The live show starts out with a major case of the giggles on stage — and a big old curse bomb from Cee Lo. Is that a way to lighten the mood before the instant eliminations? Or is this the judges' pre-gaming ways coming out? Nope! Turns out it's Cee Lo's gas! Good thing, X-Tina has that handy fan, and that Purrfect isn't around to have to tolerate that smell. Christina tells Adam and Cee Lo to "go with their gut" on the instant eliminations before someone adds "follow your fart." On that note, let's get into the show...
Jamar Rogers, "It's My Life"
Wow, Jamar slows this song down enough where it's hard to tell it's even from the Bon Jovi catalogue. Since he's on Cee Lo's team, there's lots of flash and flames and graffiti in the background, which helps add energy to the song. However, it gets a little slow at times. Jamar does a wonderful job adding heart and soul and emotion to the tune. Blake says there hasn't been a better pairing of artist and song yet, and Christina loves that he sang like his life was on the line. Papa Cee Lo praises "J Bird" for being such a strong, sweet spirit.
Katrina Parker, "Jar of Hearts"
This is a great song for Katrina after she almost got sent home for experimenting with Smashing Pumpkins and playing it way too safe with Adele. Katrina also seems comfortable enough with the tune to really play around with the inflections and phrasing. She hits one or two off notes, but otherwise, her voice sounds great. Blake calls it a "breakout" performance. Adam is a teeny harsh and says Katrina wasn't one of his favorites on Team Adam in the beginning, but now she has one of the best voices in the competition.
Team Cee Lo, "Dancing in the Streets"
Aw, gotta love the cute tribute Carson Daly does to Dick Clark to intro' this Motown classic from the cool cat coach with the cool cat. This song is perfect for the live show and for a group, minus Cee Lo's unsightly wig and Juliet's suddenly golden locks (what the heck?!)
Mathai, "I'm Like a Bird"
This is a fun diversion for Mathai, but it's not quite the jaw-dropping performance she needs at this point in the competition. She slows it down considerably at the beginning and then speeds up, and really shows off her impressive range. But there's a little something lacking. Christina says she felt like Mathai didn't connect with the song. Adam says he didn't know about the Captain America-esque guy flying around above, but he loves her "infectious" energy.
James Massone, "Just the Way You Are"
Oh, man, James is definitely embracing those Justin Bieber comparisons this week, as evidenced by that woman in the shadows standing at the top of the stairs. This vocal performance is alright, but he doesn't move around the stage as much as he did last time, and the song is highlighted, more than anything, by the saxophone than by his skills. Blake says it kind of limped along, but Adam compares him to an old school Sinatra. Cee Lo says "do what comes natural to you," which basically means milk the love from the ladies for all its worth.
Tony Lucca, "...Baby One More Time"
In the coaching sessions, Adam says he doesn't disagree with Christina's criticism that Tony is "one-dimensional" and says that she inadvertently helped him coach Tony. Oh. My. God. That is all I can say from the first notes from this song, which is clearly his old Mouseketeer buddy Britney Spears' big hit. This is such a weird direction for Tony to go, but he brings new angst and soul to this oft-covered song and his vocals sound better on this than they did on the more difficult Peter Gabriel song he did last time. Christina stands up and says they should do a big Mickey Mouse Club reunion, and comments that she thoroughly enjoyed it. Blake says he loves Tony for doing what he did, and hates Adam for doing what he did. Adam commends Tony for taking a risk, and for staring down his MMC roots after spending so many years avoiding them.
Chessa, "I Have Nothing"
It's so hard to follow such a unique performance as Tony's, but Chessa brings it this week in a way we haven't really seen from her at all this season. I thought it was wrong to keep her the last week, but she definitely proves she deserves to be here at this point in the competition. Where has this Chessa been the entire competition? Christina says it took great courage to perform a Whitney Houston song like that, and says Team Cee Lo is where it's at this week. Cee Lo says Whitney Houston was his fairy godmother and that he's ready for the next power vocalist and that there's not enough of Chessa.
Pip, "Somewhere We Only Know"
This is a huge improvement on Pip's horrible take on The Killers, but he's still really shaky. He's good about getting up from the piano fairly quickly and moving around the stage, but his tone and pitch are off at points. There's no way Pip is going to survive the instant eliminations after Katrina and Tony's breakout performances. Blake criticizes Pip for ditching the bowtie. Adam says the ending wasn't as perfect as it could have been, but says he is proud of Pip for showing his sweeter side.
Team Adam, "Instant Karma (We All Shine On)"
Major props to Adam because out of all the group performances thus far, he gives all the vocals to his team members and simply plays drums in the background. Awz, what a good coach.
Juliet Simms, "Crying"
Oh, dear. Not only did someone dye Juliet's beautiful brunette locks bright blonde in her sleep, but they pinned atrious and obnoxious angel wings to her back! Why?! There is no question that Juliet brings every last drop of herself to this song and delivers another stellar performance, but the minute feathers start flying from the stage, it's hard not to get frustrated. In a year, Juliet will be on the radio somewhere and we will all be able to put this behind us. Hopefully. Cee Lo compares Juliet's voice to leather, and says that it is "rugged" and "built to last."
Decision Time: "Uncle Lo" does the right thing and sends James Massone home. Adam also makes the best possible decision and cuts Pip.
So what did you think of tonight's performances? Do you think Team Cee Lo dominated? Did one of your favorites get booted? Who do you think will go home tomorrow? Sound off below!
The live show starts out with a major case of the giggles on stage — and a big old curse bomb from Cee Lo. Is that a way to lighten the mood before the instant eliminations? Or is this the judges' pre-gaming ways coming out? Nope! Turns out it's Cee Lo's gas! Good thing, X-Tina has that handy fan, and that Purrfect isn't around to have to tolerate that smell. Christina tells Adam and Cee Lo to "go with their gut" on the instant eliminations before someone adds "follow your fart." On that note, let's get...