The competition is heating up! The Voice season 4’s top 10 artists took the stage last night (May 20), hoping to give performances that would be good enough to get them to the top 8. Some did what they do best while others stepped outside of the box to show different sides of themselves.
Helping them with their song choices and performances were their coaches and guest mentors. Adam Levine brought back Hilary Scott from Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton had Sheryl Crow, Usher re-teamed with Pharrell Williams and Shakira brought it original coach Cee-Lo Green. Here’s a rundown of what went down when the top 10 performed:
Holly Tucker – Team Blake: Holly went back to her gospel roots and performed “How Great Thou Art.” She had some real shining moments but other parts were just “eh.” Usher thought it was an incredible statement to make and Blake thought it was her most important performance so far.
Judith Hill – Team Adam: Judith paid tribute to her mentor Michael Jackson by performing his hit “The Way You Make Me Feel.” She started it off deliciously slow and then picked up the tempo. The beginning was much stronger than the end of the performance but the coaches still loved it.
The Swon Brothers – Team Blake: The Swon Bros gave a fun and vocally awesome performance of “How Country Feels,” impressing all of the coaches. “I grow to be a bigger fan every time I see you guys play,” Adam said.
Amber Carrington – Team Adam: Amber tried her hand at singing queen Kelly Clarkson’s “Breakaway” and the results weren’t that good. Kelly’s such an awesome, powerful singer and unfortunately, Amber just doesn’t’ have the chops to match it. The coaches ate it up though. Blake liked it and Usher was blown away by it–literally. Amber did work the Beyonce-like fan.
Sasha Allen – Team Shakira: Sasha’s been slaying with ballads but this week, she performed an uptempo number with Emeli Sande’s “Next To Me.” She sounded great, looked great and just rocked the stage like a star. Adam was very proud of his former artist and Shakira, her current coach, couldn’t stop smiling and praising her.
Josiah Hawley – Team Usher: Josiah brought his guitar and his dreamy face to the stage for a performance of Coldplay’s “Clocks” and worked it out! Shakira thinks it’s hard to recreate the magic Coldplay creates when they perform but still tells Josiah he did a good job. Adam agreed with Shaki while Usher vowed to nurture Jo’s voice.
Danielle Bradbery – Team Blake: Danielle gave another vocally flawless performance with “Heads Carolina, Tails California” by Jo Dee Messina. Usher says he’ll go to Carolina or California with her (umm, what!?), adding that it was great. Adam chimed in saying he loves watching the 16-year-old star.
Kris Thomas – Team Shakira: Shakira picked Miguel’s smash hit “Adorn” for Kris to sing so that he can show a different side of himself. Maybe it was the weird, uber corny arrangement but this performance was just not great. More on the bad side actually. All of the coaches are fooled into thinking it was great besides the fact that he needs to “think” less.
Sarah Simmons – Team Adam: Sarah decided to sing Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” to prove she’s more than an angelic voice. Nice effort but this performance was manic and filled with yelling. Did. Not. Love! The coaches heard something totally different because they could do nothing but wet themselves with joy. Adam even had to fan himself.
Michelle Chamuel – Team Usher: Michelle and Usher are a dream team. Usher selects brilliant songs for Michelle and she just murders them during her performance with the raw emotion she evokes. All of the coaches swoon over her powerful performance of Pink and Nate Ruess’ “Just Give Me A Reason” but no one gushes more than her coach Ush who calls it the performance of the night.