The first The Voice 2012 live show debuted on Monday as Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton‘s teams went head to head for the voters. Now it is in the hands of the viewers to decide who will be heading home in The Voice season 2 elimination results on Tuesday.
While Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine took it easy, Blake Sheton and Christina Aguilera had to watch nervously as their teams performed live for the pleasure of The Voice 2012 voters for the first time. Overall, the night was rather lacking in seriously spectacular performances, with only a few real standouts of the evening.
On the standing out for a not so good reason, we had Team Blake’s Naia Kete, who drowned in an attempt to cover Adele‘s “Turning Tables” — a song that seemed way out of her league. Charlotte Sometimes, also on Blake Shelton’s team, received mostly praise from the The Voice judges for Paramore‘s “Misery Business” but I personally thought she fell flat with the song.
On Team Christina, the low point of the night came with Moses Stone‘s rendition of Kanye West’s “Stronger.” His whole performance was kind of just screamingly off, and I really do mean that in the literal sense. I agree with Adam Levine that Stone should steer away from the rapping and focus more on singing. Lindey Pavao of Team Christina was also a downer, although more just average than abysmal.
For the wins on The Voice 2012 live show debut, I have to hand it to Team Blake’s RaeLynn for pulling it out on Maroon 5‘s “Wake UP Call.” I really did not see that one coming. Adam Levine, who knows that song very intimately as the original singer, gushed over the performance. “RaeLynn, you broke my heart twice,” Levine said. “You broke my heart when you didn’t pick me, and then you broke my heart again today when you did our song and you did it so darn good.”
Also a strong contender for the evening was Team Blake’s Erin Willet, who sang an emotional rendition of “Living for the City” by Stevie Wonder in tribute to her mother. Willet’s father tragically died during The Voice battle rounds and Cee Lo Green tells her she’s a champion for performing so well with everything that has happened. Another strong one of the night was Team Christina’s Chris Mann, who moved the audience with his passionate performance. Mann dedicated his performance of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to his mother, who is currently battling cancer.
The real surprise for me of the evening was Team Christina’s Ashley De La Rosa blowing it out on Alanis Morissette‘s “Right Through You”. I’m not really an Ashley fan this season on The Voice 2012 so far, but I could be persuaded to change my mind with a few more of those performances.
Perhaps the best performance of the evening, however, belonged to Jessie Campbell singing Louis Armstrong‘s “What a Wonderful World.” His simple, soulful take on the song with outstanding vocals garnered strong praise from the judges and definitely got my voting finger ready to dial.
So who will be going home on The Voice eliminations results show this week? Well, I’m a bit torn personally.
I was not a fan of Charlotte Sometimes’ performance, but I think she will get a pass. Erin Willett had a rather good performance and I hope she’ll win through to the next round. Same for Jermaine Paul and Jordis Unga. If I had to call the bottom three, I would probably go for bartender Lindsey Pavoa — who was off-pitch through half her song, Naia Kete for her weak performance and Moses Stone for his weird Kanye West cover.
As for who will be getting the boot during The Voice 2012 elimination results tomorrow night, I’m going to guess a bit randomly at Naia Kete just because she’s not very memorable and just won’t have people caring enough about her to vote to keep her around.