The 10 remaining artists on The Voice took the stage Monday night for another round of live performances.
They had the opportunity during rehearsals to work with four of the top minds in the music business:
— Dave Stewart, one-half of the Eurythmics who’s produced and written for acts like Bono, Mick Jagger and Katy Perry, assisted Adam Levine‘s team.
— Pharrell enlisted the services of OneRepublic frontman and past Voice adviser Ryan Tedder for his team.
— Team Christina Aguilera was joined by Mark Ronson, who co-produced Christina’s Back to Basics album and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 14 weeks with “Uptown Funk.”
— And Team Blake Shelton collaborated with country music producer Scott Hendricks.
The broadcast opened with all 10 artists performing a medley of Elton John hits. Here’s what followed:
The coaches were on their feet and clapping after Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole finished her energetic rendition of “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Etta James. Adam said Kimberly has been so consistent and has momentum on her side. He added that she has a good chance of winning the competition. Christina noted that Kimberly always brings it when she takes the stage.
Team Adam’s Joshua Davis sang “Hold Back The River” by British musician James Bay. Blake mentioned that Joshua brought a different vibe from previous weeks. Pharrell said Joshua demonstrated he has a “broad spectrum” to his voice. Adam said Joshua struggled a little bit with the lower register, but he was able to handle the upper register, which was a goal of theirs.
Team Blake’s Hannah Kirby belted out the Tears for Fears tune “Shout.” Christina said Hannah knows how to sing from her gut. Blake called Hannah a “freak of nature” as a singer.
Meghan Linsey of Team Blake took on Marc Broussard‘s “Home,” drawing a standing ovation from the coaches. Christina said she let it all out. Adam argued that it was Meghan’s best performance of the season, by far. Blake recalled that Meghan told him before the show that she was feeling good, in contrast to when she was on Team Pharrell and had some self-confidence issues.
Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne slowed things down with “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran. Blake wondered how she could’ve done any better. Pharrell declared that his artist has earned the title of “inspirational singer.”
Team Adam’s Deanna Johnson performed the Jefferson Airplane classic “Somebody to Love.” Adam said she looked like she was having fun. He continued, “I’m just happy that this girl has gotten to a point where she can go and deliver a vocal as well as you did, live, without losing your mind.”
Rob Taylor of Team Christina showed off his piano skills during his version of Donny Hathaway‘s “A Song For You.” Pharrell gushed it was “immaculate.” Christina said Rob’s vulnerability was on display, and she was moved.
Team Blake artist Corey Kent White sang George Strait’s “Unwound.” Adam described him as “Captain Consistent.” Blake pointed out that Corey experienced a lyric flub, but he learned he had to “keep on truckin’.”
Sawyer Fredericks of Team Pharrell went with the Goo Goo Dolls hit “Iris.” Blake raved about Sawyer’s powerful voice. Pharrell called her “special, different and rare.”
Team Christina’s India Carney closed the night with Whitney Houston’s “Run to You.” She once auditioned for Broadway — unsuccessfully — with the song. Adam said whoever rejected her at that audition is an idiot. Christina said India made the song her “own beautiful thing.”
Eight artists will advance on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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