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Did Mathai make the next cut on ‘The Voice’?

Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Mathai, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Pictured: (l-r) Adam Levine, Mathai, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Lewis Jacobs/NBC)

Youth did not prevail this week on “The Voice.”

On Monday, Cee Lo Green cut baby-faced 23-year-old Tony Massone while Adam Levine eliminated Marietta-based 19-year-old Pip.

Mathai, the 19-year-old Dallas resident who moved to Atlanta a year ago, survived Monday night’s cut. But was she able to get past 34-year-old Adele Redux Katrina Parker?

The answer, in three words: not even close.

Parker is simply a stronger singer across the board. In the “sing for your life” segment, Parker’s version of Pink’s “Perfect” was more polished than Mathai’s much riskier and perfectly respectable take on Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova.”

But her coach Levine implied without saying it out right that she didn’t really blow the audience away. “I kept waiting for you to explode,” Levine said to Mathai. He had to cut her.

“Thank you to America. Thank you to the show showing me how much I want to sing for the rest of my life,” Mathai said. “I love you guys.”

Mathai has plenty of potential and is, as we all know, incredibly cute. We’ll see where the teen can go from here.

Tony Lucca, the former Mickey Mouse Club child actor who is now 35, took home the other semifinal spot on Adam’s team via public vote. No surprise there after his very cool, edgy take on Britney Spears’ “Baby… One More Time.”

Over on Cee Lo’s team, the remaining guy got the most votes as well: former “Idol” contestant Jamar Rogers, who is now 29. That was expected, too. And it was also no surprise Cee Lo kept 25-year-old Juliet Simms over 21-year-old Cheesa. In the “sing for your life” competition, Cheesa opted for Kelly Clarkson’s “Already Gone.” She was off key way too much and basically the song title was prescient. Nerves definitely got to her.

Simms? She sang one-hit wonder Natalie Imbruglia’s 1998 hit “Torn.”  She is always rough around the edges, but that’s her charm. (Christina Aguilera noted properly that she is better when she hits hard than when she tries to go soft.) Simms brings a deep capacity for passion that made her a shoo in over Cheesa.

Notably, the two eliminated women both sang songs by “Idol” winners.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

14 comments Add your comment

Seth T

April 25th, 2012
12:40 am

Cee Lo’s team, Juliet Simms — and Xtina’s team, Lindsey Paveo are the only ones left that are worth watching for me. Not that I expect either to win, but their quirkiness is at least something different and a little unpredictable.

The rest, to me, are very predictable and boring – whether it’s the men doing a predictable upbeat run-around hip-hoppy or rock song or the the ladies trying-on another diva ballad.

Blake once had some real entertainment potential on his team, but has reduced his team to the weakest, At least Rae Lynn was fun to watch and could fire-up the show, and Jordis Unga had some appeal and could do something worth watching.

Great singing is one thing, entertainment value can be a little different sometimes. If it’s all about just singing, then what happened to Jesse Campbell??

This show is already 3/4 into the dunk tank. Only an outrageuosly quirky, crazy song from Juliet or Lindsey can keep you from dabbling on your IPad while the show is on now.

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April 25th, 2012
7:46 am

Rodney did you notice that out of the 8 of the people who made it to the public vote were females, and 4 males. Out of that, all four males were voted into the semi finals by the public, but none of the women.

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Rodney Ho

April 25th, 2012
8:47 am

@Annie. And folks have complained in the past that “Idol’ has had a “women” problem with its voters. It appears “The Voice” voters must be heavily young females supporting the dudes. Is it a surprise that James Massone and Pip were cut by the judges, not the voters?


April 25th, 2012
9:26 am

Her performance was terrible. Dropped lyrics, off key never saw the reason why she made it past the blind auditions. Rooting for Jamar and Juliet. No matter WHAT they sing it sounds good!

♥ kelly&carriefan ♥

April 25th, 2012
9:28 am

Rodney, it’s almost like you read my mind. I liked Chessa and Mathai, but neither one covered Carrie and Kelly in a “sing for your life” fashion. Both were okay, but just kind of laid there for me.

I do get the whole “women” problem, but I don’t know if that’s entirely accurate this week. Both Tony Lucca and Jamar have had plenty of prior experience and exposure. I know a lot of people were very dissapointed when Jamar didn’t make it through on Idol. Tony has the support of a lot people including his ex-MMC buddy, some guy named Justin Timberlake.


April 25th, 2012
9:43 am

I was thinking the same thing Rodney. I think it will be a all male final unless the judges get to input somehow like DWTS. I think Juliet could make it if she wasn’t going against Jamar. I think Jamar will win it all.

Mercedes S.

April 25th, 2012
10:51 am

I lost interest in Voice when they got rid of the scary bald guy…imho the best performer in the competition.


April 25th, 2012
12:29 pm

@SethT. I do agree with the fact that if this thing was totally about the “voice”, there’s no way a mentor/judge should have even thought about eliminating Jesse Campbell. Not only did he have the experience, but he had the best pure voice on the show. That elimination will come back to haunt Chritina.

Jamar and Juliet are my favs. I had no problems with the eliminations this week. I see that RoHo found it necessary to point out that Jamar was a former Idol contestant.


April 25th, 2012
2:08 pm

Jamar Rogers made a HUGE deal about making it to his 30th birthday!


April 25th, 2012
7:33 pm

Didn’t ever hear what was so great about Mathai, voice is weak, breathy and creaky, I think cute only goes so far in a singing competition. I did like Jordis though.


April 26th, 2012
10:14 am

Jamar was not good on Monday. GREAT story but should not be the winner of this competition


May 1st, 2012
3:20 am

about mathai.. previous posters say her voice is weak… I’m just not sure what you mean by this.. can you explain.. do you mean by “voice is weak” that she lacks power?