The Voice recap: Two Thumbs Up

Turning more than two chairs proves to be a challenge for contestants as the coaches put the finishing touches on their teams
Ep. 05 | Aired Apr 8, 2013

HE'S GOT IT BAD Jeff Lewis takes on Usher's "You've Got It Bad" with nothing but a guitar and a cute smile.


The story: Memphis is what makes Grace Askew the "bluntry" singer that she is today, mixing blues and country. After hitting the road at the age of 22, Askew hit a plateau and hopes this is her chance to move beyond it. Now 26, Askew is ready to hit the stage.
The song: Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made For Walking" is performed with a bit of a blues edge and a one-handed strumming of a chrome guitar that, at the very least, earns her some cool points.
Regrettable move: Askew's performance literally makes Blake scream, but that doesn't mean that she won't watch this back, look at her hair and say, "What was I thinking?!"
The verdict: Even Shakira knows that Askew belongs on Team Blake.

The story: Her name might be incredibly generic, but Jane Smith brings us the night's biggest (not so generic) sob story: Her parents were diagnosed with cancer within a week of each other. And despite her mother's survival, her dad died only 19 months after being diagnosed.
The song: Florence + The Machine's "You've Got The Love" performed with not quite enough vocal power to back it up.
Best moment: Usher and Adam both tell this 18-year-old girl that she's "cute," so I have faith that she's going to be fine no matter what happens next.
The verdict: With no chairs turned, she's out. Smith leaves the stage with her Mad Men-approved hairstyle and "impossibly cute" personality.

The story: And finally, Ryan Innes is the 31-year-old doctor who decided to pursue a career in music after the "love of his life" called off the wedding three weeks ahead of time. Now, Innes spends his days singing at weddings, lounges and the occasional corporate event. Also, he likes to grow out his beard. And it's awesome.
The song: John Mayer's "Gravity" is performed with that perfect balance of smooth R&B and scruffy soul that makes your heart happy.
Burning questions: Why did he and his fiancé break up? After all, he still calls her the "love of his life." How long ago did she call off the wedding? And who is that little boy he's hugging? Is that his kid?
The verdict: After all four coaches fight it out for Innes' soulful voice (including Adam offering to kick him in the stomach), Usher takes home his first four-chair battle victory.

I'm going to be super lame and say that I'm most looking forward to more music from Ryan Innes and his precious blue eyes. And, of course, I expect great things from anyone who sings backup for Christina Aguilera. But what about you guys? Who were your favorites? Least favorites? Does anyone else think Usher is getting cuter with each passing week? Also, did the coaches seem less picky than they usually do at this point in the competition? Hit the comments with your every thought, musical or not.

Samantha on Twitter: @samhighfill

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