NBC’s ‘The Voice’ review: Tony Lucca gets cheeky, but Cee Lo Green wins

There were several winners.

Monday night’s episode of “The Voice” immediately made us want to call up executive-producer Mark Burnett with one humble request — can we please keep most of Team Cee Lo Green around over everyone else?

Once again, the man with the cat proved that he not only has  talent for molding some great artists, but also giving them fun performances. (Oh, and we should also point out that Team Adam Levine was better this week, as well.)

Team Cee Lo

Jamar Rogers – We love Jamar, and we think that there’s a great chance that he will win this competition. However, we do have to say that this performance was really not that exciting. It didn’t really show off his voice, and the arrangement was so loud that it almost swallowed up a guy who is one of the biggest personalities of the entire show. Granted, his story alone makes him a lock for the final 8.

James Massone – As we say below, James has the weakest voice out of all of the members of Team Cee Lo. As we say that, though, shouldn’t we also applaud someone for keeping their performance restrained? It was actually more in tune than just about any other performance on the night.

Chessa – Here we go — another rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Next to “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys, this may be the most overdone track in the history of singing competitions. Chessa did a pretty great job, but we have to wonder if there is really a place for another power vocalist out there with Pia Toscano, Melanie Amaro, and Jessica Sanchez from this season of “Idol” all fitting into that mold.

Juliet Simms – As if this decision was not hard enough, Juliet came out and completely nailed this rendition of “Cryin'” that may have demonstrated why she is a serious contender to win the whole thing. Our problem? That she and Jamar are on the same team, and they are probably two out of top three remaining contestants.

Group performance – We love Cee Lo’s wig. Also, this performance made it pretty clear that James is the weak link of the entire group when it comes to vocal strength.

Cee Lo’s decision – It wasn’t a surprise to see James check out after his performance. While he has a really good voice that will probably record well, we just doesn’t know how to use it as well as the other three member on the team right now.

Team Adam

Katrina Parker – Two weeks after throwing a dud out on the stage — and honestly just advancing because she was the best of three people who were only mediocre — she was about a million times better. Were there some flat notes in here? Yes, but we legitimately believed every word that she was singing in this performance, and there are not many moments in this competition where we have felt that way about an artist, especially in the live rounds.

Mathai – Someone needs to tell Mathai to stay away from her falsetto for as long as tries to work on it. Why? It’s flat … really flat. Outside of that, she showed yet again why she was one of the best members of Adam’s team. She has a soft, soulful energy, and it really is so much fun to watch her perform. As for the dude flying around in the background, we seriously thought at one moment that she was going to join him.

Tony Lucca – We never saw this coming, but Tony Lucca completely nailed this rendition of Britney Spears’ “…Baby One More Time.” Outside of the weird background dancers, this was a great vocal — and it was also hilarious to watch Christina Aguilera’s face through just about the entire performance, which she was unable to tear apart nearly as much as she did last time the guy was on the stage.

Pip – The last time we saw Pip, he was giving a subpar rendition of The Killers’ “When You Were Young” — and sadly, this take on “Somewhere Only We Know” was not much better. There were tuning issues throughout, and there is a big part of us that wishes he had just stayed at the piano and kept the entire vocal soft and restrained. It was so much better that way.

Group performance – It’s a little interesting, but we actually ended up liking the fact that Adam let his artists sing, and simply stayed in the background with his drums here.

Adam’s decision – Like with Cee Lo, this decision was somewhat predictable based on the performances tonight — Pip was the weakest, and he went home. However, we would have said beforehand that Katrina was in the most trouble, and she probably saved herself by showing some real emotion and vulnerability.

What did you think of this episode, and who are you rooting for?

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