Could it be true? The always-joking Blake Shelton took his faux-Twitter rivalry with fellow Voice coach Adam Levine to a new level last night (April 22) when he tweeted the Maroon 5 front man’s cell phone number… and then bragged about it on live national television. It certainly feels like a hoax, in that The Voice producers had a #IfICalledACoach graphic ready to go… but it has been “all circuits are busy” on “Adam’s” cell phone.
HEY EVERYONE!!! Here it is: (310) 493-7939 <– @adamlevine‘s CELL NUMBER! Think I’m kidding? Try calling it!! Bitch!!!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) April 29, 2014
Whether faux or real, expect some tweet-venge on tonight’s show.
Beyond the coach antics, the Top 10 from teams Adam, Blake, Shakira and Usher performed on Monday night, with mostly a lot of hits! The coaches brought in another round of mentors for their teams to keep the growing going for their team members. Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills & Nash) supported Adam’s team, producer Busby mentored Shakira’s final two, Blake’s producer Scott Hendricks helped with the country team and producer Natural came in with the assist for Team Usher.
Before the contestants hit the stage, new British boy band faves Rixton showed them how it’s done with a US television premiere of “Me And My Broken Heart.” Check it out here!
Team Adam – Kat Perkins
It’s the time of the season where artists need to show another side, as the coaches say (over and over again). For Kat Perkins, this side was the softer one, which she chooses to demonstrate with Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” It’s solid, though not too unexpected, and feels a bit more like a Stevie Nicks impersonation than a celebration. Regardless, Kat moves herself to tears.
“It’s really refreshing to see you break it down and do a performance like that,” says Blake. “To see that softer side of what you do is important at this point in the competition.”
“You completely executed with precision,” says Usher. “It was beautiful, and I’m happy that you got a chance to show this side of yourself.”
“I’m so happy that we got to share [the song] through you to a generation of people that didn’t necessarily know it,” says Adam. “You are such a blissfully perfect singer.”
Team Shakira – Tess Boyer
Shakira’s live save from last week, Tess Boyer, tries to overcome her anxiety of placing in the bottom for this week’s critical performance. She sings Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” and it’s fun, but just not a blast.
“You should be really happy with that,” says Adam. “We got to hear a side of your voice that we’d been missing.”
“I challenge somebody to find one part of that performance that wasn’t exactly, dead on pitch perfect,” says Blake. “She never misses a note.”
“I think you killed it,” says her gushing coach. “I feel that you were sassy and confident, and we saw another side of you that we haven’t seen before.”
Team Blake – Audra McLaughlin
With a new guitar from Coach Blake in hand (though no idea how to play it), Audra McLaughlin prepares for her performance of The Band Perry’s “You Lie.” The soaring country number provides a standout moment for the young artist, and has her coach smiling and clapping throughout.
“It sucks… that I can’t do that,” says Usher. “That definitely took you to another plateau.”
“You’re not going anywhere,” says Shakira. “You’re going to be in the top 5 this week.”
“I’m so excited,” says Blake. “You just grabbed everybody, and you made them pay attention to you with that performance.”
Team Usher – Josh Kaufman
Having not yet had the opportunity for some off-rhythm clapping, the audience is simply delighted when Josh Kaufman gives them their chance with Kenny Loggins’ “This Is It.” It’s vocally strong with a mix of falsetto moments and an undeniably huge range, though it’s not Josh’s most exciting performance to date.
“These soulful renditions might be your sweet spot,” says Shakira. “I think you’ve done amazingly well.”
“It would have taken me a week to make a recording of what you just did,” says Blake.
“I was blown away, man,” says his coach. “I look forward to seeing you here longer.”
Team Adam – Christina Grimmie
Christina Grimmie takes a page out of the playbook for YouTube success, and sings an unexpected Drake cover. To be sure, her down-tempo performance of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” is a great moment for the once-internet star, and includes her playing the piano and adding impressive theatrics.
“You did the thing that we all hope that we can accomplish as coaches and artists, and that’s that moment where you feel like you go from being a singer to an artist,” says Blake.
“The fact that you made ‘Hold On’ your own is not only going to make Drake proud, but I think it definitely earned you a spot on the finals,” adds Usher.
“Her passion for this song and doing it this way was one hundred percent her own,” says Adam. “This was a moment that gave me the goosebumps, and honestly I couldn’t be prouder.”
Team Blake – Jake Worthington
Staying strong with his commitment to country music, Jake Worthington performs another classic with George Strait’s “Run.” The charming country youngster is solid, and how earnestly impressed he is with his own iTunes success is incredibly endearing.
“I know it’s a lot to come out here every week and come out here and be judged,” says Usher. “To come in here and quiet all of that, and still give a performance like that, I really do applaud you.”
“Knowing that you didn’t make it past the first Blinds the first time and you’re still here, that’s quite remarkable,” says Shakira.
“That was such a great performance,” says Blake. “You represent everybody from L.A. to New York City. Everybody in between, that’s who you represent.”
Team Usher – Bria Kelly
Not every performance can be a winner, and unfortunately for Bria Kelly, this is her night for a miss. Bria sings Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You,” and her voice really takes on the goat-like quality that had been lurking in the shadows to this point. There are cracks, there are breath issues and there is a really good chance that this will be Bria’s last performance.
“I realize that this is a difficult song to pull off, and I know that you must have put a lot of effort to deliver that same conviction that Avril has when she sings this song,” Shakira says.
Unused to being critical, Adam apologetically delivers his review. “With respect to you and to Usher, I would like to be critical,” he says. “For some reason I didn’t totally feel like you were as connected with this song.”
Usher defends one of his last performers, saying, “If you want to thrive in this competition, you need to continue to grow. And you are growing. You did grow from that performance.”
A tearful Bria knows he’s just being nice.
Team Adam – Delvin Choice
It’s not every day that Carson Daly participates in the competition, but it sure is a treat when he does. Unclear that Delvin Choice is just making a dramatic pause at the end of Gary Clark Jr.’s “Bright Lights,” Carson jumps in to start the comments before the performance is over. Delvin deals with it masterfully, though, and his exclamation of “Do you know my name?” after Carson’s interruption is all the more impactful.
“I’ve never seen Carson collaborate with an artist before,” Blake says of Carson’s early entry, and then adds to Delvin, “You just have such power and passion.”
“This was definitely a step outside of what you normally do,” says Usher. “I feel like the soulful essence of what you are is over everything you do.”
“The best part was coming, and they thought he was done,” says Adam. “This was one of the most electric endings of any song,” he adds.
Team Shakira – Kristen Merlin
Kristen Merlin makes her first deviation from country in a folk performance of Passenger’s “Let It Go.” The coaches and audience are on pins and needles about potential technical difficulties after last week, but both the audio department and Kristen perform beautifully.
“I’m so happy that the mic was on the entire time,” says Adam. “It’s always the same from you. It’s always really good.”
“I’ll be damned, Kristen, if that wasn’t my favorite performance so far by you,” says Blake.
“I saw a true artist onstage,” says Shakira. You’ve grown so much.”
Team Blake – Sisaundra Lewis
Closing out the night is Sisaundra Lewis, entering into the world of rock with Steve Perry’s “Oh Sherrie.” Sisaundra’s vocals are utterly from a different planet, and she unleashes an unreal note to close out the night.
“I’m only sharing the same sentiment that everyone else in the world feels,” says Usher. “You had an incredible performance.”
“There used to be a roof in here, but it’s gone,” says Adam. “Thank you for blowing it off.”
“She sang the crap out of that song,” says Blake. “My gosh, Sisaundra, you make me look so smart.”
Two will go home tonight, and if Blake’s Twitter prank is real, Mr. Levine’s phone number is about to be canceled in a big way. Get your calls in while you still can!