Shows Round of 10
Last week, the top 12
sang for their lives. Ten of them survived to sing this
week, but it's anyone's game as a former coach returns
to play mentor on a team. Will this be a game-changer?
We'll start with Adam and his band...
singing "Love Somebody", it's MAROON 5!
Now... to business.
The Swon Brothers
First of all, a quick
thoughts-and-prayers out to Oklahoma in the face of the tragedy that is
going on as we type.
For this voting round, if your single is
on the iTunes top 10 by the end of the voting window, your votes will be
multiplied by 10. This could be the boost that some singers need.
We begin with Texas's Holly Tucker,
who went bluesy last week. This week, she returns to her country roots
with an old gospel standard... "How Great Thou Art."
THEY SAY: Usher calls it a statement,
saying that there is no bad way to perform that song. BUT it was a
different shift. Shakira thought it was very controlled. Adam says that
a performance like this epitomizes what the show is about. Blake calls
the performance strangely a propos and strong.
WE SAY: That is an old song, which is not
a bad thing, mind you, especially with Holly's voice, BUT consider the
audience for this show is YOUNG. Her fans will get it, the rest of us,
not so much.
Adam brings back Hilary Scott to help
Judith Hill channel one of her heroes, the late great Michael
Jackson with "The Way You Make Me Feel".
THEY SAY: Blake says the performance
works. Usher agrees. Adam says that it was a celebration of someone who
played a big role in her life.
WE SAY: Judith sings AND swings the heck
out of that song. She ran the gamut on tone and emotion during that
song. A fitting tribute to a man who helped Judith get to where she was.
Next up, from Oklahoma, The Swon
Brothers, as they try and parlay their #4 Country Chart finish into
another winning performance with "How Country Feels" by Randy Hauser,
trying to channel their inner Beatles and Eagles vibe.
THEY SAY: Shakira is made to feel good.
Adam's speechless. Blake is happy for these goofy, crazy, great singers.
WE SAY: Good to see both brothers out in
the limelight. I mean, we know Colton is the money face, but Zach can
rock with the best of them.
Amber Carrington is going to hit
close to home with her next song, Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway". Adam
sees Amber as someone who can sing ... almost anything, not just her
base of country.
THEY SAY: Blake thought that the song was
a good choice. Usher was literally blown away by her voice (there was
wind involved). Shakira also agrees with the song choice. Adam says that
it was "incredible".
WE SAY: It was a bit pageanty, and
there's a little bit of a pitch issue and a breath issue. She sang sharp
all song. She makes up for it with a very well-timed ad lib close to the
Going into the half with Sasha Allen,
who is singing "Next To Me" by Emeli Sande. Her session is different in
that she is being mentored not by one, but TWO "Voice" coaches. Filling
in for Joel Madden, who's shooting "The Voice Australia", is Cee-Lo
THEY SAY: Adam thought it was
"fantastic". Blake agrees, saying it was time for an uptempo song. Usher
calls her "versatile". Shakira was gyrating during the performance. That
says it all.
WE SAY: Song is current. But it was loud
and out of tune. She should've taken it half a step down.
Josiah Hawley is getting his work
ethic a workout, continuing the fight with "Clocks" by Coldplay. This is
a story song that Chris Martin made his own when he sang it. Hopefully
Josiah can do it some justice.
THEY SAY: Shakira thought it was a good
job. Adam thought it was a hard song, but it's a good performance
overall. Usher says that it's good to take constructive criticism and
make yourself better.
WE SAY: If this was "The Guitar", Josiah
would've had it in the bag. He didn't really do enough with the song
other than sing it to the tune of it being sung.
Danielle Bradbery sold 50,000
singles last week. "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Jo Dee Messina
could put her over the top this week. All she has to do... is focus.
THEY SAY: Usher says she made country
cool. Adam's proud of her. Blake thinks that her fans believe in her,
not just like her.
WE SAY: Hi, Judith, you have competition
at the top. She's got the voice. She's got the fans. She's got amazing
Kris Thomas is the only R&B male
singer left. Luckily Cee-Lo's there to help Shakira help HIM through
"Adorn" by Miguel. Also, he has a bit of experience with breakups so he
can draw from that.
THEY SAY: Adam thought it put everyone on
Usher's team at a disadvantage AND that he thought a lot. Usher agrees,
but says his voice is incredible. Shakira thought that he was "very
WE SAY: Kris was just running the
gauntlet on that song. The sexy sultry lows to the high notes that shook
the heavens, and everything in between. And he has that vote locked up
thanks to Vedo's ouster.
Sarah Simmons once sang in a
hard-rock band. During her freshman year. Of high school. She has to
control herself when she does the uptempo Jessie J bad-girl anthem,
"Mama Knows Best".
THEY SAY: Blake just thought it was
"rock" radiating "sexy". "You are a rocker." Usher: "If you got
it, you got it." Adam says "You... are so awesome."
WE SAY: She sheds her Adele image for
Janis Joplin. Gutsy move. Could alienate a fanbase, but could pick up
some new ones who are tired of hearing the same old thing.
One last performance, and it's from
Michelle Chamuel. She could have another pivotal moment with "Just
Give Me A Reason" by Pink. It's heavily built on emotion and range. But
can it close?
THEY SAY: Adam's a fan, saying that she
takes the competition from them. Blake loves how dramatic. Usher: "THAT
was the performance of the night."
WE SAY: She really channeled the feeling
of that song and turned it into a winner.
So who is getting voted out tomorrow?
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