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8. Trevin Hunte
(Last week No. 5)
Limitations of his artistry were exposed when he tried to go uptempo — with disastrous results — on Usher’s “Scream.” Raw vocal ability is there, but is Cee Lo capable of/interested in shaping him into a viable hitmaker? A return to the Michael Bolton playbook this week would feel like a strategic retreat.
Guest mentor Jennifer Hudson said it best: Cody’s winning personality is upstaging his vocal ability. And while “Crazy in Love” was crazy entertaining (and a better fit than “The Best”), the handsome southern entertainer will be very vulnerable this week if he can’t equal or surpass his George Michael cover from Top 20 week.
His fantastic rendition of “Maybe I’m Amazed” seems like it happened months ago. And while Terry’s never given a bad performance, his subsequent set list — “Summer of ’69,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “More Than a Feeling” — has painted him more as a singer in a local cover band and less as a budding superstar. Will Blake continue to deemphasize the Scotsman in favor or more hyped teammate Cassadee, or is this the dude’s breakthrough week?
Another Cee Lo protege who’s been saddled with odd material. “Lean on Me” once again showed off Nick’s stellar tone, but didn’t really showcase a modern-day vocalist who can give The Voice its much-needed chart-topping graduate. It’s interesting that when he had control during Knockout Rounds, Nicholas picked the more recent “Put Your Records On.” Perhaps he should make all his own decisions from here on out?
Top 12 cover of “Cough Syrup” was largely in tune, with a quietly emotional edge. And her quirky followup on the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” solidified her position as a Season 3 risk-taker whose innovation is rewarded with major iTunes activity. Whether you love or hate her Kewpie Doll styling and breathy tone, she’s got a distinctive identity in the competition.
His very good Top 12 cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” proved it’s irresponsible to dismiss Dez as a guy who’s coasting on his good looks alone, and he put an exclamation point on that notion with a powerful Top 10 twist on “Feeling Good.” Consistency is an important weapon in reality singing competitions, and better still, Xtina has no other remaining contestants to split her focus.
Finally had herself a moment with a tender, emotional version of Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” that — despite producers’ best efforts — didn’t get upstaged by that lingering closeup of her coach/the song’s co-writer Blake Shelton. Combined with a solid “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” she might finally be living up to the excessive hype that’s been directed at her since her Blind Audition.
Recovered from her very iffy Florence + the Machine debacle with an absolutely sublime — and note-perfect — rendition of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals’ “Stars” that put her back atop the pack. Combined with “Dream On,” “Paris (Ooh La La)” and “Vision of Love,” she’s got the strongest overall body of work in Season 3; entire enchilada should be hers to lose.