When it came time for the second live "Voice" results show of this season, determining the Team Cee Lo and Team Adam contestants who would make it through to the top 16, there weren't too many surprises (unlike last week, when I was personally shocked that Team Blake's amazing Jordis Unga didn't inspire America to vote). As I expected, Cee Lo Green's fantastic Juliet Simms and Jamar Rogers deservedly made it through, as did fan favorite James Massone. (I was decidedly less excited about that last result, but hardly surprised; I knew James was popular, and I'd expected that his fans would blame his terrible Monday performance on Cee Lo's terrible song choice, Norah Jones's "Don't Know Why," rather than find fault with James himself.)
On Team Adam, the top vote-getters were Mathai (who stunned with her lovely "Ordinary People" this week), Tony Lucca, and Pip. Some viewers may have been surprised that Tony made it through after his former "Mickey Mouse Club" castmate Christina Aguilera's scathing criticism, but I actually think her cruel (and uncalled-for) critique helped him earn sympathy votes, so I wasn't at all shocked that he made it through. (Having more than 500,000 Twitter followers and the support of his old "MMC" chum Justin Timberlake also didn't hurt his odds, of course.) And although Pip was also bluntly critiqued this week, even by his own coach Adam Levine, I knew he was popular as well. It was a small shock that the wonderful Katrina Parker didn't make Adam's top three, but considering that she sang first in the kiss-of-death spot, I understood how that happened.
Cheesa did a very strong job with the ambitious power-ballad "All By Myself," and actually all three of Cee Lo's fellow coaches thought Cheesa should be the one to stay--but I thought she got a little too growly towards the end, which made her seem desperate. And besides, her performance was very old-fashioned, very "American Idol" Season 2. Tony brought the drama and edge that was supposed to set "The Voice" apart. Sure, Tony's "Sweet Dreams" performance wasn't exactly the kind of performance that America would get behind, but it seemed like the sort of freakshow that maverick decision-maker Cee Lo would appreciate.
So for those to you keeping track, or trying to, this week's results mean that Team Cee Lo's Jamar, Juliet, James, and Cheesa, and Team Adam's Pip, Mathai, Tony L., and Katrina, will now enter the top 16 quarterfinals alongside Team Xtina's Jesse Campbell, Chris Mann, Lindsey Pavao, and Ashley De La Rosa, and Team Blake's RaeLynn, Jordis Unga, Jermaine Paul, and Erin Willett. There will definitely be a few singers I'll be missing in the quarterfinals that my own heart and mind were rooting for--Tony Vincent, Jamie Lono, Lee Koch, the Shields Brothers--but overall, this top 16 is a very strong bunch indeed. I'm looking forward to seeing them compete next week, so come back for another full recap then.
- Monday's full "Voice" recap
- Jamar Rogers talks HIV battle
- "The Voice Australia" sneak preview
- "The Voice" cast photos
- Cee Lo Green
- Adam Levine
- Tony Lucca
- Tony Vincent