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The Voice Recap 10/29/12: Adam picks Bryan, Amanda, Lauren

In the knockout round,  Adam picks Joselyn over Kayla Nevarez, Bryan over Joe, Amanda over Michelle, Melanie over Sam. Cee Lo picks Cody over Avery, Mackenzie over Daniel, Trevine over Teresa, Nicholas over Michael, Diego over Caitlin. So the singers who are doing the live shows are: for Team Adam, Jocelyn, Bryan, Amanda and Melanie; and for Team Cee Lo, Cody, Mackenzie, Trevine, Nicholas. Two men, Joe and Daniel lose with Taylor Swift songs. Cody and Nicholas, on the other hand, are guys to win with female songs.

Adam picks Joselyn over Kayla.

Adam Levine pits Joe Kirkland versus Bryan Keith. Joe sings Taylor Swift’s “Mean;” Bryan, another Bryan, Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” Both of them lack the wow factor, but “Everything” is a more difficult song, although his rendition was not as unique as Joe’s, since he sings a female singer’s song . Cee Lo and Adam Levine pick Bryan.

Adam pits Lauren Allred, who sings Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I”m No Good;” against Nicole Nelson, Alicia Keys’ “If I Ain’t Got You.” Adam suggests that Nicole put more emphasis on “Some people want diamond rings.” I thought that Lauren struggled with the high notes, but she got a standing ovation from Adam. Nicole did a slow version of “If I Ain’t Got You,” squeezing out the high points of the song. Adam closed his eyes at “diamonds.” Blake and Christina pick Lauren. Christina says that she wants to steal Lauren. Adam puts his head in his arms. He also goes with Lauren. He was so shocked. Ten minutes before the performance, he thought that he was going to choose Nicole. Christina thought that Lauren was a no-brainer.

Adam pits Amanda Brown versus Michelle Brooke Adams. Amanda sings “Paris Ooh La La” by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals. Adam advises her to not curb the excitement, but be aware of it. Michelle sings Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight.” Amanda half-enjoys, half-winces at, Michelle’s performance. Blake Shelton picks Michelle, and points out that it takes a lot to get Christina Aguilera for eyes to grow big. Amanda wins the knockout.

Melanie Martinez and Sam James go for Adam’s last knockout. Adam picks Melanie.

Adam has an all-female team: Jocelyn Rivera, Amanda Brown, Lauren Allred, and Melanie Martinez.

Cee Lo’s team of ten will be pared down to five.

Cee Lo pits Avery Wilson, who sings Chris Brown’s “I Want to See You Tonight,” against Cody Belew, who sings Dolly Parton’s “Joleen.” Avery is dancing to get the edge over Cody, but he runs a bit out of breath because of it. Cody lost me in the first few words. Adam says that Avery was all over the place. Blake, Christina and Cee Lo pick Cody, too. Avery holds back tears as he thanks Cee Lo. Christina points out that Avery did not botch it up like he thought he did.

Cee Lo pits Mackenzie Bourg, who sings Carla Mae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” against two-timer Daniel Rosa, who sings another Taylor Swift song, “Back to December.” Mackenzie puts a fun, Jason Mraz spin on “Call Me Maybe.” No, it wasn’t just a spin. Make that a whole new song. Daniel Rosa did more with “Back to December” than expected, but it’s not really a winning song. Adam picked Daniel, though. Blake, Christina and Cee Lo go with Mackenzie, who Christina said “owned” the performance.

Cee Lo pits Trevine Hunt “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins, against Teresa Griffin, a steal who sings Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love,” two songs which would make Simon Cowell squirm. Teresa commands the song, but you can only sing it so many ways. But she puts a more unique spin on it than Trevine does with “Against.” Blake, Christina pick Trevine. Christina says that she wanted Trevine from the get-go. Cee Lo says that he has never been touched by any song in The Voice more than “Saving All My Love.” Cee Lo picks Trevine. Teresa is glad about losing to Trevine, who she mentored.

Cee Lo pits Michael Lossman against Nicholas David, because they have soulful smooth voices. Nicholas sings “Put Your Records On”  by Corinne Bailey Rae; Michael, Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me.” Cee Lo advises Michael to sing “Don’t Let the Sun” fiercely, which Michael feels he has to follow, but does not seem to agree with. Nicholas’ rendition suffers in comparison to Corinne Bailey Rae’s, but Blake  and Cee Lo pick the “natural mystic,” someone you can’t explain. Christina says that it is a personal preference thing and does not choose one.

Caitlin Michelle and Diego Val go for the last knockout, a rock-and-roll showdown. Caitlin sings Evanescence’s “Bring Me to Life (which I always thought was “Wake Me Up Inside”)”; Diego, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz. Because Diego sang a livelier, unfamiliar song, I could feel it more, although both of them do well.

Adam picks Caitlin. Christina says that Caitlin’s performance was too similar to Evanescence. Cee Lo picks Diego.

Tomorrow, Teams Blake and Christina go through the Final Knockout.

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