November 21st, 2012
09:35 AM ET
We got down to the top 10 this week on "The Voice," and I'm definitely invested in quite a few of the singers this season.
Tuesday night's episode saw the loss of two more contestants, and in yet another interesting twist, the live show eliminations have been based purely on overall viewer votes (along with iTunes purchases).
In a season where we also saw "the steal" make a big impact, you have to admire a successful show that continues to tweak its format for the better.
The result is that the teams end up somewhat lopsided in number, but I'd rather see that then see a talented performer out of the competition simply based on their team.
And so it was Team Christina this week which ended up with the short end of the stick (good thing they got her team performance out of the way). I can't say I was a big fan of Sylvia Yacoub, outside of her rendition last week of "My Heart Will Go On." On the other hand, Dez Duron hasn't stood out for me either.
On the other end of the spectrum, Cee Lo Green's team remained intact, with Nicholas David, Trevin Hunt and Cody Belew surviving to sing another day.
Cody certainly made his mark this week with what Christina dubbed a "true diva" performance of "Crazy in Love."
However, I felt there was more flash than "voice" here.
My favorite from Team Cee Lo is Nicholas David. As Blake Shelton pointed out, it was like watching a "legend" perform. If he won, it would certainly be a victory for unique voices.
Team Blake also survived this week's elimination, with Terry McDermott's charming personality overshadowing the fact that he does classic rock every single week. Blake needs to shake things up, and I'm speaking as a big fan of Terry - a.k.a., he-who-mugs-for-the-camera-when-nervous.
Cassadee Pope sang "Over You," a song Blake co-wrote with his wife Miranda Lambert, and earned herself a spot at the top of the iTunes charts. It was no surprise that she was safe, but it didn't hurt that it was her best moment on the show to date.
From Team Adam, Melanie Martinez also had her best night of the season on Monday, and she charted in the iTunes top 10 as well with "Seven Nation Army."
Could it be that Adam Levine's gamble on this young artist, whose look is a cross between Minnie Mouse and Cruella DeVille, has paid off? If the point of "The Voice" is to see artists mature through the season, Melanie has certainly done that.
So, with Bryan Keith and Amanda Brown left, which one would be out from Team Adam? I wasn't feeling Bryan's rendition of "New York State of Mind," so I was happy to see that Amanda was safe. After all, she was the one the other coaches fought to steal away from Cee Lo.
Now Adam has two artists left that he'll have to fight to keep on the show. It should be a very interesting few weeks on "The Voice."
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