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Published on April 25th, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


'The Voice' Season 2 Episode 17 Review: Cee Lo’s Elimination Shocks

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After this week’s performance show, eliminations on The Voice were half shocking, half predictable. Team Adam has shown themselves as a force to be reckoned with and Team Cee Lo has shown themselves to be a team that is not afraid to take chances. Whether or not the chance taken with tonight’s elimination was the right one remains to be seen. After a special performance from Florence & the Machine and Team Cee Lo, the results came in and America’s saves may have been the most shocking results of the night. The saves put the coaches in a corner and Adam Levine seemed to fair much better than Cee Lo Green based on this week alone. Levine’s choice was easy as one of the contestants has not been impressing lately but Cee Lo had quite a big decision on his hands… and either way, he would have upset viewers.

From Team Adam, Tony Lucca was saved by America, leaving Katrina Parker and Mathai to battle it out for the final spot with last chance performances. Mathai decided to sing “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood but her song choices have been so weak over the past few weeks, an elimination seemed a given. Mathai has a certain sound and not a whole lot of power, so finding a song that will fit her or that she can find to fit has clearly been a challenge. It’s unfortunate because Mathai is such a talent but she really needs her own material to shine, not other people’s. With this in mind and accounting for the way the game is played, Mathai was out of luck for the win from the get go. Adam Levine even admitted that he was still waiting for Mathai to explode as she never really took off after the blind audition. She may have performed Nelly Furtado’s “I’m Like A Bird” but she didn’t she never did show us that she isn’t a one trick pony. In time. Mathai needs to grow more before winning a competition like this, clearly.

So Adam decided to save Katrina Parker instead. Parker blows it out of the water every time she needs to be saved, so there really was no doubt that Parker would be moving further in the competition. Parker sang Pink’s “Perfect” so well, it would be a treat to have her sing it again with Pink herself come finals. Yeah? Christina Aguilera also brought up a great point about anticipating Parker’s original music. I have been thinking that since Parker’s blind audition but everyone should definitely be anticipating Parker’s original tunes now, after seeing week after week what she is capable of. Like Blake Shelton said, Katrina came out like a tornado… and she continues to so her fellow competitors had better watch out. If the coaches have their way, Katrina will be handed the win this season. What do you think?

On Team Cee Lo, America decided to save Jamar Rogers, which may have come as a shock to some as Cheesa and Juliet Simms appeared to be the heavy hitters. The surprises did not end there as Cee Lo decided to save not Cheesa but Juliet. Cheesa has delivered phenomenal performances in the recent weeks, winning over thousands of fans who were not big fans of her in the beginning. So for Cheesa to win over more and more fans so recently only for her to be eliminated, it is very disappointing. We were all just beginning to love her. That said, her “save me” performances fell flat and Simms soared. What’s funny about these two artists is that you either love them or you don’t. Their sounds are very distinct so it’s hit or miss. But with Cheesa now gone, viewers will either find themselves rooting for Simms, Rogers, or another team altogether. Cheesa, who may have seemed like a front runner on Monday night, is out of the competition, so where does that leave Team Cee Lo? Is Simms going to bring it home for Team Cee Lo? Does Rogers stand a chance at winning this competition? Between Team Cee Lo and Team Adam, it’s difficult to say now who will win. So stay tuned for the Semifinals as there are only so many artists left and remember to vote!

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

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  • Confused Voice Fan

    …what?  How was Cheesa EVER the front runner?  How was Cee-Lo picking Jamar shocking?  Cee-Lo still has by far the strongest overall team, with Jamar AND Juliet as his final two. 

  • Confused Voice Fan

    correction. AMERICA picked Jamar.  which clearly indicates that not “all” of us were lovin’ Cheesa. 

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