The suspense continued tonight on The Voice as the finalists were slowly voted off. While the evening included some unforgettable performances (did you see CeeLo sing with Kermit the Frog?!) it also brought the upset for two of the eight singers.
Amanda Brown from Team Adam & Trevin Hunte from Team CeeLo kicked off the night of performances and eliminations with a standout cover of Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night.” The duet showcased each singer’s powerhouse vocals and fun side. Alternating belts towards end of song it was just the right amount of energy to get everyone ready for the night which would bring the 8 contestants down to 6.
Afterwards, each judge gave their advice and hopes to those who remained.
“All these guys are great. The truth is they’re all capable of winning, all you guys. It really comes down to how to coach my team, the two lovely ladies over there, to be the best version of themselves and hopefully that will propel them further,” Adam Levine said.
While Christina Aguilera said it’s important for each contestant to view their experience as a stepping stone, Blake Shelton stressed it’s all about communication. Meanwhile, CeeLo Green had many words of wisdom for his team.
“Of course in concept in competition one has to be conscious to take the calculated risk. Trevin is The Voice and I just believe that,” he said. “As long as you’re successful of being yourself. As long as these young artists become happy and whole, it’s like everybody wins and that’s what I love about being part of this show.”
So will CeeLo be right? Is Trevin the next winner of The Voice? We’ll all just have to wait to find out!
America’s first save of the night went to a very relieved Cassadee Pope from Team Blake.
While the hour was full of tension CeeLo no doubt eased everyone’s nerves with his memorable duet with Kermit the Frog. Dressed in a mirrored green tank top and hat with green shades (of course!) CeeLo performed alongside Kermit for his signature track “It’s Not That Easy Being Green.”
Afterwards, the remaining contestants and judges revealed their pre-show rituals for The Voice Confessional. We learned that Cody Belew spends a lot of time looking at himself in the mirror while Adam Levine does “really boring vocal warm-ups.” Meanwhile, CeeLo and Blake won for most questionable pre-show ritual.
“I close my eyes and light a candle and I pray for the spirit of Christina Aguilera to come inside of me,” CeeLo deadpanned. And Blake’s involved alcohol, of course. “Vodka, anything fried and The Golden Girls,” he said.
Right before a standout performance of the Plain White T’s “Rhythm of Love” by Cody Belew, Nicholas David, Terry McDermott and Melanie Martinez we learned that America also saved Amanda Brown from Team Adam.
Afterwards, the show went to a clip of Carson Daly and the eight finalists visiting 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles as he taught them a “lesson in radio.”
Often artists have an early wakeup call to do radio rounds and he wanted to prepare them. “This is your opportunity to win over a fan,” he said. “If you can walk into a radio station and you’re happy to be there, it’s going to go a long, long way.”
So which finalist has a closer shot to making those radio rounds as a winner of The Voice? Melanie Martinez from Team Blake was the next artist saved by America’s vote. While we already knew Cassadee Pope made it to the next round her nerves must have been at ease compared to Dez Duron’s during their next performance. Despite this, their duet of Rihanna and Ne-Yo’s “Hate That I Love You” demonstrated their ability as singers and chemistry between each other. But would that be enough for America?
Unfortunately not as America’s last three saves went to Nicholas David, Terri McDermott and Trevin Hunte. Team Christina’s last pick Dez would be going home as would Team CeeLo’s Cody Belew. Each though had fond things to say about the show and with any luck this won’t be the last time we’ll be hearing from them.
“Working with Christina and performing on this stage is the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” Dez said. “If Season 2 has taught me that anything, it’s that everything happens for a reason and you have to keep believing.”
Meanwhile, Cody also stayed optimistic.
“I am a dreamer like a lot of people and when you dream big there’s gonna be a lot of people to tell you no,” he said. “If I was the only one in the room that believed I was going to make it, that’s OK. Everything is possible and I’m proof of that.”
-Annie Reuter, CBS Local