‘The Voice’ Recap: Jesse Campbell + Jordis Unga Eliminated During the Quarterfinals
On tonight’s episode of ‘The Voice,’ Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton were forced to instantly eliminate a member of each of their teams, paring their groups down to three before America even had the chance to vote. The herds are thinning as we get closer and closer to choosing the Season 2 winner.
Shelton sent Jordis Unga home, while Aguilera bounced Jesse Campbell. Um, Blake, Christina, are you nuts? How the? Why the? What the? We have to say we really disagree with your instant elim choices, guys. Like Julia Roberts says in ‘Pretty Woman,’ big mistake. Big.
Here’s your PopCrush recap breaking down each performance.
RaeLynn: She rocked ‘She’s Country’ by Jason Aldean, hoping to make a statement of her pride at being, well, country. She rocked it, like a mini Reba. She reminds us of Skylar Laine from ‘American Idol.’
Jordis Unga: She showed off her vulnerability when she sang Sara Evans‘ soft ballad ‘A Little Bit Stronger’ to show her singer side, not her screamer side. It was a string-driven ballad and it showed her softer side. We loved the white gown contrasting her sleeves of tattoos. She looked as sweet as she sounded. Sitting down mid-song was a nice touch. She felt like a true contender until Blake ditched her.
Erin Willett: The waitress went “that” route and performed Adele‘s ‘Set Fire to the Rain.’ Adele is a risky choice on a reality singing show, but Willett had the chops. Adam Levine had issues with her phrasing, even though he couldn’t phrase his criticisms, saying “p—” instead of “pitch.”
Jermaine Paul: He tackled Phil Collins’ crushing ballad ‘Against All Odds,’ seated and backed by a piano. He changed some of the phrasing — hi, Adam — and knocked it out of the park, grand slam style. He’s Xtina’s favorite on Blake’s team.
Jesse Campbell: He was a bit adventurous with Beyonce‘s ‘Halo.’ He started slow, but he built up to the ending, singing the song to his daughter, infusing it with the kind of emotion that you can’t fake. He felt like a a keeper, but Xtina sent him packing.
Ashley De La Rosa: The birthday girl rearranged Jewel‘s ‘Foolish Games,’ imbuing it with that rocker edge. She knows she wants to be a pop rocker, with an emphasis on the rock, so that’s how she sang, going from 0 to 60 to 0.
Lindsey Pavao: She projected some serious strength on Katy Perry‘s ‘Party of Me.’ She did so with two muscular males holding her microphone for her, a human mic, if you will. Pavao slowed the song down and sang it her breathy style. It was not her best work. At all. She might be in danger.
Chris Mann: The opera singer did a current song in the form of Coldplay’s ‘Viva la Vida.’ He stepped out of his comfort zone and did not make turn the pop rock song into an operatic rendition. He’s this show’s Josh Groban. There is mass appeal there, especially among the housewife set.