Tonight’s live show performances on The Voice 2013 feature a shocking series of new song selections from the Top 10 on Teams Usher, Adam Levine,Blake Shelton, and Shakira.
The Memorial Day show began with a performance from coach Blake Shelton singing his hit tune "Boys 'Round Here," and then it was time for the Top 8 to strut their stuff.
This evening we have songs from artists like Adele, The Judds, and Bruno Mars.
Judith Hill kicked things off for the night for Team Adam, with a unique rendition of “#thatPOWER” by will.i.am featuring Justin Beiber. Her performance was full of high energy, and was a great way to open the show, as Usher noted.
Blake loved seeing Judith's personality, while Shakira praised her "passion."
Her own coach, Adam, admitted that he was skeptical of the song choice at first, but had nothing but compliments for his team member, calling Judith "not just a contestant on The Voice, but an artist performing a song."
Team Blake member Holly Tucker was up next, belting out “Done” by The Band Perry. The college student was ready to show off an edgier side, and boy did she deliver.
Holly's performance brought Blake to his feet, and the other coaches were similarly impressed. "You are an incredible talent," Usher mused, while Shakira loved Holly's "attitude and sassiness." Lastly, Blake was overflowing with joy as he praised Holly for "owning" The Band Perry's song.
The Swon Brothers
After Judith Hill, Michelle Chamuel, Sarah Simmons, and Sasha Allen took over the stage with a performance of the Rihanna song, "Diamonds" it was all about The Swon Brothers. The Oklahoma duo was still thinking about last week's devastating tornados in their home state, but they powered on with a solid rendition of The Eagles' “Seven Bridges Road.”
As the only duo ever to make it this far in the compettition, the brothers knew this performance could make or break them. Usher called the bros an "incredible group" and took his hate off to the pair in the wake of last week's tragedy.
Adam Levine loved "the intention, the song, and what it meant" but was also "brutally honest" in revealing that there were some parts of the song that worried him.
Their coach, Blake, acknowledged that the brothers kind of flew under the radar at first but loves how they have continued to grow. Calling the sibs "complicated in a really, really good way" Blake seemed to enjoy their performance.
Next, Sasha Allen took the stage singing a song that coach Usher is featured on, “Without You” by David Guetta. As Team Shakira's last team member, Sasha knew the pressure was on, but delivered with a great performance.
Adam called himself a "dummy" for losing Sasha, and told her she did a great job.
Blake admitted to comparing himself to Sasha (with "not good" results) while predicting that Sasha's performance will keep Shakira on the show for another week.
Usher began his critique by praising the "great song" and was pleased that Sasha was able to "do her thing" with the tune.
Sasha's coach, Shakira, also praised her ability to make the song her own, and told the mom of two that she is "the epitome of the american woman."
Up next was Sarah Simmons, Team Adam's sweet crooner-turned-rocker, who wowed last week with her new kickass sound. For the 22-year-old Memphis, Tenn. native, Adam chose Gotye's artsy YouTube hit "Somebody That I Used to Know." Adam advised Sarah to be "pissed off," and when she took the stage we felt her intensity from the first note until the very last growl — not to mention her fierce eye contact with the audience. She was in the zone, and she looked more glamorous than ever.
So did Sarah's performance exceed expectations, or will she be just somebody that we used to know?
Not according to Blake, who complimented her ability to switch between sounding soft and gritty all in one song. Usher was slightly critical of her pitch, but loved that she showed a different texture and called her effort "incredible." Shak enjoyed Sarah's unique take on the song, while coach Adam praised her ability to do whatever she wants. He also noted that Gotye's tune has been performed many times on the show — but never this good. And we agree.
Blake Shelton's country gals, Holly Tucker and Danielle Bradbery, took the stage next with The Swon Brothers and Team Adam's Amber Carrington for a heartfelt rendition of "Something More" by Sugarland. It was a feel-good moment and a great way to end Memorial Day. But don't get too comfortable, Voice fans, because the competition is far from over!
Team Usher's last contestant, quirky Michelle Chamuel, chose Bruno Mars' "Grenade." As Usher pointed out, it's an appropriate song because the war is still on! Calling her the "new standard," he changed up the tune by making her voice the main focal point. Michelle struggled to connect during rehearsals, but after a pep talk from Ush, she admitted she's not ready to stop fighting.
We were skeptical at first, but the stripped-down version really worked for Michelle, whose vocals sounded pure and open. Crouching down in her signature move, she pulled out some serious notes that soared higher than ever.
After the crowd finally calmed down, Shak complimented Michelle not only on her pitch-perfect performance, but her newfound confidence. Adam said he got sucked in immediately thanks to some super cool staging and Blake couldn't believe such a big voice came out of such a tiny girl before launching into an aside about sucking in his double chin. Oh Blake!
When it was time for Ush to comment, he couldn't stop gushing about his singer's incredible spirit. "You represent true inner beauty," he said as Michelle (and we) got a bit misty-eyed. Honestly, how can you not love this girl?
The youngest singer in the competition was up next with "Grandpa" by The Judds. Coach Blake Shelton picked the sentimental tune for Danielle to show America that she's more than just a teenager — she's a true artist. We have yet to see the shy teen really break out and showcase her vulnerability, so we were hoping this song would do the trick.
Starting out on a porch swing in a pair of sparkly red cowboy boots, Danielle looked like a regular girl-next-door — but, obviously, her talent is anything but regular. Her vocals were textbook perfect as she crooned the wholesome song with maturity beyond her years. However, we didn't quite see the light in her eyes we were looking for.
Not surprisingly, the coaches fawned over Dani's performance. Usher called the 16-year-old a prodigy, noting her ease and effortlessness. Shakira addressed Danielle's "star quality" while Adam was pretty much tongue-tied about her talent (but managed to take a quick jab at "Grandpa Blake"). Pawpaw Shelton couldn't have been prouder of his bite-sized singer and said her performance brought him back to simpler times.
While we weren't overwhelmed by her performance, we have to agree with Blake — sometimes less is more.
Rounding out the night, Team Adam's country girl tackled "Skyfall" by Adele — which he reminded her is not your typical Adele love ballad, but rather a sweeping and dramatic soundtrack tune that he hoped would help showcase her adventurous side as an artist. Emphasizing the need for theatrics, Adam advised Amber to think about the performance elements — not just the vocals.
When the lights went up, we couldn't believe this was the same Amber we met back in the blind auditions! She was the picture of old Hollywood elegance in a long black gown and classic updo, and her voice was powerful and on pitch. And that last note? Epic!
Blake called her a powerhouse diva, even though she's still a country gal at heart. Usher called her "incredible" while Shakira said the performance worked even though she was perplexed by the song choice. Coach Adam gushed over Amber and said that no one has ever performed an Adele song that well on The Voice. A bold statement, but one we couldn't agree with more!