June 15th, 2011
10:29 AM ET
NBC's "The Voice" was about two things last night: Girl power and standout vocals. (I know what you're thinking: How can the vocals get any stronger than last week's singers Beverly McClellan and Frenchie Davis?)
Round two of the quarterfinals and the second live show saw two team members get eliminated from both Team Christina (Aguilera) and Team Blake (Shelton), plus performances from all the members on Team Adam (Levine) and Team Cee Lo (Green).
The show began with something I'm sure everyone liked: Carson Daly NOT waiting until the end of the two-hour show to give us the results of who would move on to the next round from Team Blake and Team Christina.
Instead he delivered half of the results right off the bat, with the other half to come later.
When Daly gathered the four members of Team Christina on stage and uttered the words, "America's save is Beverly McClellan!" I thought I was watching the NBA Finals. The entire audience roared. The mood was electrifying, and you could see the look of pleasure on the faces of many in the crowd. Pure elation!
Daly then looked over to Christina and reminded her that she had to choose who she wanted to save out of the three remaining members of her team. (Not to meander, but how many times did you catch yourself mesmerized by Christina's outfit choice? Just sayin'. But back to the show.)
Christina looked at the three remaining singers and said, "This is the hardest decision I have had to make in my entire life." And then she did what we expected her to: choose the second bald singer on her team with the biggest voice, a.k.a., Frenchie Davis! Christina said that she had to go with the superstar voice on that one.
Like Beverly, Frenchie seemed surprised from the moment she learned she was picked. She said she's worked so hard to get here and she is right. Frenchie's come a long way since her days of getting the boot at "American Idol." After winning, Frenchie said the moment conveys the message that "you don't have to look like a Barbie to make your dreams come true. Who would have thought it would come down to the two bald girls."
Moving on to Team Blake. Last week there were strong performances from strong singers, but they weren't quite stellar. Team Blake featured Dia Frampton (a professional singer with four albums under her belt), Xenia (a shy singer from Temecula, California), country crooner Patrick Thomas and bald rocker Jared Blake. Last night two were cut from that team and let me tell you, even I was shocked. It was truly an upset.
First Carson Daly revealed that the viewers voted to save Dia Frampton. He then turned it over to Blake and told him the rest was in his hands.
The country star said all his singers "have something that is different and incredible," but that he couldn't "affect change" with Jared and Patrick like he could with Xenia, and Xenia it was. She looked as caught off guard as the hundreds of people in the audience watching her.
So the group of four moving on to the next round is essentially an all girls club with two bald singers and two eclectic, more shy balladeers.
Now for the performances! Let me start with Cee Lo performing with his team. No team rocked it as much as his group did, working it out to Sly & the Family Stone's "Everyday People." For the first time, all three of the coaches were actually dancing and laughing in their seats. It was just the burst of energy that the show needed halfway through.
Then it was time for Adam Levine and his team with their cover of Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From my Friends." Adam kicked it off and was soon joined by his team of three men ( Javier Colon, Devon Barley and Jeff Jenkins) and one woman (Casey Weston). All I can say is they owned that stage. At times Adam hit such high notes for such a long time he literally took me to church.
Eight performances remained, with four from Team Cee Lo (sisters Tori and Taylor, country singer Curtis Grimes, and bluesy singers Vicci Martinez and Nakia) and four from Team Adam (Jeff Jenkins, Javier Colon, Devon Barley, and Casey Weston). All the performers hit their notes last night and pleased the judges, but I'll save the wow factor for only two of the singers.
The first was pint-sized singer Vicci Martinez. She didn't simply sing Dolly Parton's "Jolene," she owned it! She's a small girl with a big voice, and she hit every note.
The other top-notch performance was from Javier Colon, who took on Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." Moments after he belted out the first few words you knew you were in for a roller coaster ride thanks to the range of his voice. Javier opted for some background support with four female violinists. He started the song off soft and ended it softly saving the middle for those higher notes which he held well.
Of course the judges were impressed, with Cee Lo saying he had the voice of an angel and Christina admitting he "was the one that got away."
Next week we will see which singer will have their spotlight dimmed during another round of live shows. So what was your favorite performance?
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