Christina Aguilera is having a big career resurgence on “The Voice,” performing twice Tuesday night and once Monday night. But while her music is soaring, her coaching career is faltering. During the results show where the Top 8 were announced, she lost her second contestant in two weeks, leaving her with just one contender, Dez Duron.
Sylvia Yacoub was Christina’s second pop girl to go home, after losing Adriana Louise last week. Though Christina repeatedly rejected some promising performers because they didn’t fit her “vision” for her team, she instead wound up with too many of the same — girls who, like Christina, sing high and loud. Dez was her only outlier, and he is the only of her contestants to remain in the game.
Over on Team Adam, Bryan Keith said goodbye. Though Bryan was an early favorite, the last couple of weeks he has been consistently good but fallen consistently under the radar. Now that he’s gone, only Team Cee Lo has all three of its original contestants.
Carson Daly opened the show by informing us that Melanie Martinez and Cassadee Pope both charted in the top 10 on iTunes, with Cassadee landing in the number-one spot, displacing PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” Her coach, Blake Shelton, always the pop culture connoisseur, had no idea what song Carson was talking about but was nonetheless proud of his mentee. Carson said for Melanie and Cassadee’s achievement, they’d both have their iTunes votes multiplied by 10. Since when was that a thing? This show is awesome in its brazen attempts to stay fresh by never making clear what the rules are, or that there are any rules at all.
There were a lot of group performances on this episode, although they seem to be on this show without rhyme or reason. Team Xtina performed first, just Christina, today with short blonde hair and black tips (yesterday it was long blonde hair with pink tips), Sylvia and Dez. The country theme then continued from the previous night with a performance by Rascal Flatts, featuring Cody Belew (former country) and Cassadee (new country). Team Adam performed next, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.” And then Team Christina performed again, only without Christina this time. They were joined by the performers from Team Blake, sans Blake. So Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David, for some reason, didn’t perform at all, and Sylvia Yacoub, Dez Duron and Cassadee Pope performed twice. Why?
Two by two, Carson announced who was moving on to safety, winding up with a final three of Sylvia, Bryan and Amanda. Saying that the person who was safe was on Team Adam, the camera just cut Sylvia out of the frame, so we didn’t get to see her reaction to her elimination, or even really any acknowledgement of her elimination at all. Then Amanda was safe, and suddenly the show was over. No final words from coaches, no goodbyes from Sylvia and Bryan.
In other news, wonderful shout-out to Carson’s “TRL” days, when Adam Levine complimented him on his ability to project his voice over the crowd of screaming girls. “I’m used to it,” said Carson, citing his time on the MTV show. “Those were the days,” said Adam wistfully. Those WERE the days!
And a cute video of secrets about the contestants — and the judges. Apparently, Christina’s afraid of the dark, Cee Lo Green smells good, Amanda Brown is a theater nerd, and — best thing ever — Nicholas David wears glasses underneath his sunglasses. I knew I liked this guy, even if he is the poster child for the New York Times hipster critique.