Is Adam trying to sabotage Cee Lo? Why else would he say that James had the more appealing voice? James sounds like Zac Efron before the Auto-Tune. [Note: I was thinking his voice was a dead ringer for the late Jason 'Q.T.' McKnight's from 2gether. -- Rachel.] Bieber sounds better than James. Hold on, now Blake thinks that James won this too? Much as I hate WADE spelling his name like an acronym when it isn't, he's the better choice. And X-tina thinks that James had a stronger voice too and that WADE was pitchy. These guys must sound so different in the studio. Cee Lo likes that James came out cocky and confident and that WADE sounded nervous today and didn't go all out. Cee Lo stalls with his decision, and the audience all starts screaming out, "Say It," like they are at a midnight showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and he finally picks Justin. WADE says he's grateful to have had the chance to work with his idol, Cee Lo. Cee Lo and his loaner kitty are sad to see WADE go.
Adam's up, and he's got Nicolle Galyon (a sweet piano playing country singer) against Mathai (the nursing student who would rather sing than save people's lives). Nicolle thinks that Mathai has an overwhelming personality. He gives them Sara Bareilles' "Love Song" largely because Nicolle can play piano on it. During rehearsal, Nicolle asks if she can start with the piano, and then abandon it. Adam does worry that the piano might be distracting. Robin Thicke likes her sweetness and says she should amp that up for the big night. Mathai meets with Alanis and she has a little bit of a whine in her voice that I don't really care for that much. Adam and Alanis tell her to stretch her notes out. During stage rehearsal, Adam decides to nix the piano so that she can actually show off her vocals. Seems that someone remembered what this show is actually about. Too bad it was only after he chose a song specifically so that the piano could be included.
Mathai, no last name, is wearing tiny lemon-colored dress that is draped to make her look huge, and hugs weirdly at her crotch. Nicolle has on a very sparkly purple with those cutout shoulders that JWOWW loves so much. It would be OK, but she's got on cowboy boots that look like rain boots from a distance. Nicolle hits some really awful notes. I'm not a fan of Mathai's voice, but she's definitely more current... and on key.