“It’s not tough, it’s sucky,” said Blake Shelton, discussing the first results show of The Voice‘s second season. And the same can be said for some of the decisions made by the voting public and the show’s mentors over the course of the hour-long telecast.
Before the final verdicts were rendered, Xtina brought out her melons (hey, maybe I’m just referring to the cantaloupe-center hue of her dress!). Carson Daly inherited the much-maligned “IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!” chant made unpopular by Steve Joes on Season 1 of The X Factor. And the members of Team Adam got to sing (with their mics turned off) while a homeless dude and a woman with white plant-hangers on her shoulders sang the poetically titled “Ass Back Home.”
But enough about the superfluous details, let’s talk results.
Voted Through by America
“IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER!” –Carson Daly
Erin Willett (yessss!)
Jermaine Paul (Wait, did real people vote for his excruciating “Livin’ on a Prayer,” or did Alicia Keys help her former backup singer out and buy 10,000 copies of his single on iTunes to help him advance?)
Naia Kete: Beyoncé’s “If I Were a Boy” — A barely audible performance that was nevertheless too loud. (Insert sadface here.)
Charlotte Sometimes: Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris” — Fighting back tears wasn’t great for her vocal control, but how in the hell did America forget to vote her through after Monday’s splendid “Misery Business,” which had to be among the week’s top two performances?
Jordis Unga: Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses” — The best she’s sounded since her audition, and slightly better than Charlotte’s “Iris,” but let’s be real: Jordis’ “Alone” was so desperate/traj on Monday night, and her Battle Rounds performance was so off-pitch, I don’t see how her body of work merits a save.
Blake’s Save (coincidentally, the
anonymous unanimous pick of his fellow judges)
Voted Through by America
Lindsey Pavao (yesss!)
Chris “Pale Ben Stiller” Mann
Ashley de la Rosa: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ “Paris (Ooh La La)” — To reference one of NBC’s other hit series, that was seriously Grimm.
Sera Hill: Mariah Carey’s “Vision of Love” — I’m not sure she’s the type of singer who should be tackling Mariah — honestly, she’s got that roughness around the edges that can be quite lovely — but I didn’t not enjoy it.
Moses Stone: “Break Even”/”Falling to Pieces” — He can sing, if a note doesn’t have to extend longer than three seconds. Also, I caaaaahhhn’t with the way he pronounced “What am I supposed to do?” as “What am I post to do?”
Xtina’s Save (Coincidentally Adam and Blake’s pick, too)
Ashley de la Rosa
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