The Voice 2012 Top 16 RaeLynn

First we should all say thank you to NBC for ruining the one night a week where we just enjoy the music of our favorite The Voice 2012 contestants and not worry about whether or not they’ll be going home. Thanks, NBC. Thanks, a lot.

Seriously, whose idea was it to send two people home during the live performances? After they were given phone numbers to vote for any everything! NBC makes some of the worst moves in network television and I don’t even think they care.

OK, enough of that. Onto the recap. I’ll review each performance and assign a letter grade based on how I think they did.

RaeLynn, “She’s Country.” First of all, what was she really wearing? That outfit gets an F itself. And now for the song. It actually wasn’t as bad as it has been. I think Blake must have told her to stop sounding so ridiculous and just sing. Of course she still managed to sneak in a couple of those ridiculous tricks she pulls … it’s like someone making fun of a country singer or something. It’s such a joke sound. Bizarre. C

Jesse Campbell, “Halo.” This was a terrible song choice Christina made for Jesse. Beyonce can’t even sing it without something sounding wrong with the song. It’s just written in a bunch of minor keys or something. It’s such a strange song. And for Christina to give him that song seemed kind of like sabotage to me. More on that later. B+

Jordis Unga, “Little Bit Stronger.” The way Jordis talked up this performance, I thought we were going to be blown away. Not only were we not blown away, I don’t even think the fuse got lit. This performance just kind of sat there. Sure it was emotional for her, but that’s not enough. You still have to actually sing the song. C-

Ashley De La Rosa, “Foolish Games.” This is one of those performances where I’m still not sure if I loved it or hated it. I think I liked the crazy arrangement of the song but maybe not for Ashley. I think it would’ve been better suited for an edgy rocker type. That being said, it wasn’t bad. Wasn’t great either. Just kind of OK. B-

Erin Willett, “Set Fire To The Rain.” I feel like I say this every week (which tells you I’m not wrong in saying it again), but can we please ban Adele songs from ALL reality singing shows? PLEASE? It’s becoming such a cliche. Erin is a great singer. She’s probably one of my favorites in this contest. But this song bored me. Only Adele should sing Adele. But looking at it strictly as a vocal performance, it was good. Erin is good. Period. A-

Lindsay Pavao, “Part of Me.” Well that was boring. This song did nothing to showcase any sort of talent. What a terrible song choice. And what a terrible attempt at trying to make something out of the non-song. Bad. C-

Jermaine Paul, “Against All Odds.” This was one of the best songs of the night. Who would’ve thought a Phil Collins song would provide the best performance of the night. This guy better not be going anywhere. He’s probably the best singer in the contest. A+

Chris Mann, “Viva La Vida.” Chris is a great opera singer. And that’s it. I just don’t think this is the right show for him. I’ve gone from big Chris fan to kind of annoyed with him. Nothing is going to sound right or natural from him on this show. So looking at this technically, he was great. But that’s about it. There wasn’t much believability or emotion. B-

If it were up to me, from Team Blake, I would’ve ditched RaeLynn. And from Team Christina, I would’ve set Chris Mann free to be an opera singer. But that’s not how it played out.

Blake eliminated Jordis Unga and Christina shocked everyone by eliminating Jesse Campbell. I’m pretty sure Christina will be getting some unfriendly tweets tonight and for days to come.

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