‘The Voice’ Recap: Team Adam Levine Comes Out on Top as Top 5 is Formed

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THE VOICE -- "Live Show" Episode 517B -- Pictured: (l-r) Will Champlin, Jacquie Lee, Matthew Schuler, Tessanne Chin, James Wolpert, Cole Vosbury -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The Tuesday night elimination shows on The Voice are probably one of the most night-biting nights by far; and with the show only being an hour long, everyone is either literally on the edge of their seats in the audience and at home when it comes time for host, Carson Daly to read off the names of who will remain and who will be in need of the Voice Save on Twitter. Tonight’s The Voice, if anything, was one of those nights.

Beautifully radiant Kelly Clarkson, who was an advisor for Blake Shelton on the show took to the stage to perform her song “Underneath the Tree” from her Christmas album, “Wrapped in Red”. It was so cute seeing her express her excitement and happiness on becoming a mother. She also shared that on December 11th, she will be doing her very own Christmas special on the NBC network, and that she had a little fun teasing Blake, who is a guest on the special.

Before the first name was called by Carson, three of the Top 6 took to the stage. Jacquie Lee, Matthew Schuler and Tessanne Chin performed Florence and the Machine’s “You’ve Got the Love”. Right after their performance was Carson taking to the stage to read off the first person to be saved to go to the semi-finals. That person, of course, was from Christina Aguilera’s team, cute sixteen year old, Jacquie. She definitely earned her place in the semi-finals, giving two great performances on Monday night.

Blake performed Christmas tune, “Silver Bells” with his first time artist, Xenia, who was on his team during the first season of the show. Right after their performance, we had the teams and coaches during their “Voice Confessions”. The topic was “If I wasn’t a singer, I’d be…” I love the confessionals because everyone is always so quirky. Christina, I couldn’t see as a teacher, even though she was donning those pretty teacher-esque glasses. I love Tessanne, who said she’d dress up a little bit better if she’d known she’d be working with the sexiest man alive.

Blake has another chance at a possible four-peat, because America saved his lone artist, Cole Vosbury. A part of me was a bit surprised that he’d continued on; not because he didn’t do a great job, because his performances were both good, but because I was running a whole different scenario of who’d stay and who’d go. This goes to show that the votes can go any direction and even with everyone performing at their best, someone has to go home.

It was a blast from 90’s past when Nuno Bettingcourt, joined by Cole, James Wolpert and Will Champlin, sang his group, Extreme’s “More than Words”. All four guys on the stage just harmonized beautifully on the song. Even being under the weather didn’t stop James from hitting a few of the high notes. In traditional fashion, however, we had to come back to the elimination portion of the competition right after their performance. Carson once again took to the stage with the remaining artists, and read off Jamaican beauty, Tessanne’s name as being safe to go through to the semi-finals.

The six contestants returned to the stage to perform another Christmas tune. Singing a mixture of “Joy to the World”, then into a full version of “Oh Holy Night” with the Voice backup singers backing them. This is the first time that I can say that all of these contestants just blend together and make every group performance they do something special. If they have this on iTunes, then this live performance would be a must have.

THE VOICE -- "Live Show" Episode 517B -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Schuler, James Wolpert, Carson Daly -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

THE VOICE — “Live Show” Episode 517B — Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Schuler, James Wolpert, Carson Daly — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The nail-biter of the show is having three remaining contestants on stage, knowing that all would be rushing to Twitter to start typing the words “Voice Save” for whoever would be in the bottom two. On a side note related to the episode: during the show, Adam himself took to Twitter to strongly encourage his fans and fans of Team Adam to vote to save James, because he feared that he’d be in the bottom two due to his two performances. He was right, when after his artist Will was called as the next person to make it to the semi-finals, leaving Matt and James as the remaining two.

Would Christina keep Matt in the competition, forcing Adam to say good-bye to one of his artists, making him have two remaining performers in the competition; or would Adam be the first to hold on to all three of his contestants, knocking Christina down to just one performer? After giving viewers five minutes of tweeting time, the show came to a close as James walked victoriously towards Adam for a hug of congratulations.

Next week Monday is the semi-finals and after an edge of the seat elimination show such as this one, you can believe the competition is going to be fierce. Adam and Christina could very well shut Blake out, because they have some of the strongest singers on their teams. Blake will need to choose wisely when it comes to song selections for Cole if he wants to garner another win.

Make sure to tune in next week Monday and Tuesday when The Voice kicks off their semi-finals episode.

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