Tonight, each team got cut in half yet again, and there was no shortage of emotions. Interspersed among the eliminations were performances from last year’s final four – Dia Frampton, Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan and Javier Colon. It was weird not hearing feedback from the coaches after they performed, but I guess they’re beyond that now.
The eliminations work the same as last year – both the coach and America has a say in who advances. The coach splits 100 points between his/her two singers, and the scores from America get added to that number to determine who stays and who goes.
I’m switching my post up this week and writing about both the live show and the eliminations at once – and I won’t go into as much detail about the performances either. Instead I just want to share my thoughts on some of what went down (in no particular order).
RaeLynn’s performances of She’s Country – I’m a country music fan and I love this song, so I was excited to hear her version. And I must say, I think this was her best performance yet. She tends to do this thing where she really exaggerates her drawl, and I don’t understand it. I think I enjoyed this performance the most because she didn’t do as much of that.
Team Christina’s performance of Stronger with their coach – Christina has been dressing so much better during the live shows – I’ve been very impressed! She looks great when she wears clothes that fit her appropriately and tones down the red lipstick. So why did she come out in a leotard? That was a major step backwards, in my opinion. I did enjoy her brief performance of Hillbilly Bone, complete with male stripped all over Blake. I also think Christina herself sounded good during her song, as did some of her team members (mostly Ashley).
Maroon 5’s performance of Payphone – Here’s some very simple math for you: I love Adam Levine, therefore I love Maroon 5, therefore this performance was automatically perfect. (I never said my math made sense…). That’s really all I have to say about that…
I finally got around to watching the week two eliminations even though I accidently read a tweet saying who the winners were. I still decided to watch the show and just pretend I didn’t know the outcome 🙂
Jessie J kicked off the show with a performance of Domino. I didn’t know she’s a judge on The Voice UK; that’s interesting. Christina’s team joined her for the end of the performance, although all they really did was jump around and sing back-up.
Carson started with Adam’s team when announcing who was safe and who would get to perform again. From his team, America saved Mathai, Tony Lucca and Pip, so Kim Yarbrough, Karla Davis and Katrina Parker each sang one more time for Adam’s save.
From Team Cee Lo, America saved Juliet Simms, Jamar Rogers and James Massone. So, Cheesa, Tony Vincent and Erin Martin got another chance to sing and be saved.
This week, Team Adam and Team Cee Lo took the stage to sing their little hearts out, while Team Christina and Team Blake got to rest after last week’s performances and eliminations. Adam and Cee Lo both dressed up for the occasion, while Blake took the opportunity to dress down. After Adam called him out for that, he said “This is how little of a crap I care about y’all’s teams.” Oh, Blake…how I love you.
Here’s a rundown of the performances.
Katrina Parker, Tonight Tonight – This performance didn’t do much for me. She didn’t sound bad, but it didn’t wow me in any way. At first I found it difficult to even hear her sing, but that got better after awhile. Christina said her voice immediately captivated her, but she wanted to see more rocking out. Cee Lo called her performance “a commendable effort,” but he felt the song is meant to be cathartic and should never be staged when it’s performed. Adam disagreed and said he thought that overall, she killed it. Meh…I wouldn’t go that far.
The Voice switched it up a bit this year with their eliminations. Team Christina and Team Blake each had six singers left, and based on America’s votes three members of each team were automatically safe. The other three members then got another chance to sing for their coach for a chance to be saved.
From Team Blake, Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul and RaeLynn were safe. I was surprised about Jermaine because I wasn’t very impressed with his performance on Monday.
From Team Christina, America saved Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao and Chris Mann. I didn’t love Lindsey’s rendition of Somebody That I Used to Know, but I guess America enjoyed it.
Yesterday marked the start of The Voice’s live shows. All six team members from Team Christina and all six from Team Blake performed while Team Cee Lo and Team Adam got to sit back and assess their competition.
The episode proved to be interesting before anything even happened. First of all, Adam Levine’s shaved head was doing really great things for him. That man just never looks bad, I’ve decided. Cee Lo, however, opted for a laced up V-neck shirt (if you can call it that) and a wig. This look was doing nothing for him, but it was amusing. In fact, he barely said anything without laughing at himself. And finally, I don’t know what Christina Aguilera has been up to during the filming break, but she looked AMAZING! Good for you, Christina. Good for you.
Team Blake and Team Christina alternated performances, but for ease of reading this, I’ll cover one team at a time.
Dancing With the Stars is one of those shows I’ve always been interested in, would watch a couple episodes here and there when a celeb I liked was one, but never fully invested myself for various reasons. This season I decided to take the plunge, and for no particular reason really. I think the show has had better casts than this, but I guess it made sense now because of this blog.
DWTS also combines some of my favorite things: dancing (a la Grease and Dirty Dancing), fun costumes and celebs. What’s not to love?