‘The Voice’: The Top 12 Take the Stage

Cassadee Pope -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Finally, it’s the finals! We have our official Top 12 on “The Voice” and there are no more major obstacles to just voting off these people now—no more battles, no more knockouts, no more playoffs (whatever that was), just fend-for-yourself performances and American public opinion.

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The way it works (this week, anyway) is that the public votes, and the bottom two are sent home, regardless of which teams they are on. If we stay the course with two rejects per week, that means six weeks until we know our new winner—we’ll have this show wrapped up before Christmas!

That’s not to say we want it to end, it’s just that the show is starting to slow down a bit, as it tends to at this point in the competition. The unfortunate thing about “The Voice” being pretty good, with all the performers being generally pretty talented, is that nothing really crazy happens. There are no trainwrecks, no disasters waiting to happen. “The Voice” starts off in the blind auditions with so many variables, it’s addictive. But now that everyone’s settled, as Adam Levine put it tonight, it’s just a series of “moments” that we’re waiting for. And not everyone has them.

The “moments” tonight, though, happened for Bryan Keith (Team Adam) and Trevin Hunte (Team Cee Lo). Bryan sang Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” and it was enough of a departure for him that he started to take on an identity, and a good one. Trevin has always kicked butt on this show, but tonight, wailing as he did on “When a Man Loves a Woman,” it became pretty clear he will probably make it to the very end on this show.

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The coach who delivered the most consistently good team tonight, however, was Blake Shelton. Michaela Paige was, as always, the most interesting and unique creature. Cassadee Pope, though a weak singer by nature, did a commendable vocal leap on “Behind These Hazel Eyes” and came close to having her own “moment” tonight. And Terry McDermott, who closed the show, was his consistent self with “More Than a Feeling,” though the song choice of feel-good classic rock was a little too obvious after last week’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Still not sure he’s more than a bar band frontman. None of them are the best singers on the show, but they definitely made Blake look good.

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Worst in show, however, was Team Xtina. Dez Duron, who is as bland as a cardboard cutout, was the best of the three, gaining notice for having a “crooner” voice. But Adriana Louise, who got saved by Christina Aguilera last week when De’borah should have been, did nothing to redeem Christina’s sacrifice. And Sylvia Yacoub, who stood out last week on the piano, took too many liberties (and did too many of Celine Dion’s erratic arm movements) with “My Heart Will Go On.”

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Cee Lo Green’s team is coming dangerously close to cheese. Nicholas David sounded awesome as usual on “Power of Love,” but his whole ‘70s leisure suit thing was borderline. Cody Belew’s bare-chested sparkle suit, however, was pure cheese. And Adam needs to help Amanda Brown move better than she did tonight, a performance that consisted of her standing in one place and moving her arms around her body in flowing yoga poses.

Who I want to get voted off: Melanie Martinez remains on the bottom of my favorites list for her breathy indie fakeness that the coaches have been duped into thinking is uniqueness. Adriana Louise is the most boring person in the finals—I think tonight is her last night.

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