“The Voice” results show was packed with surprises.
On Team Christina, voters picked Beverly McClellan to move forward over presumed favorite Frenchie Davis and Port Jefferson Station's Raquel Castro. The unexpected choice led a teary Aguilera to pick Davis to continue, in what she called “the hardest decision I've maybe ever had to make in my entire life.” Well, OK.
McClellan's win was really the only result that would have kept Castro from moving forward – but the 16-year-old was gracious last night, tweeting, “Thank you for all the love!” and “This isn't the end.”
“Raquel, you're my little dynamo,” said Christina Aguilera. “You are 16 years old. You've got amazing chops. There's so many places to take you. You're so multitalented.”
On Team Blake, there was a different surprise. America picked Dia Frampton to continue – nearly a sure thing after her stunning version of Kanye West's “Heartless.” But instead of going with one of the more experienced guys on his team, Blake Shelton chose the talented, but unpolished Xenia to move on.
Last night's performances set up the chance for even more surprises, with many good tries, but few extraordinary hits.
Here's how the teams stacked up:
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1. Javier Colon, “Angel”: Levine gave him a gorgeous arrangement and impressive staging, as well as excellent advice about reining in his showy runs. Javier tried and, while he still showed off a bit too much, his delivery was also stunning at times.
2. Jeff Jenkins, “Jesus Take the Wheel”: He was a little wobbly at the beginning, but brought the big Carrie Underwood song home at the end, topping it off with a story about how he and his late mother loved the song.
3. Devon Barley, “Stop and Stare”: He's likable and his delivery was good, but when he let loose with his voice, he strayed a bit. In any case, he wasn't that memorable.
4. Casey Weston, “Black Horse and a Cherry Tree”: Not sure why Levine saddled her with “Black Horse,” but it was only OK, with Weston acting a little too restrained.
Should advance: Javier and Jeff
Will advance: Javier and Jeff
Who advanced: ??
TEAM CEE LO
1. Vicci Martinez, “Jolene”: She was passionate and powerful and the night's best by far. It was clear that she related to the song and with performances like this could be the dark horse in this race.
2. Nakia, “Sex on Fire”: He did a good job with the Kings of Leon song, but we did not need the pointing during the chorus. Or the fire juggling. Really.
3. Curtis Grimes, “Addicted to Love”: The countrified version of the Robert Palmer classic was a brilliant idea that didn't quite work. It was in the wrong key for him.
4. Tori and Taylor Thompson, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”: Wow. No. Did they make Cee Lo angry somehow? Or do people just really like Flag Day?
Should advance: Vicci and Nakia
Will advance: Vicci and Curtis
Who advanced: ??