November 08, 2013 03:00 PM by Suzy Kerr
Last night on The Voice, a whopping eight contestants were sent packing to narrow the playing field down to just 12 singers. It was a hard-fought battle, and there were a couple a shockers, but in the end, America and the coaches had to choose who they think has what it takes to go all the way. Here’s how each team stands after last night’s eliminations:
• Team Blake – The group started out with Nic Hawk, Austin Jenckes, Ray Bordeaux, Shelbie Z. and Cole Vosbury performing The Edgar Winter Group’s “Free Ride.” Overall, the group performance was rather shaky and lackluster, without much unison among the contestants, plus there was that bizarre robot dance by Nic that just made me go “huh?”. In the end, America voted for Cole and Austin, and Blake made the somewhat surprising choice of saving Ray, negating all possibility of another win by female country artist on his team.
• Team CeeLo – Supertramp’s “Give a Little Bit” was the song choice for Amber Nicole, Caroline Pennell, Jonny Gray, Tamara Chauniece and Kat Robichaud. The group gave a solid performance that started with Jonny’s solo and included stellar renditions by Tamara and Amber Nicole. Fan-favorite Caroline did okay, but seemed a bit overshadowed by the other women. That didn’t stop her from making the cut along with Jonny Gray as voters’ top choices. CeeLo opted to save Kat, even though he gave props to all his singers as “equally comparable.”
• Team Adam – Adam’s group began with singers Grey, Tessanne Chin, James Wolpert, Will Champlin and Preston Pohl taking on “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities. This team seemed to be the standout group of the night, with all the contestants harmonizing beautifully together but still keeping their solo performances strong. America chose to advance James and Tessanne, and then Adam was faced with the extremely difficult choice of saving one of the other three. He looked genuinely pained as he thought it over, but decided on Will in the end.
• Team Christina – “Love Somebody” by Maroon 5 was the choice for Josh Logan, Olivia Henken, Jacquie Lee, Matthew Schuler and Stephanie Anne Johnson. The group delivered a mediocre performance, but what they really had going for them was that they work so well together, and they seemed like they were genuinely having fun. Matthew and Jacquie were chosen as America’s top picks, while Christina settled on Josh after giving a super long break-up speech and promising to stay in touch with the others.
So that’s where we stand right now on The Voice. What do you think about the final 12? Did America make the right decision? Did the coaches? Tell us in the comments!
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