It's getting down to the wire, with just six artists left in the competition. With the last singer on his team, Caroline Pennell, eliminated, we guess Cee Lo Green will just be spectating this week. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton is just barely hanging on with one artist, Cole Vosbury. In much better shape are Christina Aguilera with two artists (Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler), and Adam Levine, who has escaped the painful prospect of saying goodbye to one of his mentees since the Top 20 became the Top 12.
Will this week finally lower the hammer on Team Adam, or will James Wolpert, Tessanne Chin, and Will Champlin all sail into the final four together? Well, only if Matthew fails to rebound from being in the bottom three last week. We kind of doubt that will happen, since Matthew has been a strong contender since earning the fastest four-chair turn in the competition's history.
We guess it's all going to come down to song choice tonight, so we'll be live recapping the whole show, including links to performance videos. Check back often for updates and let us know who you think will be saved this week and who's going home!
Blake gives his last remaining mentee a left-handed guitar, only to tell him he's going electric this week with "Rich Girl" by Hall and Oates. Blake wants to make sure he shows off his range and doesn't play it safe. However, it was kind of a safe song choice full stop, and didn't dazzle. Here's hoping his second song is a little more impressive. His adorable grammy was moved to tears, though. Aww!
Blake doesn't know why he was worried — they could sell that track live right now and people would buy it. He loves that Cole concentrates on what's important — singing as best he can every week. Cee Lo loves that song and definitely loves Cole. He's glad Cole is still in the competition and considers himself his co-coach since he was the one who turned around for him.
Just in case last week didn't have enough reggae for you, this week Tessanne's singing the unofficial song of Jamaica: "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley. "Jamaica is a country of extremes, we are definitely resilient," Tess says. Her challenge is to make the song her own. It is a beautiful and moving rendition. Tessanne has never sung with more conviction — we got chills.
Adam says it's impossible to take ownership of that song and the meaning behind it, but Tessanne did it in an unbelievable way. He went on to sayshe made Jamaica proud and proved to everyone the potency of Bob Marley and of Tessanne Chin. Christina loved hearing her accent more and more and said it took her back to her vacation in Jamaica.
Matthew singing his dedication song first, wants to pay tribute to his family, who have supported him throughout his journey. Vocally, Matthew seems to be having a much better week. Maybe he was under the weather last week? His coach Christina certainly looked proud, as did his parents in the audience.
Christina loved the song choice and what Matthew brought to it. "It was almost as if the heavens were parting," she says, adding that he's a natural on the stage. Adam said he wasn't that familiar with the song, eliciting an "One Direction OMG!!" his way. Yeah — get with the times, Adam! He said it's hard to top a performance like his "Hallelujah" from two weeks ago and he likes that he's treading new territory with a song like this one.
Dedicating the song to his wife and baby girl, Will performs the piano intro before taking the mic to sing the song in celebration of their patience and support as he pursues and his music dreams. If you thought he hit the top of his range with his version of "At Last" you were mistaken. And here we thought Matthew was the one with the limitless range. Also, his baby girl is so freaking adorable.
Coach Adam loves that Will can play when it comes to piano as well as having such strong vocals. He envies the grit in his voice and he loves how optimistic and genuine he is. Cee Lo says Will definitely has soul, but more importantly he has heart. While he noticed a few spots that were iffy and "over-ambitious," but he recovered.
He's dedicating his performance to his dad, who gave him the strength and confidence to perform and has supported every decision he's made — even the bad ones. It's kind of a weird choice of song for a dedication, but that aside, we like slower, acoustic arrangement.
Adam noticed a little mess-up, but it doesn't matter. Adam said it was nice to bring it back to simplicity of a voice and not always make it about big, bombastic notes (though we can expect more of that later on in the show). Adam too loved the folksier rendition. Blake loves that he always sings on "ten", and he didn't notice whatever mess-up Adam detected. (We missed it, too — we'll have to rewind later and see what Adam was talking about!)
If you were waiting for Jacquie to sing a song written in the last twenty years... this is not that song. Jacquie has never been in love before so she doesn't quite relate to the heartache of the song. We fail to see how this is just coming up now, since she sang a big breakup song last week. Christina says Jacquie has a tendency to second-guess herself but if she just goes with it she'll be amazing. Taking on Janis Joplin is a tall order, though, and while Jacquie is consistent, she doesn't enough grit to really deliver this song well.
The crowd seems to disagree with us, though, and of course Christina does too. She got up on stage with her mentee to point out the mic stand on the ground, representing how much Jac threw her heart out there on the stage. Cee Lo says Jacquie is a medium of some sort, a vessel the spirit passes through. Spooky! He commends Christina for her song choices and says she'd had the most dynamic variety of song choices and given viewers a real music education. Adam says if that's how she sounds not having had her heart broken, he does not want to see heartbroken Jacquie Lee.
Awww! Cole dedicates his song to his ex — even though they're not together anymore, she still makes him want to be a better man. If this were a rom com, she'd be storming through the doors of the studio at the end.
Blake's picking up what we're laying down, saying if that doesn't win her back, he doesn't know what will. He loves how many dimensions Cole shows and his vulnerability. Cee Lo says it's bittersweet but mostly sweet to see Cole grow, to take his hat off (both figuratively and literally) and articulate his emotion. He feels like he discovered him and it makes him proud and thinks it would be super cool if he won this thing. Christina says she's always appreciated his voice and loved what he does. Tonight, however, she said his raspiness sounded like it might be coming from oversinging and to take care of himself. Good note.
Dedicated to her parents who taught her unconditional love, Tessanne performs Katy Perry's new single. We don't think the coaches give Tessanne enough credit for what a performer she is. We always feel like we're watching an established star when she takes the stage.
Adam points out how deceptively hard Katy Perry's songs can be, but he wasn't worried about Tessanne's ability to take it on. he's also continually impressed with both her voice and her heart. Blake says forget Jamiaca — she's a world class vocalist and he hasn't quite seen anything like her on the show.
Matthew and Christina were both thrown for a loop last week, but they're regrouped and ready to take back the top spot in the competition. She gives him this soul classic in order to remind viewers what a versatile artist he is. The ad libs get a little out of control in spots, but compared with last week, he seems to be on an upswing.
Carson commented on the range of Matthew's performances, even just tonight (One Direction couldn't be much farther away from Percy Sledge, really). Christina agreed, saying she loved to see Matthew take it back to basics and showcase his amazing vocals. Blake said Team Christina is coming out guns ablazing tonight with the classics and the huge notes.
Adam chose the song for its "defiance of genre," something Will is all about. Will can play banjo, which is super hard in case you didn't know, but Adam doesn't want him to rely on it as a crutch — he wants to make sure it's his voice that stands out. However, we're happy to see he didn't lose it entirely. If the best musician won The Voice automatically, it would be no competition with Will. How many instruments does this guy play?! We predict another great week for Will.
Adam says he loves the song for being so many things but Will figured it out like he knew he would. He says he can still sometimes see Will's "wheels" turning, which stresses him out a little, but he always comes through. Blake loved the banjo and the song, which he'd never heard before, and was impressed that an "idiot" like Adam came up with the song choice. Oh, boys boys, calm down — you're both pretty.
Jacquie pays tribute to her coach by singing one of her own songs, which she says couldn't be more perfect for her. Christina looks like a proud mama. This song is only ten years old, according to Carson.
Christina sees so many similarities between her and Jacquie and says it's the most age appropriate song she'd sung so far. She sees so much for Jacquie in the future and she appreciated her rendition so much.
Why stop with the epic vocals now? Adam wants to highlight James' theatrics and says he can't really overdo it with a song like this. James has a background in theater so this is right in his wheelhouse. The certainly spared no expense on the fog machine, but they really should have had him on a motorcycle if they wanted to really really go for it. James totally brings the drama, though, so good coaching from Adam!
Adam says he forgets how good that song is, and wants the audience to know that Will actually woke up with no voice today and he knows he'll be hard on himself for the performance, but he did an amazing job and has nothing to worry about — he handled it like a champ. Cee Lo says he's likened himself to Meatloaf on a couple occasions. As for James he "embodies the rock opera" and has just enough confidence to make it cool.
What did you think of tonight's performances?