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Published on May 1st, 2012 | by Melody Simpson


‘The Voice’ Season 2 Episode 18 Review: Semi-final Performances Bring Tough Competition

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The semi-finals of The Voice Season 2 is here and just a week away from finals, the competition is very close. With the competition so tight, viewers would expect the artists to fight for their lives but it seems only a few of them are really performing as though this were their last chance performance. It’s worth performing with that urgency every time. Levine said a few weeks ago that he was wondering why it took so long for the artists to perform their hearts out. But it didn’t keep up. This week, some artists slipped back into their old ways and were simply mediocre. But some artists who have not necessarily been fan favorites, standouts over the past few weeks shined. And we know that anything goes with The Voice results shows so tonight’s results should be nerve-wrecking as ever.

Tony Lucca from Team Adam started the night off to a great start with “How You Like Me Now” but was it enough to keep him safe? This number did not seem to be enough of a “How do you like me now in the semi-finals heading to the finals?” kind of song. With four people going home tonight, Lucca had a lot to prove this week. The clock is ticking, so soon enough we will find out if Lucca’s fun song was as safe as it may have sounded… or the hand that pulled the plug. Katrina Parker owned the stage with “Killing Me Softly” so between the two, this is steep competition. Both deserve to go through but with Lucca’s past success, do you think that Parker should be the one to continue on now?

As for Team Cee Lo… this week the realization hit that against the other competition, I am not particularly impressed by Juliet Simms or Jamar Rogers. While the coaches loved Rogers’s performance of “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” nothing blew me away here. Simms has her moments. With her it’s hit or miss for me. This week was a hit as she completely owned the song, “It’s A Man’s World.” Simms definitely deserves to take the final spot and represent Team Cee Lo in the finals but will she take the win? It’s possible but I’m not betting on it. As per usual, the coaches had nothing but praises for Simms and if their words sway votes, Simms is definitely safe.

Team Blake did a good job this week though there was not outstanding moment here. The beginning of Erin Willett’s performance of “Without You” was a little rough but she picked it up and did a great job, delivering one of her most original renditions and emotional numbers to date. Jermaine Paul also delivered well enough with Journey but on another note, does anyone else have the desire to hear Paul sing Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston’s “When You Believe?” Between Willett and Paul, Paul won this round even though Willett has been more of my favorite from Team Blake this season. What do you think?

Over on Team Christina, Chris Mann went his classic route and performed “Ava Maria.” So close to finals, this was a dicey move to make. Saving the best for almost last Monday night, Lindsey Pavao took on Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Whether or not you were familiar with the song beforehand, Pavao made us fall in love with the song and reminded us that she is a voice worthy of winning the competition. Between Mann and Pavao, I’d much rather see Pavao in the finals. That has been long established. But based on how America has voted in the past, Pavao could find herself out of the competition. But either way, Pavao will get signed, don’t you think?

And then there were the performances that had a lot less pressure behind them. Team Adam and Team Ce Lo gave the fans a great group performance but Team Christina and Team Blake were much more memorable with their high energy performance of “Edge of Glory.” Blake Shelton also performed his new single, “Over” which you should definitely purchase on iTunes as soon as possible, even if you are not particularly a fan of country music. The lyrics will move you. Hopefully we’ll get to hear more of Shelton on the stage before or on finale night. As for I want to see in the finals.. Katrina Parker, Juliet Simms, Erin Willett, and Lindsay Pavao fighting for the title would be a fulfilling sight to see. A coincidence that my choices are all female but with Javier Colon winning last season, it’s time for a lady to take the win this year. The big question is, which female artist will take it home?

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: Justin Lubin/NBC

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