The Voice Top 5 Performance Recap: Finals Exam

The Voice - Season 6With only two weeks left in The Voice‘s sixth season, you’d think executive producer Mark Burnett would finally be comfortable letting the five remaining contestants hog the spotlight.

But like the two diggers’ worth of animal dung that Adam Levine dumped onto Blake Shelton’s shiny red pickup truck out in the show’s parking lot tonight, there always seems to be something getting in the way of this undeniably terrific quintet of vocalists.

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Look! It’s Carson Daly kicking off the episode with a way-too-long shout-out to Transformers: Age of Distinction, “a huge movie that everybody’s looking forward to!” — minus, at a minimum, myself and star Mark Wahlberg, whose brief promotional appearance filled him with all the outward joy of a restaurant patron impaling the roof of his mouth with a clam shell during a paella dinner.

Listen! It’s Usher calling Shakira “an incredible young Cuban fire-hot ball” — despite even casual fans of the show knowing she’s Colombian (and that maybe we need to retire any variation on the adjective “fiery” to describe Latinas — rápidamente). (One segment later, Carson corrected the error, and Shakira scored her best one-liner of the season: “If I’m from Cuba, he’s from the great state of Nashville!” she giggled, referencing Usher’s Season 4 confusion over the Tennessee capital being its own state.)

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And yep, let us pause to consider the aformentioned, manure-scented distraction that only proved how awkward it is when Adam attempts to match Blake’s effortless sense of humor. (Is it possible Mr. Shelton has never been invited to host Saturday Night Live, or does Justin Timberlake writes him a six-figure check every time Blake turns such offers down?)

Alas, the show’s obsession with its coaches will probably prove as tough to quell as the Screaming Mimi who’s always harmonizing with The Voice theme going out of and coming into commercial breaks, but that’s not gonna stop me from focusing on what’s important: Finding a successor to Season 5 champ Tessanne Chin, a successor who (we can only hope) can build some real traction on the Billboard charts.

With that in mind, let’s jump to letter grades for the episode’s performances — each contestant selected one ditty as a tribute, and got assigned a seocond song by his or her coach:

Kristen Merlin (Team Shakira): Miranda Lambert’s “Gunpowder and Lead” — Grade: B | Kristen honored her Massachusetts hometown with a song about… an abused woman greeting her paroled mate with a loaded shotgun? (A song, incidentally, that’s been covered more times on reality singing shows lately than a rich lady’s backyard pool on a windy day.) Yeah, the subject matter was a little jarring juxtaposed with the dedication, but I understood Ms. Merlin’s desire to prove she can hold onto her pitch — and the audience’s attention — while simultaneously working the stage. Yet while Kristen’s Shaki-esque vibrato added a nice bit of texture to the choruses, there were also moments where Kristen struggled to be heard over the show’s background vocalists. As a “Get Out the Vote/Convert the Vote” strategy to get her to the finals, alas, this was about as effective as a flyer slipped under a stranger’s windshield wiper. (Still better than Shakira’s bizarre “You represent all the minorities out there!” talking point, though.)

Josh Kaufman (Team Usher): John Legend’s “All of Me” — Grade: A- | Before I praise Josh’s nuanced hearbreaker of a performance, can I please have permission to roll my eyes at the highly literal framed photos of Josh’s family that some overzealous set designer (or Usher) insisted on using as a backdrop. (Missed opportunity for some Olan Mills promotional synergy, Mark Burnett!) Anyhow, one of Josh’s great strengths as an artist is the way he controls his pitch on quiet whispered moments as easily as he does on big, belty notes. “All of Me” was a case study in this skill set, with the college tutor’s husky lower tone transitioning effortlessly into falsetto, his intimate pillow talk giving way to bursts of passion on lines like “head underater, but I’m breathing fine.” The guy is bloody fantastic, and it’s not really up for debate, even. That said, I’d love it if for once — just once! — Adam didn’t start his critique by telling us he let Josh go during the battles; I mean, keep yelling faux self-deprecating garbage like “I’m a moron!” and eventually we might start believing you, Adam! (Maybe we already do?!)

Kat Perkins (Team Adam): Sia’s “Chandelier” — Grade: A- | Adam’s not above sabotaging one of his team members to ensure a Chosen One’s survival — he’s the Darwin of the panel, to be sure — so is it possible he steered Season 6’s rocker chick toward a very tricky EDM track and a Disney princess ballad — without a single song from her preferred genre — in order to bolster Christina’s chances? Quite possibly. But despite certain members of my household (AKA my hubby) wincing at the way Kat swooped upward and twistingly against Sia’s insane melody — like a BMX stunt rider flying off a ramp– I found myself in a a dual state of being impressed (“Yowza! Is there a note Kat can’t hit?”) and deeply moved (by the way Kat brought to life the desperate party girl at the center of the song). If this polarizing track leads to Kat’s ouster, at least she exits on a high note — or 20 (but who’s counting?).

Jake Worthington (Team Blake): Waylon Jennings’ “Good Ol’ Boys” — Grade: B+ | And the award for Most Improved Vocal Vs. Last Week goes to… drumroll please (and imagine the next two words in the voice of an excited Carson Daly)… “Jake! Worthington!” Granted, the Texas teenager’s rock-solid rendition of “Good Ol’ Boys” still didn’t play like Top 3 material, not to my ears anyway, but there was an aw-shucks charm to Jake’s entire performance — along with good pitch and a little bit of rhythmical improvosation — that made it pleasing to the ear. Mind you, I’m not sure if his singing-boy-next-door style makes him any more of an American than someone from the Bronx or Chicago or South Dakota or the middle of Wyoming — as Adam and Blake semed to suggest — but hey, that’s Mark Burnett’s narrative, and he’s obviously stickin’ with it.

Christina Grimmie (Team Adam): Imogean Heap’s “Hide and Seek” — Grade: B- | Christina has definitely won me over in the past month with her divalicious belting and potent stage presence. Still, I can’t pretend Adam’s Vocoder-heavy arrangement and choice of an Enya-esque cover painted her in the modern, take-charge light with which The Voice has previously portrayed her. As Usher pointed out, the opening half of the performance was marked by a disconnect — emotion got trumped by awkward staging and mood lighting –but Christina’s prior body of work makes her a lock for the finale, so maybe a little experimentation — even of the unsuccessful variety — was apt this week?

Josh Kaufman (Team Usher): One Republic’s “Love Runs Out” — Grade: A- | Speaking of risks, how about Josh shifting out of the smooth-soul lane and into raucous, rockin’ territory? Dude grabbed ahold of the melody of OneRepublic’s latest ditty like a cheetah to an impala’s leg, the ferocity of his desire to crack the finals almost palpable, the staccato punch of lines like “I’ll be your light! Your match! Your burning sun!” as bracing as a blast of office-lobby air-conditioning on a boiling summer day. I would’ve maybe liked a little more boogie in place of Josh’s perfunctory stage-walking, but that’s just being nitpicky. Instead, I’ll just thank Josh for injecting some suspense into the proceedings (aka providing a possible narrative alternative to The Lady Grimmie’s victory march).

Kat Perkins (Team Adam): Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” (from Frozen) — Grade: C | It was super sweet of Kat to dedicate this Disney ballad to the family for whom she used to nanny, but the actual execution made about as much sense as storing your ice cube tray in a 450-degree oven. The verse seemed like it was pitched too low, with several noticable intonation woes, while the glory notes bordered on strident. And the “rockin'” arrangement was too cheesy by half. No, it wasn’t an Adele Dazim-level disaster, but Usher and Shakira’s faint praise — the former droned on about wanting an ice fortress on stage, the latter declared the song “an unexpected pick” — indicated there was blood in the (ice) water. Side note: What’s more irksome — Adam repeatedly referring to this 33-year-old woman as “a girl” or The Voice producers showing Kat out in the back lot before her performance, thus spoiling any surprise over Kat’s black-and-blue beaded gown?

Kristen Merlin (Team Shakira): Jewel’s “Foolish Games” — Grade: A | My heart broke a little for Kristen watching her eyes fill with tears of uncertainty during her rehearsal package. But once she took the stage for her actual performance, the only heartbreak centered on the tale of bad romance being spun by the country cutie. I loved the way her voice almost mimicked the band’s string section in the opening lines, the way she pulled back the verses to something just a half-step louder than a whisper — a choice that made her emotions even more explosive, her delivery even more chilling when she tapped into her anger and disappointment to belt lines like “Excuse me, I must’ve mistaken you for somebody else/ Somebody who gave a damn/ Someone more like me.” The chorus was, in a word, gorgeous — and it came at just the right moment in the competition, too. I just wish the producers had seen fit to let Kristen have the last word (for once) and close the show — an honor that Team Shakira hasn’t experienced since the Battle Rounds back in March.

Christina Grimmie (Team Adam): .fun’s “Some Nights” — Grade: B+ | Adam’s fellow coaches clearly don’t want him occupying two of the three finale slots, thus explaining their critiques that centered mostly on the balloons that fell from the rafters on the final chorus and the fact that Christina decided to explore more of a pop-rock lane after leaning R&B most of the season. Still, while this was far from Christina’s best work on the show, it once again displayed her vocal dexterity and ability to stay in tune in the face of difficult high notes and tricky wordplay. Yeah, girlfriend needs to be careful not to veer into the tippy-top of her range — aka the strident part — but I appreciated the attempt to show a different side of her artistry during a crucial crossroad in the competition.

Jake Worthington (Team Blake): Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” — Grade: C+ | Jake seems like a nice kid — or at least Blake Shelton’s done a dang good job making him look that way. But, honestly, I heard nothing remarkable at all in his countrified cover of “Heaven” — not the quavery nervousness in the opening verse, not the intermittent pitch problems, either. To my mind, Jake hasn’t yet made the leap from reality-show contestant to viable post-show artist, but the production chose to give him the coveted episode-closing spot rather than the far worthier Kristen. Not only that, but Usher gave Jake an added gift of mentioning “issues” with Jake’s throat — aka a cold that affected his performance. Blake, never missing an opportunity to subtly build his contestant’s popularity, added that Jake never would’ve mentioned his illness, and “that’s what I respect about you, man.” Hey, why would he need to mention it when half the panel is doing it for him?

SHOULD BE BOTTOM 3: Kat, Jake, Christina (Kat and Jake going home)
WILL BE BOTTOM 3: Kat, Jake, Kristen (Kat and Jake going home)

What did you think of the Top 5? Who were your faves? Who’s in trouble? Take our poll below, then sound off in the comments! And for all my reality TV-related news, interviews and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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  1. Aria says:

    Your grades for Kaufman and Merlin are vastly overinflated. And your Kat Perkins rating for Let it Go criminally low.

    • OhMy says:

      It’s a horrible excuse of a song, but it was better than her first song, so . . .

      • Max says:

        When it comes to Frozen, I lose all sense of sanity and rationality (Disney has that effect on some people). So excuse me when I say:
        Guuuurl (or boy), don’t you even dare mess with Let It Go!

        • Max says:

          I mean the song itself, not the performance, of course.

          • OhMy says:

            Good grief why? It is a carbon copy of every single Disney song from the last 20 years. It’s treacle.

          • Max says:

            You don’t particularly like Disney movies, do you? It’s difficult to explain my love for it, but really, I don’t have to :)

          • OhMy says:

            The movies aren’t the problem — it’s all the I can be who I can fly as the singer twirls stuff that they put in to appeal to . . . people.

          • MSJ4321 says:

            I’m with you . . . can we please make a law that only Idina Menzel can sing it, and no one else? (Except Adele Dazeem. :-)) If you don’t have kids and haven’t seen Frozen 100 times like I have, you may not understand. But that song is just magical. It defies explanation.

          • Tyler says:

            Better than her first song?! I liked Kat’s first song better.

          • Cyn says:

            Nope- I can’t agree to only Idina Menzel, because Mitch Grassi sings it better!

    • NotVirgin Mary says:


    • oriolemom says:

      Actually i think his grade for Kat’s “Let It Go” was generous. she was terrible…and seriously…come on people..STOP singing that song. Kat’s “Gotta Go”

    • USC says:

      Kat was absolutely atrocious with Let It Go. Why on earth she chose a song with that much of a belt is beyond me. Fortunately after her performance, it’s clear that we’ll let her go…home.

      • pmet says:

        I think Kat has an amazing voice, but as soon as I saw she was singing “Let It Go” I knew it would be her swan song. To begin with, that song belongs to Idina Menzel and unless you can outsing her (haven’t found anyone yet who can), don’t sing that song! Second, the song is not one that people appreciate being changed up — its an earworm song we love to sing along with so changing it doesn’t make us appreciate it more. Third, her voice wasn’t the right style for the song. It needed to be delicate and then strong. So, it just didn’t work for me. Chandelier was much better but I still didn’t think she had the kind of night she needed to remain in the competition. She needed to sing the way she did when faced with elimination and sang Creep. Just my opinion.

        By the way, thought Kristen had her best moment of the show with Foolish Games. I don’t know if it will be enough for third place, but I’m hoping.

        • USC says:

          During her destruction of Idina, I kept hearing similarities to Steven Tyler. I’m surprised that neither she nor Adam attempted an Aerosmith song with a different arrangement.

        • GeekWithFangirlSkills says:

          My ‘not-quite’ six year old, who is, of course, totally enamored with all things Frozen, was so excited Let It Go was being sung on The Voice, until Kat actually started singing, she then said, in turn: 1) She’s singing it wrong. 2) Why is she singing it wrong? 3) She needs to listen to it often and learn how to sing it. I agreed with the kid on all points.

        • Colin says:

          Kristin’s version of foolish games was outstanding. Best performance of the night by a mile. And shes goes home. Unbelievable. Jake should have gone home. When kristen gets the right song its magic. If he coach was Adam she would win. Shakira just sucks as a coach.

    • s cox says:

      May 14th –OMG—Voting America, this is a vocal contest not popularity! You let go two talented voices and kept Jake (an average country singer)! DID YOU LISTEN TO THE RETURNING LAST YEAR’S VOICES, HOW GOOD THEY ARE? And what we have in the finals is no comparison. Maybe it’s time to have JUDGES do the grading because “Voting America” has turned it into how many popular votes you can get. I think I’ll stop watching next year…disappointed this year.

    • s cox says:

      KAT ENTERTAINED! Her Chandeler version was over the top; and you could see it in Adam’s expressions….she should have been saved. Home-boy Jake should have been eliminated.

  2. OhMy says:

    Some questionable performances. That first Kat song was just awful (her worst of the season) — second one a bit better. Josh won the night for me (not a always true). The others . . .

    • Tyler says:

      You’re kidding, right?! Jake couldn’t have been more karaoke if he tried. And he should stay away from Bryan Adams.

      • OhMy says:

        Didn’t like Jake at all . . . Not sure your point.

      • RedInDenver says:

        YOU have to be kidding …. With his tone, vocal dimensions and control and Josh is the furthest thing from karaoke of all the contestants. He is the only one on the show who has more than just the ability to ‘belt’.

        • RedInDenver says:

          OOps! Sorry — I need to stop rushing through these comments. I was talking about JOSH — not Jake.

      • s cox says:

        The returning guest that sung a country song had a unique sound, great country voice. Jake does not…period! If he wins, I’m done with this show. Who did the voting; elementary school friends of friends??

  3. Sergio says:

    How can Jake be so high in Itunes :S

    • debi says:

      Because he’s good.

      • abz says:

        No I really think he isn’t. He is the Swon Bros of season 6 and it’ll be ridiculous if he’s in the finals. He’s bland and boring and almost every performance of his I’ve had to fast forward through. I really can’t believe he’s made it this far and the show will lose all it’s credibility and Blake should take a break as a judge if he actually wins.

        • Mike says:

          SWON BROS > JAKE

          • abz says:

            Yeah if I had to choose I would definitely pick the Swon Bros over Jake, but they too weren’t anything special IMO and I don’t think they should have been in the finale.

        • Guest says:

          Well, gee, if you put it that way, the show better can Jake immediately. I mean, damn, credibility in your eyes means everything in the world. It’s right up there with food, shelter, water and oxygen.

          • abz says:

            I’m sorry if you like him, I just don’t think he has the best “Voice” on the show and doesn’t really deserve to be crowned winner. The body of work of the four other contestants are way better than what he’s done in my opinion.

        • Joan Olsen says:

          Agree. Has the show jumped the shark?

      • Jenny says:

        Jake sounds like any other country guy out there.. So generic no artistry, he just doesn’t have that star quality, nothing to earn him a spot in the finals.. If he makes it it’ll be cause of Blake Sheltons popularity.

        If America is smart, top 3 will be Kristen, Josh and Christina.

    • Adrian says:

      Because of the country vote… the West Coast has just started to broadcast tonight’s show. I can see that changes a bit when the West Coast fans start to buy songs, especially Kristen will have a bit more fans and Christina’s strong West Coast fan base will also change the ranking. I also think Jake absorbs Audra’s votes, and Blake’s fans are coming all out to support his artist.

    • kcostell says:

      Because he connects to people. Maybe not the people who go in to the performance already telling themselves “All male country performers are the same, so I’m going to hate this one” (a group that tends to have a much higher concentration among blog commenters than the population at large…). But there are enough people not like that that Jake can do well with the rest.

      • sde says:

        Oh well, other genre can be criticized but country, maybe not. Tess was great but she is not country. Dry votes. Jake voice is solid, and I was glad when Blake chose him to move forward to the live shows. But when rockers can have off performances, a R&B singer overuses her vibrato, etc, why is it wrong to say that last week his rendition of a country song I forgot was just okay? Yeah, I know. Some people who don’t hear country can appreciate Blake, Luke Bryan cause they are amazing performers and fun. No offense to your genre, but I think it’s a good thing that people can value week by week growth of what they watch in TV. Last week,random commenters in Yahoo also questioned about Jake performance. I thought it was passing by (did not really wow) and since this season’s Voice was packed with great singers who were eliminated, it was actually a good come back for him to prove that he is better than last performance and show us what he’s capable of. This week, the right song, Heaven, and Jake made a comeback, improved, showed his fine tuned, strong voice, and prove that he should not go anywhere. Great performance and I could take him seriously. My guess he would be in final 3.

    • JT says:

      Jake really helped himself tonight with his two best performances of the season. I am still rooting for Josh, but Jake was very good. Adam did Christina and Kat NO favors with those song picks. Yikes.

      • Tyler says:

        At least Adam CHALLENGED his team unlike Blake.

        • GeekWithFangirlSkills says:

          Yeah, but sometimes “Challenge” can cross over into ‘Unintentional Sabotage’. Christina has been one of my faves this season, but neither of her performances last night really wowed me, and that first song, just totally turned me off. I blame, Adam, not her.

        • ME says:

          I agree! I appreciated the challenge Adam brought even if it didn’t all work. It made it more interesting and less karaoke

    • kess says:

      Adam said it best. “Once America starts voting, it’s a popularity contest.” It no longer has so much to do with talent and MUSIC. It’s all about who is most popular. So next season I will watch the show until that point. Then it turns into American Idol, so I’ll be done watching.

  4. Quinn Carson says:

    If Christina goes home then the season is about wrapped up for me.

    • Riana says:

      I think the show’s chances of finding a star would. If they know what’s best for them, they’ll rig the votes.

      • debi says:

        I hope they don’t rig the votes!

        • Guest says:

          The show doesn’t rig votes after the fact, otherwise Juliet Sims and Jacquie Lee and possibly Dia Frampton would’ve been crowned champions. The show does try to manipulate the votes beforehand though with order of performance, song choice and song arrangement.

        • M says:

          Of course they will rigg it.. If they do the instant save tonight it’s because they changed the rules at the last minute (look on nbc,com) to save christina because there’s no way she came in the top 3 which is all that moves on.

      • ETG says:

        Seriously. This show’s objective is to bring in ADVERTISING dollars, NOT royalties from recordings (which pale by comparison). They have NO interest in rigging the votes.

    • Reputable says:

      Not a fan at all of her. Attitude is something to be desired and her performances are covered a lot by backup vocals.

    • Bob Lynch says:

      I agree with you all the way. Adam’s screwing around too much with both of his singers.

    • shawnuel says:

      Let’s wrap it up, then! I am shocked that Grimmies pitch-tastic, shrill vocal on “Some Nights” earned such a high grade. That was ALL spectacle and not a good performance, IMO.

      • CoryRox says:

        Yes! ^^^This!

      • THANK YOU! I am shocked by Michael’s grade! I mean. I’m shocked by anyone that isn’t a huge fan prior to the show to like her. The tone of her upper register is soi shrill and unpleasant. I’ll give her her falsetto and lower notes, but when she gives performances like Some Nights where she boggles around all over the place and is pitchy at the same time…..Michael. Michael Michael Michael! What is happening!

  5. Kaba says:

    I expected to like Josh more on his 1st song. Nope. He completely sang the living hell out of his second song. It felt like lightning when he sang “I’ll be your light, your match, your burning sun”.
    Kristen’s 2nd song won me over on the night.
    Dgaf about Jake, but he’s leading in itunes right now…
    And Imma need a whole separate comment for Christina tonight.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      You didn’t like Josh’s John Legend song? I was greatly admiring his ability to flip in and out of falsetto on a dime. That stuff’s hard! That was the closest to a “moment” I felt tonight. I got the beginning stages of goosebumps on that one.

      • Kaba says:

        I hated the drum crud going on. It took away from the intimacy of the song for me. I loved it cause Josh’s vocals were just on point. Whereas with his 2nd song I was bopping my head harder than Keith Urban during….any and every song.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          Fair enough. I found myself playing with my dog during his second song. I just got disinterested. Maybe I’ll try again. The Legend song I thought was the best of the night. He just won this competition in my estimation. Assuming he can counteract the Grimmie youtube contingent. He definitely deserves to though.

          • Kaba says:

            I started off apprehensive, but when he got comfortable I was in it. I can understand any disinterest though. I wasn’t expecting Josh to perform one of the higher energy songs of the seasons.
            I sincerely need him to win, and if he can get both his songs in the top 10 by noon tomorrow it’s a hope I can believe in since they accumulate votes for the finale last time I checked.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I’m sticking with Kat for the win. :) I’m realistic like that. But yeah, Josh earned the win tonight. He was galaxies ahead of the rest of the field, even Kat.

          • Kaba says:

            Kat can win the Voice when she gets her common sense repaired and can somehow turn back time and prevent herself from choosing “Let It Go”.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            I get why Kat did it. She was going for a downloadable song with mass appeal. You hate the song. I loathe the song. But the fact is that a lot of people disagree with us. That being said, she bit off more than she could chew. You could hear her running out of gas in the middle of the song. Broadway’s tough, dude. Those folks sing some high energy music and don’t tire. That’s a really tough song.

          • MamaLis says:

            You two crack me up.

          • MSJ4321 says:

            Again, I’ve gotta say . . . if you spend your day with young kids, like she does and I do . . . “Let It Go” will creep into your heart, grab hold, and not let go until you’ve sung that song at the top of your lungs on the biggest stage possible. I normally hate that kind of song but honestly, “Let It Go” is magical.

      • Max says:

        A lot of Josh’s performances are filled with passion, vocal perfection, etc., etc. But a lot of the time I don’t like the songs themselves .___.

      • MC says:

        Josh is my favorite male singer in the history of The Voice and even American Idol. He’s just that good and he has a great soulful quality to his vocals.

        • ETG says:

          He is quite good. But I am SO over the whole “hat” schtick.

          • Kaba says:

            You mean the hats he wasn’t wearing tonight?

          • MSJ4321 says:

            :-) Good one, Kuba.

          • HUH says:

            Maybe it was a magical invisible hat that you needed special glasses to see?

          • ETG says:

            It wasn’t a “good one” and it wasn’t a “magical, invisible hat”. I didn’t get to watch last night, and since he’s worn one of those stupid looking hats on every other single freakin’ performance, it was a safe assumption to make that he wore one. Glad to see he’s getting away from his security blanket…..

      • The Beach says:

        The time has come for me to stop splitting my votes among several contestants. From now on they will all go to Josh.

    • JM says:

      Completely agree. LOVED Usher’s pick for Josh. As soon as he said it, I knew it was going to be good. Best song choice of the night, by far.

    • Patti says:

      Haha! I love your comment Kaba!

  6. Caroline says:

    B+ for Christina’s “Some Nights?!?!” I thought it was the second WORST performance of the live shows next to Bria’s train wreck.

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      worse than Kat’s first song tonight?
      not a chance in hell
      that was a holy mess, and he graded that an A..4 horrible song choices from Adam…what a mess
      he deserves to end up with no one in the final 3.

      • Caroline says:

        I thought Kat’s first song was better than her second. I agree with Micahel on that. Christina’s first song was lovely but her second was shockingly awful IMO. But don’t worry, Christina’s pre-existing Youtube army will carry her into the finale whether she deserves it or not.

        • bobsaccamanna says:

          I like Christina but I think she’s going home…Josh deserves to be there, Kristen’s Foolish Games was the best song of the night IMO and Jake has the Blake country factor going for him despite the fact that he shouldn’t even be in the top 5. Given the right songs it should have been down to Christina and Josh but Adam’s massive ego on song choices killed any chance of that. I hope I’m wrong.

          • Caroline says:

            Yes but Christina also has about 5 zillion twitter followers who are gonna save her if she is in the bottom. She had most of that going on prior to The Voice. This is where it ventures completely into unfair territory.

          • bobsaccamanna says:

            I agree about her twitty followers, I wouldn’t want her to go through if she didn’t deserve to, and she had a rough doubt, but I still put her ahead of Kat and Jake based on tonight’s performance, just my opinion..but I just have a feeling there is a backlash against her because of those twitter followers..we’ll see. I hope I’m wrong

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Aww, I really liked Kat’s first song, Bob. I wasn’t crazy about the Disney one. Such songs are really only sung well by Broadway singers who know to sing like that. Not trying to goad you into buying it, but listen to Kat’s recording of Chandelier on youtube. It’s one of the better recordings I’ve heard this season.

        • Tyler says:

          Agree. I liked Kat’s first song too. I thought it was one of the best performances of the night–along with Josh. I have no idea why Christina sang a Fun song. It exposed all her weaknesses. And I didn’t care for Kristen’s second song unlike a lot of other people. It put me to sleep.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Disclaimer: Kat is my favorite. That being said, I thought Chandelier was #2. Josh’s All of Me was spectacular. Really good. I really liked the Jewel song by Kristen. Unlike the other 4 tonight, she played it safe and sang an extremely easy song, but she sang it well. Sometimes simple works. I didn’t think it was the best of the evening, but it was far from the worst (i.e., Jake’s Heaven).

    • JM says:

      Yup. Definitely a D at best. Christina simply imploded tonight.

      • MSJ4321 says:

        You are right, she just was Not.Good. tonight.

      • The Beach says:

        “Some Nights” was definitely NOT download-worthy.

      • WWP says:

        Despite the blatant pimping, there was not one thing unique or interesting about either of Gimmie’s performances tonight. Yes, I know she’s got a billion little tweeners who follow her every burp, but really, that doesn’t translate to holding someone’s interest on stage, and dear lord, some of those notes were just wince inducing.

    • Brian says:

      I thought tonights Voice performances were the Worst of the season… YIKES!!! Both of Christina’s songs were HORRIBLE… Song choices at this stage are big time!!! The one Adam gave her was the very worse time to try something that is way over most folks minds and heart, where the eyes and ears channel through, The Heart… Kristen taking on the grit of Gunpowder and Lead showed the song was way to big for her, but she rebounded well for her 2nd… Kat is at her best when she does Rock songs, and what does Adam do to her, gives her a pop song that didn’t work, and then her choice of the Disney song was a little better, but a little better compared to awful isn’t saying much… Josh won the night easily, and the 1st one was beautiful, while the second was good, I got disconnected during the performance and went and started the dishes… But his songs were far superior to everyone else… Jake, is a lovable Cowboy who will have rodeos and such in his future… Yet with tonights performances he has a real shot at top 3, especially if Christina’s followers are not enough to get her to the next round… I do believe Josh and Kristen are safe locks, and I think it will come down to either country followers voting, or Grimme followers getting her there, which base is the strongest…

    • shawnuel says:

      Amen, Caroline. Shrieky and shrill and with faulty intonation at times. That performance was all about the balloons.

  7. gracelessk says:

    Josh Kaufman just blew my mind… I wasn’t even a fan in the beginning, but I absolutely loved him tonight!!!

    • The Beach says:

      Josh has been my favorite from the very beginning. I’m so happy that he stayed consistently excellent the entire competition.

  8. Is there a bottom three? There’s no Instant Save. So, there has to be a bottom two, and both go home.

    • CM says:

      According to Carson on twitter, there’s an instant save this week

      • Adrian says:

        But according to Mark Brunett’s tweet last Tuesday, last week was the last week when you can instantly save an artist. It seems a bit unfair to have instant save when it comes to this late in the game.

  9. Michael says:

    Kristen is what country music needs to diminish that stereotypical stigma. Plus, she’s super talented. Nobody can compete with her perfect pitch. She has yet to be pitchy.

  10. Kenna says:

    Christina was terrible tonight.

  11. You waaaaay underscored Heaven. I loved how he countrified the song and improved his diction/pitch.

  12. Kaba says:

    Can someone send Grimmie a notice that says:
    “We get it. You can hit high notes…47 times in a song before it ends.”
    1st song was ruined with that vocorder and the 2nd song…she didn’t even embody the fun aspect of the song so that was a waste. Let’s not forget the 800,000 belted notes she insisted on hitting before the last 30 seconds of the song.
    First time I’ll ever say that I felt a contestant just yelled their way through a song.

    • debi says:

      I agree.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Harmonizing with myself sounds terrifying. Unholy even.

      • Kaba says:

        Sounds like a fun experience…not one made to be tested out on The Voice though.
        Does it constitute as foul play if voice affecting technology aids a singer in this show, lol.
        I can see some people saying so.

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          I’m gonna have to look up this vocoder thing. I want one to create a Halloween soundtrack. But how does it know which chord to harmonize with? Do you have to program the chords? I’ve never heard of these.

          • Kaba says:

            I wish I knew more info on them. Amazon has some on sale and it looks like a high tech piano so I suppose you play the chord you’re looking to harmonize with. I have friend with the technology, I just am not a producer so that’s not my forte.
            It’s cool though

    • JM says:

      I call sabotage by Adam. We all know how he has a favorite, and this time it’s Kat. That vocorder idea was ridiculous. However, Christina has no one to blame but herself on the 2nd song. Incredibly bad.

      • MSJ4321 says:

        Agree it was a horrible decision by Adam. But IMO he has a track record of really botching up song choices at the end of the season. Last season I felt he liked James Wolpert best (my fave too), but then he started giving him Meat Loaf songs which are a world away from James’ style and also just bad choices. So I don’t know WHAT goes on in Adam’s mind when the end gets near.

    • pmet says:

      This was definitely not a good evening for Christina. Wow. First song was much stronger, at least the second half of it. Some Nights, imo, was a disaster and the balloon drop, what in the world was that all about?? I had to laugh when Blake said, “Well, I guess you won.” Exactly! It was just like when JLO ran on stage last week during Idol and kissed Jena Irene. Stop telling the audience who you think should win. Let us choose. And, tonight, it certainly wasn’t Christina Grimmie.

  13. Angie_Overrated says:

    Man, 4 of the 5 of them swung for the fences with difficulty level. Kristen’s the only one who played it safe. Christina, Kat, and Josh went for the 10/10 difficulty level on both songs while Jake was pounding out high notes that took me by surprise. They went for it! Varying levels of success, but I have to admire the balls it took to sing those songs.

    • Tiff says:

      YES. This is what I was thinking – except that frankly, Jake’s high notes are not impressive because he doesn’t actually hit them that well. But Josh, Christina, and Kat deserve SO MUCH KUDOS for trying to tackle songs that hard. Only Josh succeeded, but man, Grimmie and Kat really tried with some difficult and crazy song choices.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        But it’s like diving or figure skating… you give extra points for difficult level. Jake didn’t hit the high notes perfectly, but that first one in Good Ole Boys, though slightly under, was such a shock to me. I give him credit for chutzpha. And agreed Josh was the most successful of the three who chose crazy challenging songs. Grimmie flubbed the top on Fun and Kat ran out of juice on Disney, but man, I would be overcome with abject fear to sing any of those songs they sang.

  14. debi says:

    The poll here doesn’t match iTunes. “Heaven” was the last song and it’s ahead of all other songs. I just bought it myself, and it’s the only song I bought tonight. I did think Kristen did a good job with “Foolish Games”, but I’m not enthusiastic enough to buy it. IMO Jake was the best tonight. There’s something about his voice and his personality that is very endearing.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      This is a pretty small slice of the voting public here. It’s decidedly less friendly to the country singers ’round these parts. I don’t think you’re going to find too many folks here who agrees with you that Jake was the best, but iTunes tells a completely different story. iTunes is the only one that matters though. I thought Heaven was the worst vocal of the night, but obviously the music-purchasing public disagrees with me! I’m kind of flabbergasted by that, but hey, it is what it is. I don’t get Katy Perry at all and yet she’s always at the top of the charts with the most god-awful music known to man.

    • MSJ4321 says:

      We get it: you like Jake.

    • S7 Fan says:

      I bought Heaven too. Loved it, and love Jake.

    • abz says:

      LOOOOL Jake was the best? Really?

  15. Ana Andrade says:

    How I’d rank tonight’s performances:
    1. Josh- All of Me
    2. Kristen- Foolish Games
    3. Christina- Some Nights
    4. Kat- Chandelier
    5. Josh- Love Runs Out
    6. Jake-Good Ol’ Boys
    7. Kristen- Gunpowder and Lead
    8. Christina- Hide and Seek
    9. Kat- Let It Go
    10. Jake- Heaven

  16. Chiara says:

    Christina was dreadful tonight! If there is any justice she goes home.

  17. analythinker says:

    Well…. Heaven tops iTunes, yeah that happened. Good Ol’ Boys not far behind. The power of country fans proves to top that of Christina’s fans…

    • Olivia says:

      Christina royally sucked tonight and how does she end up going last or second to last every single night?

    • The Beach says:

      I guess I’m odd man out on this iTunes thing. If I purchase and download a song from there, 98% of the time it will be by the original artist. There has been the rare exception (Elise’s “Vienna” comes to mind) but it doesn’t happen very often.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Elise Testone’s Vienna was spec-bleepin-tacular. One of my favorite Idol performances of all time. Such a talented girl.

      • The Beach says:

        Oh and I remember buying Amber Carrington’s “Stay” because I thought it was better than Rihanna’s original.

        • analythinker says:

          Yes, I bought that too. Actually you’re not the odd one out, I think a lot of people are like you and I was seriously worried that it would hurt Josh’s chance on iTunes being in the Top 10 with the original (but he could probably have been higher with other song).

      • Orphen says:

        In the world of covers, I agree that anything I download should have something to make it stand out vs the “rest” of the covers out there. This season, Kaufman’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is the standout. The Raitt original is fantastic, but Josh’s male cover is smoky, silky and sensational. And I have the feeling he was just that good because he referenced George Michael’s cover (also amazing) and made his own way. I got Grimmie’s “Hold On” because I enjoyed the performance, but that’s it for this season so far.

  18. Olivia says:

    Please get that Grimmie girl off my TV set. Her shrill shrieking just killed me tonight as she butchered two different songs. Kat is gonna go home but I’m not sure who will be joining her. Probably Kristen undeserved. Josh and Jake are shoe-ins for the Top 3.

  19. Kaba says:

    Ugh, we’re going to get a Christina, Josh, and Jake finale.
    I’m certain of it….
    Jake is ahead on the iTunes charts.

  20. oriolemom says:

    I think we need to return to “top 8” and have a do-over…because this was not a great night for the remaining five.

  21. Faye says:

    Josh won the night for me. Both songs were stunning. The first beautiful in every sense but then I was not prepared for him to kick into high gear on “Love Runs Out” Impressive.

    • Tiff says:

      Same. I was SHOCKED by how good he was. Amazing. Easily the winner of tonight.

    • Jules says:

      I will add my agreement!! When I heard he was doing “All of Me”, I was initially meh since I’m sick to death of it but knowing it was for his family made me appreciate in a new way and he seemed to make it a little darker, which I dug. I had never heard the second song before but he absolutely killed that song! Brought it back to life and then killed it again. Perfect! And truth be told I would love to see Usher’s team get a win! I really like his new song too.

  22. Gaby says:

    I actually loved Jake’s version of Heaven, and Josh and Kat really impressed me tonight. Grimmie had a bad night, in my opinion. But I loved Jake’s Heaven, and it seemed iTunes does too :)

  23. Jennifer J says:

    Can Adam stop with the lecturing?? He may end up with no contestants tomorrow. Then what’s he gonna say?

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      You are so right his lecturing is such a turn off. I would love to see Christina in the final 3 but if somehow both she and kat are eliminated it will be because of Adam’s lecturing and massive ego in song choice.Just my opinion but I thought he chose 3 horrible songs out of the 4 tonight..I kind of liked the first song he chose for Christina even though I had never heard it, and I liked her performance.

  24. Spencer says:

    My rankings
    1st: Hide and Seek (Christina)
    2nd: All of me (Josh)
    3rd: Foolish Games (Kristen)
    4th: Chandelier (Kat)
    5th: Heaven (Jake)
    6th: Loves runs out (Josh)
    7th: Some nights (Christina)
    8th: Let it go (Kat)
    9th: Gunpowder and Lead (Kristen)
    10th: good ol’ boys (Jake)

    • abz says:

      I’d personally rank them:
      1) Josh (beautiful, emotional voice. definitely a front runner)
      2) Kat (I just think she’s great. Has a great voice and I think she deserves to stay. She’s actually entertaining to watch)
      3) Christina (I like her, and I enjoy how she does different things on the show. She should try to avoid too many high notes, though)
      4) Kristin (I find her seriously boring and sometimes I think she doesn’t speak the words clearly)
      5) Jake (I seriously he’s gone. It’s beyond ridiculous that he’s still on. I definitely can’t see him being the success story the show desperately needs)

      I hope Jake and Kristin go home and we get a Josh/Kat/Christina finale.
      Side note: Usher’s performance was absolutely terrible mostly because that is not a good song.

  25. NotVirgin Mary says:

    Christina’s grades are too high. Some Nights was legitimately bad.
    Kat’s performances were shaky at times, but she is just better than Kristen. I think she deserves a third place finish. Let it Go was a B- at least.
    Kristen wasn’t bad, but she sure as hell wasn’t A-worthy. Vocally, she’s just not as impressive as I’d like her to be.
    Josh was great, but I’m confused as to what I’ll be listening to next time I hear him.
    Jake shouldn’t be held to a lower standard because he’s country. He should have gone home weeks ago.

  26. Brittney says:

    I bought both of Josh’s songs tonight. LOVED HIM
    He killed that One Republic song.

  27. Kim Moores says:

    Yeah Christina and Kat were simply the weakest links of tonight. Not even gonna try and sugarcoat that one. There’s a reason why they’re both dead last in iTunes currently.

    • MSJ4321 says:

      Sorry but I totally give Kat props for that first song, and for the whole season really. She can really sing and entertain. Kristen has a nice voice, but it’s just not all that. And if her first song was her getting “crazy’ and showing us “Crazy Kristen,” then heaven help us all.

  28. David H says:

    Kat was terrible tonight. Christina was daring, but it didn’t work. Kristen was decent on the first and moving on the second. Jake has actually been improving these last couple of weeks. Josh gave me chills on the first song and proved his relevance on the second. I think Kat is gone and Christina’s fans will over come Jake’s to push him out.

    • MSJ4321 says:

      Kristen has a pretty voice, but I haven’t seen any sort of risks or growth all season to suggest she’ll ever be more than just a nice cover singer. Even though I don’t really love what Grimmie’s been singing lately, I give her props for surprising us and I think she has the creativity to succeed when this season ends. I think Kat’s been awesome but not sure she’d cut it as a recording artist. Then there’s Josh, who can sing the darn phone book and that’s all he needs to do, his voice is so good.

  29. Brandon says:

    Dude you need clean your ears out. Your grades of tonight’s performances make you look like an amateur. Do you honestly have and ear for music. Josh stole the night. Most people don’t DGAF about jake and that’s fine but he was solid, so why smear him (total bs). Kristen and Kat I thought where even tonight both having a bright moment in one of there two songs. Christine gave one of the worst performances of the live shows this season, but followed up nicely in the second round of songs. My top 5 tonight. Josh, Jake, Kristen, Kat and Christina. The top 2 where without a doubt Josh and Jake. I agree with completely Aria, grades were criminally low and quite suspect. Just my 2 cents worth.

    • debi says:

      That’s how I would rank them- 1st Josh, 2nd Jake, and 3rd Kristen.

      • MSJ4321 says:

        I feel like Jake is getting all this love tonight simply for being better than his usual so-so self. Dude is still nowhere near as good as the rest of the top 5.

        • Pcanbo says:

          Omg, I agree with you, Jakes vocals do not compare to any of the other 4, it’s about the voice. He shouldn’t even be there. This is ridiculous to read he is better singer than Grimme. Listen to his voice while he is singing, I like the song but not his voice. I love Christina’s voice but not her song choice, big difference, she still sang great.
          I didn’t like the beginning of ushers song “good kisser”, but he does have a good voice when he sings. But I didn’t connect to it.

  30. Spencer says:

    It looks like Jake might make the itunes top 10:/

  31. analythinker says:

    Dream Top 3: Kat, Josh, Christina (before tonight); Kat, Josh, Kristen (after tonight).
    Tolerable Top 3: Josh, Christina, Kristen and other combination except the below one.
    Intolerable Top 3: Christina, Jack, Kristen, basically without Kat and Josh.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      Your Intolerable Top 3 just made grab me bottle of Bombay Sapphire and poured with a very heavy hand. That would make me so sad after a season of this caliber.
      Your Dream (after tonight) Top 3 also made me pour more gin out of theoretical celebration. Kind of like when you daydream you’re going to hit the MegaMillions jackpot.

  32. Ivanna says:

    Josh was hands down the best! Kristen’s second performance was absolutely gorgeous. Jake was, well, Jake. People love him though. Kat is gone. Christina was the worst of the bunch by a wide margin but we all know she ain’t going anywhere. Poor Kristen is likely to get tossed to the side for her undeservedly. If Christina didn’t already have a ton of fans prior to The Voice she’d have been cut out last week!!

  33. polarvortex says:

    I just hope Jake doesn’t get the sore throat vote!!!

  34. Timmah says:

    I haven’t watched all the shows, but I think the little leprechaun dude’s gonna win.

  35. Eurydice says:

    Tonight surprised me a little. I didn’t expect Christina to be so weak or Jake to be so solid. I could imagine Josh, Kristin and Jake making the final , with Josh winning.

    • Angie_Overrated says:

      I never imagined a finale without Christina, but you might be right here. First song was strange (even though i’m in the minority and kind of liked it) and the second song should never ever ever be sung by anyone besides Nate Ruess. Transposing the song downwards doesn’t work. And she didn’t have the top for that song. She left the door wide open for the country folks.

      • Kim Moores says:

        “second song should never ever ever be sung by anyone besides Nate Ruess”
        Let the choir say, “amen”. *waves gospel hand*
        And I did also kind of like the first song too…though I recognize it was weak.

      • Linda says:

        Four out of five opera trained friends agree. lmao

        • Angie_Overrated says:

          That was so funny! You crack me up, Linda. Seriously, I can’t stop laughing. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read in years, if not decades, if not my entire life. The wit was off the charts! You should consider classes at the Groundlings or Second City because your flair for comedy is unparalleled. Really.

    • CM says:

      It looks like we’ll have Josh, Jake, and Kristen for the top 3. All three of them had a song in the Top 10 on itunes and Josh’s “Love Runs Out” came close. Kat and Christina were back in the 20s and 30s.

  36. Angie_Overrated says:

    Ok, the recordings of Josh’s All of Me and Kat’s Chandelier are no joke amazing. First time in Voice history I’ve bought two songs.

    • Kaba says:

      Bought Kat’s Chandelier. It’s fire.
      All of Me sounds heavenly in the recording. Oh boy

    • analythinker says:

      Agreed! Kat’s voice in Chandelier at first sounds kinda drown out by the instrumentation, no? But it soars towards the end.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        A bit, yeah. You can hear in the recording that that would be close to impossible to sing live. The lines overlap with nowhere to breathe. I’ll have to relisten to the live performance to figure out how she changed it, cuz that would suck, ya know, not breathing for 30 seconds. As a recording it’s bloody money though.
        And in fairness to Josh, man, that’s GOOD!!! REALLY REALLY REALLY GOOD!!! Like “you are the next winner of The Voice” good.

    • JM says:

      Angie_O, the public agrees, Josh’s All of Me is at #55 on the charts. Oh well, I guess I’m just sick of hearing that song every 5 minutes…

  37. Caitlyn says:

    Christina had a chance to finish off the competition tonight, but left the door open with a very, very, VERY poor song choice by Adam and a ‘meh’ choice of her own. I see no chance that she will be going home, so its going to up to her next week … hopefully against Kristen and Josh. I’m not sure about the grades given in this article. I honestly only saw one A grade tonight , Kristen’s “Foolish Games.”

  38. Tiff says:

    America’s brain just fell into its arse. How is JAKE’s terrible version of Heaven leading in the iTunes charts? He was flat and boring all the way through!

    Based on that and my own judgment, Kat is definitely going home, and it’s all Adam’s fault. Way to give her the hardest, most out-of-left-field songs ever, Adam.

    By all rights, Christina should be staying, but again, Adam screwed her over. I love Christina and I adore Imogen Heap, and I give Christina all the props for singing one of my favourite songs ever…but that was not good – she was flat all the way until she got to the part without the vocoder. And Some Nights was way overwrought. Yikes.

    Josh was easily the winner of tonight. If I had to rank the songs, it would be Josh with Love Can Run at the top, with at least five spaces between that and Josh on All of Me.

    Kristen’s Foolish Games was good, but not great.

    My ranking of contestants based on tonight:
    1. Josh
    2. Kristen
    3. Christina
    4. Jake
    5. Kat

    • bobsaccamanna says:

      Think you pretty much got it right Tiff. I have been pulling for Christina all season but this was a rough night for her, still think that she did finish third for the night though. You’re rankings are right on the money.

  39. JM says:

    Either this show desperately wants to make the judges look good, or the contestants have NO clue what songs to pick for themselves. All of the judges picks were better than the singers’ picks. (Of course, with Christina, that isn’t saying much).

  40. MaryUtah says:

    Generally agree with the initial ratings from Michael
    My highlights of the night:
    Loves runs out (Josh)
    All of me (Josh)
    Foolish Games (Kristen)

    So so:
    Some Nights (Christina)
    Heaven (Jake)

    My bottom performances
    Let it go (Kat)
    Gunpowder and Lead (Kristen)
    Good ol’ boys (Jake)
    Hide and Seek (Christina)
    Chandelier (Kat)

  41. Adrian says:

    Tonight’s is a completely flip of the predictable “American Idol’s producers’ scripted show” because everyone really brought out their best game. Anyone’s going home tonight will be solely based on a bad song choice. Vocally, Jake really showed his vocal weakness on his final track, “Heaven,” and as Blake said, “This version really exposes every flaws.” But even after saying this, he did a respectable job. I was so worried that he was going to sing “Everything I Do I Do It for you” when Carson mentioned Bryan Adams. Adam basically shut down Will’s chance by giving him this song in the finale. I also sense the subtle tensions between the coaches, and Adam and Usher have this subtle exchange about being original and Karaoke. Regardless, Josh really brought his A game tonight with two contemporary hits (and I believe that Sisaundra will be here if she chose more modern songs). “All of Me” is coming and Josh is going to sing it this or next week. But singing One Republic’s latest single, “Love Runs Out,” is so unexpected and Josh nailed it. Usher really stepped up his game this season. Kristen also broadcasted both her spunky and sentimental side. But Shakira really hits the jackpot by giving her Jewel’s “Foolish Games.” There is nothing silly about this pick and I am almost safe to say that she will sail into the final. When it comes to song choice, especially in the country genre, Blake never fails especially Jake relies more on personality than vocal. He manages the delicate balance and Jake really gave his best, despite he was struggling with parts of “Heaven”. But Adam had been really mixed regarding his song choices, despite his defense. His pick for Kat was brilliant and Kat managed to carry this pop song well. I really dig it. But Christina’s “Hide and Seek” sounded strange and disconnected. Usher might make that comment for a strategic reason but it started off strange and that whatever she was wearing did not help. Thank goodness, her vocal in the last part of the song saved her. I am actually a bit worried about Christina now even with a good performance of “Some Nights” (despite some parts were a bit yelly and I hope a good vocal coach could give her a hand on the high notes), but it was filled with energy and she was just a natural performer. Kat’s “Let it Go” was a bit off, but I had a feeling that Kat chose this song really for her kids and deep down knew her chances to the finale was not that great. I respect her more. However tonight was a great show and I was so overwhelmed with all the excellent performances. I will be honest that I am bit ticked off by the producers’ continued attempts to give Christina’s the prime spot, but Josh’s performances are in the level that his songs just stick in your head. Anyway I am glad that Jake got the final spot tonight to close out the show, and who knows that might change the final three.

    I am sticking with my original finale pick: Josh, Kristen, and Christina, but I will not be surprised if the final threes are Josh, Kristen, and Jake, or Josh, Kristen, and Kat.

    Mark Brunett tweeted last week that there will be no more instant save this week, but Carson tweeted the opposite today. So who knows? I honestly think there should not be any more instant save, as we come to this far in the game. It just sounds unfair to make it more like a popularity contest. However, it might help Christina Grimme though because her huge twitter fan base will safely deliver her to the finale.

    The result show will be an interesting one!

  42. NotVirgin Mary says:

    Apparently there is a Twitter Save tomorrow. Kat might have a chance. Her Twitter game is strong. I hope she can pull it off.

  43. Kaba says:

    That vocoder is pretty infectious. I might just buy Grimmie’s Hide and Seek as I heard it on youtube (the studio version) and quite like it.

  44. Kaba says:

    Sigh…the Voice has made me become unreasonably obsessed with Sam Smith now…
    Particularly “Latch”…
    I’ve been on junkie mode for that song since last week.

  45. Adrian says:

    Wow tomorrow will be an interesting night… Jake just makes it to #10 in ITunes chart!

    • Kaba says:

      I actually hate the south with all my heart atm

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Aren’t you from Virginia? The land of cotton and tobacco? I actually have no idea if those are their crops, but it was consistent with my point so I ran with it. Bad Virginian!

        • Kaba says:

          The northern part of Virginia vehemently denies the south. We’d sooner claim DC

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Ah, Northern Virginia. My bad. Loudoun County is almost comically dismissive of the rest of VA.

          • Kaba says:

            A mixture of that and pure hatred.
            I’d bet all the money I ever make in my life that if a civil war were to break out between states it’d start here.

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            NY is no better. Not only does NYC refuse to acknowledge the rest of the state, but they refuse to recognize the rest of the country or the world. The hubris is off the charts.

      • The Beach says:

        Ah, here we go again. The South and all inhabitants therein are moonshine-lovin’, country music twangin’, gun-totin’, Bible-thumpin’, uncultured and uneducated rednecks…puleeeez…SMH.

      • Guest says:

        Way to take a stand on something. Cancer, no. Aids, no. Homelessness, no. Terrorism, no. Reality TV singing shows, oh yes. All your heart!

    • Nichol says:

      Jake makes the top 10 of the COUNTRY chart. You need to look at the Top 100 chart. Making the top 10 of the Top100 chart gives the multiplier not any of the genre charts. He’s doing surprisingly well though even though it was just a pretty solid performance in my view. Josh won the night for me.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Nah, dude. Jake is top 10 of the Hot Singles (all genres) chart. Jake’s likely going through tomorrow! #9

        • Nichol says:

          OK I’ll take your word for it. I’m from Canada and honestly the top singles chart doesn’t reflect that. Maybe they’re just slow to update our geographic region. I guess you really can’t underestimate the country vote but even though I like some country, this is just surprising to me. I get that he’s endearing personally but compared to Josh’s performances (either one)????

          • Angie_Overrated says:

            Hey, you guys gave us Shania, so you can’t blame it all on us. lol Yeah, there’s a lot of country lovin’ people here in the States. I don’t quite get it either, but this is a democracy and lots of people like him so….

  46. AlyB says:

    Christina’s vocal did not live up to the big dramatic productions going on around her for either song. I’m pretty sure she’ll make it through anyway but both performances were underwhelming. Kat’s Chandelier took me by surprise and not necessarily in a good way at first. I have to say the iTunes version is growing on me and the vocal was really good. Let It Go just killed her chances though. I know she said she was doing it for those kids but I’m sure they’d have rather seen her move forward. I think she’s toast which is a shame because I like Kat. Jake was Jake and I don’t care about him. Unfortunately, from the way the iTunes Charts are looking, he’s getting through. That’s just depressing since I’d rather anyone else take the spot so I don’t have to see him again. Kristen was ok on her Gunpowder & Lead but I don’t think that was strong enough to propel her into the finale. Her second song was incredibly beautiful though and it might be enough to get her the votes to move forward. I would be ok with that. Josh won the night for me with two spectacular performances. He should definitely make it.

  47. Riana says:

    You know I don’t think “Gunpowder and Lead” is believable there. It requires a feminine aspect. It’d be like Chris Colfer singing about being a manly man. Or Taylor Swift singing CeeLo’s song

  48. Angie_Overrated says:

    A competing website has a headline lauding Josh and Kat, opining both will be final 3. Now, I am unabashedly a Kat fan, but I will eat my shoe if Kat makes it through tomorrow. It would be one of the highlights of 2014 for me, but it ain’t gonna happen.

    • analythinker says:

      Oh Angie, I would LOVE to see you eat your shoe, really… lol.

    • The Beach says:

      I wish Kat had had a decent stylist from the beginning. I truly think her “look” is not helping her in garnering votes. The Loretta Lynn hair-dos and some of her outfits (what was with that floor length ball gown tonight?) make her look much older than she is.

      • Angie_Overrated says:

        Ha. I kind of liked her whole ensemble during Let it Go. She had a shimmery gown with arm tats everywhere and a Amy Winehouse beehive. It was so wrong that it was kinda right.
        The one who’s styling was very confusing to me tonight was Christina during the .fun song. What was that? I didn’t get it.

  49. Jaszy says:

    Everyone on here is saying how Christina might not make it to Top 3, but if there is an instant save tomorrow, and she happens to be in the bottom, SHE is the one who will be saved. It’s Twitter right? She has how many followers? No doubt she’ll get the instant save. HOWEVER, that’s only assuming that she’s not a shoo-in for the finale.

    I thought the Imogen Heap song Hide and Seek was a great song choice for her…..WITHOUT the vocoder. To me, when I heard Adam was saying that they were going to use a vocoder for the performance, I was like “No, she’s going to sound too much like Imogen.” And she did sing it sort of note for note the way Imogen sang the song…only in the beginning of course because then she turned it and did her own spin on it. Usher was right, I felt more connected towards the end without the vocoder.

    As for her second song by .fun, I was like, “This doesn’t sound like a song she should be singing.” She still did good, but I think it was her weakest performance to date. She was a little wavery, like a waffle. It just didn’t seem like she had full control of the song at any moment during her performance. But of course, it seems as if the producers and people want her to win. Her staging and lighting and everything is always WAY better than the other contestants. She always more towards the end in performance slots. Not that I mind it. She deserves it. (but I guess they all do.)

    If Christina won this show, it would be a huge step for the voice. It’s not like any of her hype has been undeserving. The girl has talent! I do want her to make it to the finale…and win.

  50. danin says:

    So strange..Even though I believe Kristen has a B+ voice,she chose a really pretty song&gave me A+chills,even brought a tear to my eye. Josh is my favorite,and I am meh on All of Me as a song and even though his voice is A+ I gave him a B for boring song selection.With that said,he too the first round and would have taken the 2nd but Kristen edged him out w/her surprise performance of Foolish Games. I thought Jake takes 3rd place tonight cause Kat&Christina fared almost poorly on one of their songs.I’d place Kat over Christina. Overall night Josh#1,Kristen#2,Jake#3,Kat#4,Christina#5.