First up this week is Cherie Oakley, who is from Nashville, so we can pretty much fast-forward through her performance, because she is country. And all country people go to Blake Shelton. It's in his contract. Cherie is a back-up singer for such singers as Carrie Underwood, and she just wrote a number one hit for Reba McEntire, but she wants to be a STAR as opposed to a very successful back up singer and songwriter. CARSON SIGHTING! CARSON SIGHTING! He informs Cherie that choosing to perform a Miranda Lambert song is risky because Ms. Lambert is BLAKE SHELTON'S FIANCÉE! Actually the real scandal, according to trusted tipster Cheryll, is that Blake Shelton was kind of still married to his wife when he met and started shall we say "dating" Ms. Lambert. But this is a family show, so let's just call her his fiancée and leave it at that. Anyway, Cherie belts out her song and Blake gets a big ol' goober smile on his face, but never ever buzzes in. Christina, however, does. At the end of the song, Blake tells her that the song choice made him feel funny in his tummy, because it was his fiancée's song, and he felt like he was cheating on her listening to another woman sing it. He really wanted Cherie to beat Miranda at her own game and make it easy for him to cheat, but she just wasn't quite there yet. Christina loved her, however, and whatever Adam Levine or Cee Lo Green say really doesn't matter, because OMG CHRISTINA AGUILERA THINKS SHE CAN SING. Obviously this is good enough for Cherie.
Next up is Devon Barley, a 19-year-old boy from Mattapoisett, MA, who looks like he could just as easily be practicing in his local Quidditch for Muggles team as singing his guts out on a national talent show. Devon tells Carson (ACK! Two Carson sightings! I guess someone's agent noticed his lack of airtime last week) that he is a med student, and he is taking time off from med school to pursue his dreams of being a singer. Um... unless this kid is the second coming of Doogie Howser, he is NOT in med school. He is maybe majoring in biology at the local community college, but he is not at, say, Harvard Medical School. Don't believe the hype! Devon goes out and sings the song "I'm Yours." It's a fairly lackluster performance, IMHO, but eventually Adam Levine and Cee Lo sort of stare at each other for awhile and then both buzz. I guess Carson's woeful reminders that the judge's must fill their eight spots tonight has made an impression and the judges are willing to take even Mr. Hyperbole rather than risk falling short. I mean, I don't know about you, but I am SUPER nervous that the judges won't get eight contestants. Can you even imagine the shame that would bring on them and their families? Anyway, Mr. Hyperbole (or should I say Doctor?) chooses Adam Levine because this kid knows how to dream BIG. Or at least pretend to.