“The Voice” shifted into high gear with its first live show and the long-awaited explanation of how the voting is going to work.
There weren't any eliminations last night because the show is going with a super-long voting window. Fans can vote until 10 a.m. Monday (!) online at nbclive.com, by calling the contestant's phone number, or by buying the contestant's song on iTunes – up to 10 times through each method.
The fans' votes “save” one member of each team and each judge gets to save a team member. The other two go home. Results for Team Christina and Team Blake, who performed last night, will be announced on Tuesday, when Team Adam and Team Cee Lo will also perform.
It would actually be more interesting at this stage for the teams to compete, but this way, the judges get to keep their egos intact. (Team Christina would have mowed down Team Blake, aside from Dia Frampton in an actual competition.)
Here's how the teams stacked up:
1. Frenchie Davis, “When Love Takes Over”: She's the most accomplished performer of the bunch, knowing exactly what to do with her magnificent voice on the massive David Guetta dance track.
2. Raquel Castro, “Blow”: The pride of Port Jefferson Station kicked things off right with the night's biggest spectacle, an amazing performance of the Ke$ha hit, complete with a squad of dancers. Christina loved it so much she was bouncing out of her seat.
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3. Beverly McClellan, “I'm the Only One”: It was hard-rocking, but not all that surprising. Bev's got a great voice, but this song was a little too obvious for her.
4. Lily Elise, “Big Girls Don't Cry”: She was probably the weirdest performance of the night, with dancers reaching out for her like they time traveled from “Solid Gold.” She was OK, until she squeaked and kind of ran out of breath at the end. “Was it your idea for the four mimes?” Blake asked Christina. Ouch.
Should advance: Frenchie and Raquel
Will advance: Frenchie and Raquel
Who advanced: ??
1. Dia Frampton, “Heartless”: Dia finally gets a chance to show what a great singer she is on a gorgeous, piano-driven version of the Kanye West song. Cee Lo called it the best version of the song he's ever heard. Adam called it the best thing that's been on the show so far. They're both right. Dia could have a hit with this right now.
2. Xenia, “Price Tag”: She has a really interesting voice, but she's not quite sure how to use it. In a perfect world, she'd take a few years out of the spotlight and learn. Instead, she's done an OK job on an OK song.
3. Jared Blake, “Use Somebody”: He oversang this and overacted, not really understanding what this Kings of Leon song is about. It ended up being all right.
4. Patrick Thomas, “I Hope You Dance”: The first truly awful performance of the night, though the judges oddly liked it. He starts out way too emotional at the beginning. It's also too low for him so he can hit the big notes at the end. But it's gone on too long and he's dragging everything out too much. Christina pinpoints his success, saying that Blake may have picked him for his looks and then tells him she wishes he would take off his pants. Will that save him? Probably.
Should advance: Dia and Xenia
Will advance: Dia and Patrick
Who advanced: ??