"It's been an incredible season!"
At least that's what Carson Daly tells us to kick off the final performance night of "The Voice" season two. And if you can't trust Carson, who can you trust?
For the first time this season the audience has full control -- the coaches can't save or eliminate anyone -- so it will be the biggest test yet of the show's voting pool. From classic rock (Juliet) to pop rock (Tony), RnB uplift (Jermaine) to classical uplift (Chris), a choice must be made. Who will it be?
Tony Lucca, Juliet Simms, Jermaine Paul and Chris Mann duke it out one last time
"It's been an incredible season!"
Teresa and Melissa take it to the parking lot
This week is all about getting Teresa and Melissa to their respective breaking points. Meanwhile Caroline continues to torture Lauren about her weight, and Joe Giudice makes a mild verbal swipe at Rich to make up for the black eye he got last week.
But the only thing that mattered was Teresa vs. Melissa, so let's stick with that...
Which four singers made it through to the finals?
When "The Voice" lets people go, they let people go fast.
Back in the battle rounds it was hard work just to keep track of who was who. But now that the field is down to eight, we've got a clear picture of who deserves to win (*cough*Jamar*cough*).
Tonight is about whittling down the eight semifinalists to four finalists -- one to represent each coach. So let's get to it...
First, a few words from the coaches about saying goodbye to one of their final two hopefuls:
It's down to the wire as Cee-Lo has a tough decision to make and Christina continues ragging on Tony Lucca
Carson welcomes us to the live semi-finals, where all eight (yes, all eight!) semi-finalists will sing.
At the end of the show the coaches will score the performances, and those scores are going to be combined with audience votes to determine the final four.
As Christina says, "It's truly go big or go home."
Melissa's ballad, Ashlee's goodbye and Joe Giudice's black eye
The full ramifications of Teresa's family-bashing cookbook haven't been dealt with yet, but we're not quite at the breaking point.
Everyone is still trying to play nice this week as Jacqueline deals with Ashlee, Melissa hits the recording booth, Kathy finds a X-rated surprise on her teen son's Twitter and... well... Joe Giudice winds up with a black eye.
Atlanta's Kim Zolciak steps into the spotlight for a dream wedding
It's been a big year of moving beyond the mothership for the ladies of "Real Housewives of Atlanta." NeNe Leakes landed recurring roles on "Glee" and NBC's comedy pilot (and likely pickup) "The New Normal," Kandi Burruss' making-a-music-star special "The Kandi Factory" has been picked up as a full blown series for Bravo and Kim Zolciak is fronting the first official "Atlanta" spinoff: "Don't Be Tardy for the Wedding."
Chronicling the dramatic events leading up to Zolciak's nuptials last November, "Don't Be Tardy" plays like a slimmed down "Real Housewives" arc and should appeal to "Atlanta" fans as naturally as Bravo's "Bethenny Ever After" capitalized on "Real Housewives of New York" breakout Bethenny Frankel.
Who got America's save for the semi-finals, and who did the coaches cut?
With Tony Lucca, Jamar and Juliet looking locked and loaded for next week's semi-finals, there's not much suspense to these second week of quarter-finals results.
The only real questions: Did America save Juliet or Jamar on Team Cee-Lo? And will Adam side with "power" vocals and save Katrina or "quirky" vocals and save Mathai?
Let's get right to it...
Picking up before last season's reunion left off
The last time we saw these housewives they were slugging it out on the third season reunion show.
It was Teresa versus... everyone else. Caroline, Melissa and Kathy still held grudges over Teresa's mudslinging cookbook (and unspecified subsequent events). Relationships had become so strained that Jacqueline couldn't even attend the reunion. But they couldn't "go there" and fill us in on what happened because they were in the midst of shooting season four.
That was quite an advance teaser for what's to come. But first, we'll have to settle for the set up. The season premiere opens four months before that dramatic reunion showdown...
This year's reunion went a hour too long
Did we really need three hours for this year's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion? Based on what happened in the final hour, apparently not.
Some key topics were touched on, including NeNe's new gig on "Glee" and more indecent behavior from Marlo. But most of this either could've been shoved into a supersized second half of the reunion, or saved for online exclusives.
So, what did we learn?
Less chaotic second hour tackles Peter, Marlo and Africa
Yikes. After the epic brawls on Part One of the three-part reunion, this follow-up hour felt like a bunch of childish whining, even before Marlo came out to embarrass herself all over again.
But Andy did finally raise the Africa controversy, with sadly predictable results.
This entire episode was upstaged by Sheree's bombshell announcement this week that she won't be returning for season five. After tonight, it seems like that's for the best.