TEAM CEE LO: Kat Robichaud
The song: "She Keeps Me Warm" by Mary Lambert
The performance: Cee Lo picks a song with a gentle opening to showcase Kat's range, or perhaps that she's capable of more than growling, scowling, and singing like she's a woman possessed. I mean it works for her glam-rock persona, but now that America is in charge, ya gotta go easy. Well, I think Kat dialed down her vocal gymnastics a bit too much. Towards the end, she managed some sultry snarls, but it seemed like she funneled her usual electric vocal energy to her physical performance (she hugged some random woman in the crowd).
The feedback: Adam missed her usual dose of zaniness: "There are seven gears of Kat, and I wanted to see the seventh gear." Christina also wanted to hear her go all out. Cee Lo echoed the song's message of acceptance: "I love you unconditionally and I accept you and I think you did a great job." Is it just me, or has all the coach dialogue become mushy fodder for every greeting card company ever?
TEAM CEE LO: Caroline Pennell
The song: "We're Going to Be Friends" by The White Stripes
The performance: Oh, sweet Caroline, you have pretty much been anointed The Voice Of Every Indie Film Soundtrack after this choice by Cee Lo. Initially I didn't think she could do much with the creaky-cool voice of Jack White's original, but she managed to create an even cuter version of an already cute song. Her performances always have a light quality to them, and this one felt like a pretty pink little cloud. Is there such a thing as being too sweet for your own good? On a side note, how annoying is that crowd in the pit? They seem to wave and clap their hands willy nilly, regardless of the tempo of every song.
The feedback: Adam said, "For the first time tonight, I heard purely you." Blake praised the angelic quality of her voice with a bizarre metaphor, saying that if he was getting amputated, her voice would still make him think about cotton candy, and obviously not the excruciating pain of losing a limb. High fructose corn syrup and blood for the mixed-metaphor win!
And now for artists from Team Christina...
TEAM CHRISTINA: Josh Logan
The song: "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley
The performance: Christina's skills as a coach are so underrated. In this episode we really get to see how thoughtful she is in doling out the advice. In rehearsal she advises Josh, “It's really important that you don’t let the listener relax” on the Cee Lo tune. I've never really been a Josh fan; he is skilled, but not interesting to listen to. There's so much wordplay going on in this song that a simple, straight-laced rendition would do, but he gave it too many runs and superfluous vocal decorations.
The feedback: Adam thought his over-accessorizing was "overwhelming my experience." Christina has shown some over-reliance on her trusty notebook these past live shows. I wish she would spout what's on her mind instead of her over-diplomatic approach. She even stopped herself from critiquing Josh by referencing the "too many notes" scene from Amadeus. Oh Christina, What A Girl Wants is to utilize her awesome pop culture knowledge!
TEAM CHRISTINA: Olivia Henken
The song: "Roar" by Katy Perry
The performance: I applaud Christina for trying to expand Olivia's safe country genre horizons. But Olivia's rendition of this upbeat, power-pop song lacked the zippy melody and cadence of the original. She has power and she can sustain these breathy notes, but Olivia made this song impossible to sing along to -- which is a crucial quality of any good pop song.
The feedback: Blake was "surprised at how well a country voice works on this song." Christina, in another rambling display of commentary, said, "You did my heart so proud... You're beyond just one thing... You can do it all."
NEXT: A Miley cover that will make you forget about her naked swinging (well, almost)...