“The Voice” Recap: Blake Rules!

(From left) Holly Tucker, Colton Swon and Zach Swon of The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel, Sasha Allen, Amber Carrington
photo by Trae Patton/NBC

The live results show began with host Carson Daly’s customary quizzing of the coaches. We learned that Shakira would take the blame for making bad song choices if her lone singer, Sasha Allen, went home (she didn’t, by the way). Usher, despite being compared to Urkel by Carson, kept the bespectacled look and praised his remaining artist, Michelle Chamuel, saying, “She’s an incredible example of what it means to believe in yourself.” And Blake got a shout-out for the good work he’s doing organizing the Healing the Heartland benefit concert for Oklahoma, which Usher will be taking part in on Wednesday night.

Oh, and there was music—lots and lots of good music, beginning with Sheryl Crow and Team Blake singing her breezy new single, “Easy.” Judith Hill and Michelle Chamuel teamed up for Calvin Harris’ electro-pop tune “Sweet Nothing.” The odd pairing of the night that surprisingly worked was Sasha Allen and The Swon Brothers joining forces for the Jason Aldean-Kelly Clarkson duet “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

And although Adam and Blake may have been taking swipes at each other, their singers were harmonizing quite beautifully: Sarah Simmons and Danielle Bradbery delivered a lovely version of “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri, while Amber Carrington and Holly Tucker did Reba McEntire and Linda Davis justice with their take on “Does He Love You.”

The Voice confessional gave us more fun facts, like Shakira has dirty feet, because she’s always barefoot. And if she were a superhero she would be Atomic Ant, while Usher would be Captain Muscles and Adam would be Blake’s sidekick because, as Blake put it, “He’s riding my coattails.” Ouch! The words may not have hurt, but what transpired in the last three minutes of the hour sure did! While the safe bet would have been on the two vets each losing a member of their teams, it turned out that all three of Blake’s artists survived to sing next week, leaving a shocked Adam to say goodbye to two of his: Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons. Double ouch! Oh, and by the way, isn’t it ironic that Adam’s last-chance singer is a country artist?

Can Adam beat Blake with Amber Carrington? Can anyone beat Blake and Team Country? What say you?

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