‘The Voice’ Season 4, Episode 18 Recap: Top 10 Perform Through Tough Times
Last night on ‘The Voice,’ the Top 10 performed effortlessly though news of a horrific current event hovered over the stage.
When a natural disaster occurs, like a tornado hitting Oklahoma, it’s difficult to adjust to entertainment, but ‘The Voice’ made sure to show respect to those who are suffering, especially since judge Blake Shelton and contestants the Swon Brothers are from Oklahoma. Through it all, a majority of the contestants were able to give memorable performances including the latter.
The show kicked off with a performance from one of the coaches, Adam Levine and his band Maroon 5. They gave a colorful performance of their new single, ‘Love Somebody.’ All the members dressed in white while the background behind them was splattered with the illusion of paint washing over the members.
Holly Tucker followed that performance with an emotional rendition of the country gospel ‘How Great Thou Art,’ which was simply perfect timing for what was happening in Oklahoma. Holly sang just as angelic as she looked in her white dress. Coach Blake was extremely proud of her performance explaining, “I never heard you sing so strong before, [and] you turned it up one more notch at a crucial time in the competition.”
Judith Hill had mixed emotions to sing Michael Jackson’s ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ after she was criticized for “taking advantage of him” for having the opportunity to be a backup singer for his This Is It tour before his untimely death. She kicked things up a notch during the chorus and when she was finished, started to cry. Adam reassured her that the audience accepted her rendition and it was a celebration of one of the King of Pop’s songs.
The Swon Brothers prevailed through heavy emotions while they performed a high-energy version of ‘How Country Feels.’ “You guys make me feel good, every time you’re onstage,” Shakira said of their performance.
Amber Carrington sang ‘Breakaway’ from Kelly Clarkson, all while a wind machine blew through her hair. “You look great in wind,” joked Blake Shelton. Usher also pointed it out while giving praise. “I was blown away, literally blown away. The arrangement was personalized and it was great,” he said.
Sasha Allen showed off a different side of herself as she performed her first uptempo pop song: Emeli Sande’s ‘Next to Me.’ Sasha was able to get Shakira out of her seat and rocking out. “When I was your coach I wanted to see you interprete a pop song in your own way and you did a fantastic job,” Adam pointed out.
Finally there was a performance that didn’t make the judges swoon. Unfortunately it was the heartthrob Josiah Hawley, who performed ‘Clocks’ by Coldplay. “I will continue to nurture your voice,” Usher admitted even after he received much criticism from the other judges. They felt (minus Usher who is his coach) the song choice lacked lyrical context and that he also lacked confidence in many areas — he imitated the original too much and didn’t put his own spin on it.
Danielle Bradbery continued to amaze in more ways than one, performing ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California.’ Usher summed up her set perfectly. “You had an incredible performance,” he revealed. It was just that — age appropriate and a sweet song for her to take on.
Kris Thomas performed a doo-wop version of Miguel’s ‘Adorn.’ Luckily, no fans were harmed during his performance. The judge pointed out Kris is in his head too much when he sings and Shakira shut the boys down, fighting and defending her teammate. “He showed us everything he can do,” Shakira reminded the judges.
Sarah Simmons did a big band rendition of ‘Momma Knows Best,’ giving some of her Janis Joplin-like vocals. Adam declared it as “the performance of the night.” But Michelle Chamuel performed a heartfelt ‘Just Give Me a Reason’ and her coach Usher said she gave the performance of the night. The two equally gave awesome performances in their own unique ways.
Tonight, we find out which two contestants will be eliminated.
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