And it was especially emotional for Cee Lo, who first asked James Massone and WADE to sing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.” “There’s something about that song that makes me cry,” said a tearful Cee Lo. “I’m proud of y’all. I surrender. I can’t help but be humbled.” After their battle, Cee Lo became emotional again while making his decision. “I’m a sensitive person, I’m an artist,” he said, before announcing that James would compete in the live shows.
Tony Vincent and Justin Hopkins, who sang “Faithfully” by Journey in their battle, had Cee Lo crying for a third time. Tony was “adaptable, enigmatic, ambiguous,” Cee Lo said, before giving him the final spot on his team.
Adam asked Nicolle Galyon and Mathai to sing “Love Song” by Sara Bareilles – and Mathai won for her unique voice. Then, for his final battle, Adam selected soulful Orlando Napier and country singer Karla Davis to perform “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates. When neither one could hit the song’s high notes, he replaced it with The Commodores’ “Easy.” Karla won the final spot, because Adam felt she really “started to blossom.”
Christina pit country duo THE LiNE against the only rapper in the competition, Moses Stone. Performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones, the odd pairing’s performance prompted Cee Lo to tell Moses, “I didn’t know you could sing. You really worked the stage.” Adam and Blake chose THE LiNE for their solid voices. But Christina went with Moses because of his versatility.
Blake’s final two artists were country singer Jordan Rager and reggae artist Naia Kete. Singing Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours,” Adam and Christina favored Naia, but heard her miss a few notes. Cee Lo felt the song was a natural fit for Naia. “I have to go with experience,” Blake said, picking Naia.
The Final Cut
Here’s who’ll be competing in the live shows, beginning Monday (8 p.m. ET):
Team Cee Lo: Cheesa, Erin Martin, Jamar Rogers, James Massone, Juliet Simms and Tony Vincent.
Team Adam: Karla Davis, Katrina Parker, Kim Yarbrough, Mathai, Pip and Tony Lucca.
Team Christina: Ashley De La Rosa, Chris Mann, Jesse Campbell, Lindsey Pavao, Moses Stone and Sera Hill.
Team Blake: Charlotte Sometimes, Erin Willett, Jermaine Paul, Jordis Unga, Naia Kate and RaeLynn.