The drama reached a full-on fever pitch last night on The Voice as we finally found out which four contestants will represent coaches Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Cee Lo Green, and Blake Shelton in the finale episode.
There were a few surprises and lots of tears as both America and the coaches had an impact on the final decision.
Each coach had a total of 100 points to divvy up between their two remaining proteges. If they thought one performed significantly better than the other, they could give that artist 75 points and then the other would only receive 25.
America also got 100 points and the combined score of 200 decided who stays and who goes.
There couldn’t be two vocalists more different than opera singer Chris Mann and indie crooner Lindsey Pavao. Because of this Christina Aguilera struggled to pick a favorite and split her points right down the middle: 50 for Chris and 50 for Lindsey.
“It’s so hard to really compare and break down their individual talent because they’re both so far apart,” Christina explained. “So I really wanted to let America have the opportunity to put their two cents in and be the deciding factor in this case.”
America came through for Chris and gave him a spot in next week’s finale. Lindsey took the news hard and was teary-eyed long after the show ended. While she was walking the red carpet, she told AMP Radio it felt like she was “getting dumped!”
Thank you @TheRealXtina for all the encouragement. You have changed my life forever.<3
— Lindsey Pavao (@LindseyPavao) May 2, 2012
Adam Levine chose not to take the easy route and gave the 60/40 advantage to Tony Lucca.
“I believe that you’re both equally talented,” Levine said. “My connection with Tony, I feel like we get each other in a way that I think could lead him to win this thing.”
The coach’s vote ended up majorly impacting the final result in this case. America gave Katrina the majority of its 100 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome her 20-point deficit.
— Tony Lucca (@Luccadoes) May 2, 2012
When you join Team Blake Shelton, you become part of his family. So, asking Blake to choose a favorite was out of the question. He divided his vote 50/50 and put the power in the hands of America.
“They’re both really great at what they do,” Blake said. “I don’t want to be a part of this decision-making process anymore. They’ve done everything they can do and I feel like I’ve done everything I can do. It’s up to America now.”
America had no problem picking a victor. Former Alicia Keys backup singer Jermaine Paul won in a landslide, with a total of 123-77.
Though it was bad timing for Erin, considering it was her birthday, it didn’t stop her from celebrating.
— Erin Willett (@erin_willett) May 2, 2012
TEAM CEE LO
It pained Cee Lo Green to make a choice last night, but he did what he had to do. He gave Juliet the 60/40 advantage.
“I wanted to be honest, critical, and fair,” Cee Lo said. “I could’ve done the 50/50 thing because you guys are incomparable…Juliet’s performance last night was so, so obviously beautiful and striking and strong.”
Unlike Team Adam, Cee Lo’s handicap did not affect the final vote.
Juliet, who sang “It’s A Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World” on Monday, easily earned enough points to sail on through and she is officially the last woman standing in the competition.
I made it to the finals. My life’s journey has led me to this. Fate. Destiny. I can almost taste it. Truly humbled America<3
— Juliet Simms (@JulietSimmsALL) May 2, 2012
Tune into NBC on Monday at 8pm/7pm CST to see the final four perform.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles