The top 10 took the stage and Jennifer Hudson stopped by to guest mentor! Did you love tonight’s show?
As the top 10 competed for America’s votes on tonight’s episode of The Voice, coaches Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, and Cee Lo Green brought out some heavy artillery in the form of special mentors Ron Fair, Scott Hendricks, and Jennifer Hudson! Coach Adam Levine ignored the trend, which was just fine — his protégé Bryan Keith didn’t need extra help shining bright tonight!
Christina brought Ron in to teach her team how to grow as she did in the beginning of her career, or something. Sylvia tackled Alicia Keys‘ new single “Girl on Fire” this week, explaining how she was pre-law, but music set her on fire, which seemed like a strained analogy. For her performance, she sat herself down at the piano, again, to evoke that full Alicia Keys imagery. Her vocals, of course, were no match for Alicia’s, but it was alright.
Terry took on “Summer of ’69” by Bryan Adams, after practicing with Blake and music producer Scott. This song was tailor-made for Terry’s voice. He consistently brings an excellent performance to the stage and tonight was no different. There wasn’t a misstep or bum note throughout. Given the state of rock music, I wonder what level of success Terry would be able to meet, but he’s a frontrunner without a doubt.
Melanie competed with “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, though as she proved in rehearsals, she brought her signature spin to the song. Adam wisely advised her to bring some power to the song if she wants to win. During her performance, she really found a strength in her voice that I don’t think we’d heard yet — and it was about time. Hopefully it’ll endear her more to America.
Cee Lo brought in Jennifer to guide Cody through his rehearsals on Beyonce‘s “Crazy In Love.” I haven’t been shy about Cody being one of my favorites in this competition, and tonight only earned him a larger piece of my heart. He brought a little Adam Lambert to the stage and I did not hate it. Cody is just such a blast. His diva ending with that choreographed bit was so much fun. Vote for Cody, everyone! (Okay, stepping off my soapbox.)
Bryan continued to evoke that Rat Pack feel that he brought to the stage last week. His performance of Billy Joel‘s “New York State Of Mind” was, unsurprisingly, terrific. His voice was stellar, as usual. And He didn’t return to his cheesy soft-rock from earlier in the competition. So, he did exactly what he needed to do to keep me rooting for him. I don’t doubt he’ll have any trouble keeping the audience’s love this week, either.
Amanda admitted she felt pressure after last week’s performance and it’s weak reception among the coaches. This week, she competed with Grace Potter‘s “Stars,” a song that she and Adam hope will bring her back to Earth a little. Her performance was incredible; definitely more emotional and grounded and less theatrical than last week. The coaches were much kinder to Amanda this week, deservedly so.
When Nicholas met Jennifer, he said, “Holy buckets!” which was probably the cutest thing that happened all night. Tonight, Nick competed with “Lean On Me.” He sang with a full choir, as he played the piano. It was another great performance from Nick. His silky voice shined, and his somewhat awkward stage presence was tempered by keeping him behind the piano. I dont have any doubt that Nick will make it through to another week.
Trevin wanted to bring a more upbeat vibe tonight because he’s only sung beautiful ballads. This week, he wanted to compete with “Scream” by Usher, but Cee Lo was on the fence about whether the audience would want embrace it after what they’ve come to expect. Ultimately, Cee Lo allowed him to perform the song. I think it was a wise decision, reminding the audience that Trevin is as young as is he is. He handled the song well and the audience seemed to eat it up.
Cassadee competed with “Over You,” the song that Blake wrote with wife Miranda Lambert about the loss of his brother. It was a wise song choice because we’ve only heard Cassadee sing power-pop so far, and it was time for her to stretch her ability and show the audience something new. She looked and sounded great on the song, earning herself a standing ovation from the coaches. I didn’t disagree with Adam when he said it was the best we’d seen from Cassadee thus far.
Eye candy Dez decided to take on “Feeling Good” because Christina wanted him to take on a bit of deeper material, which I think may be a losing battle. Dez is very pleasant, but I don’t know that there is much depth to him. Also, I worship at the altar of this song, so I’m extra judgmental when people try to sing it. During his performance, Dez mainly opted to mimic Michael Bublé’s version of the track, rather than try anything new or innovative. The girls still squealed, so it’s safe to say he won’t be going anywhere.
Who was your favorite tonight, HollywoodLifers? More importantly, which two should be going home? Let me know in the comments below!
— Billy Nilles
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