It's true that all but one artist will hear their name called on NBC's The Voice
. Yet when a fan favorite goes home, it especially stings - and we lost two of them courtesy of the new "instant elimination" rule on Monday night.
Team Cee Lo's James Massone
and Team Adam's Pip
both received walking papers from their coaches, leading to a collective wail from their respective female fan bases and throwing yet another curveball in a season that already proved no one was safe. (As evidenced by the fact that one irate fan chose to bring up Christina Aguilera
's instant elimination of Jesse Campbell
during Monday's show.)
The exits leave Cheesa
, Jamar Rogers
and Juliet Simms
for Team Cee Lo, and Katrina Parker
, Tony Lucca
for Team Adam. One more artist from each team will be eliminated tonight after America's votes are counted, narrowing the field to the eight semifinalists with two weeks of live shows left to go.
Monday night's results also shake up the competition, when one considers that both James and Pip had strong fan bases that would have likely voted them through to the next round if given the opportunity.
Instead, James' version of Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"
and Pip's take on Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know"
proved to be their last performances.
"It's kind of ironic that [both] the so-called 'ladies' men' got kicked off tonight, if you want to call us that," Pip told me after the show. When I asked about how it felt to have such a vocal fan base, he admitted, "It's definitely different. All of this is so new to me."
"I've made a lot of friends here," he remarked. "People have changed my musical interests, have given me things to work on vocally, and it's been an amazing opportunity to see what people do with their music."
His future plans are to "concentrate on getting an agent, a manager [and] an album. It's kind of up in the air at this point whether I'll be in Atlanta or L.A. I'm sure that will decide some things. It's going to be a fun, fun journey from this point."
To keep up with what Pip does next, be sure to follow him on Twitter at @pip_andrew
and visit his website PipMusic.com
James looked at his elimination with the same positive attitude. "I feel good," he told me. "I came so far. I never thought I'd be down to [the] top 16. What I was trying to do was just get recognition out of it, so I think I did good."
Though he was well aware of his popularity, he knew that didn't necessarily impact the decision that occurred on stage. "I think Cee Lo, somebody could have the most fans in the world, but if you don't do your best that night, he's not going to put up with it," he said. "I thought I did my best, and maybe people just thought it was the same as last week, with that song."
There's one thing he wished he could have done that he now won't get to: "I was pushing to get Michael Jackson songs, because I wanted to dance a little bit. That's probably what I wanted to show the world," he confided. "But I wouldn't take it back."
You can follow James on Twitter at @jamesmassone
for updates as to his next moves.
The surviving contestants now have quite a bit to reflect upon in a short period, as they'll find out tomorrow whether or not what they did tonight is enough to earn them one of America's two saves (one per team) into the semifinals. Whatever happens, they can say that they got to perform alongside their coaches.
"I didn't know he played drums. He's a strong musician," Katrina gushed about her coach, Adam Levine
, who took up percussion for Team Adam's version of "Instant Karma." It might have seemed curious not to hear the Grammy-winning lead singer of Maroon 5 actually sing
, but according to Katrina, "That was a specific choice he made. He was all, 'I'm going to play the drums, you're going to sing, and that's how we're going to work this out.' I loved it."
Team Cee Lo performed the Martha and the Vandellas classic "Dancing In The Streets," which appeared in black-and-white to the audience watching at home and boasted a retro introduction by a bespectacled Carson Daly
"Mostly I was thinking, 'What's my line again?'" quipped Juliet about her team's group number. "I have a freaking bruise [from the tambourine] on my hip." She wasn't alone - her teammate Cheesa had a tambourine bruise of her own!
With their fate in America's hands, the artists can now only look to the future and hope that the public votes them through in order for them to continue to show us what they can do. Some of them already have ideas in mind.
"I'm trusting Cee Lo's judgment, because he hasn't steered me wrong," Jamar told me. "I've expressed my concern about wanting something a little softer. Maybe a love song. I'd like to show people that side of me as well." His potential next song choice? He'd love to do Justin Bieber
's "Never Say Never."
We'll find out tonight which one member of each team that America saved, and the remaining two will sing one last time for their coaches, hoping to be the one that either Cee Lo or Adam will save from elimination. You can see the results live at 9pm on NBC, and check back here tomorrow night for my post-show postmortem.