Terry McDermott and Trevin Hunte had a pleasant duet with One Republic's "Feel Again," which was an odd mix, style-wise, but it worked.
Amanda Brown and Cassadee Pope also took on Kelly Clarkson's "Break Away," and Cassadee again looked so disconnected from what she was singing, my eyes glazed over for a few minutes.
"Well, that's nice," Carson noted indifferently, and I burst out laughing because for the first time, Carson Daly gave voice to my inner diatribe.
Nicholas and Melanie had, hands down, the most beautiful performance of the night with Fiona Apple's "Criminal." Maybe it's just that this song slays me, or that I love Nicholas and Melanie oh-so-much, but this was so haunting and sultry, I even forgave myself for agreeing with Christina.
Monday night, Christina told Melanie she should be singing some Fiona Apple, and then, in true Christina fashion (because she needs all of the attention all of the time, always), began singing "Criminal." What have we learned? Christina is the puppeteer and we are all just the puppets. And in this case, I am thankful.
Adam and Cee Lo now have matching, weirdo goatees, and is anyone else getting sick of Christina's wigs?
Thank you, Carson, for finally addressing a major issue I have with you: Instead of freaking the hell out of contestants during eliminations by saying their names, when he really only means to ask them questions, he specifically said "Don't freak out when I say your name." Everyone's blood pressure thanks you and your lack of subtlety, Carson.
Again, we had the Voice Confessionals, and this week was all the contestants (and coaches) did their best impressions of the coaches. Highlights included the Cee Lo impressions, which mostly involved wigs and glasses (and a bubble-wrap poncho on Melanie), and Amanda Brown saying "that was like sliding down a rainbow into a pot of dreams."