It was the end of the line for two members of Team Blake and Team Christina tonight, and the show came to a surprising and unexpected turn. After Christina Aguilera advanced Frenchie Davis, and America picked Beverly McClellan at the top of the show, it was Blake Shelton’s turn to pick who to save after Adam Levine and Ceelo Green’s teams performed for the first time on live television.
America had chosen to advance Dia Framps after her amazing version of Kanye West’s “Heartless” last week on the show. It was also the most-downloaded iTunes performance by Team Blake since the airing, (iTunes downloads counts for votes on this show). Blake was left with the difficult decision of only choosing one other member to advance: between country heart throb Patrick Thomas, whose voice rivals American Idol’s new winner Scotty McCreery, Jared Blake the father moonlighting as a rockstar, and the young and adorable Xenia.
I wouldn’t know who to pick, but I was shocked that America didn’t send through Patrick. Blake looked to be in shock and heartbroken over having to pick who to go with, visibly uncomfortable in his chair while he delayed until the last possible second (NBC cut out in many cities across America at this point). I’m sure jaws hit the floor across the world when the shy, and cute-as-a-button Xenia was picked over the experienced and ready-for-radio Patrick and Jared. Mine sure did.
Blake’s reasoning, for those who missed out on the end of the show, was that he could help blossom Xenia’s career now more than he could for the boys. He thinks that he could change her career for the better, and that the boys are ready now for the industry.
Do you agree with Blake’s choices, or do you think his team suffered a huge setback tonight?
The Voice returns next week at 9 ET. Blake is on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno tomorrow night as the second guest.