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The Voice Episode: "Live Show, Quarter-Finals 2"

Season 1, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: The performance round continues.
Original Air Date: Jun 14, 2011

The Voice Episode Recap: Live Show, Quarter-Finals 2 Season 1, Episode 8

After Christina and Blake's teams battled it out last week, it's time to find out who is safe and who the two coaches will be sending home before the semi-finals. Plus, the eight remaining singers on Cee Lo and Adam's teams take the stage to show why they deserve to make it to the semi-finals. So who did Christina and Blake choose to save? How did Adam and Cee Lo's singers fare? And did Christina find a way to top her "pants soiling" trash talk from last week? Let's find out:

Team Christina: Two minutes into the show and The Voice's raciest judge, Christina, is already flooded with tears at the thought of losing two members of her team. She tells Carson she is really sad to see today come, but she has faith in all of her girls. First up, the top vote-getter is Beverly McClellan, who is automatically going to the next round. No surprise here. She had the most energy and delivered arguably one of the best performances last week. Christina showers praise on Raquel Castro, Lily Elise and Frenchie Davis each before announcing she is going with a powerful voice and bringing Frenchie to the semis. She embraces Lily and Raquel in big hugs on stage and tells them she loves them. Aw, Christina has quickly redeemed herself from last week.

Tori and Taylor Thompson, "The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
It's cute that the girls go all-out for this performance with the military costumes, and old-timey dance moves, but this rendition is otherwise a complete mess. Their vocals are OK, but it's obvious they are much more focused on keeping up with the fast lyrics (where's Lorelai Gilmore when you need her?) and the dance moves than the vocals themselves. I blame this disaster almost completely on Cee Lo, who could have picked something much less distracting that would have showed off their vocal abilities better. Even if it is flag day, as Carson loves to remind the crowd.
The Judges Say: Adam calls it "incredible" and says he encouraged Cee Lo to do this tune (I smell sabotage?) and Blake says he loved every minute of it. Christina calls it "luscious." Cee Lo says the girls made him proud and commends them on their articulation.

Casey Weston, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
Casey's performance is an instant upgrade from the Doublemint gum sisters. She has interesting phrasing that keeps the song fresh and she plays her own guitar on the tune. She falls a little behind on the melody to hold out some of the notes later in the performance, but she catches up by the end. Yes, there are still background performers and drummers sitting on the ground for this (don't ask), but this performance is much more energizing and much less distracting.
The Judges Say: Blake says he is about to download that and Christina tells Casey to make sure not to let her background performers overshadow her. Cee Lo says she did a wonderful job. Adam says he is happy Casey stepped outside of her comfort zone and that she "killed it."

Vicci Martinez, "Jolene"
Vicci's performance is extremely stripped-down and a great change of pace from the two prior performances. This song is a perfect match for Vicci's raw yet gorgeous vocals and she doesn't need any backup singers to help her out and possibly steal her thunder. It would be nice to hear some different phrasing in the song (Dia Frampton has spoiled us), but you cannot argue with Vicci's out-of-the-park vocals.
The Judges Say: Adam calls it a "soulful" performance, and Blake labels it "explosive" and says he is a huge fan. Christina calls the performance "sexy" and says the candles put her in the mood (here we go). Cee Lo says he was glad he was able to listen to Vicci and let her do her thing.

Devon Barley, "Stop and Stare"
Another raw performance, but it makes perfect sense for Devon as a performer as well as the song itself. This is a good choice for Devon, but the energy just isn't there and you can hear the hesitation in his voice. If he had the stage presence of Lily or Beverly, this is would be stellar, but unfortunately Devon's nerves seem to hold him back and at the end, he sounds very off-key.
The Judges Say: Blake calls it powerful and Christina says she appreciates his swagger and what he brings to the stage. Cee Lo tries to get out his commentary, but Christina's schoolgirl giggles get the best of him. Adam says it was pitchy in the beginning, but he's proud of Devon for being so confident.

Team Cee Lo, "Everyday People"
Who cares what their vocals are like? Look at Cee Lo's fake 'fro! Vicci and Nakia kill it on their parts, but the Thompson sisters and Curtis are extremely lackluster. At least the other judges, especially Adam, look like they're having fun from the sidelines?

Nakia, "Sex on Fire"
Sunglasses inside? No, thank you. Also, are we in Sin City right now? Why does Cee Lo feel the need to crowd the stage with half-naked women throwing flames? The sideshow is completely unnecessary when you have a performer with as much stage presence as Nakia and luckily he takes command of the performance early and often. He pours his emotion into the song — dramatically pausing and kneeling on the stage at one point — and hits all the right notes.
The Judges Say: Blake feels "the burn," and Cee Lo said it was an impressive performance.

Jeff Jenkins, "Jesus Takes the Wheel"
The contrast between the simplicity of Adam's team and the spectacle of Cee Lo's team is hilarious. But Jeff has a lot of personal emotional investment in the song because of his late mother and he can handle the performance on his own. The song is difficult, but for the most part, he nails the low and the high notes (minus one pitchy patch).
The Judges Say: Christina says it was beautiful, and Adam says it was as if he forgot this is a competition because he was mesmerized by Jeff. "You did it again," he says.

Team Adam, "With a Little Help from My Friends"
This is a nice song choice to bring Adam's diverse team together vocally, but is there really a need for the big choir in the back? I think between Jeff and Javier, its all gravy. Towards the end, Adam lets out a semi-awkward rocker wail but it's nice to see his true colors shine through. Sorry, but Team Christina's group take on "Lady Marmalade" is still my favorite.

Curtis Grimes, "Addicted to Love"
It would be very easy for Curtis to just go up there and perform another country song, but Cee Lo is smart to push him to experiment in another genre. You got to play big to win big right? The performance starts out extremely slow, but Curtis gets into the rhythm slowly but surely. He really kicks into high gear for the tail end of his performance but it might be too little, too late. Most of the song sounds lifeless and boring. In retrospect, I think a different rock song would have allowed Curtis to at least fake some more energy. Strike two, Cee Lo!
The Judges Say: Adam comments on Curtis' deep voice and says he likes how "country" he made the song. Another sexually charged critique from Christina, surprise, surprise (NBC even bleeps out part) . Cee Lo says Curtis did a great job with his advice and liked how he switched up the song.

Javier Colon, "Angel"
In the words of Chandler Bing, could there BE a better song choice for Javier? I get chills just when he says what he is performing, and the performance more than lives up to the hype in my head. There is a gorgeous, but soft symphony behind him and his phrasing is spectacular. The ballad allows him to show off his amazing vocal range we last saw in "Time After Time." I'm sure some people would have loved to see him try something different, but when something is this pitch-perfect, why mess with it?
The Judges Say: Christina dubs him "the one that got away," and says he made it his own. Cee Lo says Javier has the voice of an angel. Adam calls it "absolutely perfect."

Team Blake: No waterworks from Blake, but he seems to be struggling internally already. First up, the person America chose to save and send to the semi-finals is Dia Frampton. Blake says she deserves it. The look on Xenia's face is killing me, as it looks like she already knows she's going home. But wait! Blake picks her to go to the semi-finals, effectively sending Patrick Thomas and Jared Blake packing. He tells Carson that Xenia and Dia are a strong team and they help make each other better. "It's the right thing to do.... In my heart, I know I did the right thing."

So what did you think of tonight's episode? Are you surprised at who Christina and Blake sent home? What were your favorite performances of the evening? Who else do you think will make it to the semi-finals? Sound off in the comments below!

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After Christina and Blake's teams battled it out last week, it's time to find out who is safe and who the two coaches will be sending home before the semi-finals. Plus, the eight remaining singers on Cee Lo and Adam's teams take the stage to show why they deserve to make it to the semi-finals. So who did Christina and Blake choose to save? How did Adam and Cee Lo's singers fare? And did Christina find a way to top her "pants soiling" trash talk from last week? Let's find out:

Team Christina: Two minutes into the show and The Voice's raciest judge, Christina, is already flooded with tears at the thought of losing two members of her team. She tells Carson she is really sad to see today come, but she has faith in all of her girls. First up, the top vote-getter is Beverly McClellan, who is automatically going to the next round. No surprise here. She had the most energy and... read more

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