For an eliminations round, Tuesday night played out as a surprisingly light and airy turn of events. We were treated to an electrifying performance from Christina Aguilera, more cross-team renditions, and zany choreography. But before I get to the good confectionery segments, here's the heavy dose of reality parts: Kat Robichaud and Austin Jenckes were eliminated. Caroline Pennell was instant-saved and gets to stay in the top eight.
Carson took a temporary respite from his harried host persona to "announce" that Adam Levine is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive. Just when ya thought last week's shot of Adam with a puppy couldn't get any cuter, this week's Adam with a side of bashful may have tipped the adorable scale. The coach was silent and surprised, and even thought Carson was pulling his leg, "You just had that made," he accused Carson. After some bro-mantic ribbing from Blake Shelton "I think you're beautiful on the inside," he told Adam as all four coaches were nestled in one giant group hug. In the opening segment we also saw a quick cut of Blake snogging a helpless Cole Vosbury, who could only yelp a feeble "Oh, goodness," in his defense.
Now onto the group performances...
TEAM CHRISTINA: Matthew Schuler and Jacquie Lee
The song: "Scream" by Michael Jackson (feat. Janet Jackson) and "Bad" by Michael Jackson (Update: As some commenters have pointed out, Christina also sang "Black Cat" by Janet Jackson in the MJ medley)
The performance: Christina performs this MJ montage with her precious young students in what is arguably the best, most showstopping group rendition thus far. Sure, at times Jacquie's vocals would get drowned out, or Matthew would sing too pretty when his voice needed to be rough, but you can't deny that Xtina is a born star. She came trouncing out in an Effie Trinket meets Sexy George Washington get up, storming and stomping on the stage like a woman with a vicious vocal vengeance. This is how you perform, kids.
TEAM ROCKER CENTRAL: Kat Robichaud, James Wolpert, and Will Champlin
The song: "Sugar, We're Going Down" by Fall Out Boy
The performance: Look, it's team "we can all play intensely-rhythmic electrics and sing at the same time!" It's a fun song to whip out, but it's not fun for the audience when all three singers are clearly in it for themselves. It was a disjointed performance that showcased how each can respectively be great lead rock singers, but together, it was too much ego, too much of Kat's possessed drawls, and too little of James' unique trill.
NEXT: Team Blake and Team Estrogen