While Matt Schuler came in like a wrecking ball with his performance, 16-year-old Jacquie Lee also blew everyone away! Read on to hear which acts brought down the stage … and which just brought us down!
Night two of the live performances on The Voice definitely brought on the competition! While Cee-Lo Green‘s team definitely impressed with classics, Christina Aguilera‘s team took risks by taking on the most popular songs of the year — including hits by Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus!
Team Cee-Lo Plays It Safe, Still Impresses
Amber Nicole opened the show, after Cee-Lo stole her from Team Christina, and she took on “Wasting All These Tears,” by season three winner Cassadee Pope! While Adam Levine did let her know that the one big note was a little off, he applauded her for trying something new by rocking a country song. “Country suits you,” Christina added!
The ex-soldier Jonny Gray took the stage to perform an AMAZING rock version of one of my personal favorites, “Bittersweet Symphony” by The Verve. Adam called the song a “snarling beast,” and told Jonny he became the “explosive performer” he was at the end of the song, even though he started a bit more slow and contained.
Tamara Chauniece, who is working on transforming into something other than just a gospel singer, took on “I Will Survive.” She completely nailed it and really showed off her incredible voice. “You did that song great, that’s all I can say . . . next week I’m going to be mean!” Blake Shelton joked (after thanking her for being so beautiful).
Next up was Kat Robichaud, who sang a beautiful rendition of “She Keeps Me Warm” by Mary Lambert. She even ended the song singing to someone in the audience and then hugging them — ang she didn’t even know who it was! After, she quoted Mary Lambert, adding that “love is patient, love is kind.” So cute! “I’m the idiot who didn’t turn my chair around,” Adam said. “Hugging a stranger was pretty sweet!” Christina added that it was completely beautiful but she was hoping for more of the big notes. We can’t lie — we were too.
The last singer of Cee-Lo’s team was Caroline Pennell, who used her sweet and charming voice to sing “We’re Going to be Friends,” by The White Stripes. Cee-Lo said he wanted her performance to give everyone cavities by being so sweet — and the combo of her innocent voice and shy smile made that happen! “I could literally be getting an amputation and if someone was playing her music and she was singing, all I’d be thinking about is cotton candy. I don’t know what it is about you but it is mesmerizing,” Blake said, proving the point.
Team Christina Proves To Be Strongest Of All
Josh Logan took a huge risk at his first live show, taking on Cee-Lo’s song, “Crazy” (you know, back in his Gnarls Barkley days). It was a much more raspy version, and he included his guitar in it! While it was CRAZY that he took on a judge’s song, he completely made it his own — and they were impressed, just as we were.
That was just the start of the risk taking on Team X-Tina. Olivia Henken performed a much slower version of Katy Perry’s “Roar,” and put her country twist on it! X-Tina looked like a proud momma during the performance! While it wasn’t the strongest of the night, she did seem to really entertain the crowd, and added in strong notes to show off some range. “You can do it all, and I’m so happy that you got to do that here today,” Christina said.
Stephanie Anne Johnson was up next with “Georgia on My Mind,” a tough classic by Ray Charles. She showed off her strong voice, and sang the emotional song to family member who is struggling with cancer. Adam was completely shocked by the way she made it her own, while coach X-Tina said it was just like she could do every genre — which she could, since she then sang an opera note, when her coach asked for it!
The most shocking moment of the night was when Matthew Schuler took on Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball!” He said before the performance he wanted to show that he was “still hungry” — and he did just that! It was emotional and raw — much like Miley (minus the naked, licking part). “I just hate how much I love you dude,” Cee-Lo said. Adam said he “shared Cee-Lo’s pain” and that “three hearts just broke,” talking about all three judges that aren’t X-Tina. We agree — he definitely upped the game.
Jacquie Lee closed out the show, with a perfect song for the season, “I Put A Spell On You,” which we all know from Hocus Pocus. Jacquie’s version of the song, originally by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, was the most sexy and powerful of the night, leaving everyone in awe. Christina picked the hit to show everyone that Jacquie’s voice was beyond her 16 years(!) — and it definitely was. She nailed every single note! It even got well-deserved standing O by her judge, and it even looked like Christina had tears in her eyes.
Between Jacquie and Matthew, we think Team X-Tina has got it this year — we’re calling it early!
Which team do you think did better on the Nov. 5 episode of ‘The Voice,’ HollywoodLifers? Let us know! Then tune in on Nov. 7, when each coach loses two contestants each!
— Emily Longeretta