TEAM BLAKE: TERRY MCDERMOTT
Despite his affection for dirty hobbit jokes, Terry presents himself as a family man. And he proves it by dragging his wife and little boy over to Blake's house ("It's pretty big of a house!" the little guy marvels) and singing an Aerosmith song for them. Again: it's a little strange for him to team up with Coach Blake, claim that they're singing "Dude Looks Like a Lady" in honor of his family (what?!?), and then get two young back-up singers to squat down near their boots while these two good ol' boys gasp, "Do me! Do me! Do me! DO ME!"
And, yes, maybe it's a little uncomfortable to see Blake sing certain lyrics ("She whipped out her gun and tried to blow me away") while pretending to shoot a machine gun. (Bad timing, guy.) But, hey, Terry's a powerhouse as usual, and they're having so much fun that Adam Levine joins them on stage, shirtless, dressed like Axl Rose. Plus, Blake's working so hard, it's tough to hold anything against him. "Is there blood coming out of my ears right now?" he asks later. "That was high!"
Terry also appeals to his family by covering his son's favorite song, "Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister. Sadly, his voice is a bit flat on the high notes here. But Adam compliments him for recognizing that something was wrong, technically, and fixing it along the way. "You friggin' nailed it," he says. "You got out of that hole. And that's a big thing."
Last up, Terry reprises his popular version of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is." His performance sounds so incredibly serious and reverent, it comes complete with violins. But he hammers his way through all the vocal runs like a true professional. "Your voice must be tired, but you're still plowing it through every time..." says Christina. "It will kick your ass, and honestly? You are kicking it right back."
Overall grade for Terry tonight: B. Overall grade for Terry, if you think he deserves extra credit for inspiring Adam Levine's shirt removal: B+
NEXT: Cassadee is still not over you. Yet.