Now that we’re down to Top 12 on The Voice Season 3, it’s time for the contestants to get into “star mode.” The coaches get to sit back and enjoy the show so it’s now up to us at home to decide who’ll get that top spot.
While the coaches kick back, our fair finalists have to kick it up a notch. Even though they now have the perks of some new snazzy intros, complete with wind blown glamour shots, it came with the ridiculous pressure to deliver a performance that would wow the toughest judge around: America.
So let’s get to it!
Saved by coach Blake Shelton last week, Michaela Paige had to prove that her coach made the right choice. Taking on P!nk’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Michaela strutted on stage sporting a zebra meets Hello Kitty hybrid look that only made her performance that much spunkier.
Dubbed “bright and bold” by Christina Aguilera and “elegant” by Adam, Michaela really channelled her inner diva and gave a performance that more than convinced Blake that she was worth keeping around.
Next up was cutie patootie Dez Duron who is just absolutely fabulous at giving the girls exactly what they want: him. Rocking a seductive all black ensemble and an even more seductive smile, tonight Dez sailed through Lauryn Hill’s “I Need You Baby” with that smoky charm that we all know and love.
Cee Lo Green complimented his “natural sex appeal” (duh.) and Adam, basically complimenting a younger version of himself, said that he finally found his style. Of course, his No. 1 fan girl, coach Christina, looked like she was ready to eat him up with a spoon, telling him he had found a home in crooner-ville.
Shimmying around in another sparkly number singing Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” Adriana Louise clearly pulled out the big guns for this one. A master of multitasking, Adriana flipped her hair and hit those notes, even managing a solo serenade of our boy Adam Levine.
Christina called it “playful,” which was a considerably conservative take on the performance, but honestly, it was hard to deny that Adriana owned the stage tonight.
Cody Belew clearly took his confidence pill tonight and set the standard high for himself, saying in his pre-interviews that he wanted to give an “epic” performance.
And it was clear as he stepped on stage with “Simply The Best” by Tina Turner, he was obviously going for a blow out of a show. We couldn’t deny that he was enjoying himself, but it kind of felt like the song sang him, and not the other way around.
Christina wanted to see more “bopping” aka that “bang bang” we got a taste of from the blind auditions, but with Adam called him a natural on stage, it’s up to us to decide if we’ll get another “epic” show.
One of last week’s standouts, Amanda Brown, faced her biggest challenge yet, reining in that unbelievable voice of hers, while still showing us what she could do. Singing Florence + the Machine’s “Spectrum,” she looked like a spectrum of platinum and gold on the stage platform and had the theatrics and voice to match, along with a little Angelina Jolie flash of leg (which coach Blake Shelton was more than appreciative of).
An ambitious choice for sure, if there was anyone who could take on the challenge it was her, and she delivered. Cee Lo’s “favorite mistake,” she may have struggled with the small space she had to work with but Adam embraced all of her little slip ups, and said she had the chops to take it all the way.
A rocker looking to show a different side, Bryan Keith gave his own spin to Amy Winehouse’s “Back To Black” tonight. Working a classic Rat Pack vibe, complete with fedora and old school band, Bryan looked and sounded like he belonged in a ‘60s Vegas-era club, with the swag to match.
Not one to try too hard as Christina said, his smooth performance showcased his strong vocals and reminded us what a cool guy he actually was. Coach Adam called it his “breakout moment” and while we may get tired of hearing that exclamation, we doubt we’ll get tired of hearing Bryan too.
The pop princess with an edge (and a new dye job), Cassadee Pope took a bigger chance with her performance tonight. Singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” she managed to open up vocally and personally, giving us all a chance to see who was up on stage tonight.
Christina gave her an “actual” compliment tonight, calling her the favorite of the evening, and the other coaches agreed that she put it all out there tonight.
Oh Trevin, Trevin, Trevin. Each week we think you can’t top your performance last week, and every week you prove us wrong. Drawing from her personal experience as a first generation American, Trevin Hunte gave a soul searing performance of Percy Sledge’s “When A Man Loves A Woman” that was ridiculously emotional and yet somehow still looked effortless.
Earning a standing ovation from the judges, Adam told him that he had a gift, and Blake Shelton told him that he gave it everything tonight, leaving only “blood and guts” on the stage tonight. Coach Cee Lo literally called him an “angel” and really that may be the only explanation for his out-of-this-world voice.
Singing “Cough Syrup” by Young the Giant, youngster Melanie Martinez showed up tonight with that unique quality that has kept her in the running for so long. What she lacked in showmanship, she made up for in pure emotion, ending her performance crouched on the floor and nearly in tears.
“You are the only one like you,” coach Adam told her, and that’s what will be her claim to fame if America decides to take her to the next round.
Nicholas David, the other wildcard in the Top 12 was up next, and it was his turn to give his signature off-beat take. Singing Huey Lewis’ “Power Of Love,” Nicholas came out guns blazing and trumpets blaring with that type of soul and style that only he could bring to it.
Kindred weird spirit Cee Lo loved it and the other coaches (and audience) agreed. He’s got that adorably strange edge that makes him totally endearing and kind of untouchable.
Then we had breakout songstress Sylvia Yacoub. After her jaw dropping performance last week, this girl pushed the envelope even more this time with Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On.” For any of you millenials watching, obviously this song only makes us picture a frost bitten Leo DiCaprio, so excuse us while we break into hysterics mid performance.
Sylvia had to shake off some early performance nerves, but once she got through them, her clear talent showed through, and she did our 10-year-old selves proud. Adam had clearly been streaming Titanic on Netflix because he was on that sinking ship right along with us and said it was an “ambitious” choice while coach Christina rallied for her girl and told her that she killed it.
Ending the night was Terry McDermott, who’s quietly but solidly established himself as a force to be reckoned with, even if he’s constantly flying under the radar.
Singing “More Than A Feeling” by Boston, Terry looked like he was made to be on stage backed up by The Voice band. Earning a “damn good” from Cee Lo, he was already getting congratulated by coach Blake-for what, we’re not sure, but we can’t deny that he delivered a winning performance.
And that’s it! What did you think of the top 12? Who will you be voting for tonight? Tune in for the live results show tomorrow night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.