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CENTER STAGE Preston Pohl sings "Nothin' On You" with lots of smoke, but no mirrors (The Voice's flashy stage takes care of all the reflective surfaces you'll ever need).
TEAM ADAM: Will Champlin
The song: "Secrets" by OneRepublic
The performance: Champlin is an unpredictable one. Not quite a live wire, but a surprising performer. He plays the piano on this performance and manages to make one of the most overplayed songs of 2010 almost unrecognizable. He slows down the tempo and infuses it with lilting soulfulness, and I liked it!
The feedback: Adam compared his bouncing around the competition (he was stolen twice) to that of a yo-yo. Adam praised Will's rendition, calling it "the performance of your life."
TEAM ADAM: Preston Pohl
The song: "Nothin' On You" by B.o.B feat. Bruno Mars
The performance: This wasn't Adam's best song choice. Preston is undoubtedly talented, but his smokestack power is misused with Bruno Mars' super-mellifluous chorus. It sounded jarring and a bit forced.
The feedback: Nonetheless, the coaches were all over that Preston magic. Christina called his voice "an old soul within itself." Blake called him just "studly." "No one sounds like Preston," said Adam. "You can't coach that."
TEAM BLAKE: Cole Vosbury
The song: "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart
The performance: I think this is the first time I feel like I can really hear Cole's voice. And it's quite sweet and achy and scented with heartbreak. I know his thing is more folk rock and bluesy, but I appreciated hearing this softer side.
The feedback: I'm with Christina in that I'm surprised Cole was a single-chair turn!
And the final performance...
TEAM ADAM: Tessanne Chin
The song: "Many Rivers to Cross" by Jimmy Cliff
The performance: Tessanne probably covered the least ground on the Voice stage and likely spent zero thought on choreography and not one second thinking about stage blocking, and it's clear why -- all she needs to do to impress America is to sing. I dare say, this was close to Whitney Houston proportions, in terms of technicality and sheer emotional connection. Girl can sang.
The feedback: All you had to do was take a look at the judges faces, especially Adam, who looked choked up or in pain or just deeply moved. Even Cee Lo seemed revived, chiming in with his signature slightly dirty/but totally complimentary thought: "You made me feel things."
What about you? What were your thoughts on the performances? Whose iTunes song did you purchase? Sound off in the comments!
Voice fans: Stick with EW this week as we give you the chance to pick each of the finalists’ official photos after the Top 12 are revealed on Thursday. Your favorite pictures will be featured on NBC.com! Stay tuned…