‘The Voice’ Recap: Usher & Blake Shelton Face The Music!

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It feels like season four of The Voice premiered just a few nights ago, but now there’s only 16 contestants left!

The knockouts came to a close Tuesday night after Usher and Blake Shelton narrowed down their teams of eight to just four apiece.

Next week, the live rounds begin and the balance of power shifts to America’s vote.

With no steals to spare this time around, the coaches were forced to make some pretty gut-wrenching decisions.

Carson, the traffic cop amidst all this drama, had this to share about yesterday’s jam-packed episode:

Blake Shelton chose to stick with what he knows best…country. All four of his artists definitely lean towards that genre more than anything else and Carson doesn’t think that will hurt him in the long run.

“This guy’s a two-time champ. He could win the whole thing with any one of those, I think.”

That being said, even Carson was shocked by the outcome of a few of the knockouts.

“Here are the surprises for me last night: Savannah Berry went home, beaten by Justin Rivers,” he revealed. “You could see it in her face when she was walking away. She was stunned that her time on the show was done. She was waiting for a chair to turn back around, a buzzer to go off, some sort of save. ‘C’mon, someone steal me!’”

Much to everyone’s surprise, Justin Rivers staged a come-from-behind victory with his powerful take on Miley Cyrus’ ‘The Climb.’

“Good for Justin Rivers, who by the way, his social networking numbers after he won, went through the roof,” Carson added. “He’s got an enormous Christian following.”

Shelton pitted two of the show’s youngest contestants, Danielle Bradbery and Taylor Beckham, against each other.

Bradbery came out on top, which came as no surprise to Carson because she has ‘star power written all over [her].”

Rounding out Team Blake is gospel singer Holly Tucker and the first duo ever to advance to the live shows, The Swon Brothers.

“The song of the night though easily was Vedo for Team Usher,” Carson declared.

During the blind auditions, we learned Vedo’s mother had been diagnosed with stage four cancer. As Carson watched Vedo’s tryout alongside his mother, it became an extremely emotional moment that still sticks with him today.

She passed away not long after the blind auditions and for Tuesday’s knockouts, Vedo picked a song that honored her memory.

“The Bryan Adams song, really held so much extra meaning and there was something special behind this performance, was there not?” Carson said.

“I mean, you know his inspiration. You know he’s singing to his mom in heaven, so there’s all that wrapped in it…He had his pitch problems like they all do at times, but I mean he was just fueled by emotion and it was just riveting.”

As for the rest of Team Usher, Latina pop singer Cathia, male model Josiah Hawley, and the energetically quirky Michelle Chamuel all survived this week’s elimination.

  • Which coach has the strongest team on The Voice? Let us know in the comments section!

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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