‘The Voice’: Christina Aguilera Performs “Live And Let Die,” Thomas Rhett Does “T-Shirt”
Tuesday was a big night for Decision 2016…and in this case, we’re talking about The Voice Decision 2016. Sure, the “oh we think we’re so important” media kept interrupting Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Pharrell Williams with something about “the race to become the next President of the United States” and “actual news” (rude), but Carson Daly managed to keep the messaging on point. Tuesday was really all about the 11 contestants on The Voice, because not only can they carry a tune, they can also carry our hearts.
Before getting to the most important vote that happened Tuesday night, there were a few performances to get through. First, country singer Thomas Rhett stopped by to perform “T-Shirt.” He really gave off that bad boy of country music vibe, being that he ditched cowboy boots and a ten-gallon hat for sneakers and a slick haircut. Needless to say, Blake was totally into it.
Pharrell joined his remaining team members Hannah Huston and Daniel Passino to sing Lenny Kravitz’s “Let Love Rule.” It was fine, but it was definitely the opening act to the real performance of the night…
…which was Queen Christina and her backup singers slash team! Christina, Alisan Porter, Bryan Bautista and Nick Hagelin performed Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live And Let Die” with a stage design and backup dancers that can best be described as a cross between Cats, the musical, Blue Man Group, James Bond on ice and Cirque du Soleil.
It was overwhelming and perfect all at once.
Regardless of where the contestants ranked, at leaset they all got to see that performance wonder…one of them just had to see it before getting eliminated. Speaking of…
America voted, and these nine contestants sailed through to the Top 10.
Team Christina: Nick Hagelin, Alisan Porter, Bryan Bautista.
Team Christina made it through another week intact and unchallenged, despite Nick’s less than wonderful “Your Body is a Wonderland” performance.
Team Blake: Mary Sarah, Paxton Ingram, Adam Wakefield.
Cowboy Blake quietly remained a real threat in this competition with all three of his contestants remaining. Never underestimate the power of the country music vote.
Team Pharrell: Hannah Huston.
“True Colors” was not a hit, and Daniel Passino got tossed into the Instant Save competition. If anyone knows how to be a comeback artist, though, it’s Daniel.
Team Adam: Shalyah Fearing, Laith Al-Saadi.
Owen Danoff found himself in the bottom two for a second week in a row.
Competing for Instant Save: Owen Danoff, Daniel Passino
Bringing it back into his wheelhouse, Daniel Passino sang Nick Jonas’ “Jealous.” The song choice let him show off his range and his falsetto ability, and the crowd absolutely loved it.
“Just now, you showed why you’re still around,” said Christina.
“Your performance really honestly spoke for itself,” said Pharrell. “At a time that I think I would have been emotional, this guy blocked out all of his emotions.”
After Daniel revved the crowd up, Owen Danoff brought them back down again with a sleepy performance of Cam’s “Burning House.” It was so sleepy, in fact, that he slept through some of the lyrics, mumbled his way through others, and struggled to hit some of the bigger notes. He knew his time on the show had come to an end, and did not have a good poker face to cover it.
“I saw you getting a little frustrated right there with that lyric that wasn’t coming to you,” said Blake. “I believe in you, and I think you’re on the right path.”
“I know it’s been a tough couple weeks,” said Adam, urging voters to remember that Owen is, “extremely, extremely genuine.”
And the Instant Save Goes To…
After their sudden death performances, it was no surprise that Daniel Passino advanced with the Instant Save, and Owen Danoff made his final exit.
And there you have it: The Voice Top 10! Blake and Christina have kept their full teams intact, while Adam and Pharrell are each a man (or woman) down. Did your favorites make it through?