“The Voice” Cuts More Contestants, Debuts Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend”
Another night of The Voice means another night of controversy.
On Monday, coach Christina Aguilera shocked many when she cut Jesse Campbell from her team during the instant eliminations. Jesse was widely considered to be the front runner of the entire competition.
Tuesday night, America got to weigh in, voting to keep one contestant from both Team Christina and Team Blake. The 4 bottom artists, however, had to sing for their lives in hopes that their coach would save them.
Host Carson Daly shared how he felt about last night’s results episode to AMP/Los Angeles, saying, “‘I need a name, I need a name, I need a name.’ I went to bed last night with that going on in my head…what you don’t know is that in my left ear I’ve got NBC saying, “Credits are rolling…get a name Carson, get a name!’ What do you want me to do? Do you want me to walk down to where Blake is sitting and put my hand down his throat into his soul and pull out Erin Willet or RaeLynn’s name?”
TEAM CHRISTINA AGUILERA:
In somewhat of a surprising move, America chose to keep opera singer Chris Mann on Team Christina.
This meant Ashley De La Rosa and Lindsey Pavao had to battle it out to make the top 8.
Ashley went with Lady Gaga’s “You And I” as her last chance performance and it was mostly well-received by the coaching panel.
Adam Levine felt it wasn’t the best he’d seen from the 18-year-old, but nevertheless, she had made him a believer. Blake Shelton seconded Levine’s praise, saying he would pick Ashley even though Lindsey had yet to perform.
The tears really began to flow once Lindsey Pavao took to the stage to sing Mike Posner’s “Please Don’t Go.” Pavao completely broke down at the end of the song and even Christina couldn’t hold back her emotions.
While fighting back tears, Christina called Lindsey’s performance “vulnerable” and “very powerful.”
Despite the advice to the contrary from the other coaches, Christina went with her heart and saved Lindsey Pavao.
TEAM BLAKE SHELTON:
Then, it was on to Team Blake. Carson announced that Alicia Keys’ back up singer Jermaine Paul was safe for the week, so RaeLynn and Erin Willett prepared for what could have been their final performance on The Voice.
Erin Willett got the entire crowd up on their feet with her rendition of “Proud Mary.”
Christina Aguilera loved Erin’s energy and called the whole thing an “amazing effort.”
RaeLynn stuck to what she does best…straight up country. She sang her heart out to The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young.”
There wasn’t much time for the coaches to give her feedback, but Adam Levinesaid he wasn’t a huge fan of the song choice and that he would’ve coached her differently if she had been a part of his team.
Blake was clearly conflicted when it came down to decide who to save. Erin’s powerful vocals always bring down the house, but Blake also had to consider his special country connection with RaeLynn.
After Carson asked him several times to give him a name, he finally settled on saving Erin Willett.
In the midst of all this drama, Justin Bieber visited The Voice to deliver a few very special announcements.
He revealed that his upcoming album Believe will be released on June 19 and that he will return to The Voice to perform “Boyfriend” live in a few weeks.
To tide everyone over until then, Bieber debuted an extended clip of his “Boyfriend” music video as well.
-Sarah Carroll, AMP 97.1, Los Angeles