Playoffs Round of 16 Part 2
The votes are recorded
for TWO teams, and they will learn their fate tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Team Blake and Team Shakira are going to take
the stage in a bid for your votes.
The Swon Brothers
The top two from each team will
automatically advance, while the third person on each team will be
picked by their coach. All of the performances are stripped down
versions available for download on iTunes, and each download will count
towards the total vote count. The survivors will play in the Round of
First up... Blake is loosening up his
team at... a karaoke bar. You haven't heard music until you've heard
Blake do John Fogarty's "Centerfold". And you haven't heard Team Blake
until you've heard them sing "Boondocks" by Little Big Town.
We begin the individual competition with
Garrett Gardner from Team Shakira. Growing up in New Jersey, he
was a drummer. Tonight, he's a singer, not only that, he's a
second-chance story. Tonight, he'll bring that experience to the fold
with "Imagine" by John Lennon.
THEY SAY: Adam does like to see a
completely different side of him, even though it was hard to judge a
song he likes so much. Blake saw a beast come out of him. Usher
namedrops Rick Fox. Shakira is very proud of her protégé.
WE SAY: Not until the second verse does
Garrett really get into it, transforming a peaceful albeit idealistic
song into a rock anthem. He made it his own and made it relevant.
The Marching Bear Holly Tucker
from Team Blake is getting to know who she is as an artist. She doesn't
fit the mold, but she breaks it. She's beautiful inside AND out, and
hopefully this song can match that beauty. It's "How Do I Live" by LeAnn
THEY SAY: Usher likes Holly's take-charge
approach. Shakira thought it was beautiful. Adam thinks she's more
talented and more beautiful than Blake, who can't stop shouting his
WE SAY: Sharp. But a good ending.
Team Shakira's back on stage with Kris
Thomas, who is taking advantage of his unique tone, embracing it and
using it to his benefit. His voice should fit nicely with the #1 hit
from Bruno Mars, "When I Was Your Man".
THEY SAY: Adam felt that Kris was tense
and nervous. Blake likes that he's getting nervous, because it draws in
the innate ability. Usher thought it was incredible. Shakira had
goosebumps, calling him amazing and a great person.
WE SAY: Didn't really need to do anything
superfluous with the song, and in one moment, it didn't even mesh with
the tune. Other than that, good.
Up now for Team Blake, The Swon
Brothers, the only duo remaining in the competition. The tight knit
Oklahoma family band goes "Fishin' in the Dark" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt
Band. They have an innate chemistry, but can they translate that into a
winning performance? Because when you have a duo, you both have to be on
point, or else you're both going home.
THEY SAY: Usher thought it was fun.
Shakira thought it was easy and comfortable. Adam thought it was so Buh-LAKE.
Blake saw everything he drilled into his brothers, calling their country
WE SAY: It looks like Colton is trying to
be the star of the group. Hey, someone's gotta be the alpha. Good
presence and good harmony.
HALFTIME! Time to take a break from the
coaching action to see a first... a Latin pop princess and a
we-get-it-you're-country boy. Together. On stage. For a song. The song:
"Need You Now."
Back to action with a Miami music teacher
that Shakira stole from Adam, Karina Iglesias. Tonight, she's
showing off her soulful side with the Tina Turner version of Al Green's,
"Let's Stay Together." She's dedicating the song to... her coach.
Because she wants to say together.
THEY SAY: Adam regrets letting Karina go.
Shakira says she left everything on the stage.
WE SAY: It starts flat. It continues in
one dynamic level... loud.
Justin Rivers, pecked by his wife,
went from Christian music to country music. He's singing for her and her
child that's on the way. Tonight, he's singing "Meet in the Middle" by
Diamond Rio. He has a progressive sound, but Blake's trying to squash
that nonsense. But that makes him unique in his team.
THEY SAY: Usher thought it was "freakin'
cool". Shakira agrees, calling it refreshing. Adam likes that Justin's a
genuine threat to Blake's career. Blake loves watching Justin do some
impromptu on stage, from vibing with the crowd to yanking his ear
WE SAY: He's got a nice little
enunciation to him, making him sound like no country singer currently
available on the radio.
Next up, Shakira wanted to see her team
connect on stage, so they're on stage... with Shakira's choreographer
Hi-Hat. They have to own the stage as a team, especially if they're
going to sing Queen's "We Are The Champions".
Next up, the youngest competitor still in
the game, aspiring country artist Danielle Bradbery. She's a
really big fan of Blake's, so she's a little bit starstruck (that, and
she's only performed three times in her life... all on this show. She's
gearing up for #4, "Maybe It Was Memphis" by Pam Tillis.
THEY SAY: Usher notes how comfortable she
appears on stage. Shakira quotes Blake: "Holy.... crap." Adam thinks
she's one of the ones to beat. Blake compliments her on bringing a
country standard to a new generation. Going on record, he says that
Danielle is one of the most important artists on this show EVER.
WE SAY: She actually did a lot better
during rehearsal. But she has stage presence and audience connection to
fall back upon, and America's in love with her story, and she sounds
like someone with twice the years and infinitely more experience, so
We're going to close the night out with
our version of Sasha Fierce, Sasha Allen. The New York
mother-of-two is hoping to go to the next level... from background
singer to four-chair turn to a spot in the top 12 with... "Oh Darling"
by the Beatles.
THEY SAY: Adam thinks that Sasha can win
this thing. Blake: "Ha ha! Adam gave her up!" The world is in love with
her. Usher: "So you gave her UP?" Shakira? She thanks Sasha for that
moment, where she thinks she has heard the best voice ever.
WE SAY: She's got a bit of hip on that
song. If anyone can beat the likes of Judith and Danielle, she could be
Sasha and Danielle have nothing to worry
about. They're going nowhere. Karina... should be worried. As for the
rest of Blake's country field... it's a tossup. Only one way to decide
who gets into the top 12 and who doesn't.
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