The Voice recap: Shine Bright Like A Diamond

The performances grow in scale (and sparkle) as the Top 8 perform hits both new and old
Ep. 20 | Aired May 27, 2013

ROUND OF APPLAUSE Adam Levine, Shakira, Usher, and Blake Shelton finish critiquing a performance from their coveted coaching positions. 

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TEAM ADAM: SARAH SIMMONS
The song: "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
The performance: As much as I wanted Sarah to sing Adele this week, I'm excited to hear her unique voice on this huge hit. Although it's not her best performance, I really enjoy watching Sarah get lost in her songs. She looks like she's about to cry through everything the judges are saying, just boiling over with emotion after that performance. And vocally, I think her voice is so, so cool.
The feedback: Blake still can't get over all the different sides to Sarah's voice, and Shakira thinks Sarah is a very interesting artist. Usher says the performance is spot-on and claims he enjoyed seeing a "different texture," before mentioning that she gave an "incredible effort" and talking about how he can be picky about flats and sharps. So wait, is he talking about tonight's performance or just being critical of her in the past? If you want to critique her, go ahead, but make sure we know what you're saying. Moving on, Adam thinks Sarah can do anything, and after debating cursing on television, he admits that she kicked ass last week. He thinks it's impossible not to love Sarah and claims that no one has done that song correctly until tonight. You guys, I am shipping Adam and Sarah so hard right now. SO hard.

Group performance: Country singers Danielle, Holly, Amber, and The Swon Brothers put on a lot of denim and take the stage to perform "Something More" by Sugarland. Does anyone else find it funny that the all-country Team Blake is out-performed by Team Adam's Amber?

TEAM USHER: MICHELLE CHAMUEL
The song: "Grenade" by Bruno Mars
The performance: It's the return of the mirror! Yay! Also, it's the return of Michelle's voice. After constantly complaining that I can't hear her, I'm so excited for Michelle's stripped-down version of the Bruno Mars hit. And guess what? I'm all about it. If I'm being honest, my only thing is that I don't feel the song works as a ballad. Yes, it's about love, but it's also incredibly angry, and I'm not sure this version gets that across. But I'm a huge fan of the performance overall.
The feedback: After the crowd finally quiets down (Chamuel Army!), Shakira calls the performance "spectacular." Adam thinks it was so awesome for so many reasons, a big one being the production itself. He thinks it's one of the best of the night. Blake thinks it was Michelle's best so far, and Usher thinks Michelle represents true inner beauty. Then she takes off her glasses (just as he put his on)!

NEXT: It's the battle of the country prodigies!

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