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“The Voice” Recap: Hard Goodbyes

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The air conditioning may have been working again, but still things managed to get steamy when Season 2 mentor Robin Thicke returned to The Voice stage with T.I. and Pharrell (and contestants Vedo and Kris Thomas) to sing “Blurred Lines.”

That was fun!

So was Team Blake’s rollicking rendition of “Play Something Country” by Brooks & Dunn. (I’m telling ya, Blake Shelton needs to take his Season 4 protégés on the road—they make good music together.) And we also got a performance by Lady Antebellum, who joined Team Adam on their new single, “Goodbye Town.” Then Judith Hill, Sarah Simmons and Amber Carrington helped Adam Levine put his own reggae-esque twist on The Cure’s “Lovesong.”

Besides the music, the hour included a “Voice Confessional” segment, during which we learned: Colton Swon is a germaphobe who keeps the Purell handy (I also discovered during a Google search that he auditioned for Season 7 of American Idol—their loss, right?); brother Zach Swon can make his face look like the Scream mask (freaky!); and Danielle Bradbery has a tendency to take pictures of herself (teenagery!).

However, the most anticipated revelation was finding out who survived the eliminations and made it to the Top 10. Veteran coaches Adam and Blake finished the night with both their teams intact. The newbies weren’t so lucky, however, as Shakira had to part ways with Garrett Gardner, and Usher, in what I thought was the shocker of the night, lost Vedo.

It will be interesting to see how underdogs Shakira and Usher prepare their singers next week, when, for the first time ever, the show’s battle-round advisors, Sheryl Crow, Hillary Scott, Pharrell Williams and Cee Lo Green (subbing for Joel Madden, who is filming the Australian version The Voice), help prepare the contestants for another week of live playoffs.

In the meantime, what'd you think of last night's performances?