'The Voice': 10 perform live
Posted November 20, 2012
More than the Top 10 had a voice in Monday's performance episode of The Voice.
Of course, there were the coaches. Though they can no longer save anyone on their team, they still weigh in on each performance and premiere their own songs. This time, it was Just a Fool by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton. (Christina Milian dubbed them "Blaketina.")
And, there were the guest mentors. Christina brought on her mentor Ron Fair, Blake had his first producer Scott Hendricks on the show and CeeLo Green was joined by his "good friend," singer and American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson. (Adam Levine went guest-less.)
First singer up to impress: Team Christina's Sylvia Yacoub. The 19-year-old, who ditched law school to be on the show, started Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire from behind the piano and then left it to walk around the stage and show off her Christina-esque belting during the chorus. Did Mama Bear approve? "You were on fire," said Christina. "I didn't even hear those notes in rehearsal," she said. CeeLo thought Sylvia was "more confident," while Blake and Adam agreed she was "incredible." Tough act to follow.
Team Blake's Scottish rocker Terry McDermott was trying to work the stage for Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams. That meant carrying his mike stand into the crowd and up to the band, and hitting some high notes on his tiptoes, as Christina pointed out. Blake gave him a standing ovation and the other coaches ate it up. Adam said he was bitter that Terry was not on his team, and CeeLo said, "You remind me of everything that I genuinely love about rock and roll."
"Show more of your power," coach Adam advised Melanie Martinez, 17. She pushed her soft, emotional voice in Seven Nation Army, but seemed upset with her final note (or was showing a bit too much artistic vulnerability). Christina respected that Melanie was "trying to push yourself a bit more," but didn't think the singer with two-toned hair is quite there yet. CeeLo thought the rendition of the White Stripes tune, with screens filled with Melanie's photography, was "uber cool." Adam liked that Melanie pushed hard to do the song, and said it was "amazing." Blake said, "If there's one artist left I wish I could work with, it would be you."
In the pretaped segment, Team CeeLo's guest mentor Jennifer Hudson said, "Cody (Belew)'s personality is so huge. That turned out to be more memorable to me than his vocal." The same could be said about his performance of Beyonce's Crazy in Love, which was filled with leather, shouts to the crowd ("Do you know my name?!") and a dance break that showed minimal dance skill. The coaches were loving it. "You're so cocky in the best way," said Adam. Christina said, "You worked it like a true diva. I was like 'Oh, hey!'" "You just bring me so much joy," said CeeLo.
Team Adam's New York rocker Bryan Keith showed big love for the Big Apple with Billy Joel's New York State of Mind. His raspy voice conveyed his emotion and manliness, according to coach Adam: "You really did that song justice. Billy Joel does sing like he has a pair, as do you." Blake said Bryan reminded him of singer Michael Buble, and "that's a good thing." Christina liked that Bryan enjoys himself onstage.
Amanda Brown, the background singer on Team Adam, closed her eyes, tilted her head back, and belted Stars by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. Though she hit some impressive notes and obviously recovered from last week's less-than-perfect showing, the performance couldn't compare to the original. Adam said, "This was a risk. Not a lot of people know that song." Indeed, none of the other judges knew it, luckily for Amanda. "That performance is the way I'd wanna be introduced to that song," said Blake. Christina said Amanda "definitely showcased your vocal abilities." CeeLo joked, "If you win this entire thing, I'll always feel like I discovered you first."
"I love Nicholas (David). He sings with his soul," said Jennifer Hudson. Team CeeLo's long-haired soul man played piano and sang Lean on Me with a choir behind him. It felt good -- like chicken soup, said Christina. "That was so soothing for my soul." The crowd went wild and CeeLo gave his finalist a standing ovation. CeeLo said, "I heard the voice of a generation. I saw an immaculate, impassioned performance." "Bravo, my friend," said Adam. Blake said, "It's almost like watching a musical legend up there performing."
"I feel like America has forgot that I'm 18 years old," said Team CeeLo's Trevin Hunte. Which is valid, considering Trevin's other songs have been emotional ballads. (By the way, Hudson called him "amazing" in the pretaped segment.) This week, Trevin sang Usher's Scream, doing just that at the end with a power note. The performance earned mixed reviews: The crowd voiced their loud opinion (lots of screaming), but Adam said, "This wasn't my favorite." Christina, however, said, "I think that this was my favorite moment, coming from you." CeeLo said he trusted Trevin's song choice, and "apparently it paid off."
The pressure was on for punk-rocker Cassadee Pope of Team Blake. She slowed it down for a pretty version of Miranda Lambert's Over You, which was co-written by Lambert's husband Blake. The numerous amounts of Blake close-ups showed he was a "proud papa," as Christina put it. "What a special moment for you." Adam said, "This seemed to suit you the best. I wanna see more country music from you." Blake said, "You just sang, easily, the most important and personal song that I've ever been a part of writing in my life. But you made me feel like I was hearing it for the first time."
The cheers started early for ex-football player Dez Duron's version of Feeling Good. Team Christina's soulful vocalist was in his element, and a white blazer, for the jazzy song. The audience was feeling it. CeeLo yelled, "I loved it!" over the screams. Blake said, "Congratulations to you and Christina for figuring out where you fit in musically." Christina said, "I'm so happy that ... you dug deeper. You made everyone's heart melt tonight."
America's votes come in Tuesday (8 ET/PT, NBC).
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