Last night’s episode of “The Voice” had Teams X-Tina and B-Shel (okay, fine, no one calls him that) pairing their singers off in the ring to battle one another in the mano a mano “knockout” rounds. Compared to Team Adam and Cee Lo’s heavy hitting hopefuls on Monday, yesterday paled in comparison in song choice, vocals, and personality—a lot of pretty faced, but forgettable performances, with the exception a few memorable ones, which we’ve recapped below.
Alessandra Guercio vs. Dez Duron – Alessandra is good. Actually, she’s really good. She’s got this great rasp in her voice that cuts through notes and colors any pop song with a much-needed and welcome grit. Even when she chooses songs you can sing (but really weren’t meant to be SANG) like Rihanna’s “Take a Bow.” Then Dez steps up with his ridiculously, ridiculously good-looking Zoolander looks while singing his way through Lionel Richie’s “Stuck On You,” a sweet harmless ballad, that’s basically enough for his charming tone to work with. Alessandra blows her judge away, while Dez is more like killing her softly. It really is a coinflip regarding who should stay. There are a lot of “Alessandra”-s (big voice belters who wear tight Bebe dresses, basically “Christina”-s) on Team X-tina, and she is only a human with hormones too, so she sticks with Dez.
Chevonne vs. De’Borah – The ex-Lady Gaga backup singer (stolen by Christina from Cee-Lo) gave a fun adorably punky performance of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” but it didn’t really stand a chance to the more dynamic De’Borah who packed more energy in her bold red spectacles. Her performance of The Fray’s “You Found Me” had showcased a stronger performance, style, stage presence, and feeling—and even had competitor Chevonne pumping her fist in the air. De’Borah is probably Christina’s best member, definitely her most unique and real, and she keeps her.
Cassadee Pope vs. Suzanna Choffel – The former Hey Monday lead singer took on one of the judge’s songs, Adam’s “Payphone,” and while nowhere near the quality of her blind audition with Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn” it was more “The Voice” than Suzanna’s cool, mellow rendition of Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” It’s still arguable if Suzanna is a better singer than Cassadee. I feel like that might be the case, something that could’ve given us more to work with in that debatable department had she chosen something by Cyndi Lauper, a song she can really let loose on. Oh well, we don’t have all night to deliberate. Cassadee is sort of like Haley from Paramore and fits here better probably anyway, so Blake chooses her.