‘The Voice’ Top 20 Results: Goodbye Mr. MacKenzie
Thursday night, the "Voice" top 20 became the top 12, with three contestants per team--two voted through by America, one selected by each coach--making the cut, and two contestants per team going home. Some of these results were so predictable, I could have written this recap without even watching the results show. But others were so surprising, I had to hit my DVR remote control's rewind button a couple of times, just to make sure I'd heard the results correctly. However, for the most part, Season 3 did end up with a very strong top 12, even if it wasn't totally the top 12 I'd expected.
The Team Adam results were by far the least surprising, which is probably why they were read first. The amazing Amanda Brown, whose "Dream On" performance this week was dreamy indeed, was the first to be voted through, followed by Adam Levine's only male contestant, longtime frontrunner Bryan Keith. And then, of course, Adam saved this year's golden child, bow-topped indie girl Melanie Martinez. That may have been a polarizing decision--Melanie is not everybody's cup of tea--but it wasn't exactly an unexpected one.
The surprises started coming fast and furious when it came time for Team Blake's results. No, it wasn't surprising that the superb Terry McDermott, or Cassadee Pope (who already had an established fanbase from her Hey Monday frontwoman days), received the top votes. What was shocking was the fact that, when faced with a choice between his one country contestant, seasoned Nashville singer Liz Davis; his beloved Latin crooner, Julio Cesar Castillo; and 16-year-old punk rawker Michaela Paige...Blake Shelton chose Michaela! It was the right choice. It just wasn't the one I'd expected Blake to make. Judging by the tight-lipped look on Liz's face, she hadn't expected it either.
Team Xtina's pick was a surprise as well--but a much less pleasant one. After heartthrob Dez Duron and Wednesday night standout Sylvia Yacoub were voted through, Christina Aguilera had to choose between two generic pop cuties, Adriana Louise and Devyn DeLoera, or a true original, the androgynous De'Borah. De'Borah seemed like the beyond-obvious choice here. So why did Christina choose to send De'Borah home and keep Adriana instead? Oh, why does Christina do any of the silly things she does? Why does she wear hats shaped like flying saucers, start feuds with Tony Lucca, or wear shirts that are three sizes too small? The mind of Xtina is an eternal TV mystery. Suffice to say, she messed up BIG-time when she went with the blander, safer Adriana. De'Borah was the far more interesting choice, and she was also the better embodiment of what "The Voice" is supposed to be all about.