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The Voice Episode: "Live Eliminations"

Season 2, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: Four vocalists are eliminated in a results episode.
Original Air Date: Apr 3, 2012

The Voice Episode Recap: So This Is What a Results Show Looks Like… Season 2, Episode 11

Alright, Voice fans. We are officially venturing into uncharted territory with these live results shows. Will they feel as staged as Idol? Or as overly dramatic as The X Factor? Turns out, it's a little bit of both!

After a performance from Gym Class Heroes, both Blake and Christina are shown taking their singers under their wings and teaching them about the media. Blake brings his team along to a country radio station, while Christina sends hers along to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Awww, bonding in front of the harsh glare of the spotlight! It's at least more useful than taking budding singers to a film premiere (unless you're Paul McDonald, that is).

Here comes the tough part. As first explained by Carson Daly, this year The Voice is borrowing a page from The X Factor's playbook (OK, he didn't say that part) and making the three bottom vote getters from each team sing for their lives. Then Blake and Christina will have to pick one contestant each to save. So two from each team will go home.

Team Blake learns their fate first:
Safe: Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul and RaeLynn

Team Christina is next:
Safe: Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao and Chris Mann

Which means the remaining singers now have to perform:

Naia Kete, "If I Were a Boy"
The music sounds a little too loud, but there are bigger problems with this Beyonce song. She is very pitchy when she tries to hit the first big high note, and it's a shame that she again didn't pick something more reggae — even if this is so much better than overused Adele. Blake says he wished she would have picked something more reggae, and Naia says the limited song selection wouldn't allow it.

Charlotte Sometimes, "Iris"
A Goo Goo Dolls song? Really? Charlotte really puts her emotions into the performance and lets her more alternative side come out on the second verse, but is it enough to save her? It's unclear. Paramore did a lot more favors for her voice

Jordis Unga, "Wild Horses"
See? Now Jordis knows how to pick the right song. She has great pitch and tone, and seems to really know the tune. She has some great inflections and is smooth and steady from beginning to end.

Decision time: Christina, Cee Lo and Adam all say they would pick Jordis and Blake saves her. Which means this is the end of the road for Charlotte and Naia.

Now Christina's singers take the stage:

Ashley De La Rosa, "Paris (Ooh La La)"
Good job to Ashley for picking another rock song, but couldn't she have found something with more lyrics? Either way, you can't say she doesn't have fun when she's running through the crowd and yelling at the top of her lungs. It's not the best vocal performance, but it's adrenaline-packed and fun.

Sera Hill, "Vision of Love"
It's hard to go wrong with a classic song like this, but at the same time, it's hard to top Mariah. Sera does a perfectly wonderful job with this song, but Christina could very well just look at this as a good karaoke number and call it a day.

Moses Stone, "Break Even"
I love that Moses went with such an unpredictable song choice. Everyone knows all too well that he likes to rap, but this is the exact right time to remind Christina that he has pipes to back up the swagger. But is an OK voice combined with great stage presence enough to save him?

Decision time: Cee Lo says he'd save Sera, Adam picks Ashley and Blake goes with Ashley. Christina says everyone's song choices were spot-on and picks Ashley. Goodbye to Sera and Moses.

So what did you think of The Voice's new format for the live results show? Did you agree with America's votes? Would you have saved someone different from the bottom three? Sound off with all your thoughts, comments and critiques below!

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Alright, Voice fans. We are officially venturing into uncharted territory with these live results shows. Will they feel as staged as Idol? Or as overly dramatic as The X Factor? Turns out, it's a little bit of both!

After a performance from Gym Class Heroes, both Blake and Christina are shown taking their singers under their wings and teaching them about the media. Blake brings his team along to a country radio station, while Christina sends hers along to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Awww, bonding in front of the harsh glare of the spotlight! It's at least more useful than taking budding singers to a film premiere... read more

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