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“The Voice” Recap: Blakira!

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Night 2 of the live playoffs gave us a performance that left us wanting more . . . much more! So who else got instantly hooked on Blake Shelton and Shakira dueting on Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now”? And that was just one highlight of a night that included Blake doing karaoke with his team and Shakira trying not to bite her nails off because she was so nervous.

The first solo performance of the night belonged to 17-year-old Garrett Gardner from New Jersey, tasked by Shakira with making John Lennon’s iconic “Imagine” his own. A mission nearly impossible, at least according to Adam Levine, but Shakira was bursting with pride over Garrett’s soulful rendition, sung while playing the piano. “You’re the complete package,” noted Blake.

Then Shakira gave R&B vocalist Kris Thomas a thrill during rehearsals by joining him on “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. She got goose bumps when it was time for him to do it on his own, but Adam had a slight problem with Kris’ nervous energy.

The Maroon 5 frontman had more criticism to share after Karina Iglesias sang Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” and Sasha Allen belted out “Oh! Darling” by The Beatles. However, this time it was all directed toward himself for letting these powerhouse ladies go.

Now let’s talk about Team Country, who took the stage like they’ve been singing together for years on a fun, boot-stomping version of “Boondocks” by Little Big Town. It was the start of a big ol’ celebration for Blake, who seemed super-confident that he’s going to guide one of his four on to a win.

First, he gave marching-band member Holly Tucker a confidence boost after she expressed concerns of not fitting the typical mold of a superstar singer. He assured her that she was going to blow people’s minds with her big voice on “How Do I Live” by LeAnn Rimes. Blake remained adamant that she deserved to be there. “Everyone just took notice and said, `Oh, crap, that’s who I got to beat,’” he said.

The close-knit Swon Brothers got the crowd jumping with “Fishin’ in the Dark” by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. “This is so Blake,” exclaimed Adam Levine. Turning to Blake he added, “You’ve been dying for this. Finally he gets this moment!”

And then another! Deemed by Usher as a “country-incredible moment,” former Christian singer Justin Rivers was flooded with compliments after performing “Meet in the Middle” by Diamond Rio. “I love that there’s a country artist that’s genuinely a threat to Blake’s career,” cheered Adam. “You are a huge surprise and I’m a fan.”

Closing out the feel-good country-fest was 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery giving new life to “Maybe It Was Memphis” by Pam Tillis. “In the wise words of my friend Blake Shelton, ‘Holy crap,’” responded Shakira after the teen took her place next to Carson Daly. “Pains me to say, you are one of the ones to beat,” admitted Adam.

But the highest praise came from wordsmith Blake: “People are going to buy the crap out of what you just did!” He then went on to predict that Danielle could be one of the most important artists ever to be on The Voice. Is he suggesting she could be the show’s very own Carrie Underwood? Yes, I think that’s exactly what he meant.

Next up: the live results show.

In the meantime, who do you think can go on to win this thing?


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