Published on April 24th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson3
‘The Voice’ Season 2 Episode 16 Review: Team Adam & Team Cee Lo Battle
The Voice may not have come out as strong as it has in the past but it still managed to deliver two hours of great entertainment. From Christina Aguilera’s lips, a Mickey Mouse Club reunion could be in the works! In the meantime, Cee Lo Green had his own reunion on stage, and his team rocked out much harder than Team Adam come time to shine. Could the finals see a Team Cee Loo winner this year? Could Team Adam not even be a contender in the finals?
Team Adam has a group of strong vocalists on his hands but this week, the songs that they were given did not show off the best parts of their vocals and impress. Before Katrina Parker even got to the stage to sing “Jar of Hearts,” we all knew that this would not be her most extraordinary performance. She showed us that during her last performance so there may have been higher expectations here. So while Parker’s performance was good, there didn’t seem to be any reason to be blown away. Also, her Adele look, again, did not help at all. As Aguilera said, “You are Katrina Parker and own that.” Once Parker stands in her own glory and not someone else’s she will be able to shine. Until then, we won’t even begin to see what this woman has to offer.
Not fairing much better this week on Team Adam was fan favorite, Mathai. I will forever be grateful to Adam Levine for giving Mathai a Nelly Furtado song, as Furtado is one of my favorite artists and what a perfect match this was…especially since no one typically uses Furtado’s songs on reality music competitions. Mathai was understandably nervous about sounding too much like Furtado, but she didn’t in the end. Similar as she is, no one can sound like Furtado. All of that said, Furtado does have songs that would better suit Mathai, making her performance of “I’m Like A Bird” not seem so forced and mediocre. But the problem is that those songs are on Furtado’s albums and how many people really know any of her songs that aren’t singles?
Getting the loudest applause from Team Adam last night was Tony Lucca after putting his own twist on Britney Spears’s “Baby One More Time.” After what Aguilera pointed out earlier in the series, a move like this was expected. But it was more Aguilera’s duty than anything else to point out that Lucca, back in the spotlight, cannot rely on his Mickey Mouse supporters to vote, especially if he only shows us one side of him. What Aguilera said was only meant to build Lucca up. So while Lucca’s Spears performance was a fun media move, he does need to get back to business if he’s still in the competition next week. It also must be mentioned that we all should take Aguilera’s comment this week to heart. “Let’s get Britney Spears on this stage and let’s do a real Mickey Mouse Club reunion!” Hear that Britney, Justin, and Keri? Bring back the entire gang! That would boost ratings (even though The Voice is doing very well in that department). Finally from Team Adam was Pip who started off his performance of “Somewhere Only We Know” very well but then got a little too caught up for his own good. No matter what he performed though, Pip did not seem to stand a chance against his team mates as it seemed in rehearsals that Levine had already made up his mind about giving Pip the ax. After last night’s performances, it would not be surprising to see Mathai eliminated tonight but Parker and Lucca also have the same chance of saying goodbye. Lucca covering Spears was hit or miss and Parker’s performance could be described as the same so predictions for tonight’s elimination can go anyway. Losing Mathai would be a big disappointment as would losing Parker but Lucca… he’s got quite a fanbase already so he could start a Kickstarter and be on his way. Yeah?
Team Cee Lo has a much stronger team on his hands, don’t you think? Jamar Rogers gave a rocking performance of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” but the roller coaster went idle as James Massone came forward not too long afterwords to take on Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.” The coaches were not in love with Massone’s performance this week and with the rock stars on Team Cee Lo, it came as no surprise to see Massone take the hit in the instant elimination. Cheesa delivered another magnificent performance this week taking on Whitney Houston and Juliet Simms gave a killer performance of Aerosmith’s “Cryin’.” If Simms’s safety was even a question, she guaranteed her safety this week, no? But should she have gotten ahead of herself with the elaborate wardrobe? Was it too much for her? With Massone out of the picture, Rogers could be heading home tonight. Simms is not every viewer’s dream vocalist, a shame that may be, so she could find herself heading out of the competition. But the thought of that is so wild, imagining it actually happening is difficult to do. Cheesa won over thousands of viewers in recent weeks, so she may not be going anywhere. If she is eliminated, people definitely thought that she was safe and didn’t bother voting. But tonight, it is Rogers we are looking to see go home. We’ll find out tonight.
As for the performances that did not count towards elimination… host, Carson Daly and Team Cee Lo gave a fun performance that we can all see was dedicated to Dick Clark as they appeared on stage to sing “Dancing in the Street.” Beautiful performance there. This was definitely the best team performance of the night. Later on, Team Adam performed John Lennon’s “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” but it didn’t particularly hit any buttons. In fact, this may have been the weakest team performance all season. The idea was great but the execution failed. Cee Lo Green and the Goodie Mob also gave a special performance of their new single. While ehe song itself was enjoyable, the performance was much too odd to really be able to connect with the song so head to iTunes to hear the song with the distraction. This week of The Voice did not exceed expectations so the results tonight will not be very momentous but the competition is narrowing down rather nicely. Who are you rooting for?
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