The piano starts before him, which might be a mistake, but it is quickly righted. It starts out dull as fuck, but it really gets great as he gets towards the middle. Lots of runs and power notes, which works for him.
Christina thinks he murdered the song. She's still regretful about not pushing her button for him. Sounds dirty. Cee Lo is duly impressed. Adam says that Jermaine is officially no longer a background singer. Blake thinks that Jermaine is the front runner and he's pulling out ahead of the pack.
Next up, Katrina Parker. She's so happy that Adam has kept her despite the fact she's landed in the bottom two twice. She's singing "Killing Me Softly," and he does the "one time," from the Fugees version and I think it is adorable... until he says that she's doing a Fugees song. Ugh. I mean. I can deal with the contestants when they always go by the most recent cover, but Adam should know better and give Roberta Flack her due. Anyway, he thinks this is going to be amazing and he thinks Lauryn Hill (his favorite) will be really proud of him. We see some pictures of a very young non-blonde Katrina playing piano and performing, and her parents are tearing up with pride. Then there's the sound bite we keep seeing teased, with Adam saying "Good luck, other teams." That was the one that Blake referred to specifically when he was saying his fellow coaches were getting cocky.
For what it's worth, she is doing it pretty much exactly like The Fugees version, but she does it really, really well. Adam sits in his chair with his eyes closed shaking his head, while Christina sings along. I just wonder if this song has enough big notes to capture the attention of the voters. She is going up against Tony Lucca, who has that built in MMC fanbase.
Blake's so amazed that she's only been doing big live shows for a few months, because she sounds very seasoned. Christina has fallen in love with her, and she would have loved to coach her on this song, as "there is no bigger Lauryn Hill fan." Name me ONE other song by the Fugees, Christina. I dare you. She would have liked a more original spin on it, but she does say that Adam should really throw his support tonight to Katrina instead of Tony. Cee Lo endears himself to me by giving props to Ms. Flack. He thinks that Katrina has reinvented it for the third time. Adam says if you look at Adele or Amy Winehouse (and then he has to mention her being dead, and that being a tragedy), they owe some respect to Lauryn Hill. He's using this to defend his decision to keep it The Fugees version, because somehow she still sounds like Katrina Parker. It's a convoluted argument that I've now tried to listen to twice and still can't really make sense of.