Carson introduces the judges and Adam's got some crazy new goatee and a very busy plaid shirt. Cee Lo is in another black t-shirt (disappointing). Christina's wearing a tight boob-revealing jacket, a tiara and sporting a sparkly red fan (because, of course). Blake is just Blake. Carson tells us that it is a pressure-packed night. How so? Are there eliminations, one might ask, since this show seems to make up its rules on the fly? No. Apparently the top 8 (two from each team) will be scored by the coaches and that will somehow be combined with the audience votes, Dancing with the Stars style.
In case you've forgotten this show since last week (in which case I'm totally jealous), there's a rundown of the remaining competitors. Team Adam is pretty solid with Tony Lucca and Katrina Parker. Team Blake has the slightly unmemorable Erin Willett and backup singer du jour Jermaine Paul. Team Cee Lo is a super smiley Jamar Rogers and an already crying Juliet Sims. Christina's stuck with Chris Mann and lucky to have Lindsay Pavao.
Carson wants to know what the singers will have to do to rep their teams in the finals. Blake says, "One of them is going to have to do better than the other." Profound. He calls the other judges out on being cocky, and then says that he thinks his team is going to win this year. Christina, looking utterly ridiculous, says that her two are very different and can't decide who to root for. She's excited that all the singers are competing live on the same night. Cee Lo, whose black t-shirt does have a picture of his cat designed in a heart shape (amazing!) says that he's relying on America's help. Adam agrees that he likes having the teams all perform as the women in the audience are screaming out their typical "I love you"s. Adam said his team took a while to warm up, but they are in it now.
First up, Tony Lucca. In rehearsals, Adam is wearing a dashiki. Is he in college in the '90s? He's excited to be doing "How You Like Me Now?" by The Heavy, which Adam calls an unexpected choice. Tony wants to win in order to feed his family. Tony's adorable son is really excited, and we learn that Tony's a bit of a Mr. Mom.
It starts out really slow, and then he starts dancing. Like he's Elaine from Seinfeld. So much with the herky jerky. Good thing his voice is pretty strong here. He actually vocally performs, and he's really got good conviction with the song. Just wish I could close my eyes.
Adam is beaming from ear-to-ear. Blake doesn't know that song (what a surprise), but he liked it and thought it had a "badass" Robert Palmer thing going on. Christina loves the original (and had cleared the song for the long-departed Moses). She thinks it was "slickly done"... which is backhanded. And she liked his dance moves. Then she gets cut off by Carson and swears at him. The very important thing she had to say? If this doesn't work out he can start a Britney cover band with Adam. Riveting. Truly. Cee Lo does a godfather thing with Tony's name, and it's mildly amusing. The crowd barely lets Adam speak, but he talks about how he enjoys collaborating with him, and that this was Tony's choice and it was a brave move.