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'The Voice': Semifinals recap

Dia Frampton performs

Dia Frampton performs "Losing My Religion" on NBC's "The Voice" semifinals on June 21, 2011. Credit: NBC

With “The Voice” getting down to the finals, the choices really are getting tougher. There  was only one clunker last night (well, two if you count the terrible new Maroon 5 song “Moves Like Jagger”) and several truly special moments. Perhaps the best thing is that all of America's picks turned in the best performances last night. (Sorry, Frenchie.)

Here's a look at the breakdown:


Frenchie Davis, “Like a Prayer”
Hmm. Christina didn't do Frenchie any favors giving her the Madonna song or its speedy arrangement. Frenchie seemed a bit lost in the mix, though she did hit some big notes.

Beverly McClellan, “The Thrill Is Gone”
This was a way better choice for Bev than a Melissa Etheridge song. It showed off her phrasing and her interpretive skills, as well as the vocal power we already knew she had. She beat Frenchie fair and square.

Should advance: Beverly
Will advance: Beverly
Actually advanced: Beverly


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Nakia, “Whataya Want from Me?”
“That felt great,” he said, after knocking the Adam Lambert song out of the park. It should. He was powerful and passionate and he set himself as a potential winner, if he could get past Vicci.

Vicci Martinez, “Dog Days Are Over”
Unfortunately for Nakia, he probably won't get past Vicci. Not only was Florence and the Machine a great choice for her voice, but it was also the best performance of the night, using the dancers to show how she could become a star right now.

Should advance: Vicci
Will advance: Vicci
Actually advanced: Vicci


Dia Frampton, “Losing My Religion”
Cee Lo summed it up well, saying, “You're a gorgeous girl with a great voice. You really wowed me.” Even though it wasn't the most original choice (Ryan Star, anyone?), her version was interesting and showed off her distinctive voice.

Xenia, “The Man Who Can't Be Moved”
This was a better choice for her, both in sound and in content than a couple of weeks ago. But she still seems a bit unsure and when compared to Dia; it's not looking good for her. She's talented, but not quite ready.

Should advance: Dia
Will advance: Dia
Actually advanced: Dia


Casey Weston, “I Will Always Love You”
OK, Adam didn't help her by giving her the Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston classic. She seemed confused at the beginning, though she pulled it together for the end. It ended up OK, but that probably won't be enough.

Javier Colon, “Fix You”
It was all a bit too much – too many runs, too much guitar, too over-the-top entirely. It's almost as if he didn't understand what the Coldplay song was about. However, he did sing well enough to keep his fans happy and he's certainly better than Casey.

Should advance: Javier
Will advance: Javier
Actually advanced: Javier

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