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Season 7 | Episode 13 | “The Knockouts, Part 3” | Aired Nov 3, 2014

Well, kids. We’re on our final night of knockouts. It’s our last night to enjoy the peculiar delights of Taylor Swift (or T-Swift as I call her), adorkable megastar who is possibly the savviest and weirdest adviser we’ve had to date. It’s also the last night America’s cats will tune in, because they are boycotting the show until their leader returns. Now let’s see what’s in store on the latest episode of The Voice.


Just a reminder: Each coach will go to the live playoffs with five team members, and Blake is the only coach with a steal left.

When showing your softer side is a winning strategy
Our first knockout comes to us via Team Blake’s Allison Bray versus Taylor Brashears. While both girls are country artists, Allison picks the more obvious choice: “Sin Wagon.” She has plenty of power but struggles with going over the pitch in rehearsals. T-Swift recommends Allison take her heels off so she can really dig into the song and sell to the audience that she’s a mess.

taylor - because people love total messes

Allison heeds that advice, showing up in a set of boots, ready to rumble. However, the vocal’s a little shaky, and she doesn’t quite project the amount of mayhem required. Taylor is more of a surprise on “Landslide.” We’ve seen more sass than vocal technique from her up to this point, so it’s refreshing to see Taylor deliver a more nuanced, subdued vocal performance, and the risk pays off. Blake agrees, giving Taylor the win and sending Allison home.

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A little too late for this song choice
Next up is Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill versus Beth Spangler. Ryan sees T-Swift and announces he’s gonna pee his pants from excitement. In better news, he does NOT pee his pants. I’m skeptical of Ryan’s “Miss Independent” at first. He reads as more Malibu Ken than R&B star, so it’s hard to envision him inhabiting the genre. However, he pretty much nails it, giving a pliable, controlled vocal and an appearance heavy with boy-band moves and Gwen-melting smiles (adorable if a little stiff).


While Beth’s “Too Little Too Late” showcases her rich, textured voice, the song itself feels wrong for her thematically, and there’s a distinct lack of connection in the performance.


Despite Beth’s best efforts, Gwen names Ryan the winner.

Side note: What is up with Adam’s shrugs and sour faces during some of these performances? Is he not getting enough sleep? Is he in withdrawal because he just went off raw sugar? Does he need a spa day?

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Team Gwen’s not-so-sloppy seconds
One of the most interesting knockouts of the night is courtesy of Team Pharrell’s Jean Kelley versus Menlik Zergabachew. Both are steals from the same team (Gwen). Both are completely different, and both deliver. Jean’s “Chandelier” is lovely, theatrical, and left field. At times the intense emoting and oddness can read as overly stylized and a tad insincere, but overall it’s a ballsy and compelling performance.


Menlik, on the other hand, is the polar opposite of Jean with his “Could You Be Loved.” It’s not the most imaginative song choice, but his performance is laid-back and completely natural—a nice, warm antidote for Jean’s musical theater-esque turn.


Pharrell is torn but ultimately gives the win to Jean,  eliminating Menlik from the competition. And with that choice, Pharrell’s team is now full.

Trading Places
In tonight’s “trading places” moment, Adam pits Chris Jamison against Blessing Offor (a transplant from Team Pharrell), and both pick songs you’d think would be better suited for their competitors. Blessing decides to tackle every frat boy’s make-out-anthem “Your Body is a Wonderland,” infusing it with enough joy and soul to transform the song into a “Blessing-o-rama,” flaws and all.

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Chris decides to take on the iconic “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay,” and Adam is excited by this choice, because he feels it’s an indication of Chris’s good taste. (Has Adam NEVER been to karaoke night? Or a school talent show? This song is a classic, yes, but it’s also a staple for amateur singers everywhere, not exactly a unique choice.) Chris does a great job with it, putting his flexible voice to good use, although his tone doesn’t have enough grit or bottom to make the song as satisfying as it could be.

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While both performances have their own strengths (and issues), Adam names Chris the winner. And Blessing goes home, leaving the show a little less blessed.

Montage Madness
Because montages are like a swarm of insects invading your home that no exterminator can vanquish, we get one more before moving on to live playoffs: Team Adam’s Matt McAndrew versus Rebekah Samarin. Matt wins, and this completes Adam’s team.


Teenage Dreams
Our second-to-last knockout is for the teens, as Team Blake pairs young’uns Grant Ganzer and Reagan James. Grant’s “Apologize” shows potential, but he suffers from nerves, never really centering himself until the very last line (which is pretty perfect). At the same time, Reagan is completely centered and confident onstage, covering “Hit ‘Em Up Style” with ease. While I still think her description of herself as an aspiring R&B singer is inaccurate (that is not an R&B voice. It’s a quirky, indie voice covering R&B songs and making them quirky, indie songs), Reagan still gave an assured performance with some great moments (including falsetto runs I hope to hear again). Blake commends Grant for his clear growth but unsurprisingly gives the win to Reagan.

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I got my girl back
Our final knockout of the season (and my personal favorite tonight) is Team Gwen’s Anita Antoinette versus Craig Wayne Boyd (a transplant from Team Blake). Anita smartly covers “Rude” and puts her own brand all over it (on Gwen and T-Swift’s recommendation). While the song isn’t necessarily a technical showcase, the vocals are still quite good, and the performance is fantastic, charismatic, and utterly charming.

Craig’s “Can’t You See” starts with a haircut and makeover via Gwen but ends with some fiery vocals that elevate a potential “bro-vibe” showcase into something more substantial. Blake mentions Craig’s improvement (and his makeover), noting it’s like breaking up with a girl and then seeing her at the bar looking better than ever.


While Gwen names Anita the winner, Blake steals Craig for his team, saying “I got my girl back!” with glee. And with that, both Gwen and Blake complete their teams.

gwen - i have goosebumps

Who were your favorites tonight? Who are your top picks going into Live Playoffs? I’ll see you back here after the next episode of The Voice.

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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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