Who needs the Top 6 when there are Muppets in the Voicebox?

By Hillary Busis
Updated April 14, 2015 at 10:48 PM EDT
Credit: Tyler Golden/NBC
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Turns out there’s exactly one way to make an hour-long show with exactly 30 seconds of actual content not feel like a waste of time: invite literal Muppet Kermit the Frog to do a duet with human Muppet Cee Lo Green. The costume! The ad libs! Janice sitting in Christina’s big red chair! That all-too-brief glimpse at a Muppetified Cee Lo, who looks like a grown-up Cousin Skeeter! (“Cee Lo is what I want / Cee Lo is what I need.”) Can somebody please, please bring back The Muppet Show solely so that Cee Lo — or just ‘Lo, as Kermit calls him — can keep collaborating with Jim Henson’s creations?

Nothing could top that performance of “It’s Not Easy Being Green” — not even Carson revealing that two of season 3’s prettiest contenders have been cut. I can sort of understand Cody Belew‘s ousting; his campy lounge singer schtick isn’t for everyone, and his glib overconfidence may have rubbed some viewers the wrong way. But I swear I can still hear the Voicebox’s studio audience shrieking for Dez Duron — where were the Ivy League teddy bear’s supporters this week? Yeah, yeah, the show’s not called The Cute Face, but it still seemed like Dez’s looks would be enough to get the kid into the Top 6, if not the semifinals.

Oh, but wait: According to the coaches, The Voice isn’t really about who emerges victorious. Adam thinks the competitors aren’t really competing — wait, what? — in “this highly unnatural, bizarre competition.” Adds Cee Lo, helpfully: “It’s like Win, Lose, or Draw…. Everybody wins!” Come on, dude, the word “lose” is in the game’s name.

And then there’s Christina, who straight up tells the contestants that winning totally doesn’t matter: “I didn’t win one of these competitions either, but along with Britney and Justin, we went on to dominate pop music, so…” Ah! Don’t worry, guys — you can still get famous without being named The Voice, as long as you also get cast on a TV show when you’re 13. Wait, every one of you is at least old enough to drive? Never mind; you’re screwed after all.

At least most of you will go down swinging. Trevin and Amanda’s disco Lady Gaga cover was kind of a mess, but more stripped-down performances of “Rhythm of Love” and “Hate That I Love You” both hit. In a contest that prizes creative yelling above all else, it’s nice to occasionally hear some sweet harmonizing that isn’t undercut by flashing screens or dancers wearing Hey Arnold-style shirttails.

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Other nice surprises tonight: Amanda finally got a chance to relax in the Sprint Skybox as one of the first contestants declared to be safe. (Undoubtedly, this was the first time someone has actually enjoyed a stay in the Sprint Skybox.) Adam resisted the urge to spin something Blake said into a premature ejaculation joke. Cee Lo’s Magic Moment looks pretty delightful, primarily due to the involvement of yet more Muppets. Blake Shelton’s Not-So-Family Christmas seems charming too, though I won’t be content until he and Adam make a Hope and Crosby-style Road To… movie.

But oh, I’m really going to miss Cody and his pompadour. When he toned down his mannerisms and stopped peacocking, he proved that there’s a solid set of pipes beneath all that bravado. And if nothing else,the confessional segments are going to be a lot duller now that he’s gone. Sorry, Cassadee; “Flatulence could send me home!” just isn’t as funny as claiming that your pre-show ritual is looking at yourself in the mirror. (And you just know that what Cody said was Dez’s real ritual as well.)

Do you think that the right folks went home tonight — or did voters miss the mark by ousting Dez and Cody? How do you think Christina will cope with not having a single singer in the semi-semi-finals? Which member of the Top 6 do you want to win, and which one do you think is most likely to win? Do you even still care about who wins the damn show, despite everything Adam and Cee Lo and Christina said tonight? If not, what do you say we just forget about The Voice for awhile and watch some fun vintage Muppet videos instead? Here, I’ll get the ball rolling:

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