11:43pm PT by Rebecca Ford
'The Voice' Recap: Top 10 Perform, Jennifer Hudson Mentors
On The Voice, the Top 10 took the stage to try to win over America’s hearts once more this week. As a special treat, the coaches brought in industry heavyweights including record exec Ron Fair (who first signed Christina Aguilera), country music producer Scott Hendricks and Grammy-winning singer (and former American Idol contestant) Jennifer Hudson.
Two more contestants will be voted off by America on Tuesday’s live show.
After Aguilera and Blake Shelton performed “Just a Fool” together (which is off her recently released album, Lotus), the contestants took the stage to fight for their spot on the show.
Sylvia Yacoub takes on Alicia Keys' recent single, “Girl on Fire.” The performance is staged almost exactly like Keys’ show, with Yacoub starting out at the piano. Cee Lo Green says Yacoub seems to be becoming more confident.
Heartthrob Dez Duron sings "Feeling Good" to show off some depth (you know, under that good-looking exterior). His soulful voice is great with this song, and the ladies (still) love him.
Terry McDermott is showing off his rocker best with “Summer of ’69.” Shelton gives him a standing ovation after his performance. McDermott is probably one of the most consistent contestants of the season.
Cassadee Pope, the former Hey Monday singer, performs Shelton’s "Over You,” which he wrote with his wife, Miranda Lambert. It’s a powerful ballad, and she gets a standing ovation from Shelton and Aguilera. "You made me feel like I was hearing it for the first time," says Shelton.
After Levine tells us that he was “popping zits” when he was 17 (um, gross), we find out that Melanie Martinez will take on The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army." Levine pushes her to move past her soft little voice and show off her power. After her performance, Aguilera says she wishes she could see Martinez push herself more.
Bryan Keith is singing Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind," which was a part of his upbringing. Keith makes every performance look easy, and after, Levine says he did the song justice.
Amanda Brown is performing “Stars,” by Grace Potter. Brown gets pretty emotional during her performance because the song is very intimate for her. Shelton tells her, “That performance is the way I would want to be introduced to that song."
Team Cee Lo
Cody Belew is taking on Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" but adding his own “Cody twist.” After his hip-swaying performance, Levine says, "You're so cocky, but in the best way. You make me look humble,” which is a compliment, we guess.
“Holy buckets, that woman is Jennifer Hudson,” says Nicholas David when he walks into the room for practice. The singer performs "Lean on Me,” and Hudson, a self-proclaimed fan, says the guy “sings with his soul.” David plays the piano during his performance and receives a standing ovation from his coach.
Trevin Hunte says he wants to show his fun, 18-year-old side with Usher's “Scream.” He wins Green and Hudson over during practice. The audience can’t stop screaming and applauding, and Levine says, "I truly believe you can sing --- dare I say -- anything and it will sound good.”
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