TEAM ADAM: JUDITH HILL VS. ORLANDO DIXON
The songs: Judith sings "Always On My Mind" by Willie Nelson, and Orlando picks "All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo
The knockout: In what Adam calls the battle of "skill," Judith dedicates her performance to her grandmother, who recently passed away. After the first rehearsal, Adam quits, because Judith is pretty much perfect. And when it comes time for her to have her moment in center stage, nothing changes. Judith wins the battle by the end of her first line. The rest is just for show ... but it's a darn good show.
Poor Orlando still gives it his all. After stealing Orlando from Team Usher, Adam tries to coach him to dial things back vocally. The result is a good, entertaining performance, but good and entertaining don't exactly match up to Judith.
The verdict: Blake invites Judith to "come down here and punch me in the face" after picking a Willie Nelson song, and selects her as the winner. Usher thinks that Orlando's choice of song isn't quite aggressive enough, and Shakira also backs Judith. When it comes time to pick, Adam compliments Orlando as a human being, and calls him a "great guy," which is the kiss of death on this show. In the end, Judith's brilliant song choice makes her the winner. *insert surprised gasp here*
TEAM SHAKIRA: KARINA IGLESIAS VS. MONIQUE ABBADIE
The songs: Karina selects "Are You Gonna Go My Way" by Lenny Kravitz, and Monique chooses "The Power of Love" by Celine Dion
The knockout: Two powerhouse Latinas duke it out in a battle of versatility and range. First up, Karina chooses to stay true to her rock 'n roll roots. Karina certainly brings her raw talent — and killer dance moves — to the performance, but I'm left feeling a little let down. Where was the soulfulness that we saw in the battle rounds?
Taking a different approach to the knockouts, Monique chooses a power ballad that has Shakira worried that she can't hit the notes. And when it counts, Monique does manage to pull off the song (and a new straight hairdo), but it isn't nearly as powerful as a Celine Dion song should be.
The verdict: Adam thinks Karina needed to choose a bigger song, and he heard a few pitch problems with Monique. All in all, he would go with Karina. Blake, however, chooses Monique. Usher is no help whatsoever. At the end of the day, Shakira compliments Monique's tough song choice but sides with Karina's confidence.
NEXT: Is Sarah Simmons the one to beat?