TEAM ADAM: Amanda Brown
Ladies' choice! Amanda picks "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman" because "it's a feel-good song, and it's for the ladies." And that's funny, because Cee Lo believes this particular lady is performing completely for his own benefit. Amanda rocks this classic like a true Aretha Franklin fan, starting really softly, then building to a full-blown, crack-those-stained-glass-windows gospel. (You can't say she doesn't take risks!) But Cee Lo can't hear her. He's too busy daydreaming. "I love, appreciate, and adore all women," he gushes. "There's nothing I enjoy more than seeing a woman feel... natural..." Um, Cee Lo? [Snapping fingers in front of his sunglasses.] Can we move on?
Adam prefers Whitesnake's "Here I Go Again," because it's a callback to Amanda's rocker days of "Dream On" glory. And she handles it surprisingly well, donning an awesomely crazy leather jumpsuit and triumphing over notes that are probably too high-pitched for hyenas to hear. Plus, did I mention that there are acrobats cartwheeling around her? And guitar solos wailing behind her? All she needs is Tawny Kitean's wind machine in her hair. Even Christina—who never has anything nice to say to Amanda, ever!—manages to give her a heartfelt compliment afterward, telling her "it was really great." Later, Carson reveals Amanda's secret weapon. "[The Voice's music director] Paul Mirkovich once played with Whitesnake," he says. "I just looked that up."
TEAM BLAKE: Terry McDermott
Just when I think I'm getting sick of Terry McDermott's Classic Rock Throwback Hour, he tackles a Foreigner ballad that could make a mother cry. Terry dedicates "I Wanna Know What Love Is" to his own mum, who passed away a while back, and you can hear some deep grief running through his version of the song. Some of the credit goes to Blake, who wisely suggests that Terry should strip down the track to just piano and "whatever that violin thing's called." (C'mon, man, that's a cello.) On stage, Terry closes his eyes while he sings, and even when his voice strains toward the high notes, it's very moving. Christina says she would've liked more tenderness in the low end, but Adam disagrees. "Dude, I love you," he insists. "You slayed it."
Later, Blake chooses what might be the coolest song he's ever picked: Faces' "Stay With Me." And it's fun to see Terry go for something far less heavy-serious, and way more flirty-sexy. (I love the way he tells some girl, "Let's go upstairs and read my tarot cards." Such a hilarious pick-up line. Plus, we already know he's saucy. Did anyone else catch that dirty hobbit joke he slipped past Christina Milian?) He's so comfy in his newfound rock-star mugging, he even starts singing in the middle of the audience, leaning on the microphone stand. Cee Lo eats it up. "When it comes to rock 'n' roll, there's nothing like the real thing," he says. "And Terry, you are the real thing." Amen.
TEAM CEE LO: Trevin Hunte
After so many weeks of Trevin Hunte Sob Stories, it almost like a prank for Cee Lo to select "Walking on Sunshine." But this song turns out to be an awesome idea, because it melts ten years off Trevin, making him sound young and goofy and carefree for what might be the first time in this competition. True, he flubs one line ("I just can't wait til you write me you're coming around"), and he shies away from trying to hit the "whoa-ohs," which is kind of disappointing. But it's such an upbeat performance, it doesn't seem to matter. As Cee Lo tells Trevin, "It made me feel so much better to see you happy, and moving, and connecting with everyone."
Next up, Trevin keeps up the light, effortless vibe with... "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going"? Okay, so this Dreamgirls nugget won't exactly lessen the drama. But maybe that's good, because his vocal fireworks sound amazing, especially when they're augmented with literal fireworks in the background. Trevin insists that the song title is a message from him to America—"And I am telling you I'm not going!"— but I don't think he's really worried about being kicked off. "If a record deal doesn't happen for you, I would love to take you on the road personally," offers Christina as the crowd cheers. And Cee Lo's even more confident in his star player. "I'd just like to have a moment of silence to mourn the loss of all the other competition," he says, smiling. He's joking—but he's not really joking at all.
NEXT: A scene so cute, it could make you barf up kittens