What up Laurel native! Any obvious bias I have toward anything Kanye-related aside, this was a good song choice, and Moses’ performance was Strong(er). The coaches were falling all over Moses, too, and as an indication of Moses’ growth, Adam told him he had more potential as a singer than as a rapper. Blake, too, who was a hold-out against Moses, said it was apparent that working with Christina was already making a difference.
Lindsey Paveo: Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Oh, hell no. This song is supreme and now it’s all sullied. Yes, it was crazy and haunting and unique and Lindsey put her own weird, deep, breathy spin on it, and the performance (clowns!) was cool, but her voice just didn’t hold up for this one. Adam said he wanted more power in the chorus, but Christina said she could listen to Lindsey all day. Disagree.
Sera Hill: Drake’s “Find Your Love”
This woman was just born to be on stage. She had all kinds of swagger, and this, hands down, was my favorite performance of the night. It was an unexpected, soulful take on Drake’s song, and Sera seemed natural on that stage. She was so commanding, among the dancers and strippers (!!!), and in such a fantastic outfit, too. Christina called her a diva-in-training, but I disagree: Sera’s already a diva, and it’s marvelous.
Ashley De La Rosa: Alanis Morissette: “Right Through You”
This one packed a punch; Ashley’s performance was hard and stomping and unforgiving, and still somehow melodic and vulnerable. Adam made the point that the 17-year-old seemingly suddenly became a woman with this song choice, and he had nothing but praise. “You really did everything perfectly,” Adam said, and Christina agreed.
Jesse Campbell: Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World”
“Jesse Campbell can sing the phonebook,” Christina said before the performance, and I agree. This is such a beautiful song, and Jesse’s voice dove and soared all over it. To put it simply, his voice makes my heart shake, and the coaches loved it, too. “Your voice is almost as beautiful as my hair,” Cee-Lo said. Well, right on one count, Cee Lo.
Time has passed since the taping of the blind auditions and battle rounds, and more time than just the EIGHT WEEKS (sheesh!) the show has been airing — months have in fact passed since the actual auditions, and it’s apparent in the coaches’ appearances.
The Good: Tie between Adam’s haircut and Christina’s suddenly softer, more wholesome appearance.
The Bad: Cee-Lo’s outfit.
The Ugly: Cee-Lo’s hair.
Obvious Yet Endearing Promo of the Night: Again proving Betty White can do no wrong, I didn’t even get a little irritated when she appeared in the audience to hype her new NBC show, “Off Their Rockers.” Carson Daly asked her, “Are you here to promote your show?” “No,” she said. “I’m just here to look at Blake Shelton.” Amen, Betty.
Possibly Insightful Observation of the Night: Christina tells Jesse, “Aren’t you glad you have the only sober coach up here tonight?” That would certainly explain Cee-Lo’s outfit, at least.
Tomorrow: The results of your voting, where it will be announced who stays and who goes. And, Gym Class Heroes!