Watch out Adam Levine: someone is out to replace you in the epic bromance with Blake Shelton, and that person’s name is Usher. The R&B Voice coach will join the lineup of mostly country acts performing in Healing The Heartland, Shelton’s Wednesday night relief benefit concert for his home state of Oklahoma. Not on the roster? Adam Levine or Shakira. Consider the alliances for the rest of the season drawn.
All four coaches are nervous during Tuesday night’s result show on The Voice, particularly Shakira and Usher, who are each down to one contestant. Shakira notes how much harder coaching is than she thought it would be, and says of her remaining contestant, Sasha Allen, “If she’s sent home tonight, it’s because her coach made a mistake.”
Usher, all in for his final performer, dons his Michelle Chamuel glasses for a second night in a row. “She has been an incredible example of what it is to believe in yourself, put love first and find that inner voice,” he says of his artist.
Will Usher’s glasses help propel Michelle to the Top 6? It’s just about time to find out. But first, some performances!
Mentor and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow performs “Easy” with Team Blake’s The Swon Brothers, Danielle Bradbery and Holly Tucker to start off the night. Give due credit to Sheryl Crow: the woman still pulls off leather leggings while not just wearing — but also playing — a guitar. It’s the gold standard.
Judith Hill and Michelle Chamuel shift the tone to some electric dance music with Calvin Harris and Florence Welch‘s “Sweet Nothing.” Even though there is a gratuitous amount of glow sticks waving in the audience, the sound levels are off, and it’s not the vocal quality either have delivered in past performances. But…yay glow sticks.
Sasha Allen and The Swon Brothers perform Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson‘s “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Shakira looks to be having an “A ha!” moment while she’s watching: don’t be surprised if Sasha Allen is assigned a country song next week.
Sarah Simmons and Danielle Bradbery team up for Christina Perri‘s “A Thousand Years,” and the audience gets new glow sticks for the occasion. It’s a stark contrast when the contestant who emotes endlessly sings next to the one who struggles with anything other than a smile, but not as stark as the contrast between the timing of the background track and the performers onstage.
Amber Carrington and Holly Tucker bring in some old school country with Reba McEntire‘s “Does he Love You.” It’s a real Battle Of The Bangs between the two country powerhouses, though the edge goes to Amber for pairing her hair fringe with what appears to be ostrich fringe on her shirt.
In non-performance news, Christina Milian joins the Michelle Chamuel army. The glasses make no notable difference in her IQ, as demonstrated by an awkward interview with Michelle’s mom. Nick Cannon continues the embarrassing downward spiral that is his career, starring in a Coming To America-themed America’s Got Talent promo. At least he’s got Mariah Carey. The Voice confessional reveals that Michelle’s guilty pleasure is snacking on lettuce, and Shakira’s feet are always dirty. File all of that in the dark and scary section of your brain, because it’s time to move on to results!
Going on to the Final 6!
Team Blake: Danielle Bradbery, Holly Tucker and The Swon Brothers
Team Shakira: Sasha Allen (Causing an adorable freak out from Shakira that ends in her removing her Louboutins)
Team Adam: Amber Carrington
Team Usher: Michelle Chamuel
Going on job interviews!
Team Adam: Sarah Simmons and Judith HIll
Ouch! Rough night for Adam Levine, who went from a solid three to a lonely one contestant. The mic catches him lamenting, “I hate this country” as the final results are read, which certainly won’t help his team’s popularity in the fly-overs.
On the other end of the spectrum, what a night for Blake Shelton, who keeps all three of his country acts! Can you even imagine the trash-talking that will ensue next week?
So what do you think? Did the right contestants make it through?