Sera Hill is doing "Vision of Love" and I cringe before I even hear a note. I'm not sure she's got Mariah's chops, and this song has some really big notes that could go really wrong in the glass-breaking way. Well, it seems like she's taken it down a few steps, so it isn't quite as high-pitched and almost within her range. I still can't remember Sera from one episode to the next, but she doesn't sound terrible, and she throws in about a billion runs at the end, which has to appeal to run queen Xtina.
Moses tries singing "Breakeven." Tries being the operative word. Much as I'm sure he listened to the judges telling him to sing more, I think he is better off doing something that showcases his hip hop style more than THE SCRIPT. There's nothing remotely edgy or innovative about it.
Carson first goes to the other judges to hear their opinions. Cee Lo say he loves them all (lies!) but he'd save Sera. Adam says that he likes to see how people have grown and is most impressed by Ashley's potential. Blake also goes with Ashley. Christina's turn. There are three and half minutes left. Can she stall for that long? It's possible. She loved their song choices and versatility. She even liked Moses doing a sensitive song, and Sera bravely doing a big power ballad. The crowd seems to be behind Ashley -- maybe she's just got a big family in the audience. She eventually picks Ashley. And on time, nonetheless. She apologizes to Sera and Moses on stage and gives out hugs. Moses is such a good sport, smiling ear-to-ear.
Eight people go on to the quarterfinals, and they are on stage with Ashley crying in gratitude. Next week, Team Adam and Team Cee Lo (also known as Team Tony Vincent). Carson thanks Christina Milian, who didn't actually appear in this episode. I'm grateful for that fact, too, Carson. I'd be happy to name check her every week in trade for never actually having to see her talk about how to use a smartphone.