'The Voice' Recap: The Top 6 Perform Twice
The six remaining artists on "The Voice" were back in the spotlight on Monday night to perform two songs: a special dedication they chose themselves, and a coach's pick.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green were all in their usual seats to offer their opinions. Cee Lo does not have any artists left in the competition.
Blake's lone remaining protégé, Cole Vosbury, opened the show with a coach's pick: "Rich Girl," by Hall & Oates. Blake said it was evident that Cole has been working hard. He added that Cole's live version of the song could easily sell on iTunes as is. Adam, a self-professed Hall & Oates fan, told Cole it is a joy to listen to him sing.
Tessanne Chin, the first of three Team Adam artists to take the stage, was assigned "Redemption Song," by Bob Marley. Tessanne was excited about the choice, since both she and Marley are Jamaican. Adam said he got lost in her performance, and that viewers should understand the "potency" of both Bob Marley and Tessanne Chin. Christina again detected a more pronounced accent in Tessanne's vocals.
Matthew Schuler of Team Christina unveiled his special dedication song, One Direction's "Story of My Life," as a tribute to his family. Christina approved of the choice and said the "modulation" made it seem as if the heavens had opened up. Adam admired the fact that Matt went in a different direction after his stirring cover of "Hallelujah" on the show last month.
Adam Levine artist Will Champlin dedicated Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" to his wife and their baby daughter. His coach raved about the courage and the grit Will displayed on stage. Cee Lo suggested that Will was "overly ambitious" at times, but added that Will got back on track.
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Will's teammate, James Wolpert, put a folksy spin on The White Stripes rocker "Fell in Love with a Girl," which he dedicated to his father. Adam liked the fact that it was simple and different, even if there was a mess-up in the middle of it.
Christina gave Jacquie Lee "Cry Baby," by Janis Joplin. Christina embraced her on stage after the performance, and declared how proud she is of the teen. Cee Lo marveled at the diversity of the song choices for Jacquie during the competition.
Cole returned with his dedication song, James Morrison's "Better Man." He chose it with his first love - with whom he's no longer involved - in mind. Blake joked, "If you don't get her back now, something's wrong." Christina advised him to preserve his voice during rehearsals because he sounded a little raspy.
Tessanne dedicated a rendition of Katy Perry's new single, "Unconditionally," to her mother and father. Her coach, Adam, noted that past contestants have had trouble with Katy's songs, but Tessanne's range allows her to perform virtually whatever she wants. Blake called her a "world-class vocalist."
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The coach's pick for Matthew was "When A Man Loves A Woman," made famous by Percy Sledge and later Michael Bolton. Christina said he took things back to basics after tackling One Direction earlier in the night. Blake said it seemed Matthew and his teammate, Jacquie, were bringing the best out of each other.
Adam assigned Will "Hey Brother," by Avicii. Adam said with each passing week he wants to see more from Will. Blake was unfamiliar with the song but he loved the banjo influence.
Jacquie won brownie points with her coach by singing Christina's "The Voice Within." Christina said she appreciated that Jacquie took on such a big song, which she described as "age appropriate." She added that Jacquie has only scratched the surface of her talents.
James closed the night with Adam's choice for him, the Meat Loaf classic "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." Adam revealed to the crowd that James was not feeling well, then said that under the circumstances, James did a good job.
Two artists will be eliminated on Tuesday night's results show, which airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.