The Voice And then there were five (review)

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This episode of The Voice marked the end of Team Blake’s streak of staying intact when one of his singers bowed out in the elimination round of the competition.

At the beginning of the episode, The Voice Season 3’s contestant Cassadee Pope returned to debut her first single, called “Wasting All These Tears,” a beautiful, country-influenced ballad. She sang her heart out, and it was a great way to open the show.

Cassadee may be on the verge of becoming a star. Carson said that her song bowed in at Number One on the iTunes country chart.

Last Wednesday, Oklahoma resident Blake Shelton held a fundraising concert, “Healing in the Heartland,” to raise money for the victims of the recent Moore, Oklahoma, tornado. Team Blake and team Usher performed at the event.

The host of The Voice, Carson Daly revealed that the concert raised $6 million. Also, Starbucks and its patrons raised another $1 million.

In the video clip of the team members touring the damage was a shot of school papers still on the desks of the school that was destroyed.

Although only one singer was being eliminated, three of the coaches faced being eliminated, as Team Shakira, Team Usher, and Team Adam had only one performer left each at the beginning of the show. That fact added a little extra level of intensity to the episode.

Next, there was a duet of Madonna’s song “Open Your Heart” by Michelle Chamuel and Sasha Allen. While I liked it, for some reason the energy level of their performance seemed a bit low, very unlike how both artists have performed in past episodes.

Maybe it was because the mic levels were unequal. The background singers also seemed too loud in comparison, which might have thrown the pair off.

Still, it was after their performance that we learned that they were both safe, and would move on to next week. That was definitely good news for Michelle Chamuel (Team Usher) and Sasha Allen (Team Shakira), especially as Tuesday was Sasha’s birthday.

Holly Tucker (Team Blake) and The Swon Brothers (Team Blake) performed together next. They sang The Wreckers’ “Leave The Pieces.”

Though they sounded great together, there seemed to be a palpable sense of foreboding in the air that one of them might not progress any further in the competition.

After their performance, the third artist that was safe was announced — Danielle Bradberry.

Then, Danielle and Amber Carrington paired up to sing the Bangles’ tune “Eternal Flame.”

Though Danielle has a very powerful voice — really, they both do — she was overshadowed by Amber’s. Maybe that’s because Danielle is more used to singing country music songs.

Amber Carrington became the fourth singer who was announced safe.

The final moments of Tuesday night’s episode were intense, as The Swon Brothers and Holly Tucker were on stage, waiting to learn which one of them were not going on to next week’s semi-final round.

Carson announced that the one who was going home was Holly Tucker. She did great making it to this point in the season, but tonight was not her night.

“We’ve managed to keep the group together a long time now, and eventually, I guess, obviously something’s gotta give at some point,” Blake said.

At the show’s conclusion Tuesday night, with Holly Tucker and the Swon Brothers on stage together, the final performers proclaimed safe were The Swon Brothers and Holly was sent home.

Next Monday night, the remaining contestants — Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen, Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel, Team Adam Levine’s Amber Carrington and Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers and Danielle Bradbery — will compete in the semi-finals.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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