'The Voice' Season 2, Episode 11 Recap - 'Live Eliminations': Who Went Home?
The first live eliminations episode of the season! A quick clothing rundown: Adam is wearing a polo shirt buttoned all the way up (bold), Cee Lo has ditched the wig and opted for a jacket with spikes that could kill you, Christina is wearing an orange top with a level of cleavage that would be huge for any normal person but is actually a bit subdued for her, and Blake is indeed wearing yet another vest.
The teams will be cut almost in half tonight: the votes will determine the bottom three, after which those bottom three will be able to perform for the judges for a chance at a save. Yep, they're taking a little bit of an "American Idol" approach to this. So after Blake and Christina each save one, there will be two from each team going home.
Gym Class Heroes performs, and just when I had forgotten that they were a thing. Also, apparently they have a girl in their group? So this was all an attempt at recreating the Black Eyed Peas, right?
Blake brought his artists to the radio station Go Country 105, and he's at least self-aware enough to comment on it: "Y'all are going to be country artists, did I tell you that?"
The results for Team Blake have Erin Willet as the first save, and she gives an approriate "I'm shocked" face. Jermaine is the second to be saved, and I'm pretty shocked. He's a great singer, but his Bon Jovi thing wasn't so great. The third is... RaeLynn. Eww. So that means Charlotte Sometimes, Naia Kete and Jordis Unga will have to sing for survival. I'm worried, too: Naia should be the one to stay in my opinion, but Blake has a very misguided soft spot for Charlotte.
Safe: Erin Willet, Jermaine Paul, RaeLynn
Christina takes her team to a much higher-profile locale: "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno. Apparently they all performed on the show. Who knew? Not me.
Results for Team Christina start with Jesse Campbell being safe, and it takes a second to register: "oh, that's me!" he says as Carson says his name. Lindsey Pavao joins him, as does Chris Mann, who looked smugly disappointed for a moment, then gives himself a small victory fist pump when his name is read. That leaves Sera Hill, Moses Stone and Ashley De La Rosa to sing for survival. Chances are pretty good that Ashley's out. Will Christina take a risk on rapper/singer Moses stone, or go for the more traditional vocalist Sera?
Safe: Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao, Chris Mann
Naia will be up first to perform "If I Were A Boy," ever so softly. They cut to a little girl who I assume is her sister, who is crying. SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE, AMERICA?! YOU MADE A CHILD WEEP! Naia does her little embellishments, but this isn't really the best song for her. It seems she decided she needed to belt or something. Blake says he wishes she had done a reggae song, and Naia says "They wouldn't let me! There were only so many songs!" and Blake remembers that they're on a reality show with a relatively small budget.
Charlotte is up next, and she warbles her way through "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls. That's what Naia was talking about with "there are only so many songs," apparently. No one chooses the Goo Goo Dolls if they can help it. The performance is AGAIN a little pitchy, and I really hope Charlotte goes home.
And finally (for Team Blake anyway), Jordis Unga, who is singing "Wild Horses." So the Rolling Stones are on the table, but Charlotte went with Goo Goo Dolls? Yeesh. Jordis looks already resigned to be going home, but the performance is nice, heartfelt at the least. It's on key, which is more than you can say for Charlotte.
Christina notes that she was crying during Charlotte's performance, but says she would save Jordis. Cee Lo agrees, and so does Adam. Jordis is sobbing. Blake says "if I had to base my decision based on what I just saw, I have to go with Jordis." Naia and Charlotte are dry-eyed for the most part. Well, sucks to see Naia go, but at least we got rid of Charlotte.
Saved: Jordis Unga
Eliminated: Naia Kete, Charlotte Sometimes
Ashley will start things off for Team Christina, singing "Paris (Ooh La La)" by Grace Potter and the Nocturals. The performance is surprisingly strong for Ashley, and it seems that the whole rock thing is her bag.
Sera Hill comes out next and sings "Vision of Love," which goes much better than her performance from last night, which was kind of a mess. It's Christina-lite, with tons of runs and trills, so we'll see if that works on Christina.
Moses Stone is still the wild card in all this, and comes out with "Breakeven (Falling to Pieces)," as apparently the theme for Team Christina is choosing songs with parentheses. Moses does a nice job with the falsetto in the chorus, but it seems that he hits a couple of very sour notes at the bridge. Uh oh.
Cee Lo would side with Sera on this, Adam gives a long speech about growth and then sides with Ashley, and Blake follows suit by choosing Ashley. Could she really pull the upset? Christina and her breasts agonize for a bit while she praises all three contestants. Ashley seems heavily supported by the audience as well... and by Christina as well, as she chooses Ashley. This is a girl who didn't even get a full audition in her blind audition episode, so that's a pretty big accomplishment on her part. I am now in support of Ashley.
Saved: Ashley De La Rosa
Eliminated: Sera Hill, Moses Stone
So, Team Blake and Team Christina now look like this:
Team Blake: Jordis Unga, RaeLynn, Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul
Team Christina: Lindsey Pavao, Ashley De La Rosa, Jesse Campbell, Chris Mann