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The Voice Episode: "Live Final Performances"

Season 2, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: The remaining four vocalists compete in the final performances.
Original Air Date: May 7, 2012

The Voice: The Final Four Perform —and Adam Kills Christina with Kindness Season 2, Episode 20

It's the final performance night of The Voice! This is the moment that all four singers have been working towards since the blind auditions. But more importantly, this is one of the last times fans will be able to hear Christina and Adam go at it on live TV without any editing. And they do not disappoint. Christina comes armed with a fresh round of Tony insults, but Adam also brings his A-game — and a very special accessory — to take the diva off guard. So who wins their latest battle? Which singer raises up their coach? And which contestant is singing sick? Let's find out:

Jermaine Paul, "I Believe I Can Fly"
Tonight is all about pulling out the stops, but picking this slightly schmaltzy and overexposed R. Kelly ballad feels a little... safe? Especially with the chorus and the orchestra and Jermaine's huge platform on the stage, something feels a little disconnected. In recent weeks, the coaches have emphasized how important it is to emotionally connect to a song and performance so it would have been nice to see Jermaine pick a road a little bit less traveled. His impressive range still shines through,h and he adds a lot to this song. Christina stands up for Jermaine and says he "shined like a superstar." Cee Lo says it was a perfect song choice for tonight, and Adams calls his rendition "elegant." Blake is speechless.

Juliet Simms, "Crazy"
In a surprise move, all four finalists will each sing a song by their coach as a "thank you." Juliet, rocking her brunette locks once again, is up first with this Gnarls Barkley foot-tapper. It sounds great in theory, but something big is missing from the actual performance. She lacks the raw emotion she has poured into every other song this season, and her voice doesn't really lend itself well to the key. Maybe she should have done the more obvious "Forget You" simply because it is a slightly more energetic and angrier song. The judges will not weigh in on these performances.

Chris Mann and Christina Aguilera, "The Prayer"
In addition to the coach dedications, each finalist will do a duet with their coach. This performance, unlike the rocking but slightly more frenetic "Fighter" group number from earlier this season, reminds me that X-Tina needs to put out a new studio album soon! Chris sounds as great as you would imagine, but it's nearly impossible to out-sing Christina even on an opera song. Hopefully, because Chris is doing an opera tune now, that means he won't be performing one for his competitive slot. The coaches also do not weigh in on the duets.

Tony Lucca, "99 Problems"
Wow, Tony is really taking Christina's "one-dimensional" criticism and trying to break out of his signature style. But is he going too far, and will this alienate his base of supporters with this rock-meets-rap modern classic  by Jay-Z? At the beginning, Tony seems to be focused a little too much on the performance aspect, with the drums and the guitar, instead of his actual voice, but he really sells his unique arrangement of the song from start to finish. Christina looks like she is about to pay Tony a compliment, and mentions Tony's "beautiful" wife, but then says she didn't like the performance because the song's lyrics are derogatory against women. Are you kidding me?! Cee Lo simply says that he liked it. Adam defends Tony and says the intent behind the song is about things bringing you down and life getting to you and says that the "girl problems" are a metaphor. Just when it looks like things are about to get nasty, Adam says he loves Christina and takes off his jacket to reveal a tight black t-shirt with the words "Team X-Tina" emblazoned in glittery deep pink letters across his chest. Aow, aow! Christina stands up and cheers on his wardrobe selection and then cheers... herself(?) for being the one to motivate Tony to take risks with her criticism earlier this season. OK, then!

Chris Mann, "The Voice Within"
I have to give myself a pat on my back because I guessed/really wanted Chris to sing this sweet ballad from Christina's Stripped album. I thought the producers might encourage him to do one of her famous ballads, like "Beautiful," but this is a nice change of pace for Chris as the song starts out so much more quietly than his other bigger and operatic renditions. It's pretty cute too, because in the background behind Chris is a letter he handwrote to Christina. Awz. "This is a real man... who respects women!" Christina shouts as she takes the stage next to Chris immediately afterwards. She calls him a class act and gives him a big hug. "What a night," Carson awkwardly remarks as they go to break. Christina, just let it go.

Juliet Simms and Cee Lo Green, "Born to Be Wild"
Now here is the rocker Juliet we all know and love! Aside from the very distracting dancers/jungle gym-climbers, this performance rocks and Juliet and Cee Lo really complement each other well.

Tony Lucca and Adam Levine, "Yesterday"
Following Tony's much more upbeat and highly charged performance earlier this evening, it's nice to see him diversify and slow down with this Beatles classic. And Adam singing The Beatles? Come. On. Not only do these two share a special bromance, but they sound great together. Seriously, this spin-off needs to happen. Get on it, NBC! I want to see Tony and Adam singing "Kumbaya" as they throw pictures of Christina Aguilera into their campfire.

Jermaine Paul, "God Gave Me You"
Unfortunately, I'm not familiar with this song (I'm not a big country fan, sorry!) but it's a nice change of pace to see Jermaine go softer instead of bigger and let his vocals speak for themselves. Blake, the original artist on the song, gives Jermaine a standing ovation.

Chris Mann, "You Raise Me Up"
If Tony took the biggest risk of the night thus far, Chris took the smallest chance by picking this predictable Josh Groban feel-good tune. This is worse than "I Believe I Can Fly" because at least Jermaine added some of his own impressive vocal inflections and added some power to the song. This really feels like just a copycat version. Does the world really need another Josh Groban? No. Christina obviously disagrees because the cameras zoom in real close on her tears and she stands up for Chris. Cee Lo says Chris is "by far" one of the incomparable vocals he's ever heard, and says if he ever falls in love again, he wants Chris to sing at his wedding. O.M. G. someone please tell me how to score an invite to that affair!  A still teary Christina says that Chris raised her up and showers him with more compliments.

Jermaine Paul and Blake Shelton, "Soul Man"
"The odd couple," as Carson bills them, takes the stage and delivers one of the most fun performances of the evening. While everyone else, rightfully, takes the finals uber seriously, "Shufflin' Shelton" and his finalist bust out of the box with this very soulful and energetic performance. Not sure how this holds up to Blake's memorable Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers duet with Dia Frampton, but Blake can always be counted on.

Tony Lucca, "Harder to Breathe"
Some tribute! Tony totally forget the words in the middle of the song. Other than that, Tony does this hard rockin' tune well, especially since he switches his acoustic guitar for an electric bad boy. Bonus points since none of the lyrics in this song can be misread as derogatory. Phew! Tony is such a classy act, and not only thanks his own coach, Adam, but all four coaches for giving the contestants the opportunity of a lifetime. The bromance continues as Adam beckons Tony over for a hug when he is about to leave the stage.

Juliet Simms, "Freebird"
She definitely cracks at the very beginning, but finds her groove midway through the song. This song is right up her alley, but, again, there is something missing that is hard to put my finger on. She has some interesting inflections as always — she never shies away from doing her own thing — but this is far from her strongest performance. Christina says she feels for Juliet because they both performed sick tonight, which really does explain a lot about Juliet's voice. Her vocals are raw on an everyday basis so if she is battling some sort of throat-related illness, that would make all the difference. Poor Juliet! Out of everyone tonight, I think Juliet has been the most consistent this season, but this is a big hit for her. Adam also compliments Juliet on her voice, but Cee Lo's praise takes the cake. "With Juliet Simms on my team, I have no problems," Cee Lo says as he stands up and points at his t-shirt that says exactly that. How did he plan that? And more importantly, where can we buy his shirt and Adam's shirt online?

Alright, so that's it for the finale performance show! Which was your favorite performance? Your least favorite? And what is your take on the latest round in the Christina vs. Adam epic battle? You can only pick one side! Sound off with your comments and critiques below and don't forget to check back to TVGuide.com tomorrow to find out who won!

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It's the final performance night of The Voice! This is the moment that all four singers have been working towards since the blind auditions. But more importantly, this is one of the last times fans will be able to hear Christina and Adam go at it on live TV without any editing. And they do not disappoint. Christina comes armed with a fresh round of Tony insults, but Adam also brings his A-game — and a very special accessory — to take the diva off guard. So who wins their latest battle? Which singer raises up their coach? And which contestant is singing sick? Let's find out:

Jermaine Paul, "I Believe I Can Fly"
Tonight is all about pulling out the stops, but picking this slightly schmaltzy and... 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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