Monday’s installment of NBC’s The Voice featured more instant eliminations. James Massone and Pip were both sent home as the contestants faced on-the-spot dismissal during the competition’s live quarter finals.
The judges had this season’s surprise new rule sprung on them last week. The two active judges on Monday’s show, Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine, were both forced to dismiss one of the singers they’ve been mentoring. The remaining six contestants who performed Monday remain subject to America’s vote, and they will discover their fate on Tuesday’s results show.
The other two judges, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, were on hand to critique the singers but had no say in the eliminations this week.
The broadcast featured a moment recalling the late Dick Clark and his show, American Bandstand. The picture switched to black and white and host Carson Daly did a 1960s retro-style introduction as Team Cee Lo joined their mentor for a performance of the ’60s smash, “Dancing in the Streets,” by Martha & The Vandellas.
Later, Adam Levine showed off his drumming skills and was joined by his team for a version of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma.”
Here’s a rundown of the contestant’s performances, prior to the elimination:
Team Cee Lo:
Jamar Rogers learned several years ago he was HIV positive, and he never thought he’d make it to his 30th birthday. He sang “It’s My Life,” by Bon Jovi, which has a strong personal meaning for him. Adam called Jamar “amazing” and Blake said the pairing of the song with the artist was one of the best ever. Jamar was clearly moved when Cee Lo asked the audience to “share the love.” Cee Lo spoke eloquently about Jamar’s inspirational story.
Mechanic James Massone has been touted by Cee Lo as a “ladies man.” James has a natural connection with his audience. He sang Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are,” and hoped it would be a “knock out.” The staging seemed a little cheesy; with James singing to a girl in her window, as he stood on her stoop. Blake and Christina agreed the performance was a little lame, but Cee Lo enjoyed it.
Cheesa wants to be a diva and took to the stage to perform her version of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Christina acknowledged Cheesa did well. Cee Lo said he was proud of his pupil and told Cheesa she filled the shoes of Whitney, whom he described as his “fairy godmother,” very well.
Juliette Simms is known as an indie-rocker on the show. She’s been praised all-round by the judges so far, which has given her confidence after years of rejection in the music business. Juliette sang Aerosmith’s “Cryin’” in a style reminiscent of Stevie Nicks. She strode the stage with a huge pair of black wings as part of her costume. The stage was covered in feathers at the end of the song, which reminded Blake of going hunting. Christina called Juliette “fabulous” and loved her roar. Cee Lo said Juliette was a hopeful that everybody was rooting for.
Katrina Parker had previously been saved by Adam in an earlier sing-off. She chose to cover Christina Perri’s “Jar of Hearts.” Blake said it was the first time that Katrina really showed herself, and called her “awesome.” Christina felt that any comparisons there have been between Katrina and pop star Adele should be forgotten now because Katrina is her own artist. Adam said Katrina had evolved into one on his team’s best artists and called her “flawless.”
Nursing student Mathai was struggling with her song choice. Adam thought she should try Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like a Bird.” She had to learn the song and make it her own. She promised to eat the song for “breakfast, lunch and dinner.” Christina said Mathai didn’t connect with the song but Adam thought the performance was great. All the judges thought the staging, which included a flying acrobat, was distracting.
There have been many references to Tony Lucca being a former Mousketeer, and he’s been desperate to find the right image by playing with his past. He promised a not-to-be-forgotten performance of “…Baby One More Time,” by Britney Spears. His rocked-up version seemed to get everyone’s approval. The audience went wild and even Christina admitted she enjoyed the performance. Blake called the song choice “smart.” Adam said that by “staring down his past,” Tony had achieved what he wanted to do.
Pip is just 19 years old, and has admitted barely scraping through the earlier rounds. He decided to sing the Keane song “Somewhere Only We Know,” in an effort to find an image for himself. Adam told Pip he might be at risk if this performance did not hit home. Pip sang without his signature bow-tie. Blake thought Pip was just “OK” and Adam admitted there were some vocal problems toward the end.
The Voice airs again on Tuesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time on NBC. It will feature a performance by Florence and the Machine.