Cee Lo Green's team sang for America's votes on 'The Voice' on Monday. Adam Levine's team was also in the spotlight.
By Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY
For its second week of live competition, NBC's The Voice showcased the finalists from Cee Lo Green and Adam Levine's teams Monday night, as last week's coaches Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton relaxed and commented. With six members on each team, that meant 12 singers vied for America's votes. On Tuesday (9 ET/PT), the lowest three vote-getters from each team sing for their lives, and the coaches decide which two from each team head home.
How Monday went:
Indie-pop singer Katrina Parker, with orchestral accompaniment, performed Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight, Tonight. Christina complimented Katrina's "gorgeous" voice, but added, "I kinda wanted you to rock out a bit more." Cee Lo said the song choice was inappropriate. Adam was "really happy" with Katrina's "no frills" performance. "You killed it," he said.
Former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca tackled Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes with emotion. Adam was "so proud" of the way Tony sang one of his "favorite songs ever," and was impressed with how the singer worked around the falsetto parts. Christina worried that Tony could be "one-dimensional."
Kim Yarbrough, who's been singing for 40 years, powered through Adele's Rolling in the Deep. Blake said the performance "got better" but was sharp at times. Cee Lo thought Kim should have picked a different song, and Adam agreed. "You're an unbelievable" singer, but "there were some problems," he said.
Eighteen-year-old Mathai sang a playful version of John Legend's Ordinary People. Christina liked Mathai's adlibs, but said "it was a little lounge-y for me." Blake said Mathai's confidence drew him in, and Adam said he "couldn't be happier" with the singer's "magical" performance.
Country singer Karla Davis surprised the coaches by singing Airplanes by B.o.B. Christina said Karla had a "sweet voice," but was too quiet. Blake said, "You did as good as you could do with that song," and Adam, though proud of Karla's risky song choice, said she sounded better in rehearsal.
Musical-theater star Pip, 19, went rock with When You Were Young by The Killers. Christina told Pip she "wasn't connected" to the song, and it sounded like he was trying too hard. Adam said, "You're a great singer," but that he needs to work on being "a little grittier."
Team Cee Lo
Hawaiian 21-year-old Cheesa belted out disco tune Don't Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston. "It was dramatic, it was awesome," said Blake. Adam agreed that Cheesa had a "great" performance that "had Cee Lo written all over it." Cee Lo said it was "wonderful."
James Massone, 23, gave the ladies love with a mellow Don't Know Why by Norah Jones. "I almost threw my panties onstage," said Blake. Christina liked "the more subtle approach," but noticed pitch problems. Cee Lo called James "solid," though he "could have projected more on the higher notes."
Rocker Juliet Simms earned rave reviews for her powerful Roxanne by The Police. Adam said, "You're the best performance I've seen so far, as much as I hate having to admit that." Christina said, "I was so into it. Your voice is dope." Blake said, "You're so good," and Cee Lo said, "Just wow."
Broadway performer Tony Vincent sang most of Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears from atop a giant podium, surrounded by dancers. Blake didn't know what to make of the staging. Christina said, "I appreciate the production value," but "there were a lot of vocal restraints from the song." Cee Lo agreed that the song restricted Tony, and said he's a "far better singer than any one performance."
Model Erin Martin was a sexy Cleopatra surrounded by shirtless men for Walk Like An Egyptian by The Bangles. "Here we go again with the male strippers," said Blake, recalling similar staging last week. Christina enjoyed the theatrics, but said Erin "could have brought it harder" with a bigger stage presence. Cee Lo commended Erin for learning the tricky song, but agreed with Christina. "I want you to be more aggressive," he said.
Recovering drug addict Jamar Rogers rocked Are You Gonna Go My Way by Lenny Kravitz, flanked by guitarists on stilts. Blake, who had to wait for the crowd to calm down before he spoke, was again unimpressed by the stage hoopla. "Jamar is too good to have all that crap behind him." Cee Lo disagreed: "Do you hear the roar of this crowd?" Adam said, "You embody what this show is with what you just did."