Spots are getting scant on the teams of NBC's "The Voice" so the coaches are getting pickier and pickier (and sassier and sassier) and competition's getting fierce.
But for the contestants, it's still all about singing and dreams.
Michelle Brooks-Thompson, 28, from Massachusetts with "Proud Mary" by CCR
A football-hopeful husband with dashed dreams created a kind of parallel for Michelle, and the last thing she wanted was for both of their dreams to be crushed. But Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green both turned their chairs before the tempo shift even kicked. And when Christina Aguilera turned her chair as well, Michelle's face lit up. But she went with Adam.
Summary thoughts: This woman was off the stage and treating Adam and Cee Lo as the sole audience members for a few seconds there. "She's good, man," Adam mused after. She is. She's gonna be in the finals, I can nearly guarantee it.
Diego Val, 25, from Peru, with "Animal" by Neon Trees
I'm so over this song. I can't even. But then Diego started singing, and it was so quirky and pleasant and fun. And then the Spanish started happening, and Cee Lo spun his chair ... and started dancing.
Summary thoughts: I just like his face.
Suzanna Choffel, 32, from Austin, with Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide"
What a beautiful and sad take on an already beautiful and sad song. Suzanna was quiet and earnest and subdued and simply devastating, and both Adam and Blake Shelton spun their chairs, despite Cee Lo egging Christina on. Suzanna went with Blake.
Summary thoughts: Sounds like Stevie Nicks and looks like last season's Juliet Simms? I say, winner. "That could be the finale of this show," Blake said, and I agree.
In which Blake picks up 16-year-old Michaela Paige and Ryan Jirovec after he sings Paul McCartney's "Amazed."
Dez Duron, 22, from Louisana, with Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile"
Remember this guy? He gave up football at Yale to sing the Backstreet Boys (and I swooned three times) but no one pushed their button. This time he prompted Blake to spin his chair (who let out a whoop of joy upon recognizing Dez), as well as Christina and Cee Lo. Dez went with Christina.
Summary thoughts: Buhhh. This boy's voice, it's ... it's like a warm, sexy embrace. Just, come sing to me, Dez. You already know my name.
Alexis Marceaux, 23, of New Orleans with "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac
It's nice to see multi-talented librarians on this show. No, OK, she's not really a librarian, but Alexis rocks the look really well. In turns smoky and powerful, Alexis was a little rough on the chorus, but damn if she didn't own the verses. Cee Lo was the only one to turn his chair, and he wondered why no one else had: "You have an impeccable voice."
Summary thoughts: Adam Levine aside, any woman who calls Cee Lo beautiful and totally means it is a woman after my own heart.
Adam picked up Sam James after John Lennon's "Imagine," Christina got Laura Vivas and Blake added Lelia Broussard after hearing her sing the Beatles' "We Can Work it Out." (It's like the night of the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac and God, I am LOVING IT.)
Brandon Mahone, 17, of Indianapolis, with "I Wish It Would Rain," by the Temptations
This boy looks like he could actually be a member of the Temptations, and he sounds like it, too. Soulful and cheerful, and Adam nearly immediately spun his chair. (And promptly started jamming.) Cee Lo quickly followed, as did Christina. Brandon seems to embody that whole era of soul and Motown, and ultimately went with Adam.
Summary thoughts: Let's get him some Top 40 hits and see how he rocks those, too. He'll be around for awhile, I hope.
Jordan Pruitt, 21, from Georgia with "The One That Got Away"
When I hear "Disney Star" I think "The Famous Jett Jackson" not "I toured with the Cheetah Girls." Note: she TOURED with the Cheetah Girls; she was not A Cheetah Girl. There is a difference. Jordan was all empty, pop anthemic rock. Still Christina -- and fellow Disney alum -- spun her chair.
Summary thoughts: Again, there's a difference between being Demi Lovato and opening up for Demi Lovato. And she and Christina have matching shoulder pads, so ... there's that?
Terisa Griffin, 42, from Chicago with Adele's "Someone Like You"
"I'm going to let them have it," Terisa said before taking the stage. The audience started cheering halfway through the first verse, and the coaches all stared off into the distance, mesmerized. Christina was first on the button, and then Blake. "I love you, I think you're awesome, what else do you want to hear?" Blake begged. "That's it!" she answered. "Since you told Christina to take me, I'm taking you."
Summary thoughts: Oh, sing the song of my heart, you strong, sassy, fierce beauty you. Blake's got his hands full with her.
The misguided moment of the night: VJ Rosales singing "Forget You" by Cee Lo. Cee Lo was shaking his head in bemused disinterest, and other coaches said VJ's choice was "odd." VJ's styles were all over the place, like he couldn't decide how he wanted to sing the song. "Let me show you how to sing this song," Cee Lo said. What I was hoping would be really cool just turned out be awkward: VJ couldn't hold a candle to Cee Lo.
Adorable Blake moment of the night: With Terisa schooling Blake, and schooling him hard, he begged, "just come down here and punch me in the face." Terisa instead hugged him, and Blake sang her "Let's Get it On."
Pretty sure we're actually watching "Go On": The sob stories just keep getting more intense. The winner this week was Diego. The man's hip bone disintegrated when he was a child. This is the sob story to beat all sob stories.
Startling realization of the night part 1: Cee Lo's dance moves are freakishly similar to my boyfriend's. This isn't really a problem.
Startling realization of the night part 2: A friend just put this in perspective -- when blind auditions are over there will be 64 CONTESTANTS IN THIS DAMN COMPETITION. UNWIELDY, NBC. You are unwieldy.