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."


The song: "Next to Me" by Emeli Sande
The performance: Cee Lo is back, y'all! And he's flirting with contestants! Yay! With this performance, Shakira finally gives Sasha a more recent radio hit to have some fun with. Although I always get a little of that Broadway feel from Sasha, she definitely shows a new side in this performance, and she has Shakira on her feet.
The feedback: The boys all agree that it was time for Sasha to do something uptempo, and Shakira is SO happy. Her happiness is briefly interrupted when Carson creeps on Sasha (what is it with these hosts tonight?!), but the camera quickly comes back to her so that she can express just how proud she is of Sasha.

*Christina Milian talking Twitter, stuttering*

The song: "Clocks" by Coldplay
The performance: I feel like this is Muse all over again. Josiah does a lot better than I expected when I heard the song choice, but choosing a Coldplay song is almost mean on Usher's part. I commend the effort to grow your artist, but Josiah's voice is not high (or strong) enough to do a Muse song or a Coldplay song. Those bands are staples.
The feedback: *Carson makes an awkward joke about ladies loving him* Shakira and Adam agree that "mere mortals" can't really attempt to sing Coldplay. They also agree that Josiah did a good job and that he raised the bar last week, but Adam also feels that Josiah was visibly uncomfortable at times. Blake wants more lyrics to really dig into, and Usher just wants to continue to nurture Josiah's voice. But will he have the chance?

TEAM BLAKE: Danielle Bradbery
The song: "Heads Carolina, Tails California" by Jo Dee Messina
The performance: Another contestant letting go and having fun, Danielle finally gets to act her age with this upbeat country song. I would've liked to see a little more personality in the performance, but Danielle's vocals are something worth noting. The girl is good. Her hair is not (not tonight at least).
The feedback: Usher agrees to go to either Caroline or California with Danielle (that's called success, honey!), and he loves her ability to make country cool. Adam thinks her nonchalance about seeing Sheryl Crow is what makes her cool, and Blake simply thinks she's amazing, no matter what kind of tune she's singing.

NEXT: Which contestant used to sing in a screamo band?

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