The Voice recap: What A Rae-lief!
Blake sends home his favorite singer as Christina makes a tough choice between her team's remaining girls
(NOTE: Other potential titles for this recap included “Raedy for Liftoff,” “Blake Me Home Tonight” and, of course, “Lynnsanity.”)
It’s safe to say that this week’s dual installment of The Voice has been, without a doubt, the most shocking, nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw-dropping and polarizing three hours I’ve spent so far this year (aside from my time spent re-watching “Call Me Maybe”). Monday night’s exceptionally scandalous eliminations probably threw a wrench into your picks for the season’s top four, and Tuesday’s exits were equally unexpected… but unexpected doesn’t necessarily mean unwelcome!
Yes, I’ve made my opinions on bedazzled corndog RaeLynn quite clear over the last few weeks, and though I know plenty of you readers see a bright, shining country star where I see a flaming, hazardous rhinestoned asteroid, I have to rejoice that Coach Blake finally had enough sense in him to let his little star shoot across the sky — and out of the competition. To be (county) fair, I think Blake will actually find far more success grooming RaeLynn however he sees fit outside of The Voice. Godspeed, y’all.
Tonight’s celebrity guests included a forgettable performance by British boy band The Wanted as well as a special appearance by Justin Bieber, who popped up to surprise the audience and — from the looks of it — host Carson Daly himself. Something tells me that Bieber ran out onto the stage at the wrong time, and Carson masterfully navigated the sugared-up 18-year-old’s attention back towards showing us the world premiere of his new music vi—sorry, the world premiere of a clip of his new music video. We only got 20 precious Bieber seconds, perhaps one for each of the many obnoxious screaming fans that declared love for Adam, Christina or Blake at some point throughout the night.
Let’s get to the meaty stuff. Team Christina’s up first, America’s votes are in, and in a pleasant surprise, this great country elected to save Chris Mann from elimination. I’m relieved, since Chris’s Coldplay performance on Monday was his worst this season, but I hope Chris uses the opportunity next week to take Adam’s advice and actually perform an opera song, since that’s the whole reason we fell in love with his voice to begin with.
NEXT: Lindsey and Ashley sing for their lives That meant that Lindsey Pavao and Ashley De La Rosa were left to sing for their lives, which they both did, but perhaps one more powerfully than the other. Ashley knocked Lady Gaga’s “You and I” out of the park while Lindsey sort of let Mike Posner’s “Please Don’t Go” just sit there and fester in its own dark awkwardness. After Lindsey’s performance, a tearful silent exchange between her and Christina made me think that they both knew that Lindsey would be going home. But alas, Christina followed her heart (kept well-cushioned beneath her two assistant judges) and opted to save Lindsey, sending Ashley home. Poor Ashley. Despite a slow start, she’s been consistently improving every week and may have actually been a contender to win this thing. Then again, Jesse Campbell was, too.
A brief stop in the Sprint Slightly Awkward Social Media Lounge, where Christina Milian interviews Pepperjack Cheesa and Jamar “Fancy Hats” Rogers. Really, nothing happens here; I just wanted you all to know that I’ve started using the nickname Pepperjack Cheesa.
Team Blake is up, and things go quickly, since Blake is almost always cut off at the end of the show (despite — or perhaps because of — his propensity to ramble). America saved Jermaine Paul, and rightly so, so RaeLynn and Erin Willett took the stage to sing for their lives. RaeLynn gave a very RaeLynn performance of “If I Die Young,” while Erin underwhelmed with her solid but unspectacular “Proud Mary.” Then, in the final seconds of the episode, Blake decided to save Erin before the feed cuts out… meaning that, quite literally, we never have to hear RaeLynn’s voice again.
Readers, what did you think of tonight’s eliminations? Did America’s vote for Chris and Jermaine surprise you? Was Christina right to send Ashley home in favor of Lindsey? Are you relieved or saddened to see RaeLynn go?