‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 10 Perform & Jennifer Hudson Mentors!

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The stakes on The Voice are getting raised higher and higher each and every week.

The top 10 performed live last night to a packed crowd and by this time tomorrow, only 8 contestants will remain.

It’s up to America’s vote now, so this week, coach Cee Lo Green brought in the big guns for his team…a mentor session from Jennifer Hudson!

Did that give Team Red Zone an extra edge in the singing competition? Let’s listen to Carson’s recap!

“I think it was one of our best performance shows ever,” Carson declared this morning. Seems like America agreed because three of the vocalists charted in the iTunes top 10, including Cassadee Pope holding strong at number one.

If Carson had to place bets on who will be safe from tonight’s elimination, he predicted, “I think that Nicholas David, Bryan Keith, Amanda, Cassadee doing the Blake Shelton ‘Over You’ song that Miranda [Lambert] sings, and even Dez Duron, just vocally, those were some of the strongest. Again, doesn’t mean they’re the best.”

The remaining five contestants all had great performances as well, but when Carson watched back the show on TV, he noticed some pitchy moments.

“Trevin [Hunte], obviously a front runner, Melanie, Cody, Sylvia, and even Terry all had their slight moments in their songs last night that you could pick apart,” he said.

TEAM CEE LO: AMANDA BROWN, “STARS”

Carson thought there were a few major standouts from Monday’s live show, especially Team Cee Lo’s Amanda Brown.

“I feel like there was a lot of redemption last night, namingly (sic), Amanda Brown, who I think had a really hard time with that Florence and the Machine song last week and was sort of all over the place, but I think she righted her own track by doing Grace Potter’s ‘Stars’ song. It was really nice and I think one of the highlights of the night.”

Even though it was a song that most people aren’t familiar with, Brown’s soaring vocals brought the audience to their feet.

TEAM CEE LO: NICHOLAS DAVID, “LEAN ON ME”

Last night’s episode also touched upon some emotional moments for the coaches.

Nicholas David always turns in a solid performance with his soulful vocals, but this was the first time he brought Cee Lo Green to tears.

“Cee Lo disclosed for the first time ever that I knew about, the story of his father dying,” Carson explained. “Both Cee Lo’s parents were preachers and so the music of Bill Withers was like a surrogate parent to him after he lost his father and Nicholas David last night doing ‘Lean On Me’ with that agape choir behind him just made Cee Lo emotional. He was crying last night.”

TEAM BLAKE: CASSADEE POPE, “OVER YOU”

Cassadee Pope also brought tears to the eyes of her own coach, Blake Shelton. Pope was honored to perform “Over You,” the song Shelton and his wife Miranda Lambert wrote about his brother who passed away in a car accident.

Pope connected with the song because she is still mourning the death of her great-grandfather. After her poignant performance last night, Carson thinks she could be one of the dark horses in this competition.

“It reminds me a lot of what happened last year with Juliet Simms,” he said. “Kind of like the right song at the right time. She seemed to be the darling of last night.”

Tonight, Carson will reveal which eight artists America has saved. Make sure to tune in at 8pm on NBC!

  • Who was your favorite from Monday’s episode? Give them a shout out in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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