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The Voice Episode: "Live Quarterfinal Performances"

Season 2, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The performance phase continues.
Original Air Date: Apr 16, 2012

The Voice: Christina's Bustier Steals the Show and the Instant Eliminations Get Vicious Season 2, Episode 14

Um, OK so who let Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton break into the Costco supply of self-tanning cream? Yikes! However, we all know the real question is this week is just how these instant eliminations are going to work. So let's figure that together, shall we?

RaeLynn, "She's Country"
This performance is a little more predictable compared to her rendition of Maroon 5 a few weeks back, but she does a much better job of providing a great, lively stage show without sacrificing her vocals. Last time, every time she moved around on the stage, her pipes got a little unstable. This time, she's perfect from start to finish. Christina says RaeLynn is a "little badass" who makes her want to sing country (do it, X-Tina!). Adam says this was RaeLynn's best moment on the show, and Blake has nothing but praise.

Jesse Campbell, "Halo"
It's nice to see Jesse sing something modern, but he starts off pretty underwhelming. He finds his groove and adds some interesting inflections — but not without a few pitch problems on the high notes. He at least tries to compensate by going off on his own thing towards the end. He gets the emotional vote for sure. Adam says Jesse is still a favorite for sure, and Blake calls it a great performance. Christina says he brought it on an "emotional level."

Jordis Unga, "A Little Bit Stronger"
Like Jesse Campbell, Jordis really brings it on an emotional level, but is this her best performance? Not quite. It seems a little generic (the boring gown is no help). Compared to the alternative, however, I love seeing Jordis defy the loud rocker mold people put her in from the beginning to hear she picked another ballad. Cee Lo says it was a great choice of song, and Blake says he proud of Jordis for doing something different, a country song. "You did perfect," he says. Awz.

Team Christina, "Fighter"
After seeing Glee take this X-Tina classic on last week, it's pretty awesome to see Christina do the rock jam right. Although she's been noticeably more restrained in her hair, make-up and wardrobe during the live shows, tonight Christina gets in touch with her "Dirrty" side and trades her pants for a glittery bustier. This is a group performance on the surface, but for better and for worse, this is really all about Christina.

Ashley De La Rosa, "Foolish Games"
Wow, seriously, this is a Jewel song?! Ashley killed it. The original is so soft and fragile-sounding, but Ashley charges up this tune from the first note and shows impressive control and vocal strength. Adam says Ashley has been the biggest surprise of the competition, and Blake says the smartest decision of Season 2 was saving Ashley. Christina says that Ashley has grown "leaps and bounds" since the beginning.

Erin Willet, "Set Fire to the Rain"
if you read my recaps, you know how much I HATE to see singing competition contestants perform Adele. But the moment Blake and Erin share in the rehearsal room about both of their dads passing away is so touching that I have to cut them some slack. Unlike Katrina, Erin has enough of a different voice (read: much more Broadway) to make this sound a little different. This single is a nice upbeat, and much more modern, change of pace for Erin, too. Christina says Erin made it something special, and Adam only tells her to focus on phrasing. Blake says it was amazing.

Lindsey Pavao, "Part of Me"
You have to give Lindsey, and coach Christina, credit for coming up with these crazy elaborate stage presentations week after week. Like when Ashley sped up "Foolish Games," Lindsey does a great job slowing down "Part of Me." She's a little too slow and soft at the bridge, but she really sells the song. Adam hates being the dude that says "pitchy," but he says some of Lindsey's bigger notes were just that. Christina says she loves seeing Lindsey grow "each and every week."

Team Blake, "Heartache Tonight"
Blake looks like he's having so much fun with his team, and Jordis and RaeLynn really bust out some stand-out vocals. But is Blake wearing pants? Yes. Is he performing his own song? No. So this can't compare to Team Christina. Sorry 'bout it.

Jermaine Paul, "Against All Odds"
Am I the only one who had NO IDEA Jermaine had that in him? Sure, he used to sing back-up for Alicia Keys, but he's done a lot of uptempo songs this season. Following his karaoke-esque rendition of "Livin' on a Prayer," Jermaine really needed to go big or go home, and he went big. Maybe a teeny tiny bit too big? But it's better than doing another generic performance and risk not being remembered at all. Christina says he is her favorite from Team Blake, and Adam says that he didn't need to go so big because his voice is great. Blake commends Jermaine.

Chris Mann, "Viva La Vida"
Chris apparently finally got the note that we live in 2012 and boy does do modern well on one of Coldplay's livelier hits. There is a string orchestra once again, but he really plays with the phrasing this time and shows his diversity when it matters most. (But couldn't have someone gotten Chris a flannel button-down or a T-shirt?). Adam doesn't know how he feels about the performance and wants to see Chris sing opera. Christina, on the contrary, applauds Chris for doing something different.

Decision time: After a long, but empty, preamble, Christina sends Jesse Campbell home. It's surprising, as he was a more traditional front-runner but the other singers on her team were much more diverse. Blake also surprises, somewhat at least, and boots Jordis Unga, saying that he is going with America's vote from two weeks ago. Jordis starts crying almost immediately onstage. Yikes.

So what did you think of tonight's performances? Do you think Christina and Blake sent home the right singers? Who do you think will make it to the semi-finals? Sound off on all that — plus: Christina's bustier — below!

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Um, OK so who let Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton break into the Costco supply of self-tanning cream? Yikes! However, we all know the real question is this week is just how these instant eliminations are going to work. So let's figure that together, shall we?

RaeLynn, "She's Country"
This performance is a little more predictable compared to her rendition of Maroon 5 a few weeks back, but she does a much better job of providing a great, lively stage show without sacrificing her vocals. Last time, every time she moved around on the stage, her pipes got a little unstable. This time, she's perfect from start to finish. Christina says RaeLynn is a "little badass" who makes her want to sing... read more

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