December 09, 2013 6:59pm PT by Ashley Lee
'The Voice' Recap: Top 5 Sing for the Finals
The Voice has arrived at the semifinals, with one singer each left for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera competing against Adam Levine's unscathed team.
After the top five united for American Authors' "Best Day of My Life," they split for their live semifinal performances. With Cee Lo Green now out for the season, here's how they did:
Saved by the final Twitter vote last week, Levine's James Wolpert took on U2's tortured and moody "With or Without You." While Aguilera felt compelled to share that she'd suggested that song for a coaches' performance, Shelton actually critiqued the singer: "Heck, you might have dug yourself out of a hole," he said. "That was really strong." However, if the Instant Save has taught us anything, it's that whoever is on the verge of going home one week is often sent packing the next.
Levine assigned Will Champlin to tackle the anthemic "Carry On" by fun., complete with a slowed introduction to make it his own. "It is really cool to see you feeling all 'swaggy' up there," said Green, praising Champlin's execution, while Shelton was happy to see him smiling more onstage.
Aguilera asked Jacquie Lee to switch up her timbres on Sarah McLachlan's "Angel," opting not for the soft approach of the original but more of a power ballad take. "You did things I didn't know you were gonna do tonight," said Aguilera, while Green said the performance snapped him out of his funk: "Just when I think that I'm jaded -- I don't have anyone to cheer for or support, and this reminds me, this all belongs to me."
After a grooming session alongside a supportive Green, Shelton listened to Cole Vosbury perform Garth Brooks' rendition of Billy Joel's "Shameless," conquering the stage with more confidence this time around. "I think you just now figured out who you are," said Shelton, with Green echoing that praise.
Last but not least, Levine had Tessanne Chin go for Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," full of dynamic range and an impossibly long final note that had the audience cheering. Her coach mentioned that a few negative items were edited out of her package -- a comment that almost triggered Chin's tears -- but Shelton said that as opposing coach, he echoed every praise Levine had.
Tuesday night is another double elimination, so the finals will be narrowed down to three singers -- potentially all from the same team. We wonder if Levine will escape the night unscathed once again.
What did you think of tonight's performances? Which singers deserve to advance, and which should be sent home? Which coach will lose all of his or her singers next? Sound off in the comments below.