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It’s a mad world as knockouts continue on Tuesday's ‘The Voice’

Season 7 | Episode 12 | “The Knockouts Premiere, Part 2” | Aired Oct 28, 2014

It’s night two of knockouts on The Voice. Tonight’s episode is only an hour, and I’d be lying if I said this was disappointing. (Hey, I have a new episode of Jane the Virgin on my DVR, and it’s not going to watch itself. Don’t even judge me right now!). So let’s cut the chatting and get to the slapping–knockouts style.

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Reminder: Only Gwen and Blake have a steal left. I imagine they’ll be very picky about how they use it.

Dancing with myself
Tonight’s first knockout is Team Gwen’s Taylor John Williams versus Troy Ritchie. Troy decides to let his freak flag fly with “Hey Ya,” a highly unusual choice for a singing competition. Gwen seems concerned that the song doesn’t really show off his voice and recommends he flip it. T-Swift suggests a compromise where Troy opens with a stripped down version of the song and then kicks into full tempo. (Yes, I’m calling her T-Swift again tonight. Deal with it!) This seems to work pretty well, but the performance itself is somewhat bemusing, albeit completely entertaining. As my roommate rightly commented, “It was like Troy was at home dancing in his underwear.” While my brain says this isn’t a smart move, my heart says it’s kind of awesome.

 

Taylor’s “Mad World” is less of a wild card. It’s a haunting arrangement (via Gary Jules) that’s perfect for Taylor’s voice, vibe, and signature hat. His performance is gorgeous, subdued, and the polar opposite of everything Troy just left on the dance floor.

 

While Gwen clearly appreciates Troy’s playful, oddball energy, she still gives Taylor the win, sending Troy home to dance with himself.

When confidence is key
Next up is Team Adam’s Alessandra Castronovo versus Mia Pfirrman. Alessandra picks the upbeat “Next To Me,” which is a flattering choice for her voice. Adam and T-Swift recommend Alessandra open up and connect to the song more, and she takes their advice to heart, working hard to hit every part of the stage and doing a fairly flawless vocal. While Mia’s “Human” isn’t as consistent vocally, it still gives her the opportunity to really emote in her lower range, in addition to showcasing her crazy pipes on a couple of big, drawn-out notes. It also gives Mia the chance to demonstrate her preternatural calm and incredible confidence (something Alessandra is lacking at times). This may be what tips the scale for Adam, as he names Mia the winner, sending Alessandra home.

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Came in like a wrecking ball
Tonight’s last knockout comes to us courtesy of Team Pharrell as he pairs Elyjuh Rene with Ricky Manning. Elyjuh somehow keeps a lid on his excitement over seeing T-Swift (much more so than he did upon seeing Alicia Keys), which gives me a sad, because I love a joyful, shrieking Elyjuh. His “With You” is a little smooth for my taste, but Elyjuh makes the most of it, showcasing his pliable voice and ridiculous runs (if not fully connecting to the lukewarm lyrics).

 

Ricky chooses a ballad-esque cover of “Wrecking Ball,” and Pharrell cautions him not to rest on the coolness of the arrangement and to really work the song for all its worth. T-Swift recommends he put his “Robert Pattinson” good looks to work, using his eyes like laser beams to woo the crowd. Ricky takes this advice to heart, squeezing every bit of raw emotion out of the song and really just leaving his heart out on the stage. It’s a welcome surprise.

 

Pharrell acknowledges that Ricky probably had a better night, but he chooses Elyjuh for the potential he’s shown up to this point. Luckily, Ricky also stays via a steal from Gwen.

Who were your favorites tonight? Did you agree or disagree with coach decisions? Leave your thoughts in the comments, and I’ll see you back here after the next episode of The Voice.

Oh, and don’t forget: “You’re a star. Stars don’t sit still. They twinkle.” Go twinkle, you guys!

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The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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