It’s Semifinals Results Night for “The Voice,” people. I’ll be standing in for Fienberg tonight, as he’s busy polishing his chops to compete for inclusion in the second season of the show. As Dan noted yesterday, it was pretty incredible to see how much more fun this show can be when actually good singers take up the majority of the airtime. Tonight, the show is going to take us from eight contestants to four. How? Damned if I know. The tax code is less complex than the rules on this show. It has something to do with audience votes, artist downloads, and judges’ scores. (The latter element led to the unexpectedly riveting scene of Christina Aguilera struggling to do math on live television. “Breaking Bad” doesn’t feature scenes this tense, people.)
I’ll follow Dan’s house style for this recap, if not his expertise. So it’ll look the same, even if it won’t always sound the same. For the record: I’m predicting Vicci Martinez, Beverly McClellan, Javier Colon, and Xenia. Kidding! Just seeing if you’re paying attention. Dia Frampton will move on, and Xenia’s family will finally be released from whatever hostage situation they are currently in. (OK, fine: YOU explain her abject terror each time she performs. Honestly, if she continues onto next week, we might be looking at the first live human rights’ violation in television history.)
Onto the recap!