You thought you were getting results tonight on “The Voice,” right? Well, it wouldn’t be a music competition results show without first putting us through several group sings of classic rock.
Immediately kicking off the show was the “Nic Hawk Variety Hour,” featuring a couple bearded men and Shelbie Z’s gyrating hips as backup to the human dance machine. Kidding! It’s Team Blake, singing “Free Ride.”
After a recap of the Team’s Monday performances, we learn that Blake won some big country awards Wednesday night. Well, those of us who do not pay attention to the highs and lows of Blake Shelton’s expansive career.
For our efforts, we are rewarded with some immediate results. The two bearded male guitarists of the team, Austin Jenckes and Cole Vosbury, are both sent to the Top 12. Blake has to choose just one more from Shelbie Z., Ray Boudreaux and Nic Hawk. Blake goes with his gut, as the coaches generally say they do, by choosing the person he can change the most. It takes a long-winded explanation to tell us that will be Ray. Whoa, really? I thought Shelbie had it in the bag.
Team Cee Lo continues the ‘70s theme by doing a slow jammy “Give a Little Bit.” In a nice nod to their coach, or to the revolutionaries in “Les Miserables,” everyone’s dressed in red and black.
Twee little Caroline Pennell is the first to go to safety. Soldier Jonny Gray follows. So Cee Lo’s choice is between Kat Robichaud, Amber Nicole and Tamara Chauniece. Cee Lo says some very heartwarming things about loving all the ladies unconditionally, but then cuts to the chase. It’s Kat.
In their first and last time performing all together, Team Christina updates the musical selections with Maroon 5’s “Love Somebody.” It seems like a ploy to remind us that Josh Logan is that guy that sounds exactly like Adam Levine. There are some pitch struggles here, not gonna lie. Largely, they are Olivia Henken’s fault. But there is something so magnetic about the team as a whole.
Wise voting here, America. Jacquie Lee and Matthew Schuler get the top votes. Now Christina chooses between Josh, Olivia and Stephanie Anne Johnson. It SHOULD be Stephanie, who is awesome in every way. But she does kind of have a crush on Josh, doesn’t she? In her speech, she acknowledges that she’s going over time, but continues rambling. To sum it up: She tells the rest of them she’ll stay in touch over email.
Team Adam sounds hopeful singing “Safe and Sound.” But that simply is not the case. Till the elimination though, each one of them sounds pretty good, and their unison is the best so far tonight.
Nerd boy extraordinaire James Wolpert is first sent to safety, no surprises there. Thankfully, Tessanne Chin also moves on. Of Will Champlin, Preston Pohl and Grey, Adam says he has to choose the person with the most potential, and that is Will. Team Adam Dream Team!
To recap the recap, our official Top 12 finalists are:
Team Adam: James Wolpert, Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin
Team Christina: Jacquie Lee, Matthew Schuler, Josh Logan
Team Cee Lo: Caroline Pennell, Jonny Gray, Kat Robichaud
Team Blake: Austin Jenckes, Cole Vosbury, Ray Boudreaux
All in all, a pretty strong bunch—way stronger than last season’s motley crew. But the big question is still: Will Blake win again? He’s got some intriguing guys, but I think without a country gal, or at least a girl he can force to become country, his chances are limited this year. I’m thinking it’ll be a Christina-Cee Lo face-off, with Jacquie and Caroline vying for the super-adorable teen win.