‘The Voice’ Quarterfinals Recap, Pt. 2: Adam & Cee Lo Hit Us, Baby, One More Time
After last week's controversial "instant eliminations" of Jesse Campbell and Jordis Unga, this Monday Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green took control, instantly eliminating two of their own players before the night was through. And while Adam's ousting of fan favorite Pip was a little tough to take, his decision was understandable: Pip, a dyed-in-the-wool-bowtie Gleek, had caught flak the last time he'd tried to act like a rocker on a Killers cover, and this week his Keane performance unraveled when he tried to rock it up once again. However, I think Pip's real mistake this week was going onstage sans his signature bowtie. "Where in the hell is the bowtie? That's like me without alcohol!" Blake Shelton complained. You know, Blake had a point there. But anyway, Pip and his bowtie shall be missed.
The less distressing cut was Cee Lo's decision to eliminate boy-bandy Bostonian James Massone. Cee Lo had been responsible for some truly weird decisions this season, notably keeping Erin Martin on the show way longer than she deserved, so I'd feared he might make an instant elimination this week as baffling as that--or even as baffling as Blake's decision last week to keep RaeLynn over Jordis. But this time, Cee Lo did the right thing, keeping his three undeniably strongest singers in the competition. James always came across as one of the nicest and most lovable contestants on the show, but at some point, this nice guy was destined to finish last--and Monday was that night.
Still, I had to agree when Adam griped, "This is a stupid thing, that we have to do this," when he was forced to make his instant-elimination decision. Adam did also point out earlier in the episode, "[The instant elimination] does give us more control, and we like control"--but come on, now. With the Season 2 finale only two weeks away, shouldn't all the control be in America's hands? Viewers like control, too.
Anyway, among the six contestants who continued on to the public voting round, one of the standout performances of the night had to be by Team Adam's Tony Lucca--not necessarily because he was the best singer (that honor was jointly shared by Team Cee Lo's Jamar Rogers and Juliet Simms and Team Adam's Katrina Parker), but because of his amusing song choice. You see, Tony was once in "The Mickey Mouse Club" with Christina Aguilera, but it hasn't seemed like they've remained too chummy since: When Tony first auditioned for "The Voice," Christina didn't even recognize him, and after their fellow "MMC" alum Justin Timberlake tweeted his support for Tony, Christina felt the need to distance herself from Tony and the whole "MMC" tie-in by overly harshly critiquing him during the semifinals. So this week, Tony got his sweet revenge by covering "Baby Hit Me One More Time" by Xtina's longtime rival since their "MMC" days, the one and only Britney Spears. It was a genius move.
Yes, Christina forgot Tony's name during her critique this Monday (it sounded like she called him "Tuna"--perhaps that was NBC's subliminal cross-promotion of "The Office"?), but even she grudgingly appreciated Tony's sly humor. "Let's get Britney Spears on the stage and have a real 'Mickey Mouse Club' reunion," she quipped sarcastically. "We'll get Justin out here. It'll be fun." It's doubtful that that'll happen, since rumor has it Britney's about to sign on to "The Voice's" rival show, "The X Factor" (on which she'll reportedly out-earn Xtina by $6 million--oh, snap!). But if Tony does make it to the finale, I think producer Mark Burnett should try very, very hard to make that "MMC" reunion a reality--and get JC Chasez involved, too!