On March 24, Team Usher indie artists Madilyn Paige and Tanner James belted out a duet to “Everything Has Changed” by Taylor Swift. Usher paired the Provo, Utah natives together with the hope that they would be able to feed off of one another’s energy. Mentor Jill Scott felt that Madilyn’s voice had a tenderness to it that made it so fragile, it could break. She also thought that Tanner’s voice was lovely and she was impressed.
During rehearsals, Usher asked both singers to break out of their comfort zones and project to each other. While performing, each singer felt a pull towards each other, but fought against it. Jill agreed that both singers should go ahead and feel the emotions the song describes. Usher ultimately advised the pair to fight the tension that made them feel uncomfortable and play out the teenage romance they felt while singing the song.
Starting their performance with their backs to each other, Madilyn and Tanner gave a performance of two starry-eyed kids in love to the coaches’ delight. Adam Levine called the duet a “cuteness overload” that was sincere and well done. Shakira agreed that it was sweet, believeable, and filled with charisma. Blake Shelton called both singers adorable and said that while they’re both specific in what they do, he’d go with Madilyn. Usher thanked his singers for doing just what he asked them to do, which was to embrace the performance. Usher called Tanner a heart throb, while he complimented Madilyn’s growth, aggressive singing, and ability to step outside of her comfort zone. When it was time to make a choice, Usher called Madilyn the victor.
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