‘The Voice’ Recap: Top 6 Perform Their Own Choice & Coach’s Choice

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With only 6 contestants remaining, we are rapidly approaching the finale of The Voice!

You can tell they’re really getting down to the “nitty gritty,” as Carson calls it, because there was enough time for each artist to perform twice. Yesterday, they each selected their own song and then also performed one of their coach’s choosing.

As usual, our host with the most Carson Daly was in the middle of all the excitement and is sharing his recap of Monday night’s festivities.

Who brought the coaches to a standing ovation and who is Christina Aguilera supporting now that she has no vocalists left on her team? Get the answers to those questions and more below:

TEAM BLAKE SHELTON

Terry McDermott: “I Want To Know What Love Is” & “Stay With Me”

Carson was truly impressed with Terry’s efforts Monday night. He proved he has some serious vocal chops, even when a big rock band isn’t backing him up.

“I thought there were standout performances,” Carson recounted this morning. “Including somebody like Terry McDermott, who we’ve all seen do that classic rock thing, but I think that stripping it down to do that Foreigner song, ‘I Want To Know What Love Is,’ was a nice standout moment for him and his team because that was the first time we really could just hear his voice.”

Cassadee Pope: “Stand” & “I’m With You”

Cassadee attempted to appeal to both sides of her huge fan base. She’s always embraced her inner-punk pop star, but after having a breakout moment a couple weeks ago with a Blake Shelton song, she’s grown a greater appreciation for country music.

The juxtaposition worked well for her. The coaches were ecstatic and if iTunes is any indication, then she’ll be sailing on through to the finals.

“Cassadee…wakes up and finds herself again in the top five on iTunes,” Carson noted. And she wasn’t the only one. Terry McDermott, Nicholas David, and Trevin Hunte all charted in the top 10 this morning.

TEAM CEE LO GREEN

Trevin Hunte: “Walking On Sunshine” & “I Am Telling You”

Hunte’s first song garnered some mixed reviews, but there was no debate when it came to his final performance of the night, a number from the musical Dreamgirls.

“Trevin, I didn’t think was so great on that ‘Walking On Sunshine’ song,” Carson explained to Producer Angie, but then added, “He comes back and he murders the Jennifer Hudson song!”

Nicholas David: “September” & “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

Nicholas David continued to do what he does best. Super soulful songs. And that seems to suit him just fine.

The coaches aren’t complaining and neither are all the people buying up his tracks on iTunes!

“Nicholas David still there doing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ in his own style and that’s in the top ten on iTunes this morning as you wake up,” Carson said.

TEAM ADAM LEVINE

Amanda Brown: “Natural Woman” & “Here I Go Again”

For Amanda, it was all about showing off some serious range last night. She went from the flirty feminine “Natural Woman” to a total rock jam session with Whitesnake…and if you ask Carson, he was loving it.

“I couldn’t believe that Amanda did Whitesnake last night!” he exclaimed. “I was at the height of my puberty when Tawny Kitaen was…you know, humping the car [in the music video]. That’s a visual, if you’re in my generation, that you will never forget. I mean if somebody did ‘Cherry Pie’ by Warrant last night, my head would’ve exploded!”

Melanie Martinez: “Crazy” & “The Show”

On a night of belting vocals, it seemed the coaches were a little underwhelmed with Melanie’s understated signature style.

She took a risk by performing one of Cee Lo Green’s songs and even though he loved it, her own coach Adam Levine pointed out that there were some definite pitch problems.

“Melanie Martinez might have had a slightly off night,” Carson said. “You saw some big pipes last night and then there was Melanie who may or may not have been sort of drowned in all of that, but maybe not. She’s got, like Adam said, just a crazy, crazy amount of fans. We’ll see how the voting goes especially with the youth vote, if you will, who all just idolize Melanie.”

TEAM CHRISTINA AGUILERA

When Dez Duron was voted off last week, that marked the end of Team Christina Aguilera for season three. Now that she can be truly unbiased, she’s thrown her full support behind Team Blake.

But it wasn’t all hugs and kisses. Christina seemed a little miffed when she felt Team Adam’s Melanie Martinez wasn’t paying attention to her critique.

“How about Christina? A little icy last night towards Melanie,” Carson said. “I didn’t even think about it but then after, I was like, ‘You know, I should’ve defended Melanie a little bit more.'”

Tonight, two more artists will be eliminated based on America’s vote. Carson’s been doing The Voice gig for three seasons now and even he can’t make a solid prediction about the upcoming results.

“Your guess is as good as mine. What two are going to go home today? I have no idea.”

  • What was your favorite performance from yesterday’s episode? Let us know in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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