The Voice recap: Two Thumbs Up

Turning more than two chairs proves to be a challenge for contestants as the coaches put the finishing touches on their teams
Ep. 05 | Aired Apr 8, 2013

HE'S GOT IT BAD Jeff Lewis takes on Usher's "You've Got It Bad" with nothing but a guitar and a cute smile.

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SASHA ALLEN
The story: A classically trained pianist from New York, Sasha Allen is the real deal. At the age of 30, she has been a back-up singer for John Legend, Alicia Keys and -- wait for it -- Christina Aguilera. After putting her career on hold to be a mother, Allen is ready to chase her dreams. And I can't wait to see her do it.
The song: The Dixie Chick's "Not Ready to Make Nice" is given a not-so-country spin when Allen belts out every last note, adding a classical feel to the song.
Play your card: You have to love the four-chair turnaround, when every coach plays whatever card they can think of. Blake comes first with the country card. Usher whips out the I-want-you-to-get-me-my-first-win card. Shakira plays the girl card, and Adam plays the experience card. But the winner is ...
The verdict: He is still the champion of four-chair battles: Allen joins Team Adam!

MATT CERMANSKI
The story: Life can be difficult for a musician who is stuck in a small town. Just ask Matt Cermanski, the 19 year-old with family ties to the business. Cermanski's uncle is the pianist for The Tramps (think "Disco Inferno") and Cermanski's inspiration. He's hoping The Voice will kick off his long career in the biz.
The song: Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" proves to be a challenge for the young vocalist, who can't quite hit some of the notes.
Song choice: Believe it or not, it isn't the constant knee jerking that does Cermanski in. The judges all agree: Song choice is crucial, and Katy Perry isn't quite in his comfort zone.
The verdict: He's out. No chairs turn around for this young lad, but on the plus side, Blake tells him that he's pretty without makeup on. Sweet, right?

Take a quick breather, y'all! It's time for the "others" montage. What we don't get to see this episode is Usher picking up artist Jamilla Thompson, Adam picking up Amy Whitcomb, and Blake adding Justin Rivers and Michelle Raitzin to his team. That's all we're allowed to know, so let's get back to it. Your breather is officially over!

MARY MIRANDA
The story: Born in Havana, Cuba, Mary Miranda moved to Albuquerque four years ago, where she was mocked for not knowing English. With her father in Barcelona, Miranda turned to music to help her through and to teach her English. Now, with her father's necklace around her neck, she gets on stage to try and impress the judges, language barriers and all.
The song: Selena's "Como La Flor" highlights Miranda's vocal strengths as well as her inner Latina.
Latina connection: When Shakira, Blake and Usher all turn around, the blonde coach doesn't seem phased. Well, at first she looks pretty pissed as she mouths "mother f*****" at both the boys. But in terms of fighting it out, Shakira thanks the guys for trying and works the Latina connection every way she knows how.
The verdict: And it works. Miranda joins Team Shakira.

NEXT: There's a new music genre in town, and it's called "bluntry"

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