“The Voice” Recap: Carson Discusses The Semi-Final Performances!
After months of blind auditions, battle rounds, and instant eliminations, it’s all come down to this.
The remaining eight contestants on The Voice took to the stage to prove they’re worthy of moving on to the finals.
Only one artist from each team will be saved, which means we’ll be bidding farewell to four incredible singers tonight.
Yesterday, Carson asked Producer Angie to choose which contestants she thought would be advancing to the next round. Little did they know that Chris Mann was listening to the broadcast and he was none too pleased when she picked Lindsey Pavao over him!
Producer Angie desperately tried to explain herself:
Tony Lucca – “How You Like Me Now”
For Tony, it’s been all about song selection these past couple of weeks. He picked up a lot of support after his unique take on Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” and yesterday, he showed off his swagger with this hit song from The Heavy.
It was an effortlessly cool rendition, but that didn’t stop Christina Aguilera from getting awkward yet again during his critique.
“She’s got this thing with Tony Lucca still,” Carson recounted today. “She went out of her way to say Katrina Parker’s a star, Adam. You need to pick her…That’s what’s kind of cool about The Voice. There’s a lot of chess going on between the coaches with their influences on America.”
Katrina Parker – “Killing Me Softly”
Katrina attempted to build upon the momentum from her game-changing performance last week with the Fugees’ version of “Killing Me Softly.”
Blake Shelton was blown away by the “seasoned” quality of her voice, which normally happens only after doing thousands of live shows.
Even though Christina said she’s fallen in love with Katrina, she noted that she would gone with a different arrangement so it would sound more like Katrina and less like Lauryn Hill.
Chris Mann – “Ave Maria”
Team Christina went back to basics this week. For Chris, that meant embracing his operatic roots.
With tears in his eyes, Cee Lo Green described Chris’ voice as “so powerful, so pure, and so perfect.”
Adam Levine agreed wholeheartedly saying, “You kind of lend to the show’s credibility in doing something so classy and simple and beautiful and classic.”
Lindsey Pavao – “Skinny Love”
Tonight, Lindsey was determined to prove she has what it takes to represent Team Christina in the finals.
It was the first time we’ve seen Lindsey play an instrument on stage and she seemed completely in her element.
Cee Lo joked that he doesn’t really know about ‘skinny love’ because he’s more into big love. Coach Christina couldn’t hold back her excitement and joined Lindsey on stage for a mama bear hug.
Erin Willett – Without You
Her vocals soared beautifully over the band and brought back memories of her late father, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year.
Christina called the performance “unique and original” and her coach, Blake, said he “would give anything to have a tenth of the talent [she] has.” He also acknowledged that it must’ve been hard to sing those lyrics and he was proud that she held it together until the end.
Jermaine Paul – “Open Arms”
With a performance like the one he had last night, it’s hard to figure out why Jermaine Paul hasn’t gotten his big break yet.
The coaches piled on the praise. Shelton dubbed Paul as the one to beat and Adam told him he was “no longer a background singer.”
TEAM CEE LO
Jamar Rogers – “If You Don’t Know Me”
Every week, Jamar delivers the strongest performances in the bunch, but now that it’s down to the final two on Team Cee Lo, will it be enough?
His rendition of “If You Don’t Know Me” was one of the standouts from yesterday. It was emotionally poignant and artfully sung, but remember, he’s facing off against fellow favorite Juliet Simms for the final spot.
Christina wanted to get up and sing herself after watching Jamar and Blake was a fan of the laid back performance.
Juliet Simms – “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”
Without a doubt, Juliet Simms owned the evening. She closed out the show with “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” and Carson thought she “tore the house down.”
“I think the reason I highlight that is just because it was the biggest performance of the show,” Carson added. “It was so loud. It really moved a lot of people.”
Tune in tonight at 9 pm PST to find out which 4 contestants will compete in the finals next week!
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles