The Voice Episodes

2011, TV Show

The Voice Episode: "Live Show, Quarter-Finals 1"

Season 1, Episode 7
Episode Synopsis: The performance round kicks off with top singers from each team battling against each other.
Original Air Date: Jun 7, 2011
Guest Cast Frenchie Davis

The Voice Episode Recap: Team Christina and Team Blake Perform Live Season 1, Episode 7

After four weeks of brutal battle rounds, it's the first live episode of The Voice. Will Team Blake reign supreme or does Team Christina come out on top? And what songs will the two coaches choose to perform on stage with their singers? The four remaining contestants from the two teams face off tonight, with two players from both Team Blake and Team Christina going home next week. After a rockin' Queen medley from the four coaches, it's time to let the first quarterfinalists do their thing. Let's see how they did.

Raquel Castro, "Blow" (Team Christina)
This show is all about the voice, so it's a little troubling to see Raquel choose a fast dance song originally sung by someone not at all known for her vocals (Ke$ha FTW). Add some rather demanding choreography into the mix and it seems this performance is doomed. Luckily, Raquel puts her vocal performance first and slows down on the dancing midway through to really concentrate on showing off her powerhouse pipes. Her energy and her talent are hard to deny.
What the Judges Said: "There is no lying in live TV," says Cee Lo, who compliments Raquel on her performance. Adam says he can see how Raquel has blossomed. Christina applauds her control and says that Raquel "made me get out of my chair."

Jared Blake, "Use Somebody" (Team Blake)
This is a really excellent song choice for Jared's deep voice, and he has the confidence to back up those irreplaceable pipes. He sounds a little rough for the first few lines, but quickly digs into the performance. He tosses his guitar to the side to really focus on belting the big notes and makes his way into the crowd to serenade a very fetching blonde fan.
What the Judges Said: Christina insists there's no critiquing his stage presence, but says the guitar toss threw him off a bit. Adam says it was his perfect moment and he was emotionally connected to the song. Blake says Jared showed he's a rock guy after the performance.

Beverly McClellan, "I'm the Only One" (Team Christina)
Again, a great (if a little too popular) song choice. Beverly says in rehearsals that she is battling a cold, but she must be on some powerful meds because you really can't tell. Her rendition is great from start to finish, and she also displays a strong stage presence when she gets into full-rocker mode.
What the Judges Said: Cee Lo loves her spirit and says she's a natural, but she's also very present. Adam calls her the one that got away and says he couldn't detect her cold. Blake, a self-proclaimed "big fan," uses the phrase "daddy-likey." Christina makes a really troubling comment about making Adam soil his pants, and it's all downhill from there. After making Adam (and pretty much every viewer at home) squirm, Christina tells Beverly she did a great job.

Dia Frampton, "Heartless" (Team Blake)
The slowed down version of this tune is reminiscent of Kris Allen from that other singing competition, but Dia's unusual voice combined with her talents at the piano help her stand out. She is smart and mixes up the song enough — with unusual phrasing and other techniques — that it sounds almost nothing the versions from Allen — or Kanye West. What she lacks in stage presence, she makes up for in what is one of the more original and riskier performances of the night.
What the Judges Said: Christina calls it "interesting" and says she liked seeing the fighter within. Cee Lo calls it the greatest rendition of the song he's ever heard, and Adam says it's the most refreshing performance. Blake says this is his favorite moment of The Voice and tells viewers this is what Dia does so well.

Team Christina, "Lady Marmalade"
All four of Christina's contestants join her onstage for a fun and soulful performance of "Lady Marmalade." Glad she ended up with all females just so that they could perform this song together. Even Beverly adds her own rocker something, something. The other judges give her a standing ovation — yes, even Adam Levine, who appears to have put pants-gate behind him very quickly.

Xenia, "Price Tag" (Team Blake)
Wow, Xenia has undergone an impressive makeover since we last saw her. However, she still has a lot of work to do when it comes to her stage presence and hand motions. She makes strides during her performance, pointing to the left and then the right as the song instructs, but she still looks slightly uncomfortable. Her vocals are colorful and strong as always, but she delivers one of the weaker performances of the night.
What the Judges Said: Christina calls Xenia's voice mature and likes the way she worked the crowd. Cee Lo enjoyed it, and Adam loved seeing her having fun and open up to the crowd. Blake is proud and his heart is swollen because "America is watching a star being born."

Lily Elise, "Big Girls Don't Cry" (Team Christina)
As Lily showed last week with her sass-filled battle on "Since You've Been Gone," she is a pro when it comes to staging, but her performance doesn't do it for me. It starts out too slow, as she plays out the drama with her dancers in a weird scene that doesn't play well on the small screen. She regains her footing, slightly, once she pushes the dancers away, but she's also notably pitchy on the some of the bigger notes at the end.
What the Judges Said: Cee Lo tells Lilly she has something special. Adam wishes she would have done without the dancers and calls the second part of her song "engaging." Blake says her voice surprised him, but he also didn't like the mimes and blames Christina. Christina compliments her control and her vulnerability.

Team Blake, "This Love"
The look on Adam's face when he realizes Team Blake is performing Maroon 5's hit is priceless (I smell a bromance going on!). However, Xenia and Patrick don't mesh too well together, despite Patrick's best efforts, and Jared puts a little too much naughty emphasis on one of the words in the lyric "keep her coming every night." But Blake delivers on the chorus and really has fun with the song while letting his team shine (more so than Christina with her group). Adam offers no criticism, but gives Blake ample room for an awesome "That's what she said" joke. (In reference to how tall Blake is, "Adam says, "You're so much bigger than everyone else.")

Patrick Thomas, "I Hope You Dance" (Team Blake)
Man, is NBC writing blank checks to the production crew or what? There are some impressive fog effects going on around Patrick's feet for this number. I think Patrick could have picked a more vocally challenging tune, but his performance is good and consistent. In the end, he almost makes up for it by holding out a few big notes and showing his stamina. It's not his  best performance, but it's still good.
What the Judges Said: Christina goes on another mini-tirade about wanting Patrick to take his pants off (someone stop the word vomit!). Cee Lo calls Patrick one of the strongest contenders. Adam says it was understated and classy. Blake says he's making Nashville very proud and says he nailed the song.

Frenchie Davis, "When Love Takes Over" (Team Christina)
Someone needs to explain to me why the amazing and talented Frenchie keeps picking these sugary pop songs that do her zero favors? First, it was "I Kissed a Girl" and now it's a David Guetta club song. Unfortunately, because it is a dance song, producers feel the need to fill the stage with super cheesy and distracting dancers (and weird Lasers), but they still can't steal the spotlight from Frenchie. This song, luckily, allows her some extremely impressive high notes that she holds on to for all they're worth. Although she doesn't move around a lot on the stage, it is still a commanding and energetic performance.
What the Judges Said: Adam says she made him fall in love with the song. Blake says there's no doubt that she is power singer, but she also succeeded at creating a party. Apparently, Christina's word of the night is "controlled," but she also compliments Frenchie's range and her ability to belt.

What did you think of the first round of quarterfinals? Which performances were your favorites? Who do you think will get the boot from Team Christina and Team Blake next week? And how about Christina's "pants soiling" remarks towards Adam? Sound off in the comments below!

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After four weeks of brutal battle rounds, it's the first live episode of The Voice. Will Team Blake reign supreme or does Team Christina come out on top? And what songs will the two coaches choose to perform on stage with their singers? The four remaining contestants from the two teams face off tonight, with two players from both Team Blake and Team Christina going home next week. After a rockin' Queen medley from the four coaches, it's time to let the first quarterfinalists do their thing. Let's see how they did.

Raquel Castro, "Blow" (Team Christina)
This show is all about the voice, so it's a little troubling to see Raquel choose a fast dance song originally sung by someone not at all known for her vocals (Ke$ha FTW). Add some rather demanding choreography into the mix and it... read more

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