Two talented singers were up for elimination, but it came down to artistry on the NBC competition
We go into this week's eliminations knowing that someone really good has to leave NBC's “The Voice.” In the end, I think America righted a wrong that it made last week with its Instant Save.
Before we get to the results, “The Voice” had several fine musical guests on Tuesday's show.
A pregnant Kelly Clarkson performed “Underneath The Christmas Tree” from her new holiday album and she's still at the top of the game. By the way, was Carson Daly throwing shade at “American Idol” when he kept referring to their inaugural champ as “family”?
Watch her performance above.
It was also a homecoming for Season 1 alum Xenia. She reunited with her coach, Blake Shelton, on “Silver Bells.” I've always enjoyed Xenia's style, but she really kept it very much low key for this song. I still remember her amazing rendition of Jessie J's “Price Tag.” I'm going to have to check iTunes for what she has been up to since the show.
“The Voice” threw in another surprise by bringing on Extreme's Nuno Bettencourt on “More Than Words” with Will Champlin, James Wolpert and Cole Vosbury. It was just as sentimental, cheesy and awesome as when it was on the charts in the early-'90s.
Now, to the semifinalists. The first three were revealed in this order: Team Christina Aguilera's Jacquie Lee, Team Blake's Cole Vosbury and Team Adam Levine's Tessanne Chin.
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That leaves three very good singers in the Bottom 3: Team Christina's Matthew, and Team Adam's Will and James. Of the three, Will is the most naturally talented musician and thankfully he gets the pass into semifinals.
Between Matthew and James, I have to admit that James feels more authentic. I still don't get what kind of musician Matthew is. And, honestly, his song choices haven't helped – they have been all over the place. He's a talented vocalist, but I don't see him as an artist. I also felt he should have left last week instead of Ray Boudreaux.
Your semifinalists are Jacquie Lee, Cole Vosbury, Tessanne Chin, Will Champlin and James Wolpert.
Are you happy with the Final Five?