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.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk