Published on April 17th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson2
‘The Voice’ Season 2 Episode 15 Review: Team Christina Outshines Team Blake
If you’re wondering which reality music competition show has the most unpredictable results show, it’s The Voice. There are so many different ways to vote and there is so much time to vote, it just might actually be overwhelming to vote as much as possible. This note aside, it is difficult to pinpoint other reasons why every single week has been wildly shocking. This is not at all like last season. Someone we absolutely love always gets the boot each week. It’s like the balance is being kept so perfectly. This is odd though and it makes it difficult to tell whether what is happening will still lead to a fulfilling end. Either way, the team performances and special guest performances have all delivered, so there’s that. The Wanted gave a special performance debuting their new single in the US, “Chasing the Sun.” They lit up the stage and set a great tone for the night. Justin Bieber also made a special appearance to give a first look at the world premiere of his new music video, “Boyfriend.” But we are watching and voting to see one person take the win…
“The song doesn’t play you, you play the song.” – Adam Levine to Raelynn
With the outpouring love and support for Raelynn, America’s save being Jermaine Paul was rather shocking. And Raelynn was thought to be in the clear since she has had so much support from her coach throughout this entire process. This meant that Erin Willett would not have stood a chance, no matter what “save me” song she decided to sing. It turns out “Proud Mary” was a better effort than Raelynn’s. Shocking as Raelynn’s elimination may seem… Shelton already said the the country music community had Raelynn’s back. So perhaps we’ll be hearing news of her record deal before finale night? Based on Raelynn’s “save me” performance, she definitely did not deserve a save.
Everyone gives a weak performance every now and then and unfortunately, Raelynn’s was given at the worst possible moment on the show. Outside of the show however, this could have been the best thing that could have happened. Perhaps the record deal she will get outside of the one she could have gotten on the show will turn out to be better. One thing is certain, Raelynn is not going to be a finalist. But with Raelynn out, is Team Blake still stronger than Team Christina or are they even now? Erin Willett was impressive in the beginning of the season, but throughout past episodes, that spark for me has been lost. So Jermaine Paul seems to be the standout for Team Blake at this point, the one with the bigger chance of winning if either one were to make it to the finals. But against Team Christina, well, she’s got this one. Yeah?
As for Team Christina, America’s save was either going to be Chris Mann or Lindsey Pavao. We cannot say that it was not shocking when Mann was announced as the one America decided to save. Pavao’s performance earlier in the week wasn’t the best, but there was still some hope that America would stand behind her enough to keep her safe. But taking this week’s performance and only that into account, Mann earned his safety fair and square. This meant that Pavao and Ashley De La Rosa had to go head to head for the final spot on Team Christina. De La Rosa attempted to deliver with Lady Gaga but Pavao owned the stage with her clever rendition of “Please Don’t Go.” Levine wasn’t blown away by De La Rosa and neither was I. Aguilera was brought to tears by Pavao’s performance and tears and so was I.
Pavao deserves to be in the finals. She has the voice and is the most original artist there is in this competition, seasons one and two. All she’s missing is stage presence but she is improving there…slowly but steadily. We all knew that Aguilera would make the right choice in keeping Pavao, but now it’s America’s turn to get back on their phones and the internet to vote for Pavao in the upcoming semi-finals and finals so that she continues to stay in the competition and win. Pavao and Mann are forces to be reckoned with. Team Blake, watch out. Between the other teams, you just might get knocked out. Team Christina ties Team Adam with two wildly talented artists (Katrina Parker and Mathai stand out the most from Team Adam with Tony Lucca deserving a notable mention) but it is Team Cee Lo who has the most talent right now. Team Cee Lo could win this season and that is perfectly fine. What do you think? Great results show, but remember to vote people!
Watch The Voice live episodes Mondays 8-10 p.m. ET and live eliminations Tuesdays 9-10 p.m. ET only on NBC.
*Photo Credit: Lewis Jacobs/NBC