Christina Aguilera has one, Blake Shelton has two, Adam Levine hastwo and CeeLo Green has three. The remaining eight singers on The Voice sang Monday night to avoid another elimination on Tuesday.
Butbefore the contestants were on, it was time for a coach to premiere asong. This time, it wasn't Christina; it was Adam Levine, singing thechorus for rapper 50 Cent's My Life. The best part of the song? Seeing Blake bobbing his head to the song, which had several bleeped words.
Then, the final eight were on.
Former background singer Amanda Brown of Team Adam performed the oft-covered Someone Like You by Adele, but rearranged it to sound more rock and roll. Did the belting, black cape and rock band measure up to her memorable Dream On performance a few weeks back? Christina said the vocal performance was powerful, but didn't have "that magic" Amanda had in Dream On. Blakeapproved. CeeLo admired Amanda's bravery for choosing such a riskysong. Adam, who is often hard on people for covering Adele, said, "Youknocked it out of the park."
"Freddie Mercury is a hero for me," said country boy-turned-diva (as Christina has called him) Cody Belew of Team CeeLo. Somebody to Love byQueen was right in Cody's wheelhouse. This time rather than attempt todance (as he did last week), he stuck to his vocal talents, albeit fromatop a piano, surrounded by a gospel choir. Adam, himself a huge FreddieMercury fan, called the performance "fantastic." Christina enjoyed it,and wanted to hang out with her fellow diva after the show. Blakeapplauded CeeLo's mentoring skills, and CeeLo called the song"wonderful," or "wun-da-ful," as he says it.
And for something a little different: Four contenders teamed up for Move Along byAll-American Rejects. Cassadee Pope, Dez Duron, Melanie Martinez andTerry McDermott proved their voices don't mesh very well together.Cassadee still shined, though.
After picking his own song Over for mentee Terry McDermott to cover, coach Blakesaid, "I think the song is better suited for Terry than it ever was forme" in the pre-taped segment. Scottish Terry turned Blake's song,which won song of the year at this year's Country Music AssociationAwards, into a rock anthem a week after Cassadee found success doingthat with Blake's other song,Over You. But the coaches weren't"over" this whole contestants-singing-the-coach's-song thing. It was"unexpected, but solid," said Christina. Adam, a fellow "male with ahigh voice," as he said, pointed out Terry's "precision with which youhit those notes." CeeLo said something about Terry's voice being "instraight lines... like a long highway," an analogy that was lost on thisviewer. Blake said, "You just performed the song the way I always wish Icould"
Seventeen-year-old Melanie Martinez of Team Adam, who said she's going through a break-up, sang Too Close byAlex Clare. She, in her two-toned hair, sang in her usual emotional andraspy way. Though there was a guitar in her lap, she tapped thetambourine with her foot pedal (she's into that) more than she did anystrumming. By the time host Carson Daly awkwardly commented "I hopewhatever guy you're breaking up with is watching," Melanie was almost intears. Christina said the song "didn't go anywhere," but it was "myfavorite performance from you," and the set, which included a woodenstage and a string of yellow lights, "was dope." CeeLo also liked theset and "cool" rearrangement of the song. Adam said Melanie successfullymade "the person that you have this trouble with feel dumb." PoorMelanie just kept a serious face and shook her head.
Team Christina's former Yale football player Dez Duron turned Justin Bieber's U Smileinto a soulful tune backed by a piano and horns. Though the songsounded different, the screams were still of the Bieber octave for cutieDez and his deep-V and blazer. Blake and Adam liked the "groove," butCeeLo said it wasn't Dez's best. Christina, supporting her only singerleft in the competition, said Dez "killed it, killed it, killed it,killed it!" It's too bad she couldn't remember the name of Team CeeLo'sMackenzie Bourg when she compared Dez to the eliminated singer's knackfor rearranging pop hits.
Trevin Hunte, 18, of Team CeeLowas back to performing power ballads. In a big way, which includedimages of waterfalls, a choir, an overactive fog machine and a sequinedsuit. His performance of Whitney Houston's The Greatest Love of All showed Trevin's emotion and power. Adam said, "this is heaven." Blakecalled the song "truly amazing." Christina said Trevin's vocal abilityis a "monster-beast." CeeLo said, "Whitney would be proud" of Trevin'sversion of the late singer's song.
Before another song was sung, The Voice hada surprise! Terry, who was missing his family, was united with his(hot) wife and son. After social media correspondent Christina Miliantried to toss the show back to the host, Carson said, "I'm watchingTerry and his wife make out. That's good TV."
Four more performed together: Amanda, Cody, Nicholas David and Trevin sang Any Way You Want It by Journey. Amanda and Trevin got to show off their rockin' high notes.
Soul singer Nicholas David sang Lean On Me last week, so Coach CeeLointroduced him to the writer of that song, Bill Withers, in hispre-taped segment. This week, the crowd loved Nicholas' crooning of What's Goin' On byMarvin Gaye. Blake, poking fun at Nicholas' dark sunglasses, said, "Ididn't realize until this week that you're blind," but then got serious."Thank you for letting The Voice be the stage that introducesyou to the world," he said. CeeLo said, "We could use more of that(musical) healing" from Nicholas, as people deal with the aftermath ofSuperstorm Sandy. By the way, Nicholas announced he has a third baby onthe way!
Team Blake's punk rocker Cassadee Pope channeled her complicated relationship with her father when she sang Michelle Branch's Are You Happy Now? Thoughthe fans, strobe lights and fog machine were distracting, Cassadee wasin her element with the song, strumming her guitar and showing off hersweet-sounding voice. CeeLo said, "You got a great voice and you knowit." Adam, who was "scared by the smoke machine," said, "Considering howexplosive last week was, you really did a great job." (He also talkedabout his disdain for The Roxy.) Blake said, "You just sang the crap outof that song."
Voting results are revealed Tuesday, 8 ET/PT, on WTLV-NBC 12.