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She's really hemming and hawing here but finally decides to let Jesse Campbell go. What! I did not see that one coming, that's for sure. Huh.
Adam is a huge fan of that song but thinks that it was a "weird thing" that he wasn't moved the way that he would have liked to be. He's unsure how he feels but says that he wants Chris to sing opera as it's so "refreshingly different". Christina appreciates that he stepped out of his comfort zone and thinks it deserves to be praised. She loves that he was willing to "go there" and that 'Viva La Vida' is a hard song to live up to, but she believes that he continues to grow and make tracks his own.
Adam thinks that it's a tough song to sing since the original is so iconic, but says that Jermaine did his own thing with it. However, he advises him to use the "rich tone" of his voice to his advantage by refraining from over-embellishing. Blake keeps it simple, claiming that this performance was a "turning point" that Jermaine will look back to once his career is established as a "superstar".
The performance is pretty good - he's got a good voice, it's not too overdone, but I'm going to say something harsh: there's sort of a reason he was a background singer. He's got a great voice, mind, but lacks the charisma and "it factor" that makes a big star. I might be wrong about that, but I don't think I am... His voice sounds great, though, so kudos to that?
Cee Lo enjoyed it and appreciates her increasingly elaborate staging. However, he's never heard the song before (WHAT?) so he finds it hard to judge whether or not she did a good job. Adam thinks it was "really great" but from a critical standpoint, he knows that it was a bit pitchy during some of the bigger notes. Blake agrees about the pitch, but says that the great thing about Lindsey is that he's already a fan of her, which gives her a bit more leeway to make mistakes.
As for Christina, she adores Lindsey and has a "special place in [her] heart" for her. She also doesn't know the song (again: WHAT?) but trusts Lindsey as an artist as she likes to take risks and show her unique artistry.
Cee Lo, clearing his throat yet again, says that she did the song a great justice, but leaves it at that. Adam "gets very Jewish" with the fire being used on stage and is glad she's okay. (I'm rolling my eyes.) However, he thinks that while she did an amazing job, he wishes that she would focus more on her phrasing as it was "a little bit off".
Cee Lo says that he enjoyed it glad to see that it was "great" to watch her enact the character of the song, but doesn't elaborate more. Adam comments on what an "underwhelming" response Cee Lo gave, and admits that Ashley is the "biggest surprise" to him as he originally didn't see what Christina originally saw in her. However, he's coming around to her as a performer. Blake thinks that the smartest decision made this year has been Ashley being saved a few weeks back, as it's amazing to see her progress.
Christina loves that she "rocked it out" and was a fighter one moment while being vulnerable the next. She also applauds her for making the song her own and nailing it, as she always grows by "leaps and bounds" and has an exciting future ahead of her.
Blake is proud of her for doing something so far out of her comfort zone and wants the audience to see that she's "a rider"... I mean, "a writer" - sorry, the accent throws me. "You did perfect," he adds. Not so much, but we'll go with it!
The performance is okay, but the song choice is not the best. They key it's in and the softness required doesn't give her much of a chance to show off her voice. However, she does what she can with it. I don't have much of an opinion on Jordis either way, so I guess, if you wanted to, you could say I like her... sorta.
Christina appreciates that he brought it on an emotional level and that he dedicated it to his daughter. She believes it was "well put-together" and applauds him for getting his point across. Well, that's not necessarily a glowing review.
The performance, which is dedicated to his young daughter, is good but nothing special. Jesse is one of those people who's such a great singer but very easily becomes one-dimensional. He hits some pretty serious notes there at the end which are totally impressive, but I just can't imagine buying a record of his. Not that I'm necessarily his target audience, but y'know...
Christina Aguilera is a fan, oddly, and says that RaeLynn makes her want to sing country and inspires her. "You are a little badass," she adds, admitting that she's not sure if she can say that since RaeLynn's a minor. Riiiight. Cee Lo Green agrees, calling it a great song choice and describing it as "funky" and "as if AC/DC did a country song". Adam is also a fan and praises the song choice, saying that it was her best moment on the show by far.
As for Blake, he's like a proud father and claims that it's the best time he's had all season with any contestants. He also loves that as a fellow country singer, she came out and proved that country stars and still "kick ass". Apparently we were watching different performances.
Anyway, back to America...