The Voice‘s Season 1 Final Four came home while half of the remaining Season 2 contestants were sent home on Tuesday night’s (May 1) elimination show. Which means, yes, the competition is once again down to four singers after a long night of apologies from the coaches who put the fates of their singers entirely into America’s hands and reassurances from the coaches who skewed the odds in one person’s favor. And then last year’s inaugural winner Javier Colon, along with Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton and Beverly McClellan returned to the NBC stage (with some very special friends, may we add) to perform and to catch us up on their year following The Voice and to demonstrate to the poor souls who’d be going no further in the competition that hey, even the losers win on this show.
Dia Frampton and Kid Cudi, “Don’t Kick The Chair”
Vicci Martinez and Cee Lo Green, “Come Along”
Beverly McClellan and Cyndia Lauper, “Money Changes Everything”
Chris Mann vs. Lindsey Paveo
Coach Christina Aguilera gave an even 50/50 split between her two contestants, truly leaving it up to America to decide. Both Lindsey and Chris gave a sort of “WTF?” face at her before Carson delivered the news that Chris Mann moves on to the finals. The opera singer looked like he’d been punched in the stomach. Christina came on stage and hugged the tearful Lindsey who gave a graceful goodbye before leaving the stage.
Tony Lucca vs. Katrina Parker
Coach Adam Levine made the case that no matter the outcome, both of his singers “win” because of their exposure on the show. Regardless, he awarded 60 points to Tony, which by the laws of math, left only 40 for Katrina. And then America’s votes pushed Tony into the finals, as we suspected they would. Before she exited, Katrina called the show a “great experience.”
Erin Willett vs. Jermaine Paul
Oh no, we found out early that it’s Erin Willett’s birthday. We’re pessimists most of the time, so this foreshadowed bad things. They gave her a cupcake and a party hat, but ugh, we knew where this was going. Coach Blake Shelton evenly split his points between Erin and Jermaine Paul, explaining that he no longer wanted to be a part of the decision-making process. (Uh, maybe he should talk to his agent about lining up a non-reality TV judge gig then?) After America’s votes are counted, the birthday girl was sent home to cry into her cake. Jermaine hugged her hard, the microphone picking up his words of comfort: “I love you. I love you.”
Jamar Rogers vs. Juliet Simms
Cee Lo Green was not a happy man at all last night. He said he felt “uncomfortable” and “awkward.” The coach tipped the scales in Juliet’s favor, giving her 60 points to Jamar’s 40. Juliet racked up America’s votes by a wide margin, and Jamar was visibly annoyed as Cee Lo took the stage to hug him goodbye and Carson called him the “Comeback Kid.”
The Voice Season 2 Final Four Are:
Chris Mann (Team Christina)
Tony Lucca (Team Adam)
Jermaine Paul (Team Blake)
Juliet Simms (Team Cee Lo)
NEXT WEEK: The stage is set for The Voice Season 2 two-part finale, beginning Monday (May 7), when the final four give it their last, best shot.