Cheesa ends 'The Voice' journey

Posted at 04/25/12 10:26 AM

Cheesa Laureta ends "The Voice" journey. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-American Cheesa Laureta was eliminated on the US talent search "The Voice" on Tuesday night (Wednesday morning in Manila).

Laureta ended her journey in the hit US talent search after her team coach Cee Lo Green chose to save contestant Juliet Simms over her.

After landing on the bottom 3, Laureta and Simms performed their final songs to convince Cee Lo.

Simms performed Natalie Imbruglia's hit "Torn." Laureta sang Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone," where she had a problem with her low notes.

"Cheesa, I think you've made amazing journey in this show and I think you've proven that you are something to be reckoned. You've blown the house down with the Whitney song but he's right (Blake Shelton) you were a hair under pitch almost the whole time until that strong notes at the end. You really nailed those big notes and that's the best part of your performance," said Christina Aguilera.

"I thought you really nailed it yesterday, so today it wasn't strong, obviously you didn't have it today," Adam Levine added.

Aside from Laureta, contestant Mathai from Team Adam was also eliminated from the show.

On Monday (Tuesday morning in Manila), Laureta wowed audience and judges, especially Aguilera with her powerful rendition of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing."

Last week, Laureta landed on the bottom three of Team Cee Lo based on votes and had to be saved by mentor Cee Lo to move forward in the competition.

Laureta described being in the bottom three as a "life-changing experience" and promised to improve her game by picking "I Have Nothing" as her song for this week.

Calling her style as "diva-esque," she said, "I really love that song. I've sung it as a litttle girl."

The judges praised her performance, with Aguilera saying she is proud that Laureta went for it.

Her mentor Green was obviously pleased by his protegée, saying she did a wonderful job. "It's time to start investing on the next powerhouse singer," he told Laureta.

But some viewers weren't as impressed. Blogger Rickey of rickey.org said, "She’s all decked out in a sparkly ensemble. Vocally, she’s a little powerhouse. Sometimes, though, she doesn’t demonstrate complete control over her instrument. With this material, she’s certainly bringing it with the high notes. Some of them are pretty pitchy, though. Ouch."

Laureta dedicated her performance to her brother Troy, who was with her backstage.

"You represent not only your family but God," Troy told her sister.