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‘The Voice’ Live Recap: Top 12 Hit the Stage

THE VOICE -- Episode 414A "Live Show" -- Pictured: Josiah Hawley -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Last week’s The Voice had not only all sixteen singing hopefuls battling it out for a spot in the Top 12, but also had our coaches working hard to make sure their very best were still in the competition.

On last night’s episode of The Voice those Top 12 took to the stage, giving the studio audience and viewers their very best.  Some stood out as the possible front-runners, while some didn’t quite hit the mark either song choice wise or vocally.

Here are the standout performances from last night’s show:

On Adam Levine‘s team, it was Judith Hill, the former background vocalist for the late Michael Jackson, who chose Carol King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”  Proving that she truly is the one to possibly take on the other teams (and hers), Judith used the piano to accompany her.  It was a very wise move, giving the studio audience and viewers the chance to see just how talented she is.

Also from Adam’s team was Amber Carrington, who sang Martina McBride’s “I’m Gonna Love You Through It,” an emotional song, that was so fitting for Amber, who shared with Adam about her mother being diagnosed with cancer.  Each time Amber takes to the stage, her ability to capture the audience grows stronger.  Her taking on such an emotional song that hit close to home and proves that she’s willing to show her vulnerability and softer side, all the while doing what she wants to do: stay one step closer to another week in the competition.

Blake Shelton‘s Holly Tucker performed another song by Martina McBride “A Broken Wing.”  Tucker continues to grow in her confidence on stage, as well as show just how strong her stage presence is.  Blake’s desire to snatch another win with a country artist could happen if Holly stays another round; she definitely is inching up as someone to watch from his team.

A head-scratcher for me, however, was that of Garrett Gardner‘s “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. Garrett, who is strong with rock vocals, took the steps in turning the boy band pop song into something all his own. It was a good effort on Shakira‘s part in tossing out something different for him to do, but for someone who has been singing rock songs since being in the competition, Tuesday will tell if the gamble will pay off for Garrett.

First time duo team, The Swon Brothers paid a bit of a country honor to George Jones by singing his classic “Who’s Going to Fill Their Shoes.”  The brothers took the song to an acoustic level and by doing so, made them more or less show how much they have grown. Usher said it best: they gave an incredible performance. The Swon Brothers gave a most fitting tribute and their idea for the song selection could very well keep them in the game.

Shakira’s R&B artist, Sasha Allen had big shoes to fill by taking on Heart’s rock ballad “Alone.” Rather than going the route of rock, Sasha turned it into a powerful, soulful song, making sure to stay away from her Broadway vibe that she initially went into during her rehearsal with Shakira. It may have been a downfall for Adam giving Sasha up, however, Sasha still have some competition on her heels with that of Judith.  It could be a good treat to see what she’s got if she’s still in it Tuesday night.

While these performances stood out to me, let’s not forget that there were still stellar performances from Danielle Bradbury, who sang “Wasted,” Michelle Chamuel with “Call Your Girlfriend,” Kris Thomas and Vedo, who both took a page out of the Michael Jackson song list with “I’ll Be There” and “Rock with You,” and Sarah Simmons, who belted out Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” and Josiah Hawley, who took crooned The Script’s “The Man Who Can’t Be Moved.”

Tuesday night is going to that of great interest because anything can happen. Who will be saved?  Who will be going home?  It’s still anybody’s game, on The Voice.

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