This week marked the first live performances on the second season of "The Voice" and that also means the first eliminations. On Tuesday night, "The Voice" said goodbye to four contestants -- two from Team Blake and two from Team Christina.
America saved three contestants from both Blake Shelton's and Christina Aguilera's teams. Then, the bottom three on each team had the opportunity to sing one last time for their coaches to prove that they should be the one their coach would save from elimination. (For those familiar with "RuPaul's Drag Race," it was basically like lip-syncing for your life, but with actual singing.)
On Team Blake, America saved belter Erin Willett, Alicia Keys' former back-up singer Jermaine Paul and teen country crooner RaeLynn. Jersey girl Charlotte Sometimes, reggae singer Naia Kete and early fan favorite Jordis Unga were left to sing again. Host Carson Daly noted that Unga made it to No. 1 on the iTunes rock chart, but apparently, that wasn't enough to save her initially.
Naia Kete sang "If I Were A Boy" by Beyonce and moved her little brother -- who also has dreadlocks, along with the other members of her family -- to tears. Shelton noted that he would have liked to hear her do more reggae, but she says they "wouldn't let her." Is there a scandal afoot? Next up, Charlotte Sometimes covered "Iris" by The Goo Goo Dolls and finally, Jordis Unga did her version of The Rolling Stone's "Wild Horses."
After the three ladies performed -- and there didn't seem to be a dry eye in the audience -- Shelton opted to save a tearful Jordis Unga with little hesitation.
On Team Christina, family man Jesse Williams, alternative artist Lindsey Pavao and opera singer Chris Mann were the three singers America saved. Surprising young rocker Ashley De La Rosa, R&B singer Sera Hill and rapper Moses were left in the bottom to sing again. Ashley De La Rosa opted to show her tougher side with Grace Potters' "Paris Ooh La La." Next up, Sera Hill went with Mariah Carey's challenging hit "Vision of Love." And lastly, rapper/singer showed off his skills in regards to the latter title with The Script's "Falling To Pieces," which was the track that Shelton's Season 1 team member Xenia famously covered in her audition.
After both Shelton and fellow judge Adam Levine shared their thoughts, Aguilera agreed and gave Ashley De La Rosa the opportunity to move on in the competition.
Next week, we'll see how Team Adam and Team Cee Lo (hopefully without hair again) fare during their first live performances.
What did you think of Charlotte Sometimes, Naia Kete, Sera Hill and Moses going home?
"The Voice" airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET and Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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