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‘The Voice’: Koryn Hawthorne’s Best Performance Yet Makes Her A Contender

Mon, April 20, 2015 10:00pm EDT by 6 Comments

We’re getting closer and closer to crowning Season 8’s winner of ‘The Voice,’ and on the April 20 live show, the Top 10 proved why they all deserve to stick around. How will America decide who to keep around after those amazing performances?!

The performances on The Voice are just getting better as the weeks go on, and while everyone in the Top 10 killed it on the April 20 show, it was Koryn Hawthrone from team Pharrell  who really took things to the next level with her best performance yet! Singing Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain,” the 16-year-old had the coaches and audience going wild. Here’s a full recap from Season 8’s Top 10 performances!

‘The Voice’ Top 10 Perform —  Koryn Hawthorne’s Best Performance Yet

To kick things off, all ten artists united to sing a medley of Elton John hits — and they definitely set the tone for a night of killer performances. Seriously, there is SO much talent on this show!

Up first was Kimberly Nichole from team Christina Aguilera, who sang a powerful rendition of Etta James’ “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” with a “rock twist,” as recommended by her coach. Despite having some trouble figuring out the melody during her rehearsals, Kimberly absolutely nailed it once she hit the stage, bringing Christina to her feet.

Next up — team Adam Levine’s Joshua Davis, singing “Hold Back The River” by James Bay. His passionate performance earned rave reviews from the judges with Adam noting, “We did kind of conquer the beast of having your upper register be great.” Amazing job!

Team Blake Shelton’s Hannah Kirby took the stage next, belting out “Shout” by Tears For Fears and earning praise from the coaches — Blake and Hannah’s former coach Pharrell even stood up to show their appreciation! “You’re, like, growing up right before my eyes and becoming this superstar person!” Christina gushed. That’s some high praise from Xtina!

Another artist from team Blake, Meghan Linsey, was up next, and she kept the ball rolling for the country superstar with her performance of “Home” by March Broussard. Paying homage to her home state of Louisiana, Meghan totally killed it onstage, and the crowd and coaches were absolutely LOVING it. Host Carson Daly said it best: “Meghan Linsey is NOT messing around!”

From team Pharrell, Koryn Hawthorne was the next to sing, and she definitely didn’t disappoint with her rendition of Ed Sheeran’s “Make It Rain.” Tapping into a personal experience to relate to the uplifting song, Koryn gave an incredibly powerful performance that had Blake gushing, “I don’t know how you could have done any better than what you just did.”  How is this girl only 16!? Definitely her best performance thus far, making her a true contender!

Deanna Johnson of Team Adam, who was kept in the competition thanks to the Instant Save in last week’s elimination episode, had her chance at redemption this week — and boy did she deliver! Her unexpected song choice of “Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane impressed the audience. “I commend you for rising to the occasion, to the challenge and pushing yourself,” Christina noted. “That was a different thing for you tonight.”

Next, team Christina member Rob Taylor took the stage to sing “A Song For You” by Donny Hathaway. The emotional vocalist continued to demonstrate why he deserves to still be in this competition with his killer rendition of the ballad. “You are something special and so rare and so important in this competition. I was so inspired and so touched,” his coach raved.

Blake’s country singer Corey Kent White was up next to sing George Strait’s “Unwound,” and he definitely did justice to the country legend’s tune. Taking Blake’s advice, Corey got rid of his guitar and made the song more up-tempo with a rock beat — and even though he had a minor lyric flub, it was amazing overall!

Sawyer Fredericks from Pharrell’s team then sang the Goo Goo Dolls’ hit “Iris,” and as always, the unique vocalist was completely flawless. “I’ve never been through this, but I’ve just always been able to connect to it,” he admitted in rehearsal. It definitely showed! Oh yeah, and don’t let that old soul fool you…he’s only 16. By the way. In case you forgot. WOW!

To close things out, Christina’s artist India Carney took a big risk by taking on a Whitney Houston‘s challenging song “Run To You.” And it was so totally worth it! India absolutely killed it, starting off slow and then showcasing her powerful vocals to end the chill-inducing performance. “You hit all those crazy, crazy notes,” Pharrell confirmed. “It was beautiful. Such a beautiful performance.”

So, HollywoodLifers — what did you think of this week’s episode? Who do you think will win it all?!

— Alyssa Norwin