The Voice Recap: Best Episode Ever? [Updated]

cassadee pope“This may be the best episode of The Voice we’ve ever had,” Blake Shelton said tonight, in that homespun drawl of his that never seems anything less than genuine. And try as I might, I’m not sure I can find a way to disagree with him.

Sure, I could poke fun at the show’s enthusiastic-to-the-point-of-frenzied audience. (Is everyone in the studio required to pound a can of Red Bull, or maybe Red! Hyena!, in between every performance?). Or I could mock the crazy hyperbole of the “gold stars for everyone!” coaches. (Did Cee Lo really tell Nicholas David that his voice made him feel like “a child in the presence of my creator”?) I could even quibble with NBC’s decision to bring in guest mentors for the sole purpose of hyping Jennifer Hudson’s role in Season 2 of Smash (of course, if I did, I’d have to worry about my Gay Card getting revoked.)

PHOTOS | The Voice Leaderboard: Ranking the Top 10

So instead, I’ll just rise to my feet and give The Voice‘s Season 3 finalists the slow clap they deserve. Indeed, there wasn’t a full-fledged disaster at any point during the Top 10 performance telecast, and the very best numbers could’ve easily fit in during Sunday night’s American Music Awards. Yeah, I said it, and I’m not under the influence of a berry-flavored energy drink.

Let’s get to the grades for the Top 10, shall we? But before we do, a game of “Word Salad” with Christina Milian: “Our boy and our girl Blaketina, they’re performing on the show with live!” Um, okay then…

Amanda Brown: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ “Stars” | “That performance is the way I want to be introduced to that song,” said Blake, who along with Christina, admitted to never before having heard “Stars.” (That makes three of us.) But that’s the beauty of Amanda Brown: She eschews standard-operating reality-competition covers — not to mention the conventions of what pop radio expects from a black female artist — and takes things in an infinitely more interesting direction. The fact that she’s note perfect, incredibly nuanced, and as powerful as tropical-storm winds, ranks her as my favorite Voice contestant ever. Grade: A

Cassadee Pope: Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” | Regular TVLine readers know I’ve been throwing pebbles as Cassadee’s bandwagon all season, but I climbed aboard it at least for the duration of her haunting rendition of “Over You.” For the first time this season, the former Hey Monday singer nailed every note like an Army sharpshooter playing Duck Hunt at the county fair, and better still, she infused the tune with honest, aching emotion. Do I wish the cameras hadn’t spent half the performance in an over-Cassadee’s-shoulder shot of her mentor Blake, resting his head on his hand and gazing wistfully up at the stage? Um, yeah. Because while it was touching that the country star allowed Cassadee to cover a song he’d cowritten about the loss of his brother, putting the focus (literally) on him took focus off what his protégé was doing. At the end of the day, the performance worked because of Cassadee’s interpretive powers, not because of Blake’s personal connection to the material. Grade: A

Dez Duron: Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” | This was an ambitious number for Dez — and not just because Adam Lambert and Melanie Amaro have turned in devastating versions on Idol and X Factor respectively in recent years. Sure, the dashing former football player has had some solid moments in Season 3, but nothing from his oeuvre suggested he’d be able to slay a dragon the size of this big, jazzy ditty. And yet for the second straight week, Dez served notice that he can’t merely be dismissed as a pretty face — no matter how many times the coaches or Christina Milian undermine his credibility with their “ladies love Dez” remarks. Bringing a powerful physicality to the performance, Dez tamed “Feeling Good” with outstretched arms and punches to the air — barely breaking a sweat as he scaled the high notes. Grade: A-

Bryan Keith: Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” | There’s something a little sleepy about Bryan’s delivery, an almost inebriated languidness that recounts smoke-filled, basement jazz clubs rendered in black and white. And that made “New York State of Mind” a perfect song choice, especially with the appealing way the dude’s voice begins to shred when he reaches the ends of certain lines. I’ll admit I had absolutely no clue what Cee Lo and Adam were talking about when they droned on about how one needs to “have a pair” to properly interpret the song — Billy Joel ain’t exactly White Zombie — and now I’m just left hoping the strange sidebar didn’t distract viewers from picking up their phones and voting. Grade: A-

Nicholas David: Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” | Xtina declared that Nicholas’ smooth, rich tone is like chicken soup for her soul, and I can’t disagree. That home-cooked warmth infuses every part of his persona, too, from the loss of control of his left leg while he sat at the keyboards right down to his declaration of “holy buckets!” when he first saw J.Hud was going to be part of his mentoring session. If I had one complaint, though, I felt like the choice of “Lean on Me” — with a full Gospel choir from start to finish — was the slightest bit pedestrian. I’d love to hear Nicholas cover something more off-kilter (how about some Gnarls Barkley or Franz Ferdinand or even Macy Gray?). Grade: B+

Melanie Martinez: The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” | I’m not entirely sure why, but the judges never really come out and give Melanie full credit for the fact that she always goes beyond serving up good karaoke to a mass audience. And considering she’s the youngest person in the competition, that’s pretty heady stuff. To my ears, “Seven Nation Army” wasn’t quite as emotionally potent as last week’s “Cough Syrup,” but the plinky arrangement was an incredibly cool approach to a song that’s typically full of rumbly aggression. The kid’s magic is oftentimes found in the tension she manages to build with her voice, that innate ability to whisper when you’re expecting a scream, but I can’t say I disagreed with Adam and Xtina, who respectively wanted to hear the bomb go off and for Melanie to “jump off the cliff.” Indeed, just like peanut butter needs jam, vocal restraint usually goes down easier with a few bars of reckless abandon. Grade: B

Terry McDermott: Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69” | I can’t criticize Terry’s vocal this week — dude packs enough power to blow a bank vault door off its hinges — but I do wonder why his mentor is content to leave him stranded at the corner of Classic Rock and Lite FM, or why he never pushes Terry to switch up an arrangement or scale back his performances to something more sparse and intimate. Instead, the only thing “new” about Terry’s set this week was seeing him climb halfway up the stairs for some staged interaction with his guitarist. That might be enough to make him a Top 6 or Top 8 finisher, but the old dog will have to do more than catch a frisbee if he wants to inherit Jermaine Paul’s crown and sash. Grade: B

Sylvia Yacoub: Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” | “You have to sing it in tune or game over.” That warning from Xtina’s mentor Ron Fair hung heavy in the air during Sylvia’s performance. Because while she probably hit eight out of every 10 notes on the square, it was the remaining 15 or 20 percent of the time where her voice got pushed to the point of uncomfortable, where she seemed to be clinging to notes for dear life rather than effortlessly delivering them. And that obvious strain made it feel like Sylvia was merely trying to survive “Girl on Fire” rather than conquer it, which is probably not the best way to win over voters. (Side note: Props to Carson Daly for calling Sylvia a “pre-law” student; because the whole pre-performance package talking about the 19-year-old giving up law school for The Voice rang crazy false — unless of course she’s a Doogie Howser type who completed her Bachelor’s degree at 17.) Grade: B-

Cody Belew: Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” | Jennifer Hudson pretty much summed it up during rehearsals when she noted Cody’s personality was more memorable than his vocal. And she hadn’t even gotten the full effect of seeing the Arkansas cowboy’s son decked out in an insane one-sleeved leather jacket with tons of fringe and zippers doing Beyonce’s patented “uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh, oh-no-no” dance. Strangely, though, Cody eschewed most of the fast and furious wordplay on the chorus and bridge, choosing instead to riff over the top with some middling ad-libs that were often drowned out by the wall of sound coming from the band and backup singers behind him. Was it arguably the most amusing performance of the night? Sure. But the show is called “The Voice,” and seeing how “Bam Bam” hasn’t showcased his since his George Michael cover on Top 20 night, he might be in trouble during Tuesday’s results show. Grade: C+

Trevin Hunte: Usher’s “Scream” | Ahh, how this fairytale might’ve ended more happily if Cee Lo had spent less time trying to dissuade Trevin from going uptempo — and let’s be honest, after five straight Big Bombast Ballads, the kid was long overdue — and more time trying to find a more suitable dance track than “Scream.” Heck, I’d have been content it if Mr. Green had at least guided Trevin past the “acid washed denim with leather sleeves” rack and toward an outfit that wasn’t so aggressively unflattering. But left to his own devices, Trevin flopped around the stage as tragically as a tuna on a dock, going sharp more often than a Ginsu assembly line, all while sporting a bewildered expression that conveyed little of the celebratory spirit J.Hud had been pushing toward. The crowd went crazy anyway, leaving Cee Lo to make the cryptic remark that “apparently it paid off,” but if Mr. Hunte survives to Top 8 week, it’ll be on the basis of his prior efforts, not from what screeched through the TV speakers this Monday night. Grade: C+

And with that, let me turn things over to you:

Who were your favorites from The Voice‘s Top 10 performance telecast? Who’s most likely to get booted come Tuesday night? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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  1. Rick says:

    Awesome show tonight, save for a few bumps in the road near the end of the show.

    I’d rank the performances as follows:
    1. Amanda (brilliant vocal, and she’s one heck of a performer . . . Amanda is back!)
    2. Sylvia (the perfect blend between the belter and singer-songwriter vibes . . . awesome)
    3. Cassadee (her best vocal yet, but when the camera was on Blake during about 85% of that song, you just knew no one would criticize a song that was so emotional for him, even if it deserved it)
    4. Melanie (awesome arrangement, though not quite as emotionally powerful as “Cough Syrup” . . . I’m curious to see if she has won over any more fans)
    5. Bryan (very strong vocal despite a rather bland personality)
    6. Nicholas (decent performance, but Cee Lo cheesed it up by begging for votes with his sob story)
    7. Terry (a softer version of this song would have worked better, I think . . . his great voice, but all of performances all just sound the same)
    8. Dez (he’s just not that good, but he’s pretty, so he’s safe . . . plus, he got the pimp spot, although I’d crack up if Xtina’s tacky plea for votes for her team at the end backfires)
    9. Trevin (unfortunate evidence that he can’t sing anything)
    10. Cody (love his hilarious personality, but what an awful song choice . . . almost definitely going home tonight)

    *For the record, it was purely coincidental that all of the girls ended up in the top four.

    I would send home Dez and Terry or Nicholas, but I’m guessing that Cody and Melanie will fall by the wayside tonight, with Sylvia (because she went first) and Nicholas (because he’s so old-school) as possible surprise eliminations.

    • greg smith says:

      I’m a Melanie Martinez fan; she’s a truly artistic singer, one of a kind. I find her songs soothing yet haunting.

      • Rick says:

        Agreed, she’s great, and I hope she stays.
        Also, as a note, I meant to emphasize the word “anything” on Trevin’s description- was trying to say that the kid can obviously sing, but he can’t sing absolutely anything thrown at him, as we saw tonight.

      • kim says:

        yes i agree even though i love nicholas the show to me is about new and upcoming and she is it hope she dosent go home !!!!!

    • joe stone says:

      Great show. I rated it 1.cassadee.2.trevon 3.melanie. Melanie surprised. My guess is brian and either sylvia or dez goes

    • gregk says:

      One of the best live performance song/dance shows of all time. Hard to believe Trevin would be the weakest link. I still liked Sylvia’s performance regardless of the negative comments. My wife thought Cody should not have changed his appearance and grown the whiskers.

  2. Samantha says:

    It was like everyone took performance enhancers over the weekend. Everyone was a lot better…except Trevin. While I get he why wanted to step out of the box and thought it was a good idea, it just wasn’t good. I like codys personality but he’s always swallowed up by the music. Amanda and Terry are my favourites!

    • Samantha says:

      well and Sylvia who just doesn’t have it.

    • Emily says:

      Totally agree! Amanda and Terry are awesome. I even really liked Cassadee; song choice was brilliant (hands down one of my favorite songs) and she just sang it so perfectly. But, Terry and Amanda are still my faves. And yeah, Trevin should have chosen a different song to step out of the box on. “Scream” was just not a good choice. I have the feeling Trevin, Sylvia, or Cody is going home tomorrow.

    • FreeHaley says:

      yeah Trevin did have a stumble, a change is maybe OK at this point for a week, but Usher was not the change to make

      and to Samantha – yeah I still think Christina should have kept Joselyn instead of Sylvia, I know Sylvia reminds her more of herself, but the problem is that with Sylvia you end up with a second rate Christina since she is a clone, so I still think that was a huge mistake

      • FreeHaley says:

        Maybe it is just me, but I could swear Trevin also got pitchy this week. I know the judges said he brought all the notes, but I could swear some were missed, I think running around caught him up a bit.

        • Joe says:

          Trevin was the hot mess of the night which is saying something after Cody did Beyonce. He really kept gravitating towards grabbing his crotch while butchering the Usher song (if that’s even possible). He had to fight himself from grabbing a handful of nuts for most of the song. Trevin could be a shock boot tomorrow.

          • Samantha says:

            Cody has the stage presence and can engage the audience which is probably why he’s still around. Even if his vocals are weak he’s sassy and people like that. Trevin is kind of blank every week and sure he’s got chops but he doesn’t connect with the audience.

        • professor1453 says:

          It’s not just you. He was definitely pitchy. — KS, Professor of Music

          • Snsetblaze says:

            I’m not a professor of music and I heard it too. He was also out of breath. And stop with the crotch-grabbing. It isn’t original anymore.

  3. nich says:

    For me Nicholas was the best of the night followed by Amanda. He only wins out over her because of the choir.

    Trevin Hunte needed to go young but he picked the wrong Usher song to do that with but at least it wasn’t another Chris Brown song.

    Cody was hilarious. Not his best but damn it was fun.

  4. Alana says:

    I enjoyed Amanda and Melanie the most. Amanda’s performance was nearly perfect in every way. Melanie hit a couple of very slightly rough spots when she tried to generate more power in her voice, but the way the song built in intensity and dynamics worked really well. I thought Adam’s advice for her was spot-on. I also liked Cassadee and Nicholas, although I wasn’t as thrilled about them as the judges were. Trevin was my least favorite.

  5. Pat says:

    1. Cassadee – 9/10
    2. Dez – 8.5/10
    3. Bryan – 8.5/10
    4. Melanie – 8/10
    5. Nicholas – 8/10
    6. Amanda – 7/10
    7. Terry – 6/10
    8. Sylvia – 4.5/10
    9. Trevin – 3/10
    10. Cody – 2/10

    Outstanding show. If anyone other than the Bottom 3 of my group go, I’ll probably be upset.

  6. davey says:

    I really thought Amanda and Nicholas were tops tonight. Dez is faux Buble and Cassadee is not a star, no matter how many times Blake says that. Why doesn’t Amanda get a choir or Jennifer Hudson? I gave all my votes to her and I bought her song which I had never heard before.

  7. Lori says:

    Great show! My favorites were Nicholas and Melanie. Usually like Bryan, but this wasn’t my favorite. Trevin was awful.

  8. Al says:

    The order that I believe the performance were in:
    Amanda, Dez, Cassadee, Nicholas, Bryan, Trevin, Melanie, Terry, Sylvia, and Cody.

    A few thoughts: Bryan and Terry are becoming quite boring to me for some reason.
    Sylvia was very pitchy tonight. I just rewatched it on youtube just to make sure and I was not right about that. She did hit some high notes but the lower registry was a bit flat and some of her high notes went sharp. I did like Trevin stepping out of the box just to have fun this week. Although I do not think it was his best vocal performance, it was nice to see him act his age for once. I think if he just sang that song with a little less moving he would have stayed a pitch more. I was impressed with Cassadee and Dez tonight because Cassadee gave her best performance since the blind audition and Dez is improving every week. He actually did not miss that many notes. As i tweeted to Amanda her performance said “star” because that is what she truly is.

    I feel like Melanie and Cody are in danger for sure along with Sylvia. Amanda, Cassadee, Trevin, and Dez are not going anywhere anytime soon folks so get use to their voices.

  9. jenn says:

    Cassadee (the fact that she has no lower register irks me, otherwise great)
    Trevin (love him. Not a good idea, I’m all up for a upbeat song but this wasn’t a good idea)
    Cody(love his energy, but didn’t like it. sorry)

    Melanie, Cody and Sylvia are in danger.

  10. gg031 says:

    Loved CeeLo’s snide remark to Trevin’s performance “apparently it paid off” since he (and I) was not impressed. I think ‘Burn’ would have been a better choice, still a ballad but younger and more fun. It felt like he couldn’t catch up to the tempo. He’ll make it thru on his past performances and that one big note.

    Loved Amanda, Stars is one of my favorites right now. She’s been the most consistent, even with last week faltering.

    Did anyone think it was unfair Nicholas got a choir to back him? It really ,Ade the performance but it beefed up his sound and seemed like an advantage

    • Samantha says:

      yeah you could tell during the song ceelo was not pleased! He was only smiling and clapping because he had to and the audience was.

  11. gs harjo says:

    my top 3 (based on my personal likes only)
    1) Cassadee
    3) Dez

  12. Mike says:

    I enjoyed Melanie, but I’m still waiting for a performance that rivals her Toxic audition. For me, nothing has come close to that and I’m pretty disappointed. Dez started off well (I actually found myself enjoying his singing) but I find it kind of died out towards the end of the song and his voice didn’t have the power I thought it would. Trevin and Cody just completely missed the mark this week in my opinion. If at least one of them don’t leave tomorrow night, I’ll be surprised. Happy with Cassadee, since it’s the best she’s sounded so far in this competition, but like Melanie, I’m still waiting for a truly amazing performance that I don’t think I’m going to get. Not much to say about Bryan, Nicholas and Sylvia; all did fairly well. Terry just sounded the same and it pains me to say it because he’s one of my favorites. He needs to change it up somehow because even I’m getting a little bored with him.

  13. FreeHaley says:

    Hah, well Cody is definitely back this week! Last week so deadly boring and bland singing. This week he definitely brought it hah, 100% turn around. Kinda funny too hah, especially that one bit. Great stage presence and performing this week and way more into the vocals, certainly has some diversity between this and Jolene too.

    Amanda is back too! Not quite Dream On but realllly good.

    A very good week.

    I liked Cassadee this week better than any other week. The chipmunk tone was gone and it had feeling. I liked her style of singing better this time, this style gives her a much nicer tone. It’s really fit her far and away the best so far and I kinda dug her this week. A good week.

    Trevin I think did worse. He sounded average and didn’t have super amazing stage presence doing that although it wasn’t too bad. He had a few moments with it. On the one hand he did need to change it up as eventually he might become the tired out boring ballad guy but not sure this was quite the change for him and another ballad may have been better even.

  14. ashley says:

    I thought I enjoyed ‘New York State of Mind,’ but then the judges informed me that you need to be a man to sing that song. I thought anyone could express their love for New York or a place they call home. Silly me. Luckily, there are men like Adam to explain these things to me.

    • Joe says:

      I didn’t get the remarks about “having a pair” and I honestly don’t get Bryan. I don’t see where he fits into the music world. He doesn’t elicit any kind of feeling from me. It’s all kinda “meh”.

      • Samantha says:

        I was just talking with my friend during the show and we both said the same thing. He’s okay but he’s not special and doesn’t take risks.

    • Portia says:

      This from the same judge who thought 99 Problems (but a %itch ain’t one) was an appropriate song choice for his token male finalist last year. Lea Michelle pulled off quite a better version of New York on Glee recently. I guess Ryan Murphy didn’t consult his American Horror star.

  15. Beth says:

    I love Adam and Blake! You can tell how much they care about their contestants by how they perform. Amanda and Cassadee were the best hands down.

  16. FreeHaley says:

    Can’t argue much with your ratings other than I thought Cody actually did way better this week and deserved a lot higher than a C+.

    Was shocked that Cassadee actually was one of my favorites this week, usually she had been floating around the bottom of the pack, although never at the very bottom one or two.

    I think I might have to give Amanda A+ if Cassadee got an A though.

    • jaxguy says:

      I loved Cody. Great vocal. Cool Song choice. LOVED IT. But at this point Amanda is the best. Great song choice this week and brilliant performance. She has had the best moments so far. Thought Trevin and Sylvia were the worst. But I can’t see the loved for Bryan’s New York State of Mind. I have head way better on other singing competition shows. Everyone else was good.

  17. Spycigal says:

    Love Cassadee! Love Over You! Absolute best of te night for me! I thought it paid great homage to Miranda’s version however Cassadee made it her own… Love the choices she made in how she sang it! Cassadee got my votes and I brought the song, she’s already #63 on iTunes with Melanie at #83!

  18. Emma says:

    I have to agree – tonight was amazing. No failures at all.

    I’ve been a fan of Cassadee’s for several years, but I’ve been disappointed in her every week – she hasn’t been AWFUL, but not nearly up to what I know she can do. Well, tonight she pulled it off, and I couldn’t be prouder.

    SO glad that Amanda made a strong comeback – she scared me last week. And I thought Terry and Nick and Bryan continued strong. Cody – I like him, but this week I loved him. Such fun. Trevin – I agree with the crowd, I continue to love him, but this wasn’t his best performance by a long shot. And Melanie – I love her, but given the voting has been against the more “unique” singers (I want De’Borah back), I’m not sure she did enough to hang in there.

    Of the two I don’t particularly like, Sylvia – just doesn’t do it for me. But Dez, who I’ve never had the time of day for – I thought he actually sold the song instead of his looks tonight. I had NO idea he could do that. Why has he been doing all that boy band crap if he could actually deliver a song like that?

    This is going to be REALLY interesting.

  19. Annie says:

    I say it was
    1) Dez
    2) Amanda
    3) Bryan
    4) Cassadee
    and then rest
    What was up with some of the song choices this week though. Scream.. for Trevin? Really?

  20. cassadee fans says:

    cassadee pope made everyone tear up

  21. Emma says:

    Melanie was mesmerizing. First performance I’ve bought from Itunes this whole season. Also enjoyed Amanda and Nicholas, and Cassadee definitely improved from previous weeks. Cody was fun, although the vocal was meh.

  22. jess says:

    I don’t get the Sylvia hate. I thought she did fantasic tonight.

    And I really don’t get the love for Cassadee. But she’ll skate through to the end due to her fanbase.

    • Dan says:

      I agree she has a great voice. I’m not getting the Cody love this week. He’s fun but the vocals were not great.

      • jaxguy says:

        Unless my ears are failing me, Cody’s vocals were terrific.

        • Beth says:

          He is decent but not a great vocalist which is the point of this show. I think that performance would have been great on Americas got talent or something else. There are a lot of great voices this year and he is simply above average.

      • Ty says:

        His vocals were never great, I just want to see him put on a crazy show while more chaffe is cleared away, when it gets to the top singers then he can safely depart. Same with Dez, not the best vocalist, but man that eye candy. I am fine with him staying so long as he does not edge out Amanda/Nicholas/Terry etc

    • Ty says:

      I thought she did better tonight, less pitchy, but still pitchy. Everytime I watch her I get nervous because I know the melody will be slightly off. I don’t have that worry with Amanda because her control is spot on. So was Cassadee… tonight.

    • JohnDoe54 says:

      It’s so obnoxious when people mention fan bases like they’re an unfair advantage. Regardless of Cassadee’s past, fan bases put artists through music competitions. Fan bases will also be responsible for her success BEYOND The Voice (unlike other contestants).

  23. mia says:

    I’ve wanted to like Cassadee, there’s something in her voice that’s appealing and tonight she finally made me love her. That performance was fantastic and I think country could be her genre.
    Bryan Keith was also a surprise this week. I loved it! It was smooth and sexy and you could tell he really felt it.

  24. jess says:

    Also, while Keith did good tonight – he needs to change it up next week. I don’t think he’s sung one uptempo song yet.

  25. Percysowner says:

    I just love Cody. The song was fun, if not great. He just makes me smile. Melanie doesn’t do it for me and Sylvia had one performance that I loved and the others are just okay. Bryan doesn’t catch me personality wise.

  26. teatime says:

    I don’t get Dez. I get that he is cute. But his songs are never memorable to me.
    I am still waiting for Terry to perform something less than 3 decade old.
    I think Sylvia is in trouble since she went first.
    I really enjoyed Cody’s performance. The vocals weren’t great especially since the mic was often too low are far away or maybe he just lost his breath. But I know he can sing. I thought his performance and outfit were a lot of fun.
    I think almost anyone could go home.

    • teatime says:

      I guess I should pick who I think is going home. I think it will be Sylvia partly because she went first, and Melanie even though I enjoyed her performance. Most of them were good tonight. The few I thought were not that good probably have enough loyal fans to keep them another week.

    • Joe says:

      I want to hate Des, but he’s been very good the past 2 weeks. The “Buble” thing works for him. He’s going to win this easy. Nicholas is my favorite contestant though.

  27. Sara says:

    This was such a good night that it is hard to say who will go home. I would say that Sylvia might be at risk. In my heart of hearts, I would say that both of Christina’s singers were the weakest (I am probably in the minority here, but I really don’t think Dez did that song justice), but I don’t think they are both going home. It bums me out, but I am most worried about Cody (and he has pretty been my favorite since his audition) going home.
    Hopefully, my favorite four (Cody, Nicholas, Terry, and Amanda) will still be standing on the stage at the end of tomorrow night.

  28. Portia says:

    I’d bump Nicholas up there with Amanda — did you hear the man’s tone? When I think of all the choirs that have been staged on these reality singing performances, I think this one finally found the right counterpoint in Nicholas’ lack of pretension and quirkiness. Anyone remember the choir swooping on Lee Dewyze singing Hallelujah? Recall all the overblown performance songs that start with “I believe ____”? (Fill in the blank with “I can fly” or whatever).. I rest my case.

    I would also bump Melanie higher, at least over Bryan Keith. I thought he was okay tonight, but shined a little less than next week in comparison to his competitors. Plus, we’ve seen some better versions of that song recently on Glee and that guy that got eliminated on XF. I’d written Melanie off, but this was her best since Toxic — and will probably will be the first iTunes download for me this season.

  29. Riley says:

    AMANDA! Thank God , she made a comeback! I love her song choice, inspired me, Love her through! I’ll put Cassadee 2nd =) she had a nice song

    • Jamey says:

      So happy she got over being sick and was back. Loved her. I very much enjoyed Bryan, Melanie and Nicholas. Thought it was Cassadee’s strongest to date.

  30. Mimi says:

    Love the show. That’s the best format for a talent show! Sadly the judges are only interested in promoting themselves. A great idea would be for the producers to bring 4 mega retired singers, to really put the focus on …. the Voice. Nothing so far is going on with the winners of the first two seasons, if that continues, the show will lose all credibility and ulimately lose …its fans.:(

    • kavyn says:

      My ideal judging panel for The Voice would be Blake, Adam, Sara Bareilles and Amanda Brown once she wins :-). Okay, maybe not that last one, but honestly Ben Folds would be great too. merge the Sing Off into the Voice and take the things that make both shows great, merge ’em together and make an even stronger powerhouse!

  31. Maddie says:

    Am I the only one that is bored to tears by Bryan? His voice is nice, but I don’t feel any passion from him at all. This week was better than last week, but I just don’t think he has any charisma.

    • kavyn says:

      You’re not the only one. He bores me every single time he performs and he always gives that “I know I’m good” expression which makes me dislike him even more. He has a good voice though, but he doesn’t express his personality well.

    • Tom says:

      You’re not the only one. Tonight he just took the Glee version that was used on the show and sang it like Billy Joel. Honestly, if he had put any originality in it it would’ve been interesting at least, but it was very carbon-copy.

      • Ty says:

        I think you guys are being too harsh, that or maybe your audio equipment is not up to snuff and you can’t hear what I heard. I like his start better than the rest, but that start was pretty damn amazing, crystal clear tone before it got dirtied with the grit.

    • S7 Fan says:


      Yep……..bored by Bryan.

    • tjj50 says:

      Yeah, That’s my take on him too. Nice voice, he sounds the same with every song. He doesn’t bring anything interesting to the table. Would I pay money to go see him sing? No.

  32. Davey says:

    Cody was 10x more interesting than Cassadee who is not a star. I hope he stays along with Amanda, Terry and Nicholas.

  33. Rod says:

    Glad Amanda bounced back so strong. Cody is a showman and performer. Don’t know if will save him as the competition was good tonight. Sadly, neither he or Sylvia will get an iTunes bump and that may be the deciding factor but Trevin was weak and could go home.

  34. David says:

    My bottom four would be Sylvia, Trevyn, Cody, and Melanie with the following caveats:
    1) Trevyn and Melanie have a strong fanbase that might still save them
    2) Cody sounded bad, but he gave the most entertaining performance.

  35. kavyn says:

    Great: Amanda, Nicholas, Cassadee

    Good Enough: Melanie, Terry

    Meh: Sylvia, Bryan, Dez

    Bad: Trevin

    Entertaining: Cody! Can’t get over him, he’s different and despite the weak vocals he’s just a bundle of joy to watch. I want him to last another week and get DOMO to dance in his next performance.

  36. a482972 says:

    How I’d have graded them:
    Amanda Brown: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ “Stars” | Grade: A
    -Great choice, good delivery, good staging
    Cassadee Pope: Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” | Grade: A-
    -Good choice, good delivery, good staging
    Nicholas David: Bill Withers’ “Lean on Me” | Grade: B+
    -Good choice, good delivery, good staging
    Melanie Martinez: The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” | Grade: B+
    -Great choice, good delivery, fair staging
    Cody Belew: Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love” Grade: B+
    -Fair choice, good delivey, great staging
    Terry McDermott: Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69″ | Grade: B
    -Predictable choice, good delivery, fair staging
    Dez Duron: Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” | Grade: B
    -Good choice, good delivery, fair staging
    Bryan Keith: Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind” | Grade: B
    -Good choice, good delivery, fair staging
    Sylvia Yacoub: Alicia Keys’ “Girl on Fire” | Grade: B-
    -Predictable choice, fair delivery, good staging
    Trevin Hunte: Usher’s “Scream” | Grade: C+
    -Fair choice, good delivery, fair staging

  37. T says:

    Did Nicholas get a Brazilian Blowout??? His hair looked so shiny and bright!! He was great tonight as was Amanda. Bryan is a singing snooze fest. Cody didn’t sound good at all but he was adorable as usual. Love Trevin but of all the uptempo R&B songs to pick, why that one??? I’m a big Usher fan but that song isn’t even one of HIS best. If he was gonna go that route maybe “The DJ’s Got Us Falling In Love”? I don’t know. Or one of the other 1000 songs he has??? I think he’ll be fine though. Amanda had a rough week last week and she made it through. Oh and Jesse Martin is going to be on “Smash”???!!! I might have to start watching it again.

    • Portia says:

      Hahaha… it really did look like a Brazilian Blowout! I tried a keratin express blowout for the first time a few weeks ago. My hair had never before been that shiny – or flat!!

    • Beth says:

      Maybe ‘numb’ too it’s kind of a ballad and up tempo but scream seemed forced and made everyone uncomfortable!

  38. Adrian Arciniega says:

    Why is Dez an -A? It was alright, but Nicholas and Melanie outshined him.

  39. Eric says:

    This episode was MILES better than last week. My ranking:

    1. Bryan – Second week in a row I’ve ranked him on top, which is surprising because not too long ago he wasn’t even on my radar! I absolutely love his tone and really liked this song for him. He’s improved each week and I think he really had a “moment” here.
    2. Amanda – Amanda is back! Last week was subpar, but this week she once again knocked it out of the park. I loved hearing a more vulnerable side compared to her usual “badass” sort of songs.
    3. Nicholas – I really do love his voice. Still have concerns about marketability and I honestly think he’d probably do better going indie, but on vocals alone he should be in the top four hands down.
    4. Melanie – Loved her in the blind auditions, but liked her less and less each performance until last week’s “Cough Syrup”. I think she chose a great song tonight and her delivery was less affected than usual. Enough to stick around.
    5. Dez – Vocally, I find Dez one of the least impressive of the remaining contestants. However, he consistently picks songs that suit him well. He gave a passably good performance tonight and would probably stay even if he wasn’t the resident hottie.
    6. Terry – Predictable song choice. I actually rolled my eyes. Really wish he’d step out of his comfortable little box just once, but he sounded good.
    7. Sylvia – Had some pitch issues. However, I still really like her tone and I thought her performance was dynamic and overall decent. She went first, though, so I have a feeling she may be sent home despite a few others giving worse performances.
    8. Cassadee – I didn’t dislike her this week, but her lack of a lower register and poor breath control still really bother me. I think this song was a really smart choice.
    9. Cody – Oh, Cody. I love his entertainment value and the staging was fantastic, but the band completely swallowed up his vocal. I think he’s in some serious trouble.
    10. Trevin – On the one hand, I have to applaud him for stepping outside the box. On the other hand, that was by far the worst Trevin’s sounded this season. He seemed like he was out of breath the whole time, and unless I’m mistaken his pitch went completely off the rails in the final third. But, he’s been so heavily pimped, this likely won’t matter.

    If I were the public, I would send home Trevin and one of the three girls who aren’t Amanda (probably Cassadee, just due to personal preference). However, I’m not, and I think it’s most likely going to be Cody and Sylvia packing their bags.

    • Eric says:

      Having now checked the current iTunes sales:

      4.) Cassadee Pope
      16.) Melanie Martinez
      19.) Amanda Brown
      22.) Nicholas David
      50.) Dez Duron
      84.) Terry McDermott
      110.) Bryan Keith
      159.) Sylvia Yacoub
      170.) Cody Belew
      177.) Trevin Hunte

      Holy crap, could this actually be the week we get rid of the overrated Trevin?

  40. AT says:

    Going on performance I would say that it would be Trevin and Sylvia to go. Personally I think Bryan and Sylvia should go though I don’t think anyone is truly deserving of a cut. As for your ratings I am not sure why you gave Nicholas a B+. He was an A all the way.

  41. Aiden says:

    Easily the best episode of The Voice by far. I’m actually driven to download from iTunes and vote tonight. Been waiting for this Cassadee Pope moment, and she couldn’t have picked a better song to break out. That emotional and moving performance was amplified by the connection with Blake, though it would have been great no matter. Even mediocre singers like Dez came out a-blazing, and vocal messes like Cody’s “Crazy in Love” entertained still. Amanda Brown ensured me buying her original albums by pulling off Grace Potter’s “Stars” the way she did. Kudos to everyone tonight, this show was in top shape. A variety of thoroughly entertaining diverse musical performances.

    And may I just add how much I love the coaches? Man, they make the show infinitely more enjoyable to watch when you see how they react to the different artists before them. Even with the “gold stars for everybody” approach. It just comes from a place of sincerity for these people, which is also eciprocated by the contestants. This freakin’ show makes me feel warm and fuzzy, go figure.

  42. teatime says:

    On X-Factor a couple weeks ago Britney suggested an Usher song for Jason Brock to sing. I think it was Scream. Does anyone know for sure?

  43. jasonboegh says:

    Here’s how I’d rank them tonight..

    1. Amanda (she’s fantastic)
    2. Cassadee (great job, the first time I’ve actually liked her and bought the hype)
    3. Dez (his best to date and a threat to win the whole thing)
    4. Cody (undeniably entertaining if not the best vocal)
    5. Nicholas (my fave performance of his to date)
    6. Silvia (this girl is good people, why are the producers trying to do away with her?)
    7. Terry (he’s a phenomenal singer, but he really just seems like he should be in a band. It was a rote and generic performance despite his flawless vocals)
    8. Brian (good vocals, but super boring and I’m sorry he is not the least bit likable)
    9. Trevin: oh dear, that was a hot mess that did not serve his great voice
    10. Melanie: she’s terrible and while this was her best to date, it was still awful and she should not be in the top ten.

    In danger of going home: Melanie, Brian, Trevin, Terry, Silvia and unfortunately Cody

    • Ty says:

      I agree about Melanie, what she does does NOTHING for me. I got the same vibe from Scotty McCreerie, can’t stand that country bumpkin twang shtick, not as bad as Kelley Pickler but close… hmm, tangent.

  44. Erika says:

    Cassadee just reached number one on iTunes dethroning Gangnam Style. Her iTunes votes will be multiplied by 10 and since its cumulative iTunes votes this season. She is gonna have a big advantage if she makes the final and no one else does what she did on the charts tonight.

  45. Vetle says:

    Cody was SO.MUCH.FUN. FIERCE. He’s my favorite, and it’s rare for me to have male favorite contestant. It’s a tough tough song to sing, and I think he nailed the majority of his notes and he performed the hell out of that song. I have yet to watch the others though. I watched Sylvia’s performance, it was alright. Better than last week tbh.

  46. Chris says:

    1. Amanda (A)
    2. Cassadee (A)
    3. Nicholas (A)
    4. Bryan (B+)
    5. Melanie (B+)
    6. Terry (B)
    7. Cody (B-)
    7. Dez (B-)
    9. Silvia (C+)
    10.Trevin (C)

    Overall a great night, but even so there were 3 clear standouts for me.

  47. gregk says:

    The swaybots have gone viral; whole audience was infected. However, more tolerable than the screamers on X-factor, at least one can close eyes and listen.

  48. Tom says:

    Amanda gave me serious chills. I knew the original vaguely, but she sang it as though it was her own. It’s destined to be among the Top 10 performances of the season, in my opinion. So much passion and emotion that I felt on the verge of tears.

    I was also impressed with Cassadee for the first time this season. I think Blake has found her niche with that song. It works better for her than the punk rock persona she’s been trying to convey. It suited her voice perfectly, and the emotional connection added so much. If she keeps performing like that, I don’t think I’d be mad if she made the finale.

    Cody was a hot mess, but I love him all the same. He’ll probably be eliminated tomorrow, and I won’t lie when I say I’ll be sad. He brings so much entertainment value, and he’s a good singer (with the right songs). Trevin, on the other hand, was a hot mess for all the wrong reasons. He sang a contemporary song, sure, but not well. That does not bode well if he wants to be a relevant artist.

    Nicholas was splendid, as always. Dez, maybe not so much. There’s something about “Feelin’ Good” that can bring out a wonky tone in singers if they’re not careful. No one can be Nina Simone 2.0, but sadly most singers try to be, and that’s probably why the song can be such an awkward fit. Dez did the Buble version, which is fine, but I still felt there was something off about his tone. But at least he’s actually singing songs that fit him, so that’s a plus.

    Sylvia and Terry were good, if not a bit forgettable. Sylvia did better than last week, but I’m not completely feeling her voice. Terry is getting a little predictable. I want Blake to toss him a completely unexpected song, because there’s no way he’ll win by doing dependable karaoke covers of classic rock hits. He has a great voice, but he needs to step outside his comfort zone.

    Last but not least, I thought Melanie was sublime. Not quite “Toxic,” but she’s getting there. Like her or not, you can’t deny she’s making interesting choices. I really hope she sticks around. I would be lying if I didn’t say her song choices intrigue me the most, and that I’m always looking forward to what she has in store.

    Oh wait, nevermind, I forgot about Bryan. Whoops. I guess that says a lot. On the surface, he sang well and all, but there was nothing remarkable about his performance. All he did was try to sound as much as Billy Joel as possible, and what’s the good in that? Then again, maybe Bryan does have shades of Billy in his voice. If that’s so, he should sing less predictable songs then.

    So, based on performance quality alone, Trevin and Cody should go home. But taking past performances into account, I’d choose Sylvia and Trevin to leave. Cody is just too fun to lose.

  49. Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

    How is it that people do’t see that Melanie Martinez can only sing songs one way? The others seem to try their best to adapt to the song and she just goes along singing all her songs like someone killed her puppy. No talent.

  50. Calli says:

    Trevin did not earn a C tonight. Maybe a D. It was so bad I had to turn the sound down. It was strained, off-key, and just all kinds of wrong.