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The Voice Episode: "Live Semifinal Performances"

Season 2, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: The semifinal round kicks off with the Top 8 vocalists in battle.
Original Air Date: Apr 30, 2012

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The Voice Episode Recap: How You Like Tony Lucca Now, Christina? Season 2, Episode 18

Out there somewhere in the world, Christina Aguilera's stylist is standing out in the rain clutching a photo of Christina from three weeks and crying. The big hair! The tiara! The make-up! And no pants....again! How many divas can pull that off, not once but twice? Also, who on this show let Adam hide his abs under that hideous baggy sweater that looks like it was born out of the back of some hippie's van? Come on, NBC, you need all the ratings juice you can get, yes? Ok, enough obsessing over wardrobe. This is the semi-finals, which means the first time all four teams' singers will be performing on the same night. So let's get to the performances:

Tony Lucca, "How Ya Like Me Now?"
In Tony's practice footage, he talks about how this competition is not only important for his sustenance, but the sustenance of his family. Cut to a shot of Tony's young, waifish son staring square into the camera and then Tony's wife fighting back tears as she recalls that her hubby cooks breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vote for Tony America, or his entire family will NEVER EAT AGAIN. Anyways, Tony breaks out of his comfort zone once again this week with a sleek suit and a very different, more upbeat song choice than his normal sound. You would think he would be more stiff in the suit but he totally rocks around the stage and shows the mic stand who's boss. His voice sounds great and the song is a risky choice that works.

Christina gives Tony a compliment while mostly complimenting herself because a) she knows the song and b) she originally cleared it for her singer Moses. Basically, Christina is saying "I know I have to say something nice, but I'm mostly going to pat myself on the back for picking the song first and knowing the original, unlike country bumpkin Blake over here." After she's interrupted by Carson ("Carsoooon"), Christina says Tony and Adam could start a Britney cover band. Praise or a diss? You be the judge. Adam says he wasn't 100 percent sure about the song at first, but loves what Tony did and their collaborations together.

Erin Willet, "Without You"
No distracting dancers here! Instead, Erin gets saddled with some weird and bright digital graphics. It doesn't help that her vocals just don't go well with this song in any way shape or form.  She starts out too subdued, then hits way too high and some of her unique inflections actually drag down the melody. Her pitch is off towards the end and on top of everything else, this is just plain boring. Erin starts tearing up right after the song. She says it's because she got "emotionally lost" in the song, but I really think it's because she knows she sucked. Christina gives her kudos for doing her own arrangement, and Blake says he would give anything to have a tenth of the voice that Erin does.

Chris Mann, "Ave Maria"
Christina thinks people have been "dying" for Chris to do something operatic in another language. Because that won't alienate the audience at all! Good thinking, coach! In all fairness, Chris sounds great on this song, but obviously he would. That's not the point at this time in the competition. We all know Chris can sing well, but the emphasis should on doing something new or interesting. This cover is the opposite — it's the carbon copy of the original. Adam says that Chris brings credibility to the show and it's great that he can perform so simply and classically. Christina says she felt "the heavens open up" and gets on stage to congratulate Chris on his performance (and steal his spotlight).

Jamar Rogers, "If You Don't Know Me"
Jamar was born to be a rock star and he proves that with this truly experimental take on the oldies tune. This song really lets Jamar's phenomenal vocals and performance skills shine through and it's really a stand-out moment for him on the show. Tonight speaks volumes about Jamar too because even though he really slows down the rhythm, you can feel so much energy from his time on stage. Adam says he is "purely" a fan of what Jamar does, and Cee Lo thinks the story of Jamar's life would be a bestseller because everybody wants to know you a little bit more. What does that mean, Cee Lo?

Team Cee Lo and Team Adam: "All These Things That I've Done"
Love this song and love hearing all these vocalists on it... except Katrina, who hits a little much of a raw note early on. Otherwise, great all around.

Jermaine Paul, "Open Arms"
Jermaine tries a similar approach to Jamar — a classic, very slowed-down tune — but there's not nearly as much emotion behind the song. Whereas Jamar had cool lighting and a crazy outfit to help him stand out, Jamar comes onstage in a white button-up shirt, with a very typical stage set-up  and doesn't connect to the song. This was the time for Jermaine to follow in Tony's footsteps and take a risk and he does... the exact opposite. Christina says Jermaine killed it, and Adam congratulates Jermaine for no longer being a backup singer. Blake thinks Jermaine is a front-runner and that he's peaking at the right time in the competition. Is he peaking? Is that what's happening?

Katrina Parker, "Killing Me Softly"
The back-up singers are a little too loud at the beginning of this song, but she manages to rise above a few bars in. Her emotion is in the song, and it's another great choice to complement her voice, but it's not a breakout moment. Christina really encourages Adam to take a look at Katrina because she says she's fallen in love with Katrina and, duh, she hates Tony and must take him down no matter what. Adam says it's great that Lauryn Hill was first, before the Adeles and Amy Winehouses, and commends Katrina for sticking close to Lauryn's rendition. 

Lindsey Pavao, "Skinny Love"
This song is not nearly as well-known as some of the other tunes performed tonight, and that could really hurt Lindsey. Like every other week, she really puts her emotions into the song and really tailors the song to her strengths. However, I really think Lindsey would have been much better bringing her unique vocals — probably the least mainstream pipes in the competition at this point — to putting a new spin on a really mainstream song, like what she did with Gotye. Cee Lo says he's more into big love but loved seeing her get intimate with the microphone. Blake compliments Christina because the song reminded him why he fell in love with Lindsey. Christina says she loves Lindsey and — again! — takes the stage to give Lindsey a hug as well as to show America the pants that she is totally NOT wearing. Oh man, the NBC cameras try their darnedest to keep the shots above Christina's waist and from far away because there's a lot of skin going on.

Team Christina and Team Blake, "Edge of Glory"               
This is the part of the evening where — we're sorry to say it — it becomes clear which teams are better, and which are, well, not. Erin does some very weird inflections on this song that are out of place. And then you have Chris busting out some very '80s style choreography to match his '80s-style jean jacket. Oh boy.

Juliet Simms, "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"
Juliet doing James Brown? Yes, a million times, yes. She has the vocals, she has the passion, she has it all. Besides the unfortunate fact that she is getting attacked by her shoulder pads, this is a perfect performance.  There is nothing else to be said. Adam says that that was something special and that she is the one to beat. Cee Lo, after giving her a standing ovation, says that she killed it and showers her with praise.

So now is where things get a little tricky. Tonight, all four coaches will give a certain number of points to each of the singers on their teams and then those points will be combined with the number of points each singer gets from America. So each singer must have won over not only their coach, but also the public to make it to the finals. So who do you think will be able to stick around next week? Who do you think will have to say goodbye to their coach and Purrfect on Tuesday night? Weigh in below!

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Out there somewhere in the world, Christina Aguilera's stylist is standing out in the rain clutching a photo of Christina from three weeks and crying. The big hair! The tiara! The make-up! And no pants....again! How many divas can pull that off, not once but twice? Also, who on this show let Adam hide his abs under that hideous baggy sweater that looks like it was born out of the back of some hippie's van? Come on, NBC, you need all the ratings juice you can get, yes? Ok, enough obsessing over wardrobe. This is the semi-finals, which means the first time all four teams' singers will be performing on the same night. So let's get to the performances:

Tony Lucca, "How Ya Like Me Now?"
In Tony's practice footage, he talks about how this competition is not... read more

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Premise: Singers square off for a coveted recording contract in this reality talent contest from the producers of "Big Brother" and "Survivor." Four vocal coaches mentor the contestants in three distinct competition phases: the blind auditions (during which the coaches can't see a contestant and thereby judge them solely on their vocal talent); the battle phase (in which the contestants are advised and developed); and, lastly, the live-performance phase.

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