For the sake of recap, and my own sanity, those remaining at the start of tonight’s episode on Teams Blake and Christina were are RaeLynn, Jermaine Paul, Jordis Unga and Erin Willett on Team Blake, and Ashley De La Rosa, Chris Mann, Lindsey Pavao and Jesse Campbell on Team Christina.
Now, only three remain on each, and the television audience will cut it down to do two after tomorrow’s show and oh, the pressure! But let’s get through tonight first, shall we?
RaeLynn: Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country”
Yes, we get it, Blake, RaeLynn is pure country. And some of us like that, no worries. But I’m over RaeLynn. Chalk it all up to personal taste, I guess — she’s a big voice in a little body, and her attitude increases exponentially every time she sings. Truthfully it’s mind-blowing.
Jordis Unga: Sara Evans’s: “A Little Bit Stronger”
The more Blake’s team sings, the more I realize how little I know about modern country music, and how little I care. This was a solid song choice on Blake’s part, though, because even I can see it was a good way to showcase Jordis’s voice, and not just the raw, rough emotion she’s screamed out in her songs up till now. Christina described it as “softer and more intimate,” and I just call it beautiful.
Erin Willett: Adele’s “Set Fire to the Rain”
Oh, so many emotions! We know and love this Gaithersburg girl, and know her story: her father passed on pancreatic cancer in December, after seeing Erin through the blind auditions. Blake’s father passed shortly after, too, he said, and coach and contestant had a beautiful moment together: “You gave me a time to shine in the darkest time in my life,” Erin told Blake, and ohmygod the tears I had to fight …. Oh, and the song was incredible. Like, do-not-blink-in-case-you-miss-something-amazing incredible.
Jermaine Paul: Phil Collins’s “Against All Odds”
This is one of those songs I know every word to, but never knew the name of. So, points to Blake and Jermaine. And holy cow, was this incredible. It was subtle but powerful and rich at the same time, and the coaches loved it as much as I did. “You made it your own, and you gave it soul … and Phil Collins has an awful lot of soul for a white guy.” Cee Lo, always profound.
INSTANT ELIMINATION: Jordis Unga. (Blake said he would have to honor America’s choice — Jordis placed in the bottom three during last week’s voting. Judging from the few seconds of silence as the censors did their work, I’m guessing Jordis was not pleased.)
Jesse Campbell: Beyonce’s “Halo”
Jesse sang this song for his daughter, who apparently slept on his chest during the time he was homeless and sleeping in his car, and who sang with him when he was singing on the streets. Collective “awwwwwww.” Jesse’s work on this song gave me all the good kinds of chills.
Ashley De La Rosa: Jewel’s “Foolish Games”
She’s just 18, but gosh she’s got heart. And crazy-good pipes — that one note seemed to last for days, especially before such a soft, gentle ending. The coaches loved it, too, with Blake saying Christina’s save of Ashley two weeks ago was one of the smartest moves ever.
Lindsey Pavao: Katy Perry’s “Part of Me”
Just realized who Lindsey reminds me of: Kristin Stewart. It’s not a good thing. She also kind of looks like Katy Perry, which I guess is fitting, given the song choice. I’d call this the best Lindsey performance to date — I actually … kind of … liked it …? There was some powerful parts, admittedly, and Lindsey knows what’s up with stage presence.