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'The Voice' recap: Matthew Schuler smashes 'Wrecking Ball'

Matthew Schuler performs "Wrecking Ball" during live performances

Matthew Schuler performs "Wrecking Ball" during live performances Tuesday night on "The Voice" Season Five. (Nov. 5, 2013) Credit: NBC / Tyler Golden

It’s nice to see that “The Voice” continues to make tweaks to its formula, even as the season goes on. Instead of mixing up the teams for performance order, as they did Monday night, last night they let each team have its turn, with Team CeeLo taking the first hour and Team Christina taking the second.

Here’s how the night shook out:


Amber Nicole, “Wasting All These Tears”: Poor thing got saddled with Cassadee Pope’s new single, which didn’t really give her a chance to show what she could do. She missed the big note and probably missed her chance to move forward.

Jonny Gray, “Bittersweet Symphony”: The Verve song is driven more by attitude than skill, which presented a problem for Jonny, who kind of got trapped in the song’s repetitive structure.

Tamara Chauniece, “I Will Survive”: She did pretty well with the Gloria Gaynor song, adding flecks of gospel and jazz to the disco classic. But she ran out of breath at a couple of key places, losing a few notes and halting her momentum at times.

Kat Robichaud, “She Keeps Me Warm”: The Mary Lambert song was an inspired choice from CeeLo Green, but Kat didn’t quite take it as high as it could’ve gone. “There are seven gears of Kat and I wanted a seventh gear,” Adam Levine said. But it did serve as a great change of pace for her.

Caroline Pennell, “We Are Going to Be Friends”: The White Stripes have never sounded this sweet before. Even more importantly, her sweetness is contagious. “You could have been singing about killing people and I would’ve been up here wanting to skip around on the stage,” Blake Shelton said.

WILL ADVANCE: Caroline, Jonny, Kat
WILL BE CUT: Amber, Tamara
SHOULD BE CUT: Amber, Tamara
ACTUALLY CUT: Amber, Tamara


Josh Logan, “Crazy”: Oh no. Turning Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” built on tension and nerve, into something lite jazz was a terrible idea. Josh can sing, but this version makes you question his ability to interpret.

Olivia Henken, “Roar”: Countrifying the Katy Perry song was a good idea. (Simon Cowell had it last week on “X Factor.”) But Olivia’s delivery was so odd and stilted and the arrangement was so messy that it didn’t go as well as it could have.

Stephanie Anne Johnson, “Georgia on My Mind”: She traded some of her sweet charm in for a bit more of a commanding performance of the Ray Charles classic. Not sure how well that will resonate with the public, but it sure did make you appreciate her skill.

Matthew Schuler, “Wrecking Ball”: If he wasn’t the front-runner going into this round, he certainly is coming out of it. His version of Miley Cyrus’ current hit had more swagger and maybe a bit more control than the original, leading the other coaches to declare their love/hate for Xtina’s star pupil. “This is the guy,” Blake Shelton said. Yes, he is.

Jacquie Lee, “I Put a Spell on You”: It turns out, though, that Jacquie may be the girl. The 16-year-old’s version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins song was a thrill, especially her final magnificent run, which left the coaches momentarily speechless. “It was the past and the present and you are most certainly the future,” CeeLo said. That may be true.

WILL ADVANCE: Matthew, Jacquie, Stephanie
WILL BE CUT: Josh, Olivia
SHOULD BE CUT: Josh, Olivia
ACTUALLY CUT: Olivia, Stephanie (Stephanie was robbed!)

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