The Voice Semi-Finals Recap: Team Blake For The Win! (Again)

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Alright, kids. The end is in sight. All of Christina Aguilera's and Adam Levine's team members have been eliminated at this point, so everything comes down to the picks of either Blake Shelton or Cee-Lo Green. We like Team Blake: Scottish rocker Terry McDermott and ex-Hey Monday vocalist Cassadee Pope (who frankly should win this entire thing based solely on her tearjerking cover of Miranda Lambert's "Over You" a couple of weeks back). Of course, if the soulful boring winners from the first two seasons are anything to go on, Team Cee-Lo is more likely to take the gold, for he has two soul guys. And, apparently, when it comes to The Voice, America really likes voting for soul guys.

Carson Daly explains at the top of the show that, actually, only one contestant is being eliminated this week, instead of the advertised two. Then he says a bunch of other stuff. But we can't hear the words because we can't stop thinking about how much he reminds us of a sack of corn with a smiley face drawn on it. Then Michael Buble sings "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," which just makes us want to listen to either the Darlene Love or U2 version.

Daly has a polite chat with all the coaches -- including Aguilera, who has clearly based her outfit this evening on the droogs from A Clockwork Orange -- then we see Cee-Lo's first soul man Trevin Hunte visiting his hometown, and doing some inspirational speaking at his old high school. Then he sings "Wind Beneath My Wings." Now, here's the thing with Trevin -- he's a sweet guy, he's got a flawless voice, but there's little here (or ever) that makes him truly memorable or particularly different. But hey, someone exactly like that won last year, so whadda we know?



Then we see footage of second soul man, Nicholas David, going home to his pregnant wife and kids for hangouts and making weird appearances at a mall and a local venue. Then he sings "You Are So Beautiful." Jesus, Cee-Lo, what's with your team's songs this week? This is an unbearable amount of schmaltz. David sings directly to his wife, then has to try really hard not to cry, which makes his voice crack. The wife has a bit of a weep and it's uncomfortable viewing all around. Then Cee-Lo admits that he had a hard time convincing David to do this song, but says that now it's obvious that it was the right choice. We disagree, Green. We disagree.

Then Christina Milian talks to Michael Buble in the "Sprint Lounge." When is this woman going to get fired? The false smile, the unnatural interview manner, the constant assertion that everything's "crazy" -- this woman drives us freakin' nuts, week after week.

Then we see footage of Blake with everyone from his Season 3 Voice team -- all 16 of 'em -- recording back ups for his cover of "White Christmas" (he has a Christmas album out, you know). Then we have to suffer through a live rendition. We love you, Shelton, but this shit is boring to the point of being offensive.

After a clip of Cassadee Pope at home in Florida with her family and friends, plus a bunch of fans at a local radio station and some lady giving her the key to the city of West Palm Beach, she sings Keith Urban's "Stupid Boy" while wearing a slinky gown. Shelton is countrifying this woman a little bit more every week -- and we don't even care because Pope works best with the heartfelt ballads and she always rocks them up a notch. Is this a new genre? (Emo-country? Country-emo? Emotry?) After the song, Aguilera calls Pope a "superstar." We happen to agree.



Terry McDermott heads back to his adopted home in New Orleans to his wife and son and donates a jacket to Hard Rock Cafe, which seems a tad overblown. Then Scottish relatives show up and make Terry and his helmet-hair cry. He's ever so cute. Carson Daly then tells us that McDermott is about to sing one of "the most loved songs that unifies us all." Oh Jesus. What's coming? Oh -- it's "Let It Be." We can live with that. Terry does a solid job. Because he's never done a bad one on this show, in all honesty. Dude can effin' sing. "Thank God for you Terry," says Adam Levine. Awww.

Carson Daly does a show recap and then it's all over... Until the elimination show tonight and the grand finale next week. We want to say that Cassadee Pope's got this thing nailed, but after Dia Frampton didn't win Season 1 (we're still bitter about that one), we learned that The Voice is anything but predictable.

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