'The Voice' Recap: The Live Playoffs Continue
The night put Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green's contestants on stage for their first live performances.
Even though the Presidential election is over, the voting has just begun on The Voice.
Skipping its usual Tuesday timeslot, the live performances continued on Wednesday night, with Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green’s team members performing in hopes of earning America’s vote.
After both teams performed a group rendition of "Sing," originally by My Chemical Romance, Adriana Louise kicked off the show with Katy Perry's "Firework." Though pitchy, Adam Levine praised her for singing a song that "the way it's written [is] a total bitch."
Former church singer De'borah put her spin on P!nk's "Who Knew," and with unanimous praise from the coaches, Green said, "I feel your confidence and your pain, and it's very compelling...I love you, I love you!"
Texas powerhouse singer Devyn Deloera took on Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" to showcase her runs and share a softer side. Because the rendition did include some well-delivered diva moments toward the end of the song, the judges felt misled and didn't praise her as much as we think she actually deserved. Thankfully, her coach Aguilera-- who knows no shortage of big notes -- defended the performance.
Providing her own piano accompaniment, Sylvia Yacoub tackled Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" -- a performance that Green said was his favorite of the night, even though his entire team was singing to stay on the show.
Aguilera's only male contender, Dez Duron, tried his hand at country with Hunter Hayes' "Wanted." After roaring applause from the ladies in the audience, Levine stated the obvious: "Good news is that girls really love you!" Blake Shelton praised his precise runs and wished he had coerced the contestant to joining his team.
Team Cee Lo
Cody Belew took a stab at George Michael's "One More Try" to seize the song's emotional moments. Shelton noted that Green's team is full of many threats, and that both he and his wife, Miranda Lambert, are rooting for him.
Peruvian vocalist Diego Val strayed from his rock 'n' roll comfort zone and chose Enrique Iglesias' breakout hit "Bailamos" -- a risk that didn't pay off as well as he hoped. Aguilera and Levine agreed that there wasn't enough commitment to the new genre choice, and Green noted that American women will vote for him because of his natural cool. Not likely.
After performing an acoustic version of "Call Me Maybe" in the knockout round, Mackenzie Bourg tackled One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and proved his commercially viability to all tweens and music producers watching The Voice from home. Contrary to the crowd's opinion, the coaches would rather he explore a more mature musical side in future performances.
Nicholas David sang Barry White's "You're the First, My Last, My Everything," earning endless praise from the audience and the ultimate compliment from Levine: "Barry White makes baby-making music, and I want to make a baby now."
Trevin Hunte closed the show with a ballad version of Michael Bolton's "How Am I Supposed to Live Without You." With unanimous praise from the coaches, Shelton said it flat out: "You have what it takes to win The Voice."
Thursday night's special live broadcast (8-9 p.m. ET on NBC) will reveal America's top two picks from each team, and which additional contestant is saved by each coach. Even though that means two singers from each team will head home, Green trusts the viewers' choices: "Judging by yesterday's elections, America has great taste, so I'm not worried."
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