April 16, 2012 07:33 PM by Shayla Perry
Surprised by tonight’s Instant Elimination twist on The Voice? So were the coaches! Apparently, somebody didn’t get the memo from NBC. Find out which two artists were cut from Teams Blake and Christina, plus more highlights from the show after the jump.
The first performance of the night is from Team Blake’s sassy Texas native, RaeLynn, who bumps and grinds her way through “She’s Country,” getting a standing ovation from Blake Shelton, and inspiring Christina Aguilera to get a little bit country herself.
Who can top that?
Perhaps one Mr. Jesse Campbell who takes on Beyonce‘s “Halo.” With his daughter as his inspiration, Jesse, not surprisingly delivers another great performance. And yes, all of the coaches still think he’s the favorite to win.
Up next, Jordis Unga. After almost being eliminated last week, she’s back, and appropriately singing “A Little Bit Stronger.” It’s an emotional one for Jordis, and the coaches agree that the whole vulnerability thing is definitely working for her.
With a little help from Crenshaw High School’s gospel choir, Team Christina takes the stage next, first showering Blake Shelton with some bills as he gets grinded on by the male strippers he’s been complaining about all season.
After belting it out with her coach and teammates, Ashley De La Rosa is hitting the stage again singing “Foolish Games.” Is the teen really Christina’s “secret weapon”? Cee Lo’s critique is a bit underwhelming, but Adam and Blake seem to think that the smartest decision this season was Ashley being saved.
The second smartest?
The collaboration between Maroon 5 and Wiz Khalifa, who perform their new single, “Payphone.” Good luck trying to get this one out of your head!
Next, Team Blake’s Erin Willett is attempting Adele‘s “Set Fire to The Rain.” Not many have been able to handle Adele this season. Will Erin be the one to finally get it right? She came pretty close, but WILLETT be enough to keep her in the competition? (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)
Lindsey Pavao is challenging herself with Katy Perry‘s “Part of Me.” There are a few pitch problems, but as Blake points out, when you’re a fan of Lindsey, those things are excused. But what’s up with Cee Lo and Christina not knowing the song?!
It’s Papa Bear’s turn to sing with his team, and tonight, Team Blake is singing “Heartache Tonight.” We think we’ve found our next platinum-selling country group! Okay, maybe a little wishful thinking on our part, but their voices sound AWESOME together.
Returning to the stage, Jermaine Paul performs “Against All Odds.” Christina loves it so much that Jermaine is officially her favorite member of Team Blake.
Last, but certainly not least, is Team Christina’s Chris Mann singing “Viva La Vida.” It’s a surprising song choice, but it works even if Adam would’ve preferred to hear Chris sing opera.
And now for the hard part….
For the first time, the coaches have to cut one of their team members immediately.
It’s a difficult decision, but it has to be done, and Christina ultimately chooses to eliminate Jesse Campbell!
For Team Blake, the artist going home is Jordis Unga.
What do you think of tonight’s Instant Eliminations? Sound off in the Comments below!
RaeLynn – 1-855-VOICE-01
Jordis Unga – 1-855-VOICE-03
Erin Willett – 1-855-VOICE-05
Jermaine Paul – 1-855-VOICE-07
Ashley De La Rosa – 1-855-VOICE-04
Lindsey Pavao -1-855-VOICE-06
Chris Mann – 1-855-VOICE-08
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