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‘The Voice’ Recap: Adam Levine & Cee Lo Green Cut Their Teams In Half

Mon, October 29, 2012 10:21pm EDT by Billy Nilles 1 Comment
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Adam and Cee Lo whittle the teams down as ‘The Voice’ begins its new feature, the knockout rounds! Did your favorites make the cut!

Tonight, The Voice begins their newest creation, the knockout round. Each artist performs individually, on a song of their choosing, against one of their own team members. The pairings are decided in the moment by their coaches. Tonight, Team Adam Levine and Team Cee Lo Green competed and found themselves chopped in half by the end!

Joselyn Rivera vs. Kayla Nevarez

Adam paired these two because he feels he can only bring one young pop artist to the live rounds, so he wants to see which can bring it. Joselyn chooses to sing “Love On Top” by Beyoncé, while Kayla opts to compete with “Shark In The Water” by V V Brown. Joselyn’s performance is a straightforward presentation of her song, while Kayla chooses to change up some small melodic moments, as Adam suggested. The other coaches love how Joselyn attacked Beyoncé’s song, which is notoriously difficult to sing. Adam agrees and advances Joselyn!

Joe Kirkland vs. Bryan Keith

Again, Adam paired because he finds their voices similar and only wants one on his team to focus on. Joe chooses “Mean” by Taylor Swift to hopefully show his versatility. Bryan chooses “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” by Bryan Adams, which is so overplayed that I can’t stand it. Lazy choice, in my opinion. Joe’s choice is more adventurous, but while Bryan’s performance riles the audience up just a bit more because he absolutely kills it on the vocal. Adam agrees, advancing Bryan!

Amanda Brown vs. Michelle Brooks-Thompson

Amanda chooses to compete with “Paris (Ooh La La)” by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, which is a great change from what she’s sung so far in the competition and she sounds great in rehearsals. Michelle chooses “Spotlight” by Jennifer Hudson, which is a great song that Michelle should be able to absolutely own. During her performance, Amanda slays the song, earning herself a frontrunner title. Michelle does great, but, for me, it’s not enough to come close to Amanda. Adam agrees with me and advances Amanda!

Loren Allred vs. Nicole Nelson

Loren chooses “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse, in an attempt to show herself as an artist. Adam rightly tells her that she really needs to step it up to match Amy’s ability. Nicole chooses “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys, which seems like a great choice, if not a bit expected. During her performance, Loren blows the roof of the place, making her immediately eat my words. Nicole is equally as fierce on her song, making Adam’s decision impossible. Adam advances Loren, surprising everyone. But after that performance, it’s not a choice that can be easily argued against.

Melanie Martinez vs. Sam James

Melanie chooses “Bulletproof” by La Roux, though she doesn’t wow Adam in her rehearsal. Sam chooses “Walking In Memphis” by Marc Cohn, though he seems to having some trouble just pronouncing “Memphis,” which isn’t a good sign. In her actual performance, Melanie changes the tempo and the tone of her song in such a way that she’s found a way to make it all her own. Sam sounds good, but he has a really bizarre stage presence that I find problematic. Adam agrees to an extent and advances Melanie!

Avery Wison vs. Cody Belew

Cee Lo says he wants to see which “born entertainer” can own the stage, and immediately I begin saying a mental goodbye to Cody. Avery chooses Chris Brown‘s “Yeah 3X,” while Cody chooses “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. Avery sounds great on Chris’ song and really presents himself as a dancer-singer. Cody’s choice is really interesting and rather brave. He sounds great, though I worry he doesn’t stand a chance against Avery. Shockingly, Cee Lo changes the game completely and advances Cody! And just like that, the apparent frontrunner of this season is sent home.

Mackenzie Bourg vs. Daniel Rosa

This pairing makes a lot of sense to me, as both have similar indie styles. Mackenzie chooses to compete with “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen, but he plans to completely turn the song on its head. Daniel chooses “Back To December” by Ms. Swift. During his performance, I worry that Mackenzie changed the song a bit too much, but I enjoyed the performance a whole lot. Daniel brings a surprising sensitivity to his performance. Untimately, Cee Lo advances Mackenzie!

Terisa Griffin vs. Trevin Hunte

Terisa chooses “Saving All My Love For You” by Whitney Houston, which is a huge challenge. Trevin chooses to compete with “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. In his rehearsal, Trevin struggles with his confidence. During the performances, Terisa sounds great, but Trevin seems unstoppable with his song. Cee Lo agrees and advances Trevin!

Michael Wastman vs. Nicholas David

Nicholas chooses “Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae to show a more youthful side, while Michael chooses “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” by Elton John for how the lyrics apply to his standing in the competition. During his performance, Michael sounds good, but not too exciting. Nicholas, on the other hand, does something pretty cool with his song. Neither of these two are my favorites, though. Cee Lo advances Nicholas!

Caitlin Michelle vs. Diego Val

Cee Lo explains that he’s paired these two up because they’re both rockers. Diego chooses “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, while Caitlin chooses “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence. Caitlin brings her gothy theatrics and powerful voice to her performance, while Diego struts around the stage like he was born there. It’s a tough call, but Cee Lo ultimately advances Diego!

Did you enjoy the knockout rounds, HollywoodLifers? Did your favorites on Adam and Cee Lo’s teams advance tonight? Let me know in the comments below!
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