The Voice recap: What A Rae-lief!

Blake sends home his favorite singer as Christina makes a tough choice between her team's remaining girls
Ep. 15 | Aired Apr 17, 2012

RAESE THE ROOF Do my arbitRaery RaeLynn puns enRaege you? Are you Raedy to Raese your hands up in frustRaetion? Just Raelax.

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(NOTE: Other potential titles for this recap included "Raedy for Liftoff," "Blake Me Home Tonight" and, of course, "Lynnsanity.")

It’s safe to say that this week’s dual installment of The Voice has been, without a doubt, the most shocking, nail-biting, hair-pulling, jaw-dropping and polarizing three hours I’ve spent so far this year (aside from my time spent re-watching “Call Me Maybe”). Monday night’s exceptionally scandalous eliminations probably threw a wrench into your picks for the season’s top four, and Tuesday’s exits were equally unexpected… but unexpected doesn’t necessarily mean unwelcome!

Yes, I’ve made my opinions on bedazzled corndog RaeLynn quite clear over the last few weeks, and though I know plenty of you readers see a bright, shining country star where I see a flaming, hazardous rhinestoned asteroid, I have to rejoice that Coach Blake finally had enough sense in him to let his little star shoot across the sky -- and out of the competition. To be (county) fair, I think Blake will actually find far more success grooming RaeLynn however he sees fit outside of The Voice. Godspeed, y'all.

Tonight’s celebrity guests included a forgettable performance by British boy band The Wanted as well as a special appearance by Justin Bieber, who popped up to surprise the audience and -- from the looks of it -- host Carson Daly himself. Something tells me that Bieber ran out onto the stage at the wrong time, and Carson masterfully navigated the sugared-up 18-year-old’s attention back towards showing us the world premiere of his new music vi—sorry, the world premiere of a clip of his new music video. We only got 20 precious Bieber seconds, perhaps one for each of the many obnoxious screaming fans that declared love for Adam, Christina or Blake at some point throughout the night.

Let’s get to the meaty stuff. Team Christina’s up first, America’s votes are in, and in a pleasant surprise, this great country elected to save Chris Mann from elimination. I’m relieved, since Chris's Coldplay performance on Monday was his worst this season, but I hope Chris uses the opportunity next week to take Adam’s advice and actually perform an opera song, since that’s the whole reason we fell in love with his voice to begin with.

NEXT: Lindsey and Ashley sing for their lives


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