recap: The Quarterfinals Begin
Jesse Campbell and Jordis Unga are instantly eliminated
"For the first time ever," Carson kept saying during the opening of this latest episode. "Ever," he stressed. It's...um...the second season, dude.
Anyway, the "first time" he was referring to at this quarterfinals point was "instant eliminations": One person from each team being bounced by their respective coaches, as opposed to by America, over the next 24 hours. "If I knew who to kick tonight I'd kick 'em" was Blake's response to this development. Christina, who had the same chore as Shelton (and looked a bit Snooki-esque early on until she later took the stage with her team and rocked out with hit "Fighter"), was nonplused.
Shelton's tiny tornado, RaeLynn, came out first, taking a Jason Aldean ditty to the next level and effortlessly winning the crowd over, particularly every time she snarled "countryyyy!"
Next was Christina's Jesse Campbell, trying Beyonce's "Halo" on for size. I think he got a bit desperate during the performance ... vocally, that is. Not the pictures of his daughter hung in the background. (Although, in retrospect, that is a bit desperate in and of itself.)
Jordis Unga, told to tap into the songwriter inside by coach Shelton, got understated with "A Little Bit Stronger."
Ashley De La Rosa was handed an inspired version of Jewel's "Foolish Games" by Christina, here an Alanis-style rocker. But, did the arrangement exceed the performance?
Erin Willett got the requisite Adele number (seriously, will we get one episode without an Adele song?). C'mon Blake!
Lindsay Pavao did a song no one seemed to know (even her coach, Christina) and, frankly, the way she conducts herself during the critiques borders on unwatchable. (Not that several of the critiques weren't delivered awkwardly, especially by Adam.)
Jermaine Paul did the timeless (yes, I wrote that) Phil Collins ballad "Against All Odds," and did it justice, too.
Classically-trained Chris Mann capped the night's performances with Coldplay's "Viva La Vida." How this guy is still around is beyond me, but the song was a nice choice, even if the ending belonged on Broadway.
As for the episode's ending ... bye-bye, Jesse Campbell (which I suspected), and bye-bye, Jordis Unga (which I didn't suspect). Who I did suspect? Well, we'll see if America agrees, very soon.
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"The Voice" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
RaeLynn will rock the votes tonite- move on and win it all and make MILLIONS in country.
They both rock country and her!
Those that cant deal with it.
i can't believe that Jesse was eliminated last night. How can the one contestant that every judge said was the one to beat.....be kicked off like that. i smell something fishy. For all of Christina's speech about how much she loved them all Blah, Blah, Blah....it seemed that her dismissal of Jesse had a hostile tone to it. Jesse.....You are an incredible talent and even more importantly you are an awesome human being. Your life will be filled with plenty of love and success. i am happy i got the chance to hear you.
As long as i am commenting....i hate all the bickering, insulting, and stupid banter that goes on between the judges. Sounds like middle school instead of adult professionals judging a singing contest. Christina is the worse offender. i guess that is "good" television to many.
Christina you are a beautiful and extremely talented star. You are doing yourself a disservice by your trashy and cheap appearance. i just don't get the straight, stringy, dried out hair.....you look better during rehearsals. You could do with a complete makeover and new stylist......tons of phony trashy makeup has long been out of style. Rely on your own natural beauty girl. i can't believe the horrible outfit you wore during your group performance. It has nothing to do with being curvy and plump.....that is gorgeous. But how could you think it was appropriate to wear such a poorly fitting and trashy costume with shoes you could hardly stand up on while appearing with a high school chorus wearing choir gowns? Its seem like that kind of judgment might explain why you eliminated your best contestant.....Jesse.
i have always tried to enjoy these competition shows without paying much attention to all the rumor of fake and fixed, etc. After last night, i am beginning to see that there is some truth to the fact that these shows are less than honest and less than reality. i no longer will be a viewer of The Voice......it just plain stinks.
Considering actions taken last night, won't be watching The Voice tonight. Enjoy the lower ratings NBC.
Yeah Schmoo and you sound like many of the others that are jealous of the fact that another young hottie is going to win another talent show?
If you look like her and then sound like her-whadya think?
You think LOOKS dont play into this?
Gee calling her a gold mine is pretty filthy.
So please call Mr Hanson.
You are a fool.
Even other judges were shaking their heads at the decisions Christina and Blake made last night. In a way, I do understand Christina's decision, if she was thinking about the end game and marketability; but how Blake could justify sending Jordis home instead of RaeLynn is beyond me. I mean RaeLynn is a nice girl, but at some point you have to tell her she is talentless. I can't remember which other judges turned around for Jordis, but I don't think Blake was a good choice for her. I like Blake, don't get me wrong, but he really only knows how to help country singers. He's not familiar enough with rock music to be of use to a singer like Jordis. I thought Jordis did a good job of singing her song with feeling, but it was totally wrong for her at this point in the competition. If you want to know what Jordis can really do, go to YouTube and watch her performances of "Man Who Sold the World," "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," and "Heart Shaped Box" from when she was on Rock Star INXS. She may not have been right for INXS, but she sure can rock all on her own. I really hope she doesn't give up because of stupid reality TV shows. She just needs to stick to songs she really connects with, because, like Adam (a coach with a winning track record) said, she has the raw emotion thing all sewn up. STOP SELF-SABBOTAGING, JORDIS! BE TRUE TO YOURSELF, AND SOMEDAY EVERYONE WILL KNOW YOUR NAME. I'll stand in line to buy your first album. (Where is Simon Cowell when you need him? You could be the guy who developed Jordis into a star when everyone else failed her by trying to turn her into something she's not and shoudn't be.)
I am done watching now that jordis and jesse are off the show. The show should of let the fans vote on this one
The show has become a huge disappointment. With all due respect to the judges, what exactly is it that qualifies them to be judges and talent scouts? Being a good artist is one skill set - coaching others is quite another. Putting yourself aside and focusing on someone other than yourself is yet another - yep, talking to you Xtina.
I was hoping that after they finally got rid of Erin Martin (why exactly was she ever on a show called The Voice?), the real talent would rise to the top. Not so. RaeLynn - really? Maybe she sounds better live, but in my living room, she sounds like a dying calf in a hell storm as they say. I am so disappointed in Blake. Does she remind him of Miranda - a Miranda sans the talent? She looks ridiculous on stage, and she sounds worse. Blake, shame on you.
Jesse's elimination was criminal. If the show is about the voice, Christina not only loves herself (notice how this year and last, she had to be front and center during her team's performance while Blake again put the focus on his team as it should have been) she also has no clue about talent. Lindsay is not a great singer and she cops a big attitude during the judges’ comments. Jesse has an amazing voice. Isn't that what this show is all about?
Seems to me, this show is like everything else - about ratings. Let's put some short dresses on some half-as* talent and sell it to America. How thoroughly disappointing that is. Mark my words, Erin will leave soon. I think she did an amazing job last night even if she did sing an Adele song. Why shouldn't she - she has the talent to pull it off - and she did. I loved her version. Thing is, I think we see what this show is about, and there is no way this show will let a full-figure woman go much further. Had her Dad not died and the show could milk that, she would be gone already. All about the ratings.
I am done with this show, and I hope Blake leaves after this season. I love him, and I would like him to leave before this hot mess damagse his credibility any further.
The other thing that seemed funny to me is how some of the coaches had guys singing girly songs. There are a lot of great male ballads out there to sing. The industry is about who can show the most skin and push the envelop as far as sex goes and not about who can really sing. That is what made this show unique at first and that is it was not about the look and how se can make this person a star but about who had the greatest gift in their voice.
I mean really if I were to close my eyes any just listen to these artist with only a few would catch my ear as being gifted as singers. Christina's choice was not based on voice but on something else and that takes away from the integrity of the show. I have read were some people are comparing Jesse to Javier as being just soulful singer that are not marketable at this time. Let me remind people that they show is called "The Voice" not who is unique talent or marketable talent, a The Performer.
I can also see it that maybe Christrina was upset with him because she may have wanted to have some sort or crazy stage show going on and that was not his style and he told her so and she did not like it. He wanted to be judge on his voice and the name of the show implied. He wanted to share what his gift was and that is to sing.
I have never realy be a big fan of Christrina's, through she has had some songs that I have heard that were catchy. Being able to stream on key has never been singing to me. Of course like most singers the studio versions of their songs sound much better than in person.
Yeah i see your point but this show is not called "The Proformance" it is called "The Voice" and to me that mean that they should be searching for the best voice. This is not about a persons attitude at all, it is not about who they think will be able to make it in the industry because they have the right look. There are a lot of singers out in the industry now that can not sing and use sexy and staging to get their show across. I remember when true singers would just be on the stage sitting in a chair and would just blow your mind away with their voice. That is how i saw this show until last night.
I think that either the judges should never see the artist until their part of choosing the talent is all over and the rest of the show is left up to the fans. Or that artist whould heard and not seen by the judges and the audience until the semi finals. This is because site of someone only bring bias, as we wittnessed last nite.