“The Voice” Recap: Meet The Elite Eight!

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Things are really getting down to the wire at The Voice.

After last night’s dramatic instant elimination, it was time for America to weigh in on who should continue to the semi-finals.

There has been much discussion as to whether the singing competition should still incorporate the last chance performance and instant elimination next season. Some say it takes away the voting power from the viewers, but others argue that it puts more pressure on the contestants to perform at their highest level.

Carson shared his views. “It’s a coaches instant elimination that is taking it away from America,” he said. “I think America does lose a vote in that regard.”

On last night’s results show, America voted to keep one contestant on Team Adam and Team Cee Lo. The bottom four contestants then got one final moment to prove themselves, but their coaches could only rescue one from elimination.

TEAM ADAM

Carson told Tony Lucca at the show’s start that America voted to save him. That meant Mathai and Katrina Parker had to compete against each other in their last chance performances.

Mathai – “Cowboy Casanova”

Known for performing earthy, soulful pop songs, it was a big risk for Mathai to bust out a country song last night.

Blake Shelton was happy that she embraced her hillbilly side. Meanwhile, each coach seemed pleased she showed more aggression than previous performances. But, was it enough to save her?

Katrina Parker – “Perfect”

Katrina gave one of the strongest performances on Monday night, but that didn’t stop her from singing for her life with a beautiful rendition of this P!nk power ballad.

Blake took the opportunity to tell America they got it wrong. Although we saved Tony Lucca, he believed Katrina was the strongest member on Team Adam. Christina Aguilera agreed and added that she’s most excited to hear original material from Katrina.

Adam Levine agonized over who he’d send home. In fact, he rambled on for more than three minutes.

Even though Adam believed both had the potential to win the competition, he was swayed by Katrina Parker’s game-changing Monday performance and chose to keep her around another week.

TEAM CEE LO

After delivering an emotionally powerful performance Monday, it was no surprise Jamar Rogers received enough votes to continue on in the competition.

His teammates, Cheesa and Juliet Simms, hunkered down for an old-fashioned diva-off and they did not disappoint.

Juliet Simms – “Torn”

This Natalie Imbruglia tune was a surprising choice for Juliet, who usually favors rock songs, but she pulled it off with her signature style.

Christina admitted she prefers Juliet as a rock singer, but Blake urged Cee Lo to save her because he couldn’t imagine the competition going on without her.

Cheesa – “Already Gone”

With support for Juliet, Cheesa had to bring it with the performance of her life. With a power belt like she has, it only made sense to select a Kelly Clarkson number.

Cheesa gave it her all, but she was just a hair under pitch for most of the song, which the coaches pointed out.

Cee Lo had to choose from two very different voices. He praised Cheesa for her “accomplished” and “classically trained” voice. On the other hand, he described Juliet’s vocals as art imitating life and “life isn’t perfect…and this is why America, their energy is invested in Juliet.”

Cee Lo decided he couldn’t argue with America and saved fan favorite Juliet Simms.

As we head into the semi-final round next week, here is how the teams are shaping up:

  • Team Christina – Lindsey Pavao & Chris Mann
  • Team Blake – Jermaine Paul & Erin Willett
  • Team Adam – Katrina Parker & Tony Lucca
  • Team Cee Lo – Jamar Rogers & Juliet Simms

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles

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