Tuesday, April 24, 2012 , Updated 10:06 p.m., April 24, 2012
UPDATED: Two singers sent home Tuesday on The Voice
See the update below to find out who was voted off Tuesday night.
Sharon Mathai, the Coppell singer on NBC's The Voice who goes by her last name, was not sent home Monday night by her coach Adam Levine, but contestants face another round of eliminations on Tuesday night, and Mathai may be the one cut.
Her rendition of "I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado was chosen by Levine because he told her, "there's no other song that you were more born to sing than this one." Mathai didn't seem on board with the song, and her performance reflected her unease. The staging didn't allow Mathai to move enough in the beginning, making for some forced dance moves starkly different than her former carefree performances. It didn't help that an aerial dancer came flying "like a bird" across the stage after the performance began, providing some unneeded comedy. And the lyrics -- "I don't know where my home is, I don't know where my soul is" gave Mathai a vulnerability that made her appear young and unfocused instead of relatable -- traits we wouldn't use to describe any of Mathai's past performances.
She is a well-loved member of The Voice cast, but the choice in song, out-of-place back-up dancer, and delivery may mean that Mathai is the one on Team Adam who will be cut from the show Tuesday night. The other contestants in jeopardy Tuesday night on Team Adam are Tony Lucca, the former Mouseketeer who sang Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" at the request of his coach; and Katrina Parker, who has blossomed each week into a strong, moving performer.
This week's shows featured four members of Team Adam and Team Cee Lo performing Monday. Judges hand-selected one contestant to immediately remove on Monday, and one more will be sent packing Tuesday.
Monday's eliminations were Pip from Team Adam and James Massone from Team Cee Lo. Last week, coaches Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera also had to eliminate their own -- Jordis Unga from Team Blake and Jesse Campbell from Team Christina. The day after, RaeLynn (Team Blake) and Ashley De La Rosa (Team Christina) left the show.
Some of the favorite performers on Monday were also favorites from last week: Jamar Rogers, who sang "It's My Life" with possibly more conviction than any other performer on the show; and Juliet Simms, the growling rocker chick who scaled back the grunge and showed us her surprisingly sweet voice in "Cryin'" by Aerosmith. Both are members of Team Cee Lo, so it's all but guaranteed that Cheesa will go home on his team.
UPDATE: On Team Adam, Lucca was saved by viewer votes, so Mathai and Parker had to sing for their lives. Mathai's rendition of "Cowboy Casanova" was not better than Carrie Underwood's version. She flailed on the stage, showed a little aggression, but ultimately didn't charm us with her stage presence or her voice.
Parker sang "Perfect" by Pink, possibly delivering it better than the original. She showed soul and pop, power and restraint. Levine told both women before he announced his elimination that Parker had a special moment on the stage, while Mathai hadn't yet had hers yet. He chose to save Parker and eliminate Mathai, who gave a very graceful exit.
On Team Cee Lo, Rogers was unsurprisingly voted highest by viewers, so Cheesa and Simms were left to sing. Cheesa sang "Already Gone" by Kelly Clarkson and Simms sang "Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia. As we guessed, Cheesa was sent home.