The Voice Weekly Wrap-up and Top 4 Power Rankings: R.I.P., Team Adam

By MaryAnn Sleasman

Dec 05, 2012

Another week, another team falls to the new elimination rules. Bye bye, Team Adam. I’ll miss you. Well, I’ll miss half of you. After briefly revelling in network talent show glory with “Hit the Road, Jack” a few weeks ago, Melanie Martinez seemed hellbent on returning to her immobile and inaudible roots with a string of mostly forgettable performances aimed at the indie-snob demographic that would probably rather set themselves on fire than indulge in The Voice.

Amanda Brown, however, was robbed, and the only thing holding me back from an impassioned rant against the voting public is the fact that at least Team Weird Beard is still going strong. I have absolutely no explanation for Nicholas David’s continued success except that I’m a cynical bastard who is accustomed to the singers I like never making it to the finals. Is this what being on a (potentially) winning team feels like? It’s strange and tingly, kind of like when your foot falls asleep. I’m not sure that I enjoy it and it I feel like if I try to get used to it, I’ll just be setting myself up for disappointment next season when we start this insanity over again.

Still, Go Team Weird Beard! Also, Go Team-Anybody-But-Cassadee-Pope-Because-I’m-So-Sick-Of-Ex-Warped-Tour-Musicians-Coming-On-This-Show-to-Whine-About-How-Disappointing-Their-Careers-Are.

Here are our top 4 heading into the finals:

4. Trevin Hunte – Team Cee Lo

Hunte’s “Walkin’ on Sunshine” was underwhelming, but his “I’m Telling You” reminded us of why he’s made it as far as he has in this competition. It all comes down to song choice with him. He tends to give his best performances with classics and ballads, but I understand the appeal of doing more up-tempo stuff. Unfortunately, his fumbles with the faster songs could easily land him in the bottom slot next week.

3. Nicholas David – Team Cee Lo

Both Christina and Adam wanted the elusive “more” from David during the chorus of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September” while Blake remarked that, thanks to David’s annunciation, he finally knows what the actual lyrics to the song are. They were all correct. “September” maintained Nicholas David’s status quo; it was a solid, but sort of predictable, performance of his signature “baby-makin’ music.” However, his cover of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was easily my favorite of the entire evening. Can I get that on vinyl please, kthnx?

2. Cassadee Pope – Team Blake

Ironically, it was the country song that Coach Blake handed to Pope that made her fret and get all angsty because as we all know, country music is a super obscure and difficult genre of music to sing (or so every freaking contestant and judge on The Voice would have you believe)... and Pope rocked the pants off of it. Of course, Rascal Flatts is pretty much the poppiest country group ever, but regardless, her cover of “Stand” was one of the strongest performances of the night. Her tired and painfully predictable Avril Lavigne cover, however, seemed warbly.

1. Terry McDermott – Team Blake

McDermott pretty much does the same thing every time he’s on the stage (unless he’s being force-fed country tunes by his country-fried coach) but the thing is, he does what he does well. His harmonies on “I Wanna Know What Love Is” were lovely and his cover of “Stay with Me” was energetic and fun and flawless. He stayed far away from his weaker low register this week and it was a strong decision.


1. How would you rank the top 4?

2. Were you sad to see Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez go?

3. Was Christina Aguilera not TOTALLY wearing a wig?

4. Speaking of Xtina, did anyone else find her deliberate avoidance of complementing Melanie Martinez, coupled with her excessive praise of whoever designs The Voice’s sets, to be kind of rude? I’m sure that the behind-the-scenes people probably don’t get the credit that they’re due, but at the same time, given that the strongest thing about most of Martinez’s recent performances has been the sets, it just seemed kind of dickish to point out, “Blah blah blah musically I wanted more but OMG THAT SET DESIGN WAS BEAUTIFUL TOO BAD IT WASN’T YOUR IDEA LOL *evil cackle*”

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  • JosephCecil Dec 06, 2012

    Kinda sad how they've manipulated Cassadee into being the front runner when she is just not very good. Her voice is weak and she sings through her nose, which is the mark of a lazy artist. (IMHO). She's almost always given a spot near the end of the show, so her performance is fresher and Xtina adores her because she's just as empty. I guess they're looking for a good pop puppet and Pope fits the bill: She'll sing what she's told, wear what she's told, and perform how she's told and that's what they want. I'm shocked at her fan base, but maybe music really is dead. When your cover of Avril makes me think "not as good as Avril" (who I enjoyed, but was not a GREAT musical talent) you just plain don't have it.

    I want David to win, but brother is in the wrong century for this. Sure, I can see a great LP from him and an awesome concert at the Palace (...Air Supply!...with special guest Nicholas David!). But in 2012? When Bieber and One Direction are huge artists? David has the crazy hair, may as well start working on that time machine.

  • enomo67 Dec 06, 2012

    Amanda has a great voice, but she's really not a very interesting artist. She never had any real vision of herself besides I want to be a rocker chick. But wanting to be a rocker chick and being a rocker chick are not the same thing, and I'm sorry, but girl is not rock and roll by any means. (Of course, neither is Adam Levine, and he seems to think he is...) I'm hoping Terry wins. He's got pipes, man. Also, I thought it was kind of funny how obviously Christina hated Melanie. Extremely rude, but also pretty amusing how up front she was about it. Because no one is ever that obvious about hatred on these sorts of shows.

  • AdaHui Dec 06, 2012

    Yayzers, my top 4! Well Melanie and Nicholas were battling for 4th but I'm super happy with this and will actually enjoy any of them winning. Right now, I'm leaning more towards seeing Terry as winner but I'd plunk down money on any of them.

  • AdaHui Dec 06, 2012

    Have to add in reply to question #4 - yes, Christina was totally rude! One thing I love about the Voice is that they don't go out of their way to tear down another person, they always find the good in the performance but she has total issues against Melanie. And not even asking if the sets were her/Adam's ideas before crowing about the obscure set designer was just plain rude!

  • richard_o Dec 06, 2012

    why all the hate towards cassadee?

    1. cassadee > terry > nicholas > trevin
    2. yes, sad to see amanda go.. but not melanie.

  • pdpd6 Dec 06, 2012

    Can't stand any of the final 4 - wish Cody Belew, Amanda Brown and Melanie Martinez were still in it

  • youngnan Dec 06, 2012

    so sad. amanda my darling angel who rocked everythinhg from adele to aerosmith, will miss you

  • modernfamily120 Dec 06, 2012

    I was shocked and angered by last night's results. I both thought and hoped that it would be Terry and Nicholas would go home. When they announced that Terry was safe, I then was nervous because I knew that one of Team Adam's people would go home, because Trevin and Cassadee are very good huge favourites. I was unsure which of Adam's contestants would go home, because Melanie, in my oppinion, had done better this week, and she had been in the Top 10 on iTunes when Amanda wasn't, but, on the other hand, Amanda I thought was better overall and had a huge fan base. I was so sure that Nicholas would go home! But he didn't!!! This makes the final two even more obvious, Trevin and Cassadee. Trevin was the favourite, until recently when Cassadee increased in popularity. I will be very angry if Terry of Nicholas is in the Top 2, especially Nicholas.

  • ale123 Dec 05, 2012

    Amanda was the most consistently amazing of anyone the whole season

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  • ch0c0nutz Dec 05, 2012

    i've been getting sad bout the eliminations since top 10 i guess cuz they are all so good! it's like one of the coaches said: there were 6 winners on stage...

    i did agree with xtina's comments tho cuz melanie was boring... she was always doing the same thing every week so i didn't care about her anymore even tho i like her... but her stage on that lenka song was cute

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