'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.
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.
I am done watching now that jordis and jesse are off the show. The show should of let the fans vote on this one
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.
No one was that great last night. Raelynn is just awful, but I'm sure she'll go far.
Xtina looked ridiculous in those panty things during her performance, she must have one of those 'skinny mirrors'
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
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.
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.
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)
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.