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YOUTHFUL ADVANTAGE Team Adam's Caroline Glazer performs "Little Talks" by Of Monster and Men in the knockout rounds.
TEAM ADAM: AMY WHITCOMB VS. CAROLINE GLASER
The songs: Amy chooses "House of the Rising Sun" by The Animals, and Caroline chooses "Little Talks" by Of Monster and Men
The knockout: Pairing power with subtlety, Adam finally gives fans a proper introduction to Amy Whitcomb, who has made it this far without any of us really hearing her sing. Also, she's made it this far with a half-shaved head. See, there is hope for you, Amanda Bynes. But back to the show: Amy's rehearsal is a little pitchy, but the good news is that, when showtime rolls around, she is able to hit all the big notes for a near-perfect end to her performance.
Caroline, on the other hand, is less concerned with power and wows Adam with her inflections and uniqueness. And when it's time to get back into the ring, her vocal control is nearly as captivating as her complexion. I mean, what face wash is this girl using?!
The verdict: Choosing between best friends (aww), Blake and Usher disagree on the winner, while Adam goes for the singer with beautiful pitch. Caroline walks away as the winner of the battle, and Amy walks out of our life just as quickly as she entered it.
TEAM SHAKIRA: KRIS THOMAS VS. MARY MIRANDA
The songs: Kris takes on "What a Wonderful World" by Louie Armstrong, and Mary sings "Every Breath You Take" by The Police
The knockout: The man with the woman-like voice and the Latina powerhouse go head-to-head. First up, Shakira helps Kris work with being more of a crooner than a "belter." And other than the fact that his vibrato is slightly unsettling to me in the beginning of the performance, he's really able to bring it home at the end of the song. Usher is impressed.
Mary, singing in English for the first time on the show, struggles with overcoming her doll-like appearance. I thought it, and then Shakira said it, so you know it must be true. All in all, her vocals are strong, but she is clearly the loser, in my opinion.
The verdict: After Blake calls Mary and Kris Shakira's "two pets" — "Everything I say is offensive, isn't it?" — the coaches aren't much help to Shakira. But Shakira chooses experience and picks Kris as the winner.
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