The last four voices gave it their all last night, leaving the choice of who wins "The Voice" in America's hands. The winner will be revealed in tonight's episode on NBC.
Tony Lucca put a country spin on Jay-Z's "99 Problems" that Blake Shelton and Cee Lo seemed to dig, and Christina Aguilera had a problem with. Aguilera took issue with the track, whose chorus includes an insult typically lobbed at women, calling the lyrics "derogatory." Perhaps the lyrics were a not-so-subtle way of Lucca taking a dig at Aguilera, who has been basically slyly slamming her fellow ex-mouseketeer for much of the season (Lucca's coach Adam Levine said he and Lucca previously discussed the lyrics and did not interpret the song as being derogatory toward women).
Aguilera's team member, Chris Mann, kept it squeaky clean, crooning Josh Groban's "You Raise Me Up," with a string section, a youth choir, and a sign language interpreter. Mann, who has thrilled audiences in the past with his operatic skills, went all pop with his style, hitting bold crisp notes.
Blake's contender Jermaine Paul went for an arena-sized ballad as well, corralling an even bigger choir and even more strings to accompany him for R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." Paul also seemed to win over the audience with his impassioned Kelly-esque vocal acrobatics.
Cee Lo's team member Juliet Simms burned up the stage with Lynyrd Skynyrd's epic "Freebird," sporting a dramatic crimson gown and cape. Accompanied by just a guitarist plucking out part of the song's frenetic solo, Simms brought the crowd to its feet and got the judges to gush.
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