The Voice Recap: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Stronger

collin mcloughlin the voiceSay what you want about The Voice, but its pacing in Season 3 is proving far less predictable than in prior installments — from can’t-lose “inspirational” contestants failing to turn a single judge’s chair, right down to host Carson Daly dropping candid bombshells like “the coaches don’t always get it right.”

With so much truthiness in the air, it’s only a matter of time before the National Enquirer starts blaring headlines about a “Carson-Blake Backstage Blowup,” no?

(Seriously, though, who could get mad at Carson and his empathy for the contestants as he partakes in the agonizing wait backstage with their families? And who among us hasn’t occasionally wanted to yell something like, “COME ON, CHRISTINA, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!”?)

Good thing for us, we know it’s really about the contestants, so let’s get down to the business of ranking the four latest singers headed to the Battle Rounds — and then rank them again alongside the other successful auditioners from the first four nights of Blind Auditions.

4) Joselyn Rivera’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (Team Xtina) | I’ll admit I was impressed by the way Joselyn held out that “Stronger” on the final chorus, but most of what came before it sounded like a pale carbon copy of a pale carbon copy of Kelly Clarkson. Best part of the audition was Xtina not realizing Blake had turned his chair around, and her subsequent shocked response when she realized Joselyn wasn’t an automatic add to her team.

3) Collin McLoughlin’s “Wild World” (Team Adam) | Call me Cranky McOldfashionedpants, but I have to agree with Collin’s mom: If you’ve only got a year left on your Master’s degree, you finish it! (Sorry, had to get that off my chest.) That aside, Collin certainly displayed a pleasing tone and solid control on one of the better song choices we’ve heard in the Battle Rounds, even if I had to agree with Xtina that his approach was perhaps a bit too mellow. (Side note: Has any contestant gotten sweatier than Colin this season? Also: Would you agree with Blake that Collin “screwed the pooch” by choosing Adam over him? Mr. Shelton may be right.)

2) Benji’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Team Adam) | Former racecar driver reminded me a little (vocally) of Roger Daltrey, and Adam was right that he showed a suprising amount of dynamics in a 90-second performance. He’ll need to scale back just a bit on how many liberties he takes with a melody, but there’s no doubt Benji With No Last Name could be a serious Season 3 contender.

1) Mycle Wastman’s “Let’s Stay Together” (Team Cee Lo) | This soft-spoken 40-year-old showed amazing composure considering he’d just lost the grandfather who raised him less than two weeks before his audition. Mycle’s buttery delivery and excellent falsetto had Cee Lo chanting “Let me love you!” till the contestant finally relented, but here’s hoping the crazy dude in the white silk pajamas starts the coaching process by burning Mycle’s unfortunate oversized hat.

OVERALL SEASON 3 STANDINGS*
30) Casey Muessigman’s “Sweet Home Alabama” (Team Blake)
29) Joe Kirkland’s “Gives You Hell” (Team Adam)
28) Daniel Rosa’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” (Team Cee Lo)
27) Julio Caesar Castillo’s “La Bamba” (Team Blake)
26) JR Aquino’s “Just the Way You Are” (Team Cee Lo)
25) Samuel Mouton’s “Redemption Song” (Team Adam)
24) 2Steel Girls’ “Before He Cheats” (Team Blake)
23) Devyn Deloera’s “Ain’t No Other Man” (Team Xtina)
22) Nelly’s Echo’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” (Team Xtina)
21) Joselyn Rivera’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” (Team Xtina)
20) Alessandra Guerico’s “The Climb” (Team Adam)
19) Beat Frequency’s “E.T.” (Team Xtina)
18) Collin McLoughlin’s “Wild World” (Team Adam)
17) Aquile’s “Your Song (Team Xtina)
16) Brian Scartocci’s “Isn’t She Lovely” (Team Adam)
15) Mackenzie Bourg’s “Pumped Up Kicks” (Team Cee Lo)
14) Trevin Hunte’s “Listen” (Team Cee Lo)
13) Avery Wilson’s “Without You” (Team Cee Lo)
12) Nicholas David’s “Stand By Me” (Team Cee Lo)
11) Benji’s “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” (Team Adam)
10) Liz Davis’ “Here for the Party” (Team Blake)
9) Mycle Wastman’s “Let’s Stay Together” (Team Cee Lo)
8) Adriana Louise’s “Domino” (Team Xtina)
7) Terry McDermott’s “Baba O’Riley” (Team Blake)
6) DOMO’s “Don’t Cha” (Team Cee Lo)
5) Gracia Harrison’s “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” (Team Blake)
4) Melanie Martinez’s “Toxic” (Team Adam)
3) Bryan Keith’s “It Will Rain” (Team Adam)
2) De’Borah’s “Hey Soul Sister” (Team Xtina)
1) Nicole Nelson’s “Hallelujah” (Team Adam)

*Does not include singers whose auditions were shown only as brief snippets

Who were your favorites from The Voice‘s fifth episode of Season 3? Were there any moments where you thought the judges were in error? (I know she was a little wobbly on the verse, but I rather liked overenthusiastic vocal coach Lorraine Ferro.) And where the heck are they hiding Christina Millian? (Not that I’m complaining.) Hit the comments with your thoughts!