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Mark Burnett's singing competition takes away everything about music... except the voice.

Recaps by Chico Alexander, GSNN

Host Carson Daly
Coaches Adam Levine
Usher Raymond IV
Blake Shelton
Correspondent Christina Milian
Creator John de Mol & Roel van Veltzen (based upon "The Voice of Holland")
EP John de Mol
Mark Burnett
Audrey Morrissey
Stijn Bakkers
Lee Metzger
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Live Shows Round of 6
June 3

Last week, a shocker, as Team Adam was reduced to one, cutting longtime frontrunner Judith Hill and her teammate Sarah Simmons. On the other side of the coin, Michelle Chamuel and Sasha Allen have kept Team Usher and Team Shakira alive, while the country-strong Team Blake have kept whole. Will that change after this week?

Amber Carrington
Sasha Allen
Michelle Chamuel
Danielle Bradbery
The Swon Brothers
Holly Tucker

Each singer will sing two - one contestant choice and one coach's choice. In the end, ONE will be eliminated tomorrow.

As a reminder, every iTunes download also counts as a vote. 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 kick it off with Texas' own Holly Tucker. She brought the attitude last week and it worked for her, so we're doing it again with Blake's choice of "When God-Fearing Women Get the Blues" by Martina McBride. She's taking a lot of attitude into the practice. Will she have enough in the show?

THEY SAY: Usher thinks that theatrics pushed her to perform. It was a good performance, but he wanted to see more. Shakira thought she learned how to have fun on the stage. Adam thinks we're seeing a different brand of character come out from her. Blake says it's his favorite Holly performance.

WE SAY: She's got the tone. She's got the pitch. What she doesn't have is the energy, and this is an energetic song. You can't afford to lose your breath for a second. She lost her breath for a few seconds.

Next up, Usher picks a song for upcoming favorite Michelle Chamuel. The coach-turned-friend is giving her Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know", hoping, like Holly before her, she goes from strength to strength.

THEY SAY: Shakira says she's made much progress under Usher's tutelage, working on her dynamics. Adam says she's "carving out her own spot in the universe". Usher thought he was aiming for something within Michelle's comfort zone with depth and vocal ability, precisely what the song is all about.

WE SAY: Pitch perfect. She puts just enough of her power into the performance to make the performance make sense. That was Michelle dropping the gauntlet on Danielle's foot.

Up now, Zach & Colton, The Swon Brothers. Duos are part and parcel of country music. This one is no exception. Today, this duo gives us "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker.

THEY SAY: Shakira thought it was fun and loose. Adam thought that it had a classic feel that everyone can enjoy. Blake thought that there's no one else that sounds like these guys.

WE SAY: Nice to see Zach shine in the lead for a change. And it's just as good as it ever was, both the song and the act.

Shakira is next, having witnessed Aretha's "Ain't No Way" from Sasha Allen. This is actually her mother's favorite song. So hopefully she has some added incentive to nail this.

THEY SAY: Adam is still very much angry at himself for letting her go. This was her best performance. Usher agrees. Shakira has one question: "Who out of all of the artists left in this competition can sing that song so well? NO ONE!"

WE SAY: We'll go ahead and say it. Due to last week's shocker, Sasha's got a built-in fanbase. That and the fact that she knocked that song on its head and asked it for money is enough to put her through to next week. Rare is the moment when there are TWO shockers in a row.

"Maybe It Was Memphis" was Danielle Bradbery's "moment". Tonight Blake hopes to make another one with Pam Tillis' "Shake the Sugar Tree", continuing his strategy of introducing country classics to a modern audience.

THEY SAY: Usher says she's got a lot of confidence and overcoming nerves. Adam thinks she's still one of the best on the show. Blake says she makes his job easy. "There's no tricks. There's no reason to change things up. You are ... born with a little bit something extra... You're seeing a star being born."

WE SAY: ... Danielle's just this almost inhuman absolutely perfect young artist with a spectacular voice and a spectacular control over it. Her one problem? The other three country acts in the contest. But she's hands down the best of the lot.

Finally, it's the last man standing on Team Adam, Amber Carrington. Tonight, she gets a song from Skid Row. The song, "I'll Remember You". She needs to take a hair song from the 80s and turn it into a country classic for the new generation. Will a mandolin and a banjo help?

THEY SAY: Blake gives Adam props for "bringing it back to country". Shakira thought it was a great song choice, saying monotony is a performer's worst enemy. Adam though that it was a risk to sing this song... and it paid off for both him AND Amber.

WE SAY: Amber finally gets the rule. If she can't choose between country and rock, she might as well sing it and let the chips fall where they may. Works this time. Will she get the votes, though?

So at the half, it's still a wide open field. Holly, though, is on the outside looking in.


The Swon Brothers are back with Blake's choice of "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard. And what better band to sing it than two Okies from Muskogee. Especially in this climate.

THEY SAY: Usher thought it was cool. Adam thought Blake was beaming. Blake thought it was "right" for them to do this song, because they haven't forgotten their roots.

WE SAY: You know, any other week, that song would be a death sentence. But because America is rallying behind Oklahoma, it's going to get them through to the next round. Cheap, but surprisingly effective.

Holly's personal choice is "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts, a song that she's dedicating to her parents.

THEY SAY: Shakira thought it was awesome. Adam thought she had range. Blake thinks that she's the most diverse artist left on his team.

WE SAY: *breathe* I can *breathe* hear her *breathe* breathing. That's not a good thing. It shows poor control. On the plus side, she does have that emotional range to tackle that song. And the note on the end absolutely killed.

Michelle picks "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift... with an apt lyric, "I knew you were trouble when you walked in." Who walks in? Taylor Swift. Trouble herself. So what does she think? I think the hug says it all.

THEY SAY: And the crowd goes crazy. The coaches.... agree.

WE SAY: I almost doubted the song choice until I heard what she could do with it. But with all the movement and the music to go with it, it's asking for trouble. That's her, and she's true to herself first, but expending that much energy may cost her.

Next up, an iconic song from a country music legend, "Crazy" by Patsy Cline courtesy of Amber. This could be HER big country moment.

THEY SAY: Blake says it was beautiful. Shakira didn't know she had that in her. Adam calls Amber a "breath of fresh air" and a "firecracker". "That represents the subtlety of a beautiful voice."

WE SAY: The phrase "more with less" comes to mind.

Danielle's pick is "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans for her sister, who's been through this song before. If you're going to be a car, be a Bugatti. It showcases her upper register, but did she end up biting more than she can chew?

THEY SAY: Everyone loves her, and Shakira loves her in Spanish. Blake likes that she picks and chooses her moments carefully.

WE SAY: That's the mark of practice. She's controlled, she's got range. She knows where her strengths lie, and she plays to them.

Time to close it out with Sasha and Shakira's choice for her... fighting fire with fire with Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats". But it looks like she's struggling from the outset. Can she add some big city swag to an Okie's lament?

THEY SAY: The coaches can't hear above the audience. I think they liked it. Usher says there's more than one "Sasha Fierce". Shakira called it hot.

WE SAY: .... Hell yeah. And it looks like she's genuinely pissed at Adam. Can't imagine why.

So everyone did well, but one person has to go. And I'm willing to wager it's one of the four country artists remaining, because it's a split vote. Michelle and Sasha have their audience locked up. That leaves the four artists left to fight for a piece of the country pie. Whoever gets the smallest piece is going home. Simple.

But I've been wrong before. We'll see who falls behind tomorrow. Until then, remember to support local & independent music!

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