It was Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton’s turn to slice their teams into half as the Knockout Round continued on NBC’s The Voice.
Team Christina: Watching her ten singers take the stage, a Shania Twain song came to mind: “That Don’t Impress Me Much.” Most of them were underwhelming. But she has the one competitor I think could win this whole thing: De’Borah. That’s Christina’s ace in the hole — and the one that’ll keep her in the competition for the long haul. But, who knows, I’m still holding out hope one of her remaining four ends up having a breakout performance in the playoffs. It could happen. Christina’s final five:
Team Blake: I think his group of wannabe superstars fared a little bit better. A few had some song choice issues — and they paid for that mistake. Both Gracia Harrison and Suzanne Choffel could have done very well in the live playoffs. But choosing Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” and Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved” was completely the wrong way to go. Same with Rudy, who unwisely tackled Chris Brown’s “Forever.” But, in the end, I didn’t feel a connection with many of Blake’s singers. That could all change once the playoffs start next week, however. Blake’s final five:
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Needless to say, while I was able to choose my favorite five performances from Monday’s competition featuring Team Adam and Team CeeLo, I’m only going to go with a top 3 from this latest set of knockouts:
#3 Cassadee Pope “Payphone”
Original Artist: Maroon 5
It took guts for Cassadee to stand up there on that stage and sing a current Maroon 5 song. I mean, it’s on the radio all the time and she did a pretty good job with it. I must confess, I’m not totally feeling her — when she’s not singing, her facial expressions are a bit too intense for me — but I liked her rendition of “Payphone.” I thought she did a better job with it than Sylvia Yacoub did singing Christina’s “Fighter.” However, Sylvia moved on to the playoffs too, so I guess it paid off for both of them to take on a coach’s song.
#2 De’Borah “You Found Me”
Original Artist: The Fray
I love De’Borah’s style and I love that she pours everything into her performance. And, more importantly, she knows how to make a connection with the audience. Singing this song The Fray made famous, I didn’t think about The Fray at all. This was her song. That’s what she does, which I hope is going to carry her far into the competition. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind her winning The Voice. She has this whole former outcast that’s finally being accepted thing going on for her and it works. It’s a joy to see her up there singing, it really is.
#1 Terry McDermott “Maybe I’m Amazed”
Original Artist: Paul McCartney
“Maybe I’m Amazed” is, for lack of a better word, an amazing song and Terry knocked this one out of the park within the first two seconds of his performance. In the segment that set up this particular knockout round, he admitted he sings this song with his band. And it showed. He was so sure of himself as he took command of the stage, it was easily my favorite of the night. I like his classic rock vibe and his voice is incredible. I don’t know if he’ll have the fanbase that it’ll take to win but you never know. He probably made a bunch of fans with that rendition of the great Paul McCartney tune. He was impressive.
OK, the live playoffs begin next week. What did you think of the Knockouts? The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays on NBC at 8/7c.