‘The Voice’: Eight Contestants Go Home

Pictured: (l-r) Loren Allred, Joselyn Rivera, Melanie Martinez -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Tonight, the playoffs round on “The Voice” concluded with the results of America’s vote. In this scenario, two team members from each coach’s team with the top votes get automatic entry into the official Top 12. Then, of the remained three team members, each coach chooses only one to stay in the game, making final teams of three contestants each.

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Teams Adam and Blake started off the night with a group sing of “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” that was so far beyond any group sing “American Idol” has ever provided for us. I sincerely hope that show was taking notes.

Then Adam Levine’s troupe was up first. Saved by America’s vote was Amanda Brown and Bryan Keith, both excellent choices if I do say so. Adam was left choosing among Joselyn Rivera, Melanie Martinez and Loren Allred. My pick: Joselyn, absolutely. His pick: Melanie. I really thought this two-toned Minnie Mouse head was on her way out, but I was wrong.

Then we got two performances back to back: Adam and those other guys in Maroon 5. Though I liked Adam’s ski lodge sweater tonight, it was good to see both of his bare arms during this performance in light of the carnage taking place to them over on “American Horror Story.”

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Next up was Season 2 winner Jermaine Paul, who did a dance song. The former backup singer had his own backup singers, which should make him feel good. Not sure what else he should feel good about right now—not this song.

Team Blake was up next. Safe by vote was Terry McDermott and Cassadee Pope, the two contestants I was certain were going to be sent home. Whoops. Blake Shelton had to choose from Michaela Paige, Liz Davis and Julio Cesar Castillo, and the choice was as obvious as the giant Mohawk on Michaela’s head.

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Before Teams Cee Lo and Xtina went through eliminations, they had a group sing of their own, Train’s “Drive By.” It was all good, but my frustration with the interchangeability of Christina Aguilera’s pop girls was only mounting. Luckily that was about to be fixed.

Christina’s safe contestants were Dez Duron and Sylvia Yacoub. Sylvia was a natural to go through after last night’s piano turn, but Dez? C’mon, people. Xtina did not look pleased at the results.

Then she had to choose among Devyn DeLoera, Adriana Louise and De’borah. To me, the choice was obvious. De’borah stands out. The other two don’t. But after a long talk about not letting other’s criticism define you and this and that, she shockingly saved Adriana Louise, the one of those three who was definitely the worst last night. Christina said her choice was based on the fact that Adriana hasn’t yet had a chance to show us what she can do. I sure hope she’s right.

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Finally Team Cee Lo was up. Safe: Trevin Hunte and Nicholas David. Absolutely those were the right votes. Of Cody Belew, Diego Val and Mackenzie Bourg, Cee Lo Green picked Cody to advance. Again, the right choice. “On the grounds of most improved,” Cee Lo explained.

And now, after blind auditions, battle rounds, knockout rounds and playoffs, we finally have our Top 12. But seeing as how this show usually makes up the rules as it goes along, who knows what strange system will be in place when the “finals” begin next week.

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