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The Voice Episode: "The Semi-Finals"

Season 1, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The semifinal round features eight remaining singers squaring off.
Original Air Date: Jun 21, 2011

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Season 1, Episode 9
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The Voice Episode Recap: The Semi-Finals Season 1, Episode 9

Only a week to go before The Voice's final performance show next week! But before we get to tonight's performances from each coach's remaining two singers, Cee Lo and Adam must decide who to save and who to send home. Will we see waterworks from the boys à la Christina's teary send-off last week? And how will Adam and Cee Lo's finalists stack up against Blake and Christina's team members, who have known they were saved for a whole week? Let's find out:

Team Cee Lo: No surprise here — Vicci is saved by America and will go to the next round. Although he's had seven days to prepare for this moment, Cee Lo cannot get it together and just pick who to save. Instead, he goes on and on (and on), complimenting everyone over and over. After much pressing from Carson, Cee Lo finally says everyone has to understand why he must save Nakia, his so-called "brother from another mother." That means Curtis Grimes and  sisters Tori and Taylor Thompson are out.

Team Adam: Javier Colon is saved by the fans, and Adam is the last coach to make the tough decision. He singles out each of his remaining performers and you can hear the tears choking him up ("this is against every fiber in my being," he states). However, Adam commits a major faux pas when he says he was initially going to choose Jeff Jenkins, but instead must go with Casey Weston. Why must you torture Jeff like that, Adam?! And why Casey?! This also means Devon Barley (who?) will say goodbye.

Frenchie Davis, "Like a Prayer" (Team Christina)
Really? Another dance song? However, I have to admit Frenchie's energy would be wasted (at least a little) on a ballad and this song at least allows her to show off her range better than David Guetta. Frenchie does it all: she hits the high notes, she holds them out and her phrasing on the song is not entirely new, but definitely helps make her version stand out.
What the Judges Say: Cee Lo says she is "perfect every time" and Adam notes she has much more command this week. Blake says Frenchie nailed it. Christina says the performance took some "luuungs" and that Frenchie has it. Also, she says she loves Frenchie "to death," in case you thought otherwise.

Nakia, " "Whataya Want From Me" (Team Cee Lo)
Thankfully, Nakia's performance is devoid of any unnecessary, over-the-top flash that took away from many Team Cee Lo performances last week. Nakia slows down the song considerably at the beginning, sitting at a piano, but he, literally, kicks the song up a notch (or two) when he kicks the piano seat back and goes into the crowd. Nakia's vocal strengths are different enough from original performer Adam Lambert that this song sounds fresh no matter what.
What the Judges Say: Adam says he isn't familiar with the song, but thinks Nakia probably did it better than the original performer and Christina applauds Nakia for his stage presence. Cee Lo says Nakia is going to be the next big star and wants him to win.

Dia Frampton, "Losing My Religion" (Team Blake)
It's early in the night, but this is a really exciting song choice from one of the show's more unpredictable performers. However, for better or for worse, her rendition of "Heartless" the previous week was so daring, it's hard to top. Her vocals are spot on and she doesn't have the same trouble other artists might with singing and playing her guitar at the same time, but it feels like this performance never really kicks into full gear. There's just something I can't put my finger on that is holding this performance back from being amazing or great.
What the Judges Say: Christina says Dia has shown the most growth of any artist on the show. Adam says it's another "atypical" choice and he is a fan. Blake says The Voice did what it's supposed to do in helping put Dia on the stage and says he's glad to know her.

Casey Weston, "I Will Always Love You" (Team Adam)
Yes, this is a great song but the problem is, Casey has to make people forget about not one but two memorable versions (Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston). She fumbles immediately, as her voice doesn't seem strong enough to hold on to and control the softer notes. She gets more confident as the tune continues and, luckily, knows better than to just copy and paste Whitney's phrasings. But this is only a few steps up from something I would hear at karaoke (and that's being generous).
What the Judges Say: Blake wonders when we are going to start talking about how "hot" Casey is (uhhh). Adam says he and Casey have battled a little bit, but wants her to have strong opinions. "This performance proves that our arguments pay off," he says and calls her rendition "incredible."

Beverly McClellan, "The Thrill Is Gone" (Team Christina)
A lot of the performers are using instruments tonight to add that extra something-something, but Beverly does it best. She oozes stage presence, even when confined behind a piano. This B.B. King blues song is a really nice change of pace for her, after a lot of higher-energy rock songs. Her vocals are great and it's nice to see her soulful side for once instead of the rocker persona fans are already so familiar with.
What the Judges Say: Cee Lo says he loves her the most because she stays true to herself. Christina says Beverly is one of the reasons she is so happy she signed on for the show and appreciated seeing Beverly's bluesy side come out.

Javier Colon, "Fix You" (Team Adam)
I was excited to see Javier take on "Angel" last week, but I'm disappointed he didn't try to venture more outside of his comfort zone this time around. Thankfully, the electric guitars really kick in after the first verse and Javier puts a surprising rock twist on this normally very serene song. He slows it down at the end, but it's safe to say he was able to add some much-needed punch to this otherwise dull choice.
What the Judges Say: Christina says she would like to hear something more soulful from him next week. Cee Lo does some name-dropping (which Adam quickly calls him out for). Adam says Javier has one of the best voices he has heard ever.

Xenia, "The Man Who Can't Be Moved" (Team Blake)
Don't get me wrong, I love Xenia's voice, but at this point in the competition, her complete lack of self-confidence and stage presence makes it extremely hard to take her seriously next to giants like Nakia and Frenchie. Luckily, there's none of that hand-swaying nonsense to take away from her vocals. She is a little pitchy in the middle of the song, but for the most part, she's as good as ever. The question at this point is, are her unique vocals really enough?
What the Judges Say: Adam says the song was a little sleepy, but says Xenia sounds good no matter what. Christina says Xenia is one of her favorites in the whole competition. Cee Lo loves that Xenia is cool, quaint and "unaffected" by everything (is that really a good thing?). Blake feels gratified to know that one day he will hear her on the radio.

Vicci Martinez, "Dog Days Are Over" (Team Cee Lo)
Ok, I take back my earlier comment — this is my favorite song choice of the evening. At the very beginning, and very slow, start of the song, Vicci has a few problems holding out the notes, but when she hits the drum sticks together and then strikes the drums in front of her with all her might, I am completely sold. Her deep voice really adds something to a song that has been inescapable for months. Her voice, her energy and her unique take on the song all combine to make what could be the top performance of the night.
What the Judges Say: Adam says it was one of his favorite performances of the night and Blake calls it the most powerful performance. Christina tells Vicci she did a great job, and Cee Lo says the future is "so bright" for her.

So which were your favorite performances of the night? How do you think the four coaches distributed their scores? Which four singers do you think will make it to next week's finale? Sound off in the comments below and don't forget to check back tomorrow to see who made the final four.

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Only a week to go before The Voice's final performance show next week! But before we get to tonight's performances from each coach's remaining two singers, Cee Lo and Adam must decide who to save and who to send home. Will we see waterworks from the boys à la Christina's teary send-off last week? And how will Adam and Cee Lo's finalists stack up against Blake and Christina's team members, who have known they were saved for a whole week? Let's find out:

Team Cee Lo: No surprise here — Vicci is saved by America and will go to the next round. Although he's had seven days to prepare for this moment, Cee Lo cannot get it together and just pick who to save. Instead, he goes on and on (and on), complimenting everyone over and over. After much pressing from Carson, Cee Lo finally says everyone has to... read more

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