The last battle, er "knockout pairing," of Team Adam is between Melanie Martinez and Sam James. Melanie chose "Bulletproof" because it has meaning for her, but Adam calls it lackadaisical. Sam, who beat that Benji guy I still don't like, chose "Walking in Memphis." I really like Sam, but I think he's being set up to lose, as Adam "coaches" him on how to pronounce "Memphis."
Melanie's performance of "Bulletproof" by La Roux is first, and she stripped it down to an acoustic level. She performs it floaty and ethereal, like we know her to do. I'm not sure why she's battling Sam here. Sam is darling, stealing a glance at Adam as he sings "Memphis" the first time. But Melanie, not to be out-darling-ed, tears up during Sam's performance from the stool.
Blake, whose opinion doesn't matter and knows it, chooses Sam. Christina chooses Melanie, Cee Lo says nothing, apparently. Adam says Melanie was too breathy from nerves, and Sam needs to push himself out of that comfort zone. Accordingly, Melanie is obviously the winner. Bye, Sam, you are so adorable.
So now, going into the live shows, Team Adam is Joselyn, Bryan, Amanda, Lauren, and Melanie. A pretty good weeding-out by Adam Levine, there.
Team Cee Lo faces the vocal Slap-Chop next. No saves, no steals, no second chances. Avery Wilson will take on Cody Belew first, and I feel like this will go to Avery. I'm not sure what I think of Avery yet, though. He might be an idiot. He's singing Chris Brown, for starters, and dancing at the same time to give the competition some energy. Cee Lo says Avery's lack of focus could be a liability.
Cody beat out Domo, and a grateful nation thanks him. Now, he's singing "Jolene" and I'm thrilled about it. Cee Lo recommends giving it the proper attitude and gravitas.
Avery sings first, with Chris Brown's "Yeah 3x." What a stupid song. It is by far his worst performance on this show so far. The pitch is at once everywhere and nowhere. Avery is dancing, and confusing the hell out of us. Not Avery's finest moment. Next, Cody sings a haunting, passionate rendition of "Jolene." I am far more moved by Cody than by Avery bumping and grinding to Chris Brown. Haha, "bumping and grinding"? At least I didn't call it "freak dancing."