Update: The Voice down to 12 Contestants

The Voice: 12 Contestants Sing for Their Lives and Christina Aguilera is a Bundle of Nerves

Published – Nov 13 2012 05:00AM CST

Keely Herrick, RR.com Original

(ASSOCIATED PRESS) The night started off with 12 contestants – three on each team – but now that we are in the live shows, two artists will be sent home each week, based on audience votes. Carson Daly teased Christina Aguilera about the difficulty of leaving the decision in the audience’s hands, and she admitted to being a bundle of nerves. New this season is the twist that the final four contestants standing are not guaranteed to represent each of the four teams, as each artist is competing on his/her own for votes.

The Voice hosted by Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine airs Mondays on NBC at 8:00 pm ET.

“Blow Me One Last Kiss”

Blake’s anime-cartoon-come-to-life, Michaela (Page), was up first with her cover of Pink’s latest hit. She fought a bit against the low pitch of the song and the extreme length of her fake eyelashes, but the judges enjoyed it as a solid performance. Blake begged the audience to please vote for his star. She did not sport her trademark mohawk tonight, and her luck may be gone with her locks.

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You”

As sentiments for a singing competition go, this title is probably more optimistic than the last one. Team Christina Aguilera’s sole male member, Dez (Duron), grooved his way through the Lauryn Hill version of this song. I imagine this is what the entertainment looks like on a Disney cruise ship. Christina made her pitch for Dez, touting his “heart of gold” as a reason to vote for him. Based on the screams of the girls in the audience, he should survive tomorrow night’s eliminations.

“Good Girl”

Adriana (Louise) was the next member of Team Christina Aguilera to take the stage, in front of an unfortunate and distracting shooting star graphic. She was the first one to bring a hungry-for-the-win attitude to the stage, and she ended her version of Carrie Underwood’s song by leaning playfully over Adam Levine, which he evidently enjoyed. It was a confident, fun performance overall.

“The Best”

Another statement I can get behind is Cody (Belew) belting out Tina Turner’s “The Best.” A country boy wearing a sparkly suit and singing an 80s power ballad? That’s pretty much the way to my heart, yup. Blake Shelton stated that Cody is “meant to be on stage,” and Christina requested “more bopping around” from future performances. Cee-Lo Green was proud of the fun, natural performance from the contestant he saved last week.

“Spectrum”

Team Adam Levine’s, Amanda Brown, was up next. She emerged like a golden goddess in a long gown and hot pants. As much as I like her voice, I can’t say I was a fan of this performance, which was uncharacteristically screechy and uncomfortable. Christina rambled on for a little and I had time to ponder her ensemble — I’m guessing that either she lost a bet or her stylist just hates her. Even Amanda’s coach, Adam, admitted this wasn’t her best performance; she will need votes based on her history on the show to save her.

“Back to Black”

The Voice doesn’t really pretend to be cool, per se, but Bryan Keith’s version of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” was perfectly slinky and suave. The judges all agreed that this was Bryan’s breakout moment of the competition, and Adam was proud of his prot’eg’ee. He should cruise safely into the top 10.

“Behind These Hazel Eyes”

Cassadee Pope from Team Blake Shelton discussed her estrangement from her father with her coach, relating how she had hoped to hear from her father during the course of the show. Note to Cassadee: the show that seems to reunite children most with their parents is RuPaul’s Drag Race, just saying. Christina related to Cassadee’s pain and all the judges cheered her very sincere delivery of this Kelly Clarkson song.

“When a Man Loves a Woman”

Okay, one of my favorite contestants (Trevin Hunte) on this show was taking on one of my favorite songs of all time, so I was just hoping against hope that he would stay out of Michael Bolton territory. He didn’t go Bolton, but he did steer the ship straight into church, and it was a bit too gospel for my taste. He certainly has a beautiful voice, though, and as the most likeable contestant, he should easily proceed to the next round.

“Cough Syrup”

Team Adam Levine’s bow-headed Melanie revealed that her signature look is recently inspired by Cruella De Vil, much to her mother’s chagrin. Blake praised her as having the most unique sound in the competition, and Christina enjoyed the emotion displayed, as Melanie (Martinez) seemed to be near tears the entire song. She’s just not my cup of tea, but I do appreciate the coaches finding something nice to say about every performance this year. (Edited)

“The Power of Love”

Cee-Lo Green’s hip-hip-hippie Nicholas David took on the Huey Lewis classic “The Power of Love.” The song seemed to get away from him a bit, and the coaches even found a way to spin that in a positive light. This was one of my least favorite performances of the night, even though he is such a sweet guy.

“My Heart Will Go On”

Team Christina Aguilera’s Sylvia Yacoub boldly chose Celine Dion’s Titanic anthem, “My Heart Will Go On.” I think anyone covering this song would sound like a high school talent show contestant, and the judges all praised Sylvia’s ambition while noting her nerves. Verdict: meh, not likely to bring in the votes.

“More Than a Feeling”

Terry McDermott closed out the night with “More Than a Feeling.” This guy might like the 70s more than Lenny Kravitz does, and his voice is perfectly suited to the era. If there are enough nostalgists in the voting public, he should move on again.

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