'The Voice' Recap: Season 3 Live Playoffs, Night 8
Team Adam's Melanie Martinez is performing Alex Clare's "Too Close." When she mentions that she's going through a breakup, Adam tells her that Maroon 5's first album Songs About Jane was basically a breakup album, and saying that he's like a big brother, volunteers to kick someone's ass for her. He's a full-service coach! Carson pokes fun at this by referring to Team Adam as 'Team Big Brother' before he introduces Melanie, who puts her own spin on this song in the same way she did with The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" last week.
Blake really likes Melanie bringing back the tambourine but that's as much as he can muster. Christina calls the set "so cute" and the song her favorite performance of Melanie's thus far. Cee Lo compliments Adam for his new arrangements of songs, calling the rendition "a success." Adam tells Melanie that he's sure her ex-boyfriend feels like an idiot right now, before complimenting her artistry.
Next we come to Team Christina's Dez Duron, who is performing a Justin Bieber song called "U Smile". Hey, we already had covers of One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen, so we were kind of due for Bieber. Dez lends a certain smoothness to the song that makes it much better than expected. If he doesn't win this show, he's got a career with his own Vegas lounge act or something similarly hip.
Cee Lo calls Dez "well rounded" but admits that he doesn't think it was Dez's best performance. Adam compliments Dez on having the guts to walk away from Yale to make it in music. Blake says that everyone's always known that Dez has "star quality" and thinks the performance had the same kind of groove as his previous one. Christina tells her artist that he "killed it" and compares Dez to Mackenzie Bourg, although she can't remember his name.
Team Cee Lo's Trevin Hunte takes on the late Whitney Houston with his version of "Greatest Love of All". After his Usher performance last week, he's back to the ballads. Cee Lo calls it a "big mountain to climb" but reassures Trevin that if anyone can do it, he can. The fog machine makes yet another appearance in the episode during Trevin's performance, and he's got his own choir behind him, but for all that, the rendition is not as strong as some of his previous outings.
Adam says he hopes that when he dies, that's what he sees in heaven. "It's so tranquil," he comments, before telling Trevin he doesn't think there's a song that Trevin can't sing. Blake thinks that "this song was more in your wheelhouse." Christina calls it a "wonderful job, as usual." Cee Lo is amazed at Trevin's humility and tells him that Whitney would be proud.
There's another group performance afterward, this one involving the four folks you didn't see in the last one - Amanda, Nicholas, Trevin and Cody - who are singing Journey's "Any Way You Want It." It feels strange for there to be a classic rock song without Terry McDermott somehow involved. But that's okay, because Terry's busy having an on-air reunion with his wife and son.
Team Cee Lo's Nicholas David brings his good feeling to Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" after that. He's shocked when the legendary Bill Withers, whose song he performed last week, walks into the rehearsal room and gives him some advice. There's really nothing to say about Nicholas that hasn't already been said. He's found the niche that he's very, very good at and he's sticking with it.
Adam comments that he's super-jealous of Nicholas because of his song choices, and that he's just going to be a fan of his forever as both an artist and a human being. Blake jokes that he "didn't realize until this week that you're blind," which falls flat, before thanking Nicholas for being on the show. Christina is skipped over in order to go right to Cee Lo, who talks about music being "a healing property" before telling America to vote for Nicholas. Meanwhile, Carson decides to see what he looks like with sunglasses on.
That means Team Blake's Cassadee Pope is closing out the show - maybe owing to her deservedly reaching #1 on iTunes last time out - with her version of Michelle Branch's "Are You Happy Now". Blake calls the song choice "the right next step" as she once again draws on everything she's been through to deliver another emotionally-driven performance. It's also pretty much in her wheelhouse, more on the pop side of Branch's pop-country catalogue.
Cee Lo says he's not happy now because Cassadee could win the competition. Adam tells her that Maroon 5 used to open for Michelle Branch and takes a detour to bash The Roxy as a concert venue and say he was momentarily scared by the fan on the set before coming back to call Cassadee the frontrunner. Blake wishes Cassadee's mom a happy birthday before telling America that we're seeing something important.
With that, everything is in America's hands. Voting for The Voice is open until 10 AM EST tomorrow morning and the results will be revealed tomorrow night at 8 PM ET/PT on NBC.
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