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“The Voice” Recap: It’s Alive!

Team Adam from left: Amber Carrington, Sarah Simmons, Judith Hill, Caroline Glaser
photo by Trae Patton/NBC

Six weeks of blind auditions, battles and knockouts have brought us to the live playoffs, which began with Teams Adam and Usher hitting the stage and singing for America’s votes.

Here’s how the evening played out:

Adam Levine’s all-female team made a strong showing—could it have been the shopping trip he arranged that brought out the best in the gals? Never underestimate the power of a new purple outfit.

Probably the best performance of the entire night belonged to 20-year-old Texas singer Amber Carrington, who came out looking and sounding fierce as she added a little country flavor to Rihanna’s hit ballad “Stay.”

“I think it would suck to follow that,” said Blake Shelton. “That’s setting the bar very high.”

Next up for Team Adam was Memphis songstress Sarah Simmons, who made the room go quiet with a moving rendition of Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel.”

Caroline Glaser, the singer/songwriter stolen from Team Blake, expressed concerns before her moment in the spotlight. “I’m not a powerhouse singer and I want there to be a magic moment,” she said. Well, she seemed to cast a spell on Blake, who said that while she sang “The A Team” by Ed Sheeran he was transported to a coffeehouse where he was having a “special” latte. (Just what's in that latte, Blake?) Usher called the performance “soothing” and seemed confidant that America was going to vote Caroline—and her dimples—into the Top 12.

Closing out the night was former Michael Jackson backup singer Judith Hill, who owned “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. “You’re such a freaking diva,” exclaimed a jealous Blake. Added Usher, “Man, why didn’t I fight harder for you? You took us to church!”

And now on to Usher, aka “The Floyd Mayweather of coaches.” The R&B singer took his team to a kickboxing gym where he trained them to sing and dance and emphasized the endurance component of performing live.

Proving he has what it takes to survive this week’s eliminations was Josiah Hawley, who won over the coaches with Muse’s “Starlight.” “I don’t know crap about rock 'n' roll, but that performance was haunting and energetic,” raved Blake, before quipping,  “I guess the world is going to lose a male model over this . . . and I guess I’ll have to fill in.”

Less impressive was Cathia, who struggled to rise to the challenge of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” During rehearsals, Usher made the Latin beauty feel like Cinderella by waltzing with her in an effort to “make her voice dance.” But she failed to soar when it came time for the live show. Former coach Shakira summed it up best: “It was like stepping on holy ground. I would not have picked that song.”

That’s exactly how Vedo felt upon learning he was going to sing “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. “But then when I listened to the song I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, this is it.’”

I think Vedo could sing the phone book and it would still be good.

Adam, channeling The Godfather, seemed to agree: “There’s only one thing that I don’t like about you—you aren’t on my team!”

Usher busted out another gem from the '80s for Michelle Chamuel, who showed her true colors as a vocalist singing “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper.

The consensus among the coaches was that Michelle delivered the night’s breakout moment—and that’s exactly why Blake told his team sitting in the audience to take note.

Next up: Teams Shakira and Blake!

Who got your vote and who do you want to see go home? 


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