VOICE OVER: Elite Eight Become Six with a Shocking Elimination
The results show tonight included some great performances, (including special guests: the Muppets) but also some ridiculously nerve-wracking moments, as the audience waited to see who America saved and which two would have to go home. The top eight became the top six, and the coaches, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, CeeLo Green, and Blake Shelton were almost as anxious as the singers themselves, hoping that their teams would not get eliminated.
Click here to read the previous recaps and brush up on who is still in the competition, what they sang last night, and how the coaches have responded to them thus far.
The coaches took a few minutes to talk about their teams and essentially tell them that whatever happens, they are still awesome and can continue to have a singing career even if they get eliminated. Christina confidently said of her last remaining contestant, “Nobody even comes close to Dez Duron,” and Coach CeeLo bragged, “Last night, Team CeeLo pulled the roof off this place.” Carson Daly revealed that on iTunes, Melanie’s performance from last night was #1 on the alternative charts, Terry’s was #1 on rock charts, and three of the top eight contestants’ performances were in the top ten songs purchased overall on iTunes between last night and today. So all three of them got their votes multiplied by ten, virtually guaranteeing them a spot in the top six.
Because they were so good together in the Battle Rounds a few weeks ago, Amanda Brown (from Team Adam) and Trevin Hunte (from Team CeeLo) reunited to sing “Marry the Night” together. It was a very awesome performance, bursting with power.
Last night, Adam called Cassadee Pope (Team Blake) and Trevin contenders to win this whole thing, so Carson asked him about that. Adam clarified, “They’re all capable of winning, so it really comes down to how do I coach my team to be the best version of themselves so when they go out and compete in this highly unnatural, bizarre competition they can be their best.” And Carson also asked Christina what would happen if her only one left, Dez Duron, were to be eliminated. “People go on after this show,” she told him, “I’ll continue to support Dez, and I love him. It’s not about the competition between us coaches winning or losing, but about the singers’ journeys.”
With that in mind, Carson revealed the first safe contestant from the night: from Team Blake, Cassadee Pope was saved.
Then some special guests came to perform. CeeLo Green invited everyone who has ever been on his team, in all three seasons, to join him in performing with the Muppets. Then he took the stage with just Kermit the frog, and ironically enough, they sang “It’s Not Easy Being Green,” (*see what they did there*) at the piano. As if his name weren’t enough green for him, CeeLo donned an insane green outfit with sequins all on it and a huge hat with a peacock feather. Words can hardly describe it, so check out the picture here.
Some of The Voice icons talked about their pre-show rituals as well. CeeLo told this sentiment, “Before I go on stage, I light a candle, close my eyes, and pray for the spirit of Christina to come into me.” Coach Blake said, “Vodka, anything fried, and The Golden Girls.” Melanie Martinez (Team Adam) said she makes sure her bow is in her hair, to which Cassadee commented, “She reminds me of a little present with her bow up there like that.”
The remaining seven lined up on the stage once more to see who would be summoned this time to the land of the saved. Carson gave the hint that it would be someone from Team Adam this time, and then finally announced: Amanda Brown!
Cassadee told Christina Milian about her friendships with the other The Voice contestants, “Terry is an amazing person; we’ve become really good friends, and I also love Melanie! I hope she can stay!”
Terry McDermott (Team Blake), Nicholas David (Team CeeLo), Cody Belew (Team CeeLo), and Melanie sang “Rhythm of Love,” by Plain White Tees as they sat confidently in front of the audience. They blended very well vocally, though Melanie’s voice seemed out of place when she was singing by herself, because the quality of her voice sounded so different from those with whom she was singing. Terry just seemed to be having a blast the entire time.