It was another night of live performances on NBC’s “The Voice” singing competition, and this time it was up to team members singing for Christina Aguilera and Cee-lo Green to prove they deserve to stay.
Among those singing for their lives Tuesday was Stephanie Johnson, a Tacoma resident. Final voting results (the live rounds are controlled by viewers’ votes) from this week’s round are set to broadcast Thursday.
See where Tuesday’s contestants were able to land on our power rankings and then check out our coverage of Thursday’s show with updated complete rankings to reflect who was able to hold on to a spot.
Tuesday power rankings
1. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina) — He sang “Wrecking Ball,” by Miley Cyrus, and guess what? It was good. Really good. He suffered one or two shaky notes but he’s consistently tackled songs sung by women and he’s done a fine job. The judges and crowd on hand were blown away, giving Schuler lots of momentum this week.
2. Jacquie Lee (Team Christina) — She’s the youngest performer but she’s got one of the biggest voices. “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins gave Lee plenty of chances to showcase her ability to belt it. “Dang” was the only thing Green could muster after Lee turned in a nearly flawless performance that had the crowd on its feet.
3. Tamara Chauniece (Team Cee-lo) — Chauniece was looking for a breakout moment after weeks of solid if not particularly exciting performances. She got her chance with Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,” which got the judges yammering compliments. Adam Levine called it her best showing to date, while Blake Shelton noted that there’s been an awful lot of niceness from the judges. Expect the producers to crack the whip. Nice makes for boring TV.
4. Caroline Pennell (Team Cee-lo) — Pennell should immediately quit the show and go front The Next Big Indie Rock Band. She nailed “We’re Going to Be Friends,” by the White Stripes. The syrupy sweet nature of her voice even got Shelton to make a very awkward analogy about losing a limb and thinking about cotton candy. You can’t make this stuff up.
5. Kat Kobichaud (Team Cee-lo) — She was given “She Keeps Me Warm,” by Mary Lambert, and it proved to be a big shift of gears from her normal all-out persona and elastic vocals. It did give her a chance to emote in a slightly different way than what’s become the norm for her, which is infusing her voice with a growl. Of course, the judges loved it.
6. Jonny Grey (Team Cee-lo) — Grey went with The Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony,” which can be a challenging song to sing. He nailed it but his performance was pretty vanilla. Is it enough to get him to the next round? Judge Adam Levine was left wanting more despite acknowledging how difficult the song is.
7. Olivia Henken (Team Christina) — Another one of the show’s country singers, Henken tackled Katy Perry’s “Roar” and she mostly got through it okay with some minor pitch problems. Mostly her voice just didn’t seem suited to the song, even if Shelton said he liked it.
8. Stephanie Anne Johnson (Team Christina) — “Georgia On My Mind,” by Ray Charles, seemed like a natural fit for Johnson, even if it might not have been the best choice. She made it her own, but she didn’t make it better.
9. Amber Nicole (Team Cee-lo) — Bad choice by Cee-lo choosing “Wasting All These Tears,” by season 3 winner Cassadee Pope. Nicole didn’t have the range and the grimace on Green’s face said it all.
10. Josh Logan (Team Christina) — Oh, how cheeky. Logan sang Green’s “Crazy,” which fell flat. Just a bizarre, weak performance in front of a guy whose voice is far better suited to the style. Logan needs to pick something to be good at, and soon. It might already be too late.
-Owen R. Smith, on Twitter @inanedetails