The Voice recap: Letting Loose

The Top 10 let their hair down and deliver the fun, unexpected performances we've been waiting for
Ep. 18 | Aired May 20, 2013

FEELIN' IT Team Adam's Judith Hill celebrates her late mentor Michael Jackson with a soulful performance of his hit "The Way You Make Me Feel."

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It's getting to be that time of year on The Voice where if people don't start mixing things up, we get bored. Luckily for us, it seems these coaches know exactly how much diversity is needed to pique our interest. From Shakira's crazy awesome hair to some much-needed uptempo performances, and so many uses of the word "sexy" that I won't even try to count, the Top 10 took to the stage tonight to have a little bit of fun.

Starting out with a performance of Maroon 5's new single "Love Somebody," Adam Levine's band kicks off the evening with a white backdrop and a lot of blue lights -- think Carrie Underwood's projection dress done right -- during which Adam performs quite a few Cassadee Pope-esque hand raises. By the time he finishes singing the song he wrote to me, it's time for Carson to catch up with the coaches.

Here's what we learn: Due to Joel Madden's busy schedule with The Voice Australia, Shakira has brought in her chair buddy, Cee Lo Green, to help her team this week. Or as she calls him, the sexiest coach in the history of The Voice. Adam's tattoos disagree, but I digress. Other lessons: Usher is a glass half-full kind of guy, and Blake's family is doing okay in the tragic situation in Oklahoma. Also, Carson Daly is not not awkward when dealing with tragedies... but let's get to the performances!

TEAM BLAKE: HOLLY TUCKER
The song: "How Great Thou Art"
The performance: Bringing her gospel experience to the stage, Holly chooses to perform a religious song and show America another side to herself. The vocals are good, and I see what she was wanting to do, but I find myself a little bored about halfway through the song. I want something a little more out of the opening number of the night. Does that make me a bad person? It has nothing to do with the gospel element of the song whatsoever, I promise.
The feedback: Usher thinks it's an "incredible statement," but feels that it's a bit of a departure from what he has come to expect from her. Shakira commends Holly's serious control over her instrument, and Adam appreciates the pristine quality of Holly's voice, no matter the song. Blake feels the song is strangely appropriate for tonight and claims he's never heard her "sing so strong before ever." He says it's her most important performance so far.

NEXT: Judith Hill sings Michael Jackson

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