December 5th, 2012
12:33 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This recap contains spoilers for the December 4 results show of "The Voice."]
The new rules claimed another victim on "The Voice" Tuesday night, leaving us with two coaches down and two left in the competition.
But before we get to that, let's take a look at how the remaining singers fared.
By far, the performance of the week - if not the season - came from Team Cee Lo's Trevin Hunte, and his show-stopping take on "And I'm Telling You." It got the coaches and audiences on their feet, and Christina Aguilera had to fan herself afterward.
Following what I felt was a lackluster rendition of "Walking on Sunshine," this performance guaranteed Trevin's place in the final four.
His teammate, Nicholas David, didn't do quite as well, as some of the coaches felt he was lost in the numerous backup musicians as he performed "September."
He finished off the show on Monday with "Over the Rainbow," which was good enough to keep him in the competition.
As for Team Blake, Terry McDermott had his best night yet with a memorable rendition of "I Want to Know What Love Is," followed by a crowd-pleasing version of "Stay with Me."
Terry was safe, as was his teammate Cassadee Pope, who is looking more and more like the one to beat.
I felt like "I'm with You" was a bit too on the nose (she should try to avoid coming off like an Avril Lavigne clone whenever possible), but her first performance, "Stand," was pretty great ... and the glow-sticks didn't hurt.
So, as you might have figured out, that would mean Team Adam is out of the competition entirely. Both Melanie Martinez and Amanda Brown were eliminated.
I felt like Amanda had a good night - between "Natural Woman" and returning to her roots with "Here I Go Again" - and I would not have been surprised to see her in the final two, so it did catch me off guard to see her leave over Nicholas.
After a few weeks of gaining momentum (not to mention a devoted fanbase), Melanie probably had the weakest night of anyone.
She put her own spin on "Crazy," complete with a tiny piano, and Cee Lo had nothing but kind words for her. But as Adam pointed out, there were a few pitch issues.
Then there was her performance of "The Show," which was Adam's way of making her come across as less dark. It was certainly unique in the history of "The Voice," but I don't think the school-play staging got her any votes.
Christina suggested she sing something like Fiona Apple's "Criminal" instead, and so that's exactly what happened in her duet with Nicholas Tuesday night. It was definitely the performance of the night, even above Ne-Yo and Amanda.
At the time, I thought this was a farewell performance for two of the most unusual contestants in "Voice" history, but thankfully, my favorite Nicholas is still with us.
So who do you think will emerge victorious? Team Cee Lo or Team Blake? Share your view on video or post a comment.
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