On Monday's The Voice, Christina Aguilera watched a group of great singers perform and these great singers were crooners who she had nurtured.
Yes, she watched carefully as, one by one, her protegés mounted the stage to give their all. But, in the back of her mind, she knew she had to make an instant elimination at the end of the evening.
Needless to say, Xtina's nerves were frayed.
Team Christina performed at various different levels, with each member of this The Voice group eager to continue on with the show.
Aspiring rocker Ashley De La Rosa performed "Foolish Games," a Jewel anthem that she changed up to give the tune a more edgy sound. The performance was particularly a plus for Adam Levine, who was surprised that this song choice worked out so well in the way that the 17-year-old took it on.
Meanwhile, Lindsey Pavao covered Katy Perry and her song "Part of Me" with a little less pop and a little more rock than the original singer. She suffered pitch problems but found her voice during the bridge. Still, this performance was sub-par, at best.
Also on Team Christina for The Voice, Chris Mann covered "Viva La Vida" by Coldplay. This opera singer was truly out of his comfort zone, but pushed through and created a version of the familiar anthem that, uh, made it his own. Adam Levine wished he would have heard a more operatic version of the song, but he was impressed nonetheless.
Jesse Campbell rounded out the group singing for Christina Aguilera, and he sang a song by Beyoncé (see review here). Sadly, this was the guy Xtina let go from The Voice last night, which seems unjust because prior to this week, Campbell was a real frontrunner. Also, he was given a song that simply not what you would typically expect to hear from this huge talent.
That said, on The Voice 2012 when each mentor had to instantly eliminate one of his or her team, did Christina Aguilera kick off the right contestant? You decide, and please weigh in with your reasons why below.