Booker T. alumnus misses out on 'The Voice' finals
BY JASON ASHLEY WRIGHT World Scene Writer
Wednesday, May 02, 2012
5/02/12 at 4:55 AM
I've been told I have a split personality.
That explains why part of me was shocked that Jamar Rogers, the Booker T. Washington alumnus-turned-New Yorker, didn't make it to the finals on Tuesday's installment of "The Voice."
Then again, another part of me remembered how both the coaches and America's voters responded to Juliet from Cee Lo Green's team. And, to my mild disappointment, she'll join three other finalists on the May 8 season finale.
Although Rogers blew me away with his version of "If You Don't Know Me By Now," the Twittersphere and blogiverse were blowing up more with talk of Juliet's performance.
Cee Lo was nice enough to tell his proteges they were "arguably, the best contestants on this show," as they stood there, trying not to cry. I think they would've held it together even better had Christina Milian not dropped one of those "how are you feeling?" questions backstage in the lounge. Really, Christina? How the heck do you think they feel with their potential music careers hanging in the balance? Silly woman.
Whatever, Cee Lo continued, "Jamar, you've been the consistent frontrunner." But Cee Lo only gave Jamar 40 of his 100 points.
Even if Juliet had received 40 vs. the 60 he gave her, though, she still would've won thanks to America's votes (unless my math's off - someone correct me if that's the case).
"I never thought that I would make it this far," Jamar said right before the show ended. And, in case you didn't think it, I wanted to point out how he and Juliet were saved for last - the best, perhaps? That's my theory.
Anyway, Adam Levine offered a 40-60 split with his points, too.
Although Katrina did a fabulous job with "Killing Me Softly," it was Tony's "How You Like Me Now," which was probably the best darn song choice of Monday evening - partly because I saw it as a birdie-finger to Xtina's multiple catty comments on previous shows regarding his Mouseketeers years.
"This has been so incredible, and both of you have come into your own," Adam told them.
After giving Tony the lion's share of points, he told Katrina, "You are far and away the most improved." Hopefully, that's something she can put on her resume.
Despite my doubts that America would dig Lindsey's rock performance over Chris' classical "Ave Maria," America favored him. Xtina had split her own points equally among them.
"It's so hard to break down individual talent ... let America decide," Xtina said.
Oklahoma's own Blake Shelton did the same for Erin and Jermaine. Much as I enjoyed Erin this season, Jermaine is a powerhouse - and America agreed. He won out with 123 points, the most of any of the finalists.
"This show is life-changing," Erin said before leaving the show - hopefully to celebrate her birthday. "Let's get drunk!"
Let's also not forget to toast the finalists going into the finale, 8-10 p.m. Monday on NBC.
Original Print Headline: It's down to final four
While Juliet Simms (left) is the finalist on Team Cee Lo, Tulsa native Jamar Rogers (second from left) did not advance to the May 8 season finale of "The Voice," nor did Katrina Parker. Meanwhile, Tony Lucca (right) survived for Team Adam. Courtesy