Last season, Adam picked his finals round entry by virtue of the fact that he had fostered a "bromance," and he wanted to "explore." During semi-finals, he expressed surprise at some of the artist’s staging – he was so uninvolved, it was new to him. He seemed to have clear favorites, was a little dismissive, a little checked out. This season, with Mary J. Blige at his side early on, he was an astute coach, goading singers into less obvious directions with smart or curious song choices. As a result, Team Adam had some of the most dynamic performances of the season.