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The top ten singers of The Voice are hoping to get by with a little help from some friends.
For the first time in the series, the teams were treated to guest mentors during a live round: Adam Levine was assisted by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, Gwen Stefani by rotating coach Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton by Colbie Caillat, and Pharrell Williams by Diana Ross.
Additionally, Clive Davis spent time with the top ten throughout the week, answering their questions and giving them career advice. “Most importantly, they’ve gotta study the lyric, because without knowing the lyric and what you’re singing about, … you can’t just depend on holding that note, because the next moment might require vulnerability,” he told Carson Daly of what he taught the contestants
Among the ladies’ cover of Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road” and the guys’ take on the country singer’s “Stand,” the top ten took the stage to avoid Tuesday night’s chopping block:
Team Adam’s Matt McAndrew took on Coldplay’s “Fix You” with an impressive upper range, plus the onstage drama that Shelton appreciated. Stefani was overcome with chills from beginning to end.
Stefani’s Anita Antoinette covered Passenger’s “Let Her Go” with a touch of reggae and a refreshing smile, plus a bit of Aguilera’s signature runs. The coaches loved seeing her let loose a little bit more and have fun onstage.
Levine’s Damien suited up and sang Stevie Wonder’s “You and I,” triggering endless praises from Williams. Levine noted the crowd’s rising energy throughout the performance.
Team Blake’s Reagan James put her spin on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” complete with a few added high notes among the rapped verses. Levine applauded her commitment to the many parts, and called it her best performance so far.
Williams’ Luke Wade went for Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness,” after Ross reassured him about his snafu last week that she sings the wrong lyrics all the time. Onstage, he channeled Redding’s whole-body movements, and Stefani saluted how he traversed the stage.
Shelton’s Craig Wayne Boyd covered Johnny Cash’s “Walk the Line,” scoring a standing ovation from three coaches. Williams pointed out his authenticity and Stefani highlighted his star quality, while Levine noted his progress since joining the show.
Team Gwen’s Ryan Sill performed Muse’s “Starlight,” with Aguilera’s suggestions to stray from the original recording and add texture to the rendition. Levine warned that the timing of a contestant’s self-discovery process affects how he’ll do on the show, and Williams called him most-improved.
Team Pharrell’s DaNica Shirey sang Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” in front of the man who discovered the late legend, Davis, and received priceless compliments from the executive. The coaches matched that feedback for her choice to tackle another track from the untouchable Houston.
Stefani’s Taylor John Williams hoped to show more of himself on The Beatles’ “Come Together.” Levine was happy to see the “beastly dude” with major stage presence, and Shelton pointed out that he saw the singer happily having fun for a change. Williams deemed him a rock star.
Levine’s Chris Jamison took on Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” with Bruno Mars, the latest in his growing repertoire of current chart-toppers. Shelton applauded his consistently high energy level, and Stefani noted his natural rhythmic ability and his comfort with the entire stage.
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