TEAM SHAKIRA: GARRETT GARDNER
The song: "I Want It That Way" by The Backstreet Boys
The performance: When I heard this song choice, I screamed, "NOOOO!" But as Garrett starts singing, I try to give him a fair chance. However, I think he changes the song too much. To take such a big pop hit and make it into an angry, rocker version? I'm just not feeling it. And there's too much happening with the screens in the background. I'm not sure how to feel.
The feedback: Adam jumps on the "Garrett's a heartthrob" train that I have yet to climb aboard, but in terms of the performance, Adam says he was thrown. Blake thinks Shakira is doing the right thing by challenging Garrett. Then again, he only calls the performance "pretty good." Usher lets his "no risk, no reward" mantra out of the bag, but even he admits it took him a little by surprise. And from this point on, I can't tell you what happens because Usher just took off his shirt.
Heat update: The air is back on, and Carson tells Blake to shut up. Like I said, over-heated and slightly ruffled Carson is more fun!
TEAM ADAM: SARAH SIMMONS
The song: "The Story" by Brandi Carlile
The performance: My reaction when I heard this song choice? "YESSSSS!!!" And I know what you're thinking, and it's not just because I like Sarah. I love this song. I love Brandi Carlile's version, and I even love the Grey's Anatomy version (a lot, actually). I just knew this song would show of Sarah's grit, and that's exactly what it does. Sarah (and her gorgeous hair) is able to show off the two very different sides to her voice, and the result is so very original and just plain cool.
The verdict: Blake loves the extremes of her voice, mixing gravel and softness, and he also calls this song one of his all-time favorites. Shakira doesn't know the song but thinks it suits Sarah's voice, and Adam is too busy being envious of her voice's refined diversity. Her coach calls her "one of the best singers we've had."
TEAM BLAKE: THE SWON BROTHERS
The song: "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" by George Jones
The performance: With one brother on piano and the other on guitar, the duo performs a very moving tribute to the late George Jones. Their vocals are on, and though it might feel a little too much like an "In Memoriam," I think the Swon Brothers succeed in showing off their harmonies and overall vocal ability.
The feedback: Usher thinks it was a great tribute, and Adam admits that this country is country (is it really though?). Blake is very proud and believes that this is the brothers' breakout moment.
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