'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.
What was Christina thinking?? Jesse has an incredible voice! He was her only shot of winning. Chris Mann is great but he excels at Opera which may not work in this venue.
Jermaine is the best! Who can compare with his talent on the show?
Jesse, Juliett, Jamar and Erin are the closest to his level.
Christina has an OUTSTANDING voice, but her performance outfit was just too trashy, she looked beautiful in the orange dress last week.
The background music on The Voice is so blasting loud it overpowers the singers!
As for J Lo, she may not have Christina's voice but she is a wonderful dancer with so much stage presence!
Adam is such a good judge with lots of personality.
agree on taylor's voice YET she continuously outsells (CD and concerts) all the sex singing/slinging tarts whose voices are enhanced in the recording booth. its really cool to hear a 10yo girl, her mother, and her grandmother singing taylors songs.
(from a headbangin 60s-80s rock lover)
Can't figure it out, but why does the show seem to suck so much this year, and it was so good last year? Change the rules at will? Sounds like they are scrambling. After Jesse's elimination (the camera shot of Adam and his "wtf" expression said it all), I'm done with this show. When singers like RaeLynn Smith (or whatever her last name is) survive and Jesse gets the boot? Yep, I'm done. Anyway, here's my recap:
RaeLynn, truly awful, and sooooo affected. She needs a better coach who will actually work with her. She exemplifies the reason why I hate country music so much.
Jesse Campbell, not his best performance, but in NO WAY should he have gone home. He's still one of the best on the show. OK, was. Xtina, you're turning into a bitter hag.
Jordis Unga, not great, but not bad. Wrong song totally. After she totally ripped "Wild Horses" she should have stuck with more of a rock ballad, or something uptempo. Buh-bye and good luck.
Ashley de la Rosa, she seems to be getting better and better each week. Could be a dark horse winner.
Erin Willett, yeah, even though I like her (she really does look like Cass Elliot), I'm SO done with Adele songs. Really? As if this girl couldn't sing the phone book? Give her something better!
Lindsay Pavao irritates the crap out of me. She's another one of those "affected" singers, and she's now starting to creep me out too. Not bad, but it would be nice to actually recognize one of the songs she sings. That's ok, her song choice will eventually get her sent home. Honey, it's not about YOU!
Jermaine Paul did an incredible job on a real sappy PC song. I really enjoyed his performance (except for the screaming towards the end when he lost all sense of melody).
Chris Mann, I actually liked his performance better than I thought I would. Still, he does not belong in this competition. He should have went home.
Xtina, you're an idiot.
anyone notice that blake let his group sing parts?? christina did all the singing - i didnt hear the voices of her group at all. hmmm
well, all i can say is neither christina NOR blake stated - (HE/SHE) is the best singer in america - EVER! let the music play on - play on - play on.....
(lionel richie shud be a judge on AI - SUCCESSFUL singer/songwriter/producer, etc. and better than randy - i am a umbdass - jackson. sorry for the cross references but....)
long live THE VOICE... down with AMERICAN IDOL and their highly impartial umbdass judges (said tongue in cheek)!
WTF is wrong with Christina obviously her girdle was too tight that it was squeezing her blonde bleached brain. She act like she really the altimate bomb-shell yeah she's the bomb alright KAAaaaBOOM. I guess the hunger pain and pigs was jumping over a fence in her head when she eliminated Jesse off the show. I was a big fan of hers but not no more and I will not be watching the Voice for the remaining part of the season cause if Anthony and Jessie was on anybody else team this wouldn't of happen. They were the best perfomers in the battle rounds in the Voice history thus far and neither one of them is in the competition. This show is not for amateurs its a show for professional and careered singer to get the exposure that they need. Well I hope the opera dude goes a little far and for Christina she need a new stylist from head to toe and she needs to go chase some hanging pork chops on a race track and get busy. She looks a hot mess!
Well, last night proves that Christina also knows little about who has talent and who doesn't. Of course you need to have talent yourself in order to judge others and Christina has little of it herself. With her sending home Jessie she sent home her only chance to win. He can sing and sing and should be signed by a label a.s.a.p. Also, someone needs to re-dress Christina. She looks like she needs to be down on the corner conducting "business". She has the worse taste in cloths. Her outfit in her appearance with with her team proves how fat she really is.
There's just something about this show I don't like - I can't really pinpoint it tho'. Maybe it's the way the "live" audience is back there but never focused on - it's almost like this fake backdrop.
Maybe it's all the double-speak during critiques. Or maybe it's Christina's name always being spelled "Xtina". That always bugged me - Like Xmas.
Why is RaeLynn still there?????????? gaah! (okay, that's 6 words lol).