THE VOICE Recap: Season 4, Episode 17a (Monday, June 3,2013) and Episode 17b (Tuesday, June 4,2013).
Monday night’s live show of NBC’s “The Voice” was an all around country hoe down! More contestants than ever before performed Country music tracks, and those that were not Country, turned them into Country & Western versions. This was the case with Team Adam’s Amber Carrington who sang Skid Row’s “I’ll Remember You” as a country song.
During Tuesday night live elimination show, last season’s winner Cassadee Pope returned to the stage to perform, and the Top 8 became the Top 6.
MICHELLE CHAMUEL – TEAM USHER
“That was so emotional! All the runs you picked were amazing.” - Taylor Swift
Singing first, “Somewhere Only We Know,” second, “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift (Michelle’s choice)
See Michelle Chamuel’s Photo Gallery here
Watch Michelle Chamuel sing “Somewhere Only We Know” here
Watch Michelle Chamuel sing “I Knew You Were Trouble” here
Team Usher’s Michelle Chamuel and Team Shakira’s Sasha Allen performed on Tuesday night’s Live Show. This was followed by Monday night’s live show where Chamuel first performed Usher’s pick “Somewhere Only We Know”, then later her choice “I Knew You Were Trouble” by Taylor Swift. Swift made a surprise visit to Michelle during her rehearsals with Usher. “Singing a Taylor Swift song to Taylor Swift was crazy!”, exclaimed Michelle. Swift told Michelle, “That was so emotional! All the runs you picked were amazing.” Usher said, “If Taylor Swift loved it, I know America will too.
After Michelle finished, Usher stood-up and the crowd roared with screams and applause! Carson Daly said, “That’s like TRL, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync loud.”
Adam reacted, “I don’t need to say anything. Listen to these guys (audience screams and applause).” Blake said with envy, “I’m so freakin jealous right now. That was intense! I can’t believe you got Taylor to come in. It sounded really good!” Coach Usher said,”I guess we know we had trouble when Taylor walked in. The point of this song was connecting to Michelle in a different way, to get to now more about you.”
Michelle was the first save of Tuesday night’s elimination show.
HOLLY TUCKER – TEAM BLAKE
“Holly is a pure country singer. She has chosen the right path”. -Blake
Singing first, “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues”, second, “My Wish” by Russell Flats (Holly’s choice)
See Holly Tucker’s Photo Gallery here
Watch Holly Tucker sing “When God-Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” here
Watch Holly Tucker sing “My Wish” here
After her performance, Shakira reacted, “That was awesome. I think you’ve become one of those artists that consistently give good performances.” Adam stated about Holly “One of the points of today is doing something that’s your choice. You’ve really shown range and scope. What’s been cool and watching unfold is how much diversity you’ve shown.”
Coach Blake said, “You’re easily the most diverse artist that I have on Team Blake. Your voice is so powerful. You do the opposite of big notes sometimes. It’s rare with female singers that can go way up and way down. Teach me please.”
Holly went home during Tuesday’s live elimination show after it was revealed she did not earn enough of America’s votes to move-on to the Top Six.
Sasha Allen was the second save on Tuesday night’s live elimination show.
Team Blake’s Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers perform during Tuesday night’s elimination live show.
THE SWON BROTHERS – TEAM BLAKE
“It’s easily one of the most classic songs ever performed in THE VOICE.” -Blake
Singing “Wagon Wheel” first, and “Okie From Muskogee” by Merle Haggard second (Blake’s pick)
See The Swon Brothers’ Photo Gallery here
Watch The Swon Brothers sing “Wagon Wheel” here
Watch The Swon Brothers sing “Okie from Muskogee” here
During The Swon Brothers’ rehearsal, Blake said, “The worse thing you can do is to try and imitate him (Merle)”. After their performance, Usher said, “You one hundred percent represent Country and have a great coach. It’s great to see your personalities come out in it.”
Adam said, “I don’t think you could have a prouder coach than this guy. How could you not enjoy what you did. It was a really great thing to see. I don’t thing there’s a song on Earth that Blake really wanted to see more!” – Adam.
Coach Blake reacted with, “You have not forgotten your roots. You’re the only ones that keeps dipping back into your roots. There’s going to be people that moan that we’re doing a lot of Country on THE VOICE. But, you’ll hit another ninety percent that will feel something special.”
The Swon Brothers earned enough of America’s votes to move on to the Top Six.
DANIELLE BRADBERY – TEAM BLAKE
“Before THE VOICE I had 500 Twitter followers, now I have 71,000″ – Danielle Bradbery
Singing first, “Shake the Sugar Tree”, second “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans (Danielle’s choice)
See Danielle Bradbery’s Photo Gallery here
Watch Danielle Bradbery sing “Shake the Sugar Tree” here
“Memphis is your biggest hits” said Blake to Danielle. After Monday night’s performance, Usher stated, “You come out and possess the type of confidence to keep you going.” Adam said, “I’m not a bandwagon Danielle Bradbery fan. I liked you from the beginning! I wanted you form the beginning. But, I had no chance because of the cowboy boots. You are still, in my opinion, one of the best on the show.”
Coach Blake said, “You make my job easy. There’s no tricks, and no reason to change things up. You are so great at what you do. You are like my wife- born with a little something extra. That is Danielle. You’re seeing a star being born.”
Watch Danielle Bradbery sing “A Little Bit Stronger” here
Danielle singing “A Little Bit Stronger” by Sara Evans.
“Danielle chose this song because it’s a song that showcases her upper registry,. But, I think she bit off a little more than she can chew.” – Blake
At the end of her performance, Blake gave her a standing ovation. Usher was the first of the judges to speak, saying “That was an incredible, amazing note at the end of the song.” Adam said, “Believe it or not I actually performed with Sara. Danielle, I love you. That last note was one of the most powerful in this competition. So you’re good to go.”
Coach Blake reacted with “The exciting thing and the best thing is when they (artists) posses the power of vocally that you have but they choose when to use it. Every now and then you hit people with a note like you did. And it’s so freakin special.”
Danielle Bradbery is the third saved on Tuesday night’s live elimination show.
AMBER CARRINGTON – TEAM ADAM
“Amber’s biggest challenge is to take this big hair rock song from the 80s and transform it.” – Adam
Singing “I’ll Remember You” by Skid Row’, and second song “Crazy” by Patsy Cline (Amber’s choice).
See Amber Carrington’s Photo Gallery here
Watch Amber Carrington sing “I Remember You” here
Adam told Amber during rehearsals, “It was really hard watching Judith Hill go home. But you are more versatile.” The coaches commented on Amber’s performance of Skid Row, “I think that was a great song choice. It’s good that you’re showing us your different side and you’re changing it up. Kudos to you and your coach,” said Shakira
Coach Adam said, “It’s so crazy it works. What’s great about this Amber is that I’m so happy doing what I do. You take risks, sometimes they pan out sometimes they don’t. This is a song that stands alone. Amber, you are incredible. – Coach Adam
More reactions came from the coaches after Amber performed Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. “I love all these classic country songs. There’s these sacred grounds. I thought, don’t do Patsy. But I thought it was good,” said Blake
Shakira said, “I thought it was beautiful. It was a great song choice.” Coach Adam gave Amber words of encouragement, “Amber you’re a breathe of fresh air in general. You’re a fire cracker. You need to show everyone you’re firecracker side. Blake’s right, this is scared ground. This is faithful to the original. I would have never let you do it if you didn’t bring a purity to it.”
Amber was the fourth save of Tuesday night’s live elimination show.
Watch Amber Carrington sing “Crazy” here
SASHA ALLEN – TEAM SHAKIRA
“I think people recognize the talent Sasha owns.” – Shakira
Singing first, “Ain’t No Way”, and second, “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood (Sasha’s choice)
See Sasha Allen’s Photo Gallery here
Watch Sasha Allen sing “Ain’t No Way” here
Watch Sasha Allen sing “Before He Cheats” here
The crowd roared after her performance. Blake reacted with, “What guy doesn’t like it when a girl rips her dress off. And on stage no less. That was so dramatic and powerful.” Usher said, “I like it. I guess there’s more than one Sasha fierce. You have an incredible voice. That was really remarkable.”
Coach Shakira exclaimed, “That was hot! That’s established. One of my first concerns with you in the beginning was your stage presence. let me tell you you just worked that stage. That song was fierce. That’s why they call you Sasha fierce because you deserve it!”
Sasha Allen’s votes on Tuesday night revealed that she was safe!
Blake Shelton continues to hold his lead as he enters into next week’s show with two singers – Danielle Bradbery, and The Swon Brothers and losing one – Holly Tucker. New coaches Shakira and Usher are still in the game and holding their own with Michelle Chamule representing Team Usher, and Sasha representing for Team Shakira. Adam is left now with only one singer as well – Amber Carrington.
TEAM ADAM: Amber Carrington
TEAM USHER: Michelle Chamule
TEAM SHAKIRA: Sasha Allen
TEAM BLAKE: The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery
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