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'The Voice' Live Shows Round 2: Jamar Rogers Owns The Night

Tue, April 10, 2012 12:12am EDT by 7 Comments

Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine’s teams went head-to-head April 9 for a disappointing second round of the live shows.

Was I watching the wrong show April 9, or were the majority of this week’s performances on The Voice pretty forgettable? I found myself desperately waiting for a knockout performance, but had to wait almost two hours to get it.

On team Adam Levine, Katrina Parker was decent. Then, power-house Kim Yarbrough sang Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep,” and while her big voice was ever present, her overall performance fell short of and didn’t quite fit her. The coaches seemed scared to tell her that, so they gave it to her nicely.

Mathai sang “Ordinary People,” using her quirky unique tone to try to charm the coaches, but her performance was a bit more lounge-like than nationwide competition-worthy. Tony Lucca received praises from the coaches, but I almost forgot about him by the time the show ended. And then there was Karla Davis, who took on “Airplanes” by B.O.B, but sounded like she was struggling more than singing.

One of my favorites, Pip, definitely knew how to work the crowd, but the song was a bit bigger than him and the coaches didn’t seem to happy with it. I actually thought he was the most interesting, but it’s up to America now.

Team Cee Lo Green didn’t do much better: Cheesa brought out all the stops, big hair, huge voice, and backup dancers — but vocally, she need’s work. James Massone was given an awkward song to sing (Norah Joans‘ “Don’t Know Why”) and really couldn’t do much with it other than sing in falsetto, though Blake Shelton admitted to almost throwing his panties on stage after his performance. … Wait, Blake wears panties? TMI.

Juliet Simms took on Sting, and while I wasn’t that fond of her over-the-top look, the coaches definitely loved her performance. Adam even labeled her performance the best one yet, which I thought was a bit of a stretch. Tony Vincent tried to stray from the theatrics, but he still seemed pretty theatrical, and Erin Martin seemed too over the top with her Egyptian-inspired performance. That’s definitely not the way to get people to notice your voice over your appearance!

As I said, the best was definitely saved for last: Jamar Rogers closed the show with a super-star performance that proved he’s got the quality’s to be big. He worked the crowd while keeping his vocals intact. He’s definitely got my vote.

Who was your favorite performer of the night? And which one deserves to go home? Cast your vote below, then leave a comment with your thoughts on the competition!

— Milly Contreras