Florence + The Machine + Team Cee Lo opened The Voice's latest round of live eliminations with Florence's newest single, “No Light, No Light” from Ceremonials, and I flailed happily through the entire performance. I highly recommend snagging a copy of Ceremonials on vinyl and blasting it when the neighbors aren’t home. It’s pretty much a religious experience.
But after The Machine bid us adieu, it was time to get down to business.
This week’s insta-saves, as chosen by America, were Tony Lucca from Team Adam and Jamar Rogers from Team Cee Lo. Nice. That left Katrina Parker and Mathai to sing for redemption by the grace of Adam Levine, and Juliet Simms battling Cheesa for Cee Lo Green’s favor.
Mathai tackled “Cowboy Casanova,” a Carrie Underwood song. I thought it was alright. The response from the judges was generally positive, but none of them went out of their way to shower her with praise. I repeat, it was an alright performance.
Katrina Parker, still delightfully styled like an adult (what ARE you doing to your hair, lady? It looks fabulous. You should give Christina some pointers) dove into the official playlist of angry artsy teenage girls to perform “Perfect” by Pink. This time, the judges we more generous with their acclaim. Christina complimented Katrina’s skill at picking songs for herself and said she couldn’t wait to hear her original stuff in the future. Wow, that was...that was actually a very nice compliment! Christina was in a good mood. Maybe she just doesn’t like Mondays? I don’t blame her.
Adam killed ten minutes rambling with utmost sincerity about how much he didn’t want to cut anyone from his team. He pulled it together with a comparison of both Mathai’s “moment” and Katrina’s “moment.” Unfortunately for Mathai, she didn’t really have one, as Adam’s definition of “a moment” was that single performance that made it clear to him that a particular contestant has what it takes to win the whole shebang. This marked the second time that Katrina saved herself from the pit of the condemned, so clearly, the woman is doing something right.
After the break, Cheesa kicked things up a (small) notch with “Already Gone” from the Kelly Clarkson collection. I thought the song nicely showed off her range, but she was flat for most of it and the judges called her out. In the past, they’ve all talked about how debating pitchiness is silly because live performances are inherently imperfect, but I guess when you need an excuse to ditch someone, any reason will do. Then again, being flat for the ENTIRE SONG is more than a minor detail.
At that point, Juliet Simms’ performance was basically a formality. She traveled back to the '90s and sang Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn.” Juliet's voice is actually quite pretty when she isn’t growling like an irate yeti. Christina said she wanted something more like “Roxanne” and oh, don’t we all, but “Torn” was good and Christina’s mind changes by the week anyway.
Cee Lo was just as positive and reassuring tonight as he was on Monday. He asked Cheesa and Juliet to smile before he revealed his decision, possibly due to some twisted sense of humor, but I like to think it was because of the whole smiling-releases-endorphins thing.
So, Team Adam heads into next week with Tony Lucca and Katrina Parker while Team Cee Lo has Jamar Rogers and Juliet Simms. Those are some pretty fierce-looking teams there.
How do you feel about tonight’s results? Would you have chosen differently?