You can tell it's getting tougher and tougher on the coaches as we head toward "The Voice's" season finale.
Tuesday night's show came on the heels of Monday's elimination of two contestants, who were chosen by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, with no input from America's vote.
It's pretty clear that Christina's choice to boot gospel singer Jesse Campbell - after an emotional performance of Beyonce's "Halo" - provoked some anger among "Voice" fans. I personally felt that he had the best chance of winning among the others on her team.
Christina addressed this on Tuesday, saying that she is no stranger to controversy, and he just didn't seem to be showing as much potential to grow as the others. I'd counter that by saying it's difficult to measure growth when you're that good to begin with.
"I'm okay playing the 'bad guy' if it means following my heart and what I believe in," Christina told CNN after the show. "I feel very positive about my decision."
Blake Shelton, meanwhile, didn't have a clue who to eliminate on Monday, so he went with America's vote the week before and said goodbye to Jordis Unga. She was definitely a strong singer, but there wasn't a lot of connection there emotionally.
On Tuesday, it came down to America's vote, and "Team Blake's" Jermaine Paul and "Team Christina's" opera singer Chris Mann were both safe. Voters are definitely going for the powerhouse singers this year. However, I have to believe it was a close vote on Blake's team.
As in weeks past, the four contestants in danger had to sing to convince the coaches to save them.
Ashley de la Rosa has been growing as a singer, and Christina pointed out that she saw a lot of herself in her. But Ashley was no match for Lindsay Pavao, who is an artist in every sense of the term.
Don't get me wrong, Ashley gave it her all, but Lindsay had a "special place" in Christina's heart, so it was clear who would go between the two. In fact, Lindsay's performance left Christina in tears, which is more emotional than we've ever seen her on this show.
"I think Christina made a smart choice," Ashley told CNN. "Obviously, I would love to have stayed but anyone [she eliminated] would have been devastated."
The moment that host Carson Daly said that Erin Willett would be singing "Proud Mary," I knew it was over. This was right in her wheelhouse and she nailed the performance.
Despite RaeLynn's show-stopping performance on Monday, she just couldn't follow Erin with "If I Die Young." It had to kill Blake to lose the most countrified of country singers this show has seen so far, but RaeLynn was history.
RaeLynn gave full credit when she spoke with CNN, saying Erin deserved to stay on, especially after all she had been through, recently losing her father.
As for the remaining two members of "Team Blake:" "They're gonna kill it," she said.
It was definitely the toughest week yet on "The Voice." I really like Lindsay but I don't think she's going to win. Chris might have a shot, but I think the elimination of Jesse Campbell lost the season for Christina.
On the other hand, Blake has two potential winners going into the semifinals. Any thoughts on the 20 full seconds of Justin Bieber video we saw? Post a video or comment below.
Do you think Jesse should have stayed? Have the coaches been making the right choices so far?
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Never have, and never will watch this stupid show. I read several articles stating that all the "personal coaching" these poor shlubs are supposed to get consists of the 15 seconds just before the show goes before the lights. A journalist for a print mag (I read many, so I do not recall which one) followed the contestants, last season, to write a charming story about the personal advice and coaching the "professionals" would be giving the amateurs. She came away with a single column article, because she said there was nothing to write about, except all the makeup and wigs they put on everyone. The "stars" don't even take off their sunglasses as they rush past the contestants who are waiting for instruction. The contestants huddle in the dressing rooms, waiting for their "star" to work with them. And it NEVER HAPPENS.
WE WANT JESSE BACK
I hated the JB music video. Ooo. Girls hands crawling all over him. pretty pretty. NOT!!! Like I would ever be in that. Do his parents have any say in what goes on in his music videos. As for RaeLynn, yes she was an amazing country singer, but did she have the strength for sticking with it? She was a little too young.
i really think juilet simms on ceilos team will win for sure now her force is great and she can hit the notes really well i believe we all should calm down a little yes i did bad mouth christina for taking jessie off but who am i too judge i thought about it ya know i really like the voice and ya know i gota learn to keep my comments to myself they have made their choices and ya know i cant judge so i will try to enjoy the rest of the show this coming week i admit i really do not care for christina but i should not judge hell i am far from perfect
It is too bad that this happening has lost alot of interest in the show... when the average non musical person can tell whom is better that the "pros" that is very very sad.. Obviously, this is either predecided, or coerced winners or Kristina is off her game completely.... He was a winning hand and I know he will get produced somewhere by someone watching the show... his voice is amazing... and, I know I am many more would buy his albums.. Kristina, could of learned a few things from him, if you aska me... but, anyways, only one person can win and I am sure a few others come out pretty good after this show, so we just got to keep the votes up there so there are no more stupid plays in this show... I feel Americal Idol is going to surpass them after this move, at least they do have an objective, as maybe not the best singer but the person whom has all qualities to become a idol..... loosing Jesse is loosing the VOICE
The sow is called THE VOICE not who has grown the most! Now with Jesse gone can whomever wins really feel they were the best? There will always be a tarnished side to this year because of Jesse's questionable elimination. The producers should change the rules again and let the judges bring one person back. How about that? Whomever they choose. That would be interesting!
After these last 2 episodes, I'm totally done with The Voice. I wasn't really into watching it in the first place – I mainly did it to appease my girlfriend and I'm just over the constant interruptions and sub-par talent. I only really follow one music contest/compeition and that's an online called MakeAStar – a few of my buddies have entered it a couple of times so I tend to keep up. At least contests like MakeAStar actually encourage orginality by allowing people to upload videos of their own content and fans directly create the result with their votes. When the televised shows start doing this, then maybe I'll come back.
Never like Christina...now I know why. Doesn't matter anyway, I think Jermaine is the best singer of the whole group.
First of all the show should be re-named The Development if that is her excuse for getting rid of Jesse. If not than Jesse should cleary be the winner. I now know that the show is scripted cuz you can tell by the judges reactions that they werent even surprised.
I definitely agree with your frustration with Christina, but the judges were all definitely taken back by the elimination of Jesse, all of them looked like they thought Christina was completely retarded for getting rid of her only shot at winning.
I have NO RESPECT FOR "THE VOICE" ANYMORE after that clearly PRODUCED decision to eliminate Jesse Campbell. Jesse was the best thing that ever graced that stage...They should change the name of the show from "The Voice" to something else...because clearly America believes that Jesse had the best voice in the bunch!
I'm not watching the voice anymore. Chrsitina picking suck. Jesse was the best. I was sooooooo mad.
As far as I'm concerned the show was over when Jesse Campbell was eliminated. Christina was looking for a singer that could grow on the show, well Jesse already had the talent and growth so he just needed to continue to sing and win!
FACT... NO OTHER SINGER IN THE VOICE since SEASON 1 that the judges turned their chairs that fast in the auditions, NO ONE.... only to JESSE CAMPBELL.
SO ANYONE WILL SAY, HE'S NOT GOOD ENOUGH IS MORON & DEAF...
Eliminating Jesse was a huge mistake, something is definitely wrong with Christina when it comes to her decision making ability. Apparently, this show is really not about a "voice" it's about something else. That said, I won't watch anymore. Jesse was the only reason I watched. DWTS, let's do this thing!
We all agree that Jessie was good, but was he good enough for you to go out and buy a record? Everyone one that show has a good voice but you need more that that for a career. He just was not good enough.
HE WAS NOT GOOD ENOUGH???
FACT... NO OTHER SINGER IN THE VOICE SINCE SEASON 1 that the judge turned that fast their chairs – NO ONE.... ONLY TO JESSESP CAMPBELL...
YOU ARE DEAF & MENTALLY CHALLENGED IF HE'S NOT GOPD ENOUGH TO YOU ( like stupid XTINA)
I just keep the sound off so i can stare at christina's b00bs without having to listen 2 her talk.
Typical comment of an American. Do you people want real music without all the overexposed body parts? Listen to Prince, or Sting.
"A Brown Boy" is that a racial slur. I guess so biotch.
Anyway, Christina made bad choices this week because of her cocaine addiction. She's acting eradict, and voting off the best people for no reason.
Too much snorting, it destroys your eardrums.
Yeah so, what of it, What? You got a problem with my Lady?
I will not watch the voice because that was just the most idiotic thing that Christina could have done. He was by far the best on the team and would have most likely won it all. What coach would bench their best player? I had a bit of respect for her until she did that. I won't watch the show at all simply because that just lost my entire respect for the show itself. Its not displaying the best talent any more. And there is something to be said about her lack of remorse or interest or even admittance to say how great of an artist Jesse truly was. I just find something wrong with that.
I agree with you i am at this point thoroughly convinced that the entire show is pre-planned for dramatic effect and they already know the winner, when they say america voted someone off who is to say that we really did there is no challenge to the count this isn't Florida. She dropped her MVP on the spot with out a second thought, cause she already knows whos gonna win, its the only explanation. I am also done with this show.
I think Christina A is a dumb moron. She let the best singer go – Jessy. I do like Chris Mann, but he is not going to win this. Hey, Christina, if you can't tell that Jessy is the best singer. on the voice. You need to find another job. You are a loser. I home Celo wins.
JellyBean, I totally agree! Adam Levine is to die for!
I look at this pic and all I see is a fat-chick, a brown boy and a Toddlers and Tiaras reject. Are these people supposed to be star quality? What the heck were the producers of this show thinking putting them on there?!
"a brown boy" ??
a 'fat chick, brown boy.....' REALLY?! I'm sorry i didn't realize there was a weight or color requirement for talent. Thank goodness someone so GENIUS such as yourself could enlighten the rest of us, or NOT. Go back to whatever hole you climbed from – no place for that on CNN
Sorry folks. My little troll friend has been busy today. I would never use those terms. I don't even watch this show. Not into reality tv. Sorry again for my little troll.
I just want to see an Adam Levine secks-tape!
...and a Michael Fassbender one...
...and a William Levy one too...
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