Superstorm-Sandy-delayed recaps continue with a smidge belated take on the second — and final — night of the blitzkrieg that is the knockout rounds of “The Voice.”
Team Christina Aguilera
Christina first paired up Devyn DeLoera with “I Have Nothing,” and Laura Vivas, with “I Need to Know.” Laura should have won this; I mean, she sang in Spanish! She was sexy-Latin-dancing! But Christina went with Devyn.
Christina’s second pairing was Adriana Louise with “Already Gone,” and Celica Westbrook with “Never Say Never.” Celica should have won this, hands down, due to the Bieber aspect, but Christina went with Adriana.
Next up was Dez Duron, with “Stuck on You,” and Alessandra Guercio, with “Take a Bow.” Both did amazingly well, but Christina said Alessandra had some more “coming into herself” to do, and went with Dez.
Chevonne was then paired with De’Borah, with “Dancing With Myself,” and “You Found Me,” respectively. Chevonne’s performance was fun, and celebratory, but De’Borah attacked her song with power and grace, and Christina chose her.
Last up for Christina was Aquile, with “Grenade” and Sylvia Yacoub, with “Fighter,” and damn, Aquile is SO SMOOTH. It’s almost smug, that’s how smooth he is. Like, his runs are so subtle. Amazing. Sylvia is basically a brunette Christina, which is not why Christina picked her, but is still a valid observation.
Team Christina: Devyn DeLoera, Adrianna Louise, Dez Duron, De’Borah and Sylvia Yacoub.
Team Blake Shelton
First up for Blake was Gracia Harrison, with “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing,” and Liz Davis, with “Gunpowder and Lead.” Gracia delivered a delightfully twangy song, and Liz’s fierceness made me listen to those lyrics — really listen — for the first time (and damn, brutal). Blake went with Liz.
Rockers Rudy Parris and Terry McDermott went up against each other with “Forever” (Chris Brown, AGAIN, WHY?) and “Maybe I’m Amazed,” respectively. This was such an awful, stupid song choice for Rudy, but it really let Terry shine with another classic, and Blake went with him.
Collin McLoughlin and Michaela Paige were up next, in what basically a battle between my two of my least favorite contestants. Collin took on “BreakEven” with too much earnestness, and Michaela, despite all my dislike, OWNED “Love is a Battlefield.” Blake went with Michaela.
Julio Cesar Castillo then took on the Bieber with “Somebody to Love,” against MarissaAnn, with “Lady Marmalade.” (Why do people keep picking Bieber songs? Is he a particularly talented vocalist? Honestly? I love him, but really, think about this.) I’d of gone with MarissaAnn, because it take a lotta brass to sing “Lady Marmalade,” but Blake went with Julio.
Last up! Cassadee Pope, with “Payphone,” and Suzanna Choffel, with “Could You Be Loved.” I love me some Marley and I love me some Suzanna, who was lovely, floating and mellow, but Blake said Suzanna’s song choice worked against her, and went with Cassadee.
Going into the live rounds, Team Blake: Cassadee Pope, Julio Castillo, Michaela Paige, Liz Davis and Terry McDermott.
Leftover thoughts ...
On this batch of commercials my crappy Internet has graced me with: Is it poor form to advertise for “The Voice” during “The Voice”? It just seems superfluous.
On Terry McDermott: I’m so okay with him repeatedly singing classic rock songs. It’s like I’m listening to a good radio station. And if you squint and turn your head to the side, he could totally look like Paul McCartney.
On the upcoming live shows: Hopefully, like last season, the live shows mean more live performances from the coaches themselves. More studded bustiers for Christina, more feathered headgear for Cee Lo … more of whatever Blake buys in the Big-And-Tall store that makes him look so good. All of it.
On Blake and Adam: On learning Cassadee chose Adam’s song “Payphone,” Blake simply mused, “He’s a pretty feminine guy, that Adam.” Geez, not everyone can be a lumberjack like you, Blake.