Last week I was fooled, yet again, by not anticipating the dreaded Voice montage; tomorrow’s final episode before the live shows will be another recap hour. That meant that at the end of tonight, the teams were finalized, and there was never any need to fret about Christina’s last Steal, we knew all along when it would awarded, who it would be going to, and the last time Carson would mention it before the real thing: approximately 9:54 p.m. EST, whoever wasn’t picked in the final Knockout, and right before the last commercial break so there wouldn’t be a single ounce of suspense or urgency in the final Knockout pairing whatsoever, respectively.
Oh well, at least Christina was quick about it. Hers wasn’t the biggest Steal of the season, but it cemented what the coaches have proven time and time again in Season 8, that they’re looking for potential over polish this time around. And Nate Ruess’ multiple raw musical outbursts tonight somehow felt like foreshadowing that the coaches have been making the right choice in the regard. The last two Knockout rounds never quite lived up to the talent explosion that was the Knockouts premiere, but you can rest easy knowing that we’re headed into the Live shows with many a plausible winner. Tonight saw a few more audition standouts and a few surprise power players who have come along over the last few rounds, head out into the Live yonder where mystery Starbucks liquids grow freely, and Christina changes into a new statement lipstick and matching blouse every single night. What wonders we’re headed toward!
Check out the end of the recap for the full team rosters going into the live rounds next week, and tune into The Voice tomorrow if you want to watch performances that you literally just watched 24 hours ago.
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