After conceding its regular Tuesday slot to the presidential election, The Voice returned with live performances from Team Cee Lo and Team Christina. We rank the best performances of the night in our Live Playoffs Part 2 recap.
Teams Adam and Blake had the chance to prove what they were made of on Monday as puffy-shirted Cee Lo and pink-haired Christina looked on. Red, white and blue were the colors of the night for coaches Christina and Cee Lo Wednesday as they watched their teams take the stage together singing My Chemical Romance’s “Sing.”
Team Cee Lo
1. Trevin Hunte
Nothing puts a bigger smile on our faces than listening to Trevin’s dulcet tones. He’s only 18 years old and he’s likely the frontrunner in the competition. Singing Michael Bolton’s “How Am I Supposed To Live Without You,” Trevin overshadowed everyone.
2. Nicholas David
Minnesota soulman Nicholas David did Cee Lo proud with Barry White’s “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything.” He said he didn’t quite understand swagger, but it looked like he got it as he strutted around the stage. In fact, he did so well, Adam Levine felt “like making a baby after listening to that song.”
3. Cody Belew
Who knew one could successfully shimmy to George Michael’s “One More Try”? Cody Belew proved shimmying during a ballad only makes the performance better, as do his killer high notes.
4. MacKenzie Bourg
The “Harry Potter-meets-Justin-Bieber” singer continued his streak of putting his spin on bubblegum pop songs (remember his take on “Call Me Maybe”?) – this time with One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” He even put his guitar aside after the opening. MacKenzie has our vote for most adorable.
5. Diego Val
“Sexy, hairy” Diego Val found his inner Latin lover for Enrique Iglesias’ “Bailamos.” As Adam Levine mentioned, the Peruvian singer seemed disengaged at times, but he still showcased his natural rasp.
1. Sylvia Yacoub
The Egyptian singer went for a softer, stripped down performance by playing the piano during Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” Cee Lo called it his favorite performance of the night and we don’t disagree. Sylvia Yacoub is a powerhouse with a beautiful vulnerable side.
The Chicago church singer took on Pink’s “Who Knew” adding extra soul to the emotional song. Anyone else would have looked awkward skipping around the stage the way she did, but De’Bo’s movement evoked only pain and emotion.
3. Dez Duron
The former Louisiana football player put the Dez twist on Hunter Hayes’ “Wanted.” The ladies in the crowd loved him (read: his face) and we loved his runs (read: his bod).
4. Devyn Deloera
The Texas singer showed off her more vulnerable side, with Leona Lewis’ “Bleeding Love.” An otherwise great vocal performance was overshadowed by Devyn’s struggle to hit some of the high notes and her overly dramatic and rehearsed moves.
5. Adriana Louise
Nerves may have gotten the better of Adriana Louise during her rendition of Katy Perry’s “Firework.” Though it got better as it went on, she seemed to have difficulty with the lower notes in the beginning. Still, the judges had nothing but kind words for the Brooklyn waitress.
Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul and Maroon 5 will return to The Voice during Thursday’s results show where Adam Levine’s band will debut its new single, “Daylight.”
America will save two contestants on each team by voting on Facebook, NBC.com, and via phone, text message or by purchasing the an artists’ cover song on iTunes. Voting ends at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday. During Thursday’s results show, the coaches will each save one more artist per team, taking three artists on to the Top 12 next week.
Although each team will say goodbye to two contestants this week, things change starting next week. As per a new rule change, the two artists with the lowest votes will be eliminated no matter the team.
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