She's a little muted at the beginning, probably overcompensating for how big the song gets later, but by the end of the bridge, she's in her element, and it's pretty clear that you'd have to look pretty hard to find a song that's too much for her. The performance is chopped down to within an inch of his life - big surprise on a night on which there are twelve performances - but it's enough to demonstrate she's not going anywhere.
Christina gives pleasant, if generic, praise. Cee-Lo thinks she's great. Adam thinks the risk paid off, the contrast with the first song was beneficial, and she's good at headbanging. And she is!
After more bullshit with a couple contestants, which I think contained reference to sex with hobbits, Adam tells Melanie that her last performances have been very somber, so he'd like to break that streak with Lenka's "The Show." It's pretty I MEAN VERY on the nose, but Adam at least admits that.
I mean, I hate this song, so it's hard for me to assess how Melanie does, but despite some overtime work by the props performers, the word "forgettable" does come to mind, which ain't good. It also goes on waaaaay longer than many of the other performances, which isn't doing her any favors in this particular instance.
Blake: No connection to the song. Christina: I have made sacrifices to Baal for you to go home tonight, little girl that I hate. Also, you should have sung Fiona Apple's "Criminal." Cee-Lo: I enjoyed the nap I took while you were singing. Adam: I'm going to be defensive now because you're clearly going home.
Cassadee's picked Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You," and, I think, says it's about Blake mentoring her? Let's back away from that one slowly. Blake also makes a comment that inadvertently lets us know he doesn't think she's going to win, which seems right.
If Simon Cowell were on this show, he'd call this bad karaoke, and he'd be right. It's a good song that she performs okay but adds absolutely nothing to and doesn't appear to feel anything during.
Cee-Lo takes a lot of words, but the subtext is "Yeah, no." Adam thinks it was his favorite performance of hers, which: Yikes. Blake says that people are realizing what an amazing talent she is. Complete fiction, but after her dedication to him, I suppose he can't say anything else.
And we end where we began, with Nicholas, who's chosen Judy Garland's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," his mom's favorite song. I mean, given my demographic I don't have any defense against that sentence, but the arrangement sounds unduly somber, so Pat tries to get him to inject some pop into it.