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If you can’t beat Blake Shelton, join him. We saw a little bit country on all the teams as the Top 6 artists each performed two songs—one of their own choosing and the other picked by their mentors. Here’s how the night played out.
Blake’s pick: “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” by Martina McBride to show off Holly’s newfound confidence and feisty side. Adam Levine approved, saying he was happy to see her “ain’t taking no s--t” attitude come out.
Her choice: After singing “My Wish” by Rascall Flatts in front of a lighthouse, Blake called Holly his most diverse artist and begged her, “Teach me, please!”
Usher’s pick: Shakira predicted another “amazing week” for Michelle after she wowed everyone with Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know.”
Her choice: Things got even more awesome for Michelle while rehearsing “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift when in walked the superstar herself. Color Blake impressed: “I’m so freaking jealous right now. . . . You got Taylor! [And] you sounded really good!” Yeah, I don’t think Michelle’s going anywhere but to the Top 5 this week.
Blake’s pick: After the duo dusted off the Merle Haggard oldie “Okie From Muskogee,” Adam exclaimed, ““You guys did something great tonight. . . . You made Blake a happy man!”
Their choice: “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker, which they sang while surrounded by dancers who host Carson Daly dubbed the Swonettes. Unfortunately, the dancers got a bigger reaction than the duo’s cover of the current hit.
Shakira’s pick: The Colombian singer declared herself a country-music fan and backed it up by giving her protégé “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood, which Sasha made her own by infusing it with some New York sass. “So dramatic and powerful,” declared Blake. Added Usher, “I guess there’s more than one Sasha Fierce. I didn’t see that coming at all!” Sasha’s stripping off her dress? Yeah, that took me by surprise, too. Not sure it will win her any extra votes, though.
Her choice: Sasha paid tribute to her vice-principal mom by singing her favorite song, Aretha Franklin’s “Ain’t No Way.” After which, Adam continued to lament his decision to let Sasha go way back during the battle rounds.
Blake’s pick: Because he can’t resist the chance to introduce classic country songs to a new audience, Blake assigned “Shake the Sugar Tree” by Pam Tillis to 16-year-old Danielle, whom he went on to compare to his wife, Miranda Lambert. “You are already so great at what you do,” he said. “You’re seeing a star being born right here!”
Her choice: Sara Evans' “A Little Bit Stronger,” which proved to be a great showcase for her sweet yet strong voice, especially when she hit the big note at the end.
Adam’s pick: Adam talked about it being him and Amber against the world after the blow of losing Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons last week. But that wasn’t going to stop him from taking a risk: He chose “I Remember You,” a song by New Jersey’s own Skid Row, a band Amber never even heard of, but that made it all the better when she put her own country spin on the heavy-metal ballad. Blake went on to predict it was going to be a huge hit on iTunes.
Her choice: After she crooned “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, I’m thinking you’d be crazy to think that Amber won’t be going to the semifinals next week.
Next up: One artist will be eliminated on Tuesday; and Season 3 winner Cassadee Pope returns to the show.