Two female contestants bite the dust as the Top 12 becomes the Top 10

By Hillary Busis
Updated April 14, 2015 at 10:53 PM EDT
NBC

According to Carson, last night’s Top 12 episode garnered more votes than season 2’s finale. Crazy!

Even so, “brave New York waitress” Adriana Louise and “more than a mohawk” Michaela Paige couldn’t scare up enough votes to stay in the competition — meaning that both Team Christina and Team Blake are now down by one. Xtina’s got to step up her game if she wants to lead a contestant to victory before leaving the show this winter.

Of course, before we actually learn those results, we have to sit through another filler-tastic results show. My favorite part of the evening is Christina’s baroque performance. Even if her new single, “Make the World Move,” ain’t exactly “Ain’t No Other Man,” I love the “court of Fabulous Queen Christina” theme, Cee Lo’s inexplicable wizard’s staff, and the fact that Xtina keeps right on wearing that crown until the credits roll. Frankly, I’m surprised that we don’t see her decked out in jeweled coronets more often. “That future sound” sounds pretty darn familiar, though, especially when the new song samples the trumpets from “Amores Como El Nuestro.” A subtle nod to future Voice coach Shakira and her own Jerry Rivera-sampling song, perhaps?

Otherwise, tonight’s musical interludes aren’t terribly exciting. Jason Aldean and Team Blake’s performances of “The Only Way I Know” and “Life Is a Highway,” respectively, are low-energy and fairly basic. I do appreciate how Aldean plays in front of screens showing American flags, which flap proudly in gusts of wind apparently created by a fiery explosion. Is there anything more American than the Star-Spangled Banner and dramatic, Michael Bay-style conflagrations?

Wait, there is: Team Cee Lo’s random disco number, a cornucopia of awesome wigs and paisley shirts. Even if it can’t top the coach’s cheesily amazing take on Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” from season 1, “Stayin’ Alive” definitely livens up a sleepy results show. Despite the costumes and the multicolored dance floor, the craziest thing about this performance is how much trouble Trevin has hitting his high notes. Cody, of course, mugs and boogies like a born Bee Gee, making me wonder if anyone has plans to revive Saturday Night Fever on Broadway and cast him as Tony. Also, I’m not entirely convinced that Nicholas knows it isn’t still 1977. (I mean that in a good way.)

NEXT: Tonight’s pecking order

Finally: Results! Neither Adrianna nor Michaela seems too surprised after learning that they’re getting the boot, maybe because the other members of the bottom four — Cody and Melanie — get the loudest audience reactions when Carson announces each of their names. The best part of the episode’s last moments: Christina starts talking about Adriana, then stops when Carson interrupts her to say, “Christina, say something to Adriana.” Ah, live television!

Unlike on The X Factor, we aren’t told specifically whether the saved contestants’ names were read in order from most votes to least votes. Still, here’s how Carson announced the results:

1. Bryan Keith

2. Sylvia Yacoub, who seems genuinely shocked to be called so early

3. Nicholas David

4. Dez Duron, nearly buried under a pile of high-pitched squeals

5. Cassadee Pope, who yowls in glee

6. Trevin Hunte, called right after “Stayin’ Alive.” He takes off his wig as Carson reads off who’s safe, then adorably can’t quite get it back onto his head when he goes to embrace Cee Lo. As they hug, Cee Lo yells out something that gets bleeped — though it looks like he’s saying “Cody, I f—ing love you too!”

7. Terry McDermott

8. Amanda Brown

9. Cody Belew, who assures Christina that he loves her as well — even though he just joked that she had her eyes closed during his performance on Monday

10. Melanie Martinez, who almost certainly should have gone home before Michaela

And there you have it, folks: Your top 10. Do you agree that Bryan, Sylvia, and Nicholas are this season’s frontrunners — or are Trevin and Amanda destined to get back on top next week? How much longer do you think Melanie and her breathy schtick can last? And finally, do you think it’s possible for a woman to finally win this year — or does this week’s double female elimination mean that we’re in for another testosteroney finale? (The real San Francisco treat!)

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