The Voice recap: Robin Thicke and the Crazy Eights

The final eight singers perform; coaches emphasize emotional excess over technical prowess
Ep. 20 | Aired Nov 25, 2013

THE OBJECT OF HIS AFFECTION James Wolpert needs "Somebody to Love." This slinky mic stand will do.


TEAM ADAM: Will Champlin
The song: "At Last" by Etta James
The performance: Does Will do children's birthday parties? Because this man is full of surprises. I was bowled over for yet another week by his seemingly spontaneous combustion of clutch performances. Not only is this a loaded, legendary song, it's sung by a powerful, one-of-a-kind woman. Will made every word just drip with feeling. My favorite performance of the night.
The feedback: “You just wanna nail the highest possible note in the history of music," said Adam. "I love that ambition!” And Christina, who knows the song by heart, was impressed: "It was cool hearing a guy singing it.”

TEAM BLAKE: Ray Boudreaux
The song: "Gimme Some Lovin'" by The Spencer Davis Group
The performance: I think that Blake could have given Ray more to work with than his usual soul-pop fall backs. We've heard Ray sing in this vein before and it's pretty boring at this point. Well, except for the part where it looked like he was about to be engulfed by a coven of hungry hybrid singer-dancers. Hey, no touching!
The feedback: Nonetheless, Blake was impressed with the whole production: “Ray has got some style, some swag!” Cee Lo said he's going to “start calling you Sugar Ray.”

The song: "Who's Lovin' You" by The Jackson 5
The performance: Coach Christina's tiny diva that could closes out the show with a searing rendition of the Motown tune. Christina again enlists her trusty choreographer to inject some fighting spirit into Jacquie's performance. Yes, she's extremely talented for her age, but I'm starting to get desensitized to her consistent power-play performances. What does her non-belting voice sound like?
The feedback: Christina professes, “I love you so much, Jacquie.” Adam is still bewildered at the "conviction" in her voice despite her young age. And Cee Lo gets the last word and the single best line of the night: "It’s like you swallowed an old lady or something.”

Parting Thoughts:
-Did Matthew drop the ball tonight or has he merely raised the bar too high with his past performances?
-Did anyone think it was weird when Jay Leno was giving Ray and Cole advice on the pettiness and illusory state of Hollywood? cough...Team Coco! cough... (that's an actual one; it's cold out here for a Voice fan.)
-Did you feel like you were watching the cream of the crop with Monday's performances?
-Who were your favorites? Who do you think will be in the bottom three? Let us know in the comments.

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