April 18th, 2012
02:19 PM ET
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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