OK, we are down to the final four on "The Voice" and each team has to rely on the moxie and vocal riff-ability of only one singer to snag the title. Here's who's duking it out on the mike for the ultimate crown next week.
Team Adam - Tony Lucca
The former '90s Mouseketeer is getting closer to pop relevance in this century as the crooner America chose to rep the Maroon 5 frontman's team. However, smooth belting aside, Lucca's tension with his ex-co-star and "Voice" coach Christina Aguilera has been kind of awkward to watch. Who knows what went down behind the scenes at Disney years ago, but Aguilera seems like she's been trying to put the kibosh on Lucca's shine for a while, insisting there have been more "talented" singers and slyly suggesting that Levine choose Katrina Parker over Lucca. So he doesn't seem to have Aguilera's support, but will America decide it's time to say goodbye next week?
Team Cee Lo - Juliet Simms
The indie rock priestess with Janis Joplin-esque soul certainly has a strong fan base but many probably found it surprising that she was able to edge out consistent show-stopper Jamar Rogers. Cee Lo gave Simms the advantage on the May 1 episode, a week after opting to advance Simms over Cheesa due to her outsize audience support. This time, Cee Lo maintained it was Simms's commanding rendition of "It's Man's, Man's, Man's World" that prompted him to give her 60 of his 100 coach approval points.
Team Blake - Jermaine Paul
The soul man has spent much of his career providing vocal support for superstars like Alicia Keys and Mary J. Blige, but he has consistently owned the spotlight during his time on "The Voice." Ultimately, coach Blake Shelton divvied up his 100 points between Paul and Erin Willett 50-50, but America was loud and clear about who they wanted to move on.
Team Christina - Chris Mann
Coach Christina Aguilera is renowned for her pipes but also her pop prowess, which is why it's a bit interesting that opera whiz Mann is gunning for Team Christina in the final sing-off. Perhaps Mann, one of the few contestants in the US to really bring operatic skills to a reality TV competition, has a unique advantage because his mesmerizing vocal style is a distinct alternative from a lot of the pop-chart ready offerings usually found on these shows.
Watch the whole show, which includes performances from Cyndi Lauper, Kid Cudi, last season's final four, and more, and tell us who you think will win.
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