OK, let's just be honest. MarissaAnn was robbed on “The Voice” last night.
The 15-year-old from Ronkonkoma showed off her range and her powerful voice on Patti LaBelle's “Lady Marmalade” during the second night of the show's knockout rounds. She earned a standing ovation from Christina Aguilera, who knows a thing or two about how hard it is to sing that song.
"I was loving it,” she said to MarissaAnn. “I just love to see you go out there with that fire and really just deliver on a song that is a challenge to sing.”
However, MarissaAnn's coach Blake Shelton chose her opponent Julio Cesar Castillo to move on to the next round. Castillo has a good voice and a likable personality, but he didn't do himself any favors picking Justin Bieber's “Somebody to Love.” The quick pace of the lyrics didn't play to his strengths and he seemed left behind early on.
Yet Shelton, who added MarissaAnn to his team after stealing her from Aguilera, said he decided to stick with Castillo because he had already invested a lot of time in him.
“If you're one of my steals, you have to do something that changes everything,” he said. “And I don't think MarissaAnn did enough to sway me off of Julio.”
Isn't it tough when being better just isn't enough?
Anyway. “The Voice” enters the live show phase next week. On Monday and Wednesday, the Top 20 perform and fans vote. The top two vote-getters on each team will advance and the coaches will pick another of their singers to keep going, creating a Top 12 on Thursday night.
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In another rule change, though, that marks the end of the coaches' involvement in picking the winner – the bottom two vote-getters, regardless of what team they're on, will get eliminated in the following rounds.
Here's how the rest of the night shook out:
TEAM CHRISTINA: Devyn Delora vs. Laura Vivas
Devyn Delora ended up on her knees delivering Whitney Houston's “I Have Nothing,” but she would have been better served just focusing on delivering the difficult song better. Laura Vivas was over-the-top on her version of Marc Anthony's “I Need to Know,” throttling it from the beginning, though her final salsa was fun or as Ceelo said, “Caliente!”
CHRISTINA'S PICK: Devyn
SHOULD'VE WON: Devyn
TEAM CHRISTINA: Adriana Louise vs. Celica Westbrook
Adriana Louise pounded her way through Kelly Clarkson's “Already Gone,” taking Christina Aguilera's excellent note about the powerful ending. Celica Westbrook did well with the opening of Justin Bieber's “Never Say Never,” her fluttering voice lightening the verse, but once she got to the chorus it all fell a little flat.
CHRISTINA'S PICK: Adriana
SHOULD'VE WON: Adriana
TEAM CHRISTINA: Alessandra Guercio vs. Dez Duron
Alessandra Guercio struggled terribly with Rihanna's “Take a Bow,” flat in places, lost in others. Dez Duron had struggles of his own with Lionel Richie's “Stuck on You,” losing the timing in places, while building up power in unexpected places. Neither was great, but Dez's charm should give him the edge.
CHRISTINA'S PICK: Dez
SHOULD'VE WON: Dez
TEAM CHRISTINA: Chevonne vs. De'Borah
Chevonne really gave Billy Idol's “Dancing with Myself” her all, giving a powerful, likable performance that strayed off course a little at the end. De'Borah poured her soul into The Fray's “You Found Me” and came up with something meaningful and, in many ways, better than the original.
CHRISTINA'S PICK: De'Borah
SHOULD'VE WON: De'Borah
TEAM CHRISTINA: Aquile vs. Sylvia Yacoub
Aquile succeeded in roughing up Bruno Mars' “Grenade” the way Aguilera suggested, giving him some much-needed edginess. Sylvia Yacoub couldn't find the right places to breathe in Aguilera's “Fighter,” though she did hit the big notes and that won over her coach.
CHRISTINA'S PICK: Sylvia
SHOULD'VE WON: Aquile
TEAM BLAKE: Gracia Harrison vs. Liz Davis
Gracia Harrison saved an OK version of Aerosmith's “I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing” with a powerful ending. Liz Davis took a risk doing Miranda Lambert's “Gunpowder and Lead,” but she also proved herself to be more in the current country mold that Shelton is comfortable with.
BLAKE'S PICK: Liz
SHOULD'VE WIN: Liz
TEAM BLAKE: Rudy Parris vs. Terry McDermott
It was actually pretty brilliant the way Rudy Parris turned Chris Brown's “Forever” into a southern fried rocker – a nifty bit of trickery that might have been too clever for the coaches. Terry McDermott's take on Paul McCartney's “Maybe I'm Amazed,” on the other hand, was straight-up beautiful. Blake had two strong performers that he probably should've split up rather than knock together.
BLAKE'S PICK: Terry
SHOULD'VE WON: Terry
TEAM BLAKE: Collin McLoughlin vs. Michaela Paige
Collin McLoughlin is a nice guy and he picked a nice song (The Script's “Breakeven”) and offered a nice, competent version. Michaela Paige shoulder-shimmied right over him with a powerful, gutsy performance of Pat Benatar's “Love Is a Battlefield” that may not have been technically perfect, but was far more thrilling.
BLAKE'S PICK: Michaela
SHOULD'VE WON: Michaela
TEAM BLAKE: Cassadee Pope vs. Suzanna Choffel
One of the show's early front-runners, Cassadee Pope let her nerves get the best of her at the beginning of her version of Maroon 5's “Payphone,” though she collected herself enough to bring it together by the end. Suzanna Choffel let her confidence, if not necessarily her powerful voice, shine through on Bob Marley's “Could You Be Loved.”
BLAKE'S CHOICE: Cassadee
SHOULD'VE WON: Cassadee