By Tionah Lee
11:28 AM EDT, May 21, 2013
It's like guerrilla warfare right now. We are focused.
You chose them America, and last night was your chance to see them perform. The competition is now out of the hands of the coaches and up to you. The top 10 took the stage last night, with the help of celebrity mentors Hillary Scot, Sheryl Crow, Pharrell Williams and veteran coach Cee Lo Green.
Team Blake: Holly Tucker, "How Great Thou Art"
It was time for Holly Tucker to stand her ground and go back to her roots. Performing gospel classic “How Great Thou Art,” Tucker took the audience to church with no apologies. Coach Shakira called the performance “heavenly.” Holly’s coach, Blake, felt that the performance was appropriate to kick off the night and said it was her most important performance yet.
Team Adam: Judith Hill, “The Way You Make Me Feel,” by Michael Jackson
“Everybody I see on the street says …Love that Judith Hill.” I’m sure if I saw Judith’s Coach Adam Levine on the street we would say that as well. Judith took the stage to pay homage to her former mentor Michael Jackson with a jazzy rendition of his classic, leaving the audience and coaches on their feet. Coach Usher commended a tearful Judith on an amazing performance and tribute to an amazing artist. Blake couldn’t figure out anything negative to say, and Coach Adam was happy that she was able to celebrate someone who meant a lot to her.
Team Blake: The Swon Brothers, “How Country Feels,” by Randy Houser
Team Blake’s resident duo The Swon Brothers took on a country hit. The Oklahoma natives brought a upbeat performance that allowed the judges and audience to finally start calling them “country artists.” After finding out that their families were not affected by the devastating tornadoes, Coach Shakira called them a lot of fun (and wanted one of Coach Blake’s drinks) Coach Adam wasn’t frightened by the performance (like Zach’s scream face) and Coach Blake couldn’t be happier to have a better representation of his home state.
Team Adam: Amber Carrington, “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson
Perfect song choice, by a perfect artist! Amber Carrington performed Kelly Clarkson’s hit “Breakaway” (while blowing in the wind) and blowing the judges away. While Coach Blake felt the performance finally allowed her to cross over to a country/pop artist like Clarkson, coach Usher was “blown away by her talent” and Coach Adam remained proud.
Team Shakira: Sasha Allen, “Next to Me,” Emeli Sande
With the help of her coach, and veteran coach Cee Lo Green, Sasha Allen took a break from performing the classics and performed a modern hit for America. It was all about Sasha’s voice control and her outfit. Coach Shakira couldn’t stay in her seat, Adam Levine called her great, and Coach Blake loved seeing her up-tempo and rocking out.
Team Usher: Josiah Hawley, “Clocks,” by Coldplay
“This is Josiah’s moment”
It was time for team Usher’s pop-rocker to find his moment, and according to guest coach Pharrell Williams not become intimidated by the bridge. Hawley found his window of opportunity to shine. Coach Shakira found the attempt to perform Coldplay tough. Coach Adam agreed, however Josiah’s Coach Usher didn’t agree with much of anything the other coaches had to say, and made sure to tell Josiah that the coaches don’t get it, but soon will.
Team Blake: Danielle Bradbery “Head Carolina, Tails California,” by Jo Dee Messina
“You’re my retirement, so I really need you to pay attention and do good” looks like Coach Blake has a lot riding on the youngest member of his team. Coach Usher commended Danielle on making country cool, Coach Adam was astonished while Coach Blake loved how care-free her performance was.
Team Shakira: Kris Thomas, “Adorn,” by Miguel
No audience members were hurt during this performance.
Team Shakira gave resident crooner Kris Thomas a chance to speak to the ladies. With the help of his coach Shakira and veteran coach and ladies man Cee Lo, Kris was able to swoon the audience and forget about his on and off relationship situation. Coach Adam could feel Kris thinking, Coach Usher thinks his judge could have picked a better song, while Coach Shakira completely disagreed. Shakira was on fire while defending her teammate, and Usher and Adam had no choice to hide.
Team Adam: Sarah Simmons, “Mama Knows Best,” by Jessie J
Did you know that she was in a scream band? You never would have thought that. It was time for Sarah to use her big voice and relate to the lyrics. Coach Blake “wet his pants,” and Coach Adam felt his teammate brought the performance of the night.
Team Usher: Michelle Chamuel “Just Give Me a Reason,” by Pink
Sidebar: Since I first heard this song, I wondered which artist on what reality competition show would perform it.
Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel closed the night with Pink’s hit, channeling her emotions and performing a song that would again allow her to leave it all on the table for the audience. Coach Adam is a fan, Coach Blake loves how dramatic Michelle is during performance, and Usher deemed her performance the performance of the night.
Did the Top 10 deliver enough to gain your votes America? We will find out during the results show when the top 8 is unveiled.
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