“The Voice” live rounds have never sounded so good. The top 20 , led by Adam Levine’s and Blake Shelton’s teams this week, took to the stage individually to prove they have the chops to win the crown.
The night kicked off, though, with a performance of “How I Feel” by Flo Rida and coach Christina Aguilera. The energetic track set the bar high for the night, one that only kept getting raised as vocalist after vocalist crushed their live performances.
With so many good contenders, we picked our top four:
The lines really were blurred when Hawk took on Robin Thicke’s song of the summer, “Blurred Lines.” The musical-theater vet sang all of the parts including T.I.’s rap on the track, taking judges aback and eliciting a burst of cheers from the crowd. “You made it a whole new song today,” Cee-Lo said after recounting hearing the song in its demo stage with his good friend Pharrell. Hawk left his coach so impressed, all he could say was, “O-M-G.”
The self-proclaimed tech nerd seemed anything but when he “stripped down” with an acoustic performance of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” Looking like a Wall Street banker, the rocker had a lot to prove after stumbling through his knockout round last week, and boy did he achieve sweet redemption. “You can’t be a geek and be that awesome,” Shelton said of the singer’s uncanny ability, to which the eccentric Green added, “Your ability is an irony that is undeniable.” Yeah, that.
You don’t get much cooler than Pohl, who channeled his raspy soul sound in “Nothing on You” by B.O.B and Bruno Mars. Shelton called the naturally suave singer “studly” as he worked the crowd with his unique vocals. Xtina referred to him as an “old soul” while his coach Levine pointed out that “no one sounds like you,” leaving him at a great advantage.
The Jamaican beauty owned the night with “Many Rivers to Cross,” an ode to her native country. The soulful and touching rendition struck a chord with all the coaches, who couldn’t stop singing praises for her “gorgeous, soaring vocals.” “No woman, no cry,” Green told the tearful singer after her emotional performance. “They saved the best for last.”
Live rounds continue Tuesday night (November 5) with performances by members of Teams Cee Lo and Christina.