'The Voice' recap, the Top 10 finally perform

  • Matthew Schuler performs on Monday.
Matthew Schuler performs on Monday. (NBC / Tyler Golden/NBC )
November 19, 2013|By Tionah Lee | For the Baltimore Sun

Last night’s episode shaped up to be one of the most important yet.

After losing top contenders last week, America voted in its top 10. It was their night to shine, meaning song choice, performance, and pre-show preparation was the key.

Coaches Adam and CeeLo sat down with their teams and families to discuss what inspires them, and what brought them to this particular moment. Coach Blake initiated the buddy system, giving it a “around the camp fire setting” with his team and their guitars. Christina felt yoga was the best show-pre method. Which coaches rituals worked best? 

The show kicked off with the top 10 performing The Mowgli’s “Say it, Just Say It.” Then once again … it was every man (woman) for themselves.

Team Blake: Austin Jencks, “Your Love” by the Outfield

In the night’s first performance, it was time for emotional rocker Austin Jenckes to show if he indeed had the power (Blake’s joke, not mine). Austin and Coach Blake felt it would be best if he picked up the pace a little and performed something that would be familiar to the audience and the coaches. Austin performed his rendition of the Outfield’s classic “Your Love” setting the bar high for the remainder of the night's competition. Coach Christina thought he did a “super-great job” and Austin’s coach Blake deemed it the breakout performance that he needed.

Team Christina: Jacquie Lee, “Clarity” by Zedd

Changing the dynamic of her performance, Jacquie Lee and Coach Christina felt it was time to showcase a more vulnerable side. Stripping down “Clarity” by Zedd, Jacquie delivered a performance that showed her voice in another range and tone, and gave her Jersey-strong image a break. While coaches Adam and CeeLo commended the young star on her ability to change her style and give a amazing performance, Coach Blake wanted to see the edgier side of her. Jacquie’s coach Christina disagreed calling her performance “dynamic and emotional.”

Team Adam: Will Champlin, “Love Me Again” by John Newman

Taking it across the pond, Will Champlin and his coach, Adam, decided it was the right moment  to introduce the audience to a song that hasn’t quite made its way to US ears yet. Adam felt Will could deliver this performance and blow America away. Although it would be nice to see Will take a risk and perform something outside of his element, the coaches all agreed that he nailed the performance on the head. Coach Christina called him “Satan” (due to his fiery performance and red blazer) and Adam loved seeing his vision of the performance come to light.

Team CeeLo: Caroline Pennell, “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by John Denver

After speaking with Caroline’s mother and father, CeeLo noticed that young Caroline is on a journey of her own. Caroline is away from home competing on "The Voice," and after will be attending college. Caroline decided this week she would choose her own song — what perfect way to sing about her journey than to perform John Denver’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane"? Although the song is a bit older than her, Caroline shared that it is one of her favorites and the most relatable song she has done so far in the competition. Coach Adam connected with the performance emotionally and Caroline’s coach CeeLo loved connecting with her through the performance, and watching her live her dream on the stage.

*collective awwwwww*

Team Blake: Cole Vosbury, “To Be With You” by Mr. Big

After nailing his performance of the R&B hit last week, it was time for Cole to go back to his roots and perform a song that would reflect his traditional artistry a little more. Never backing down from a challenge, Cole and Blake decided he would perform “To Be With You” by Mr. Big. Again, Cole delivered an awesome performance, singing in a voice that you wouldn’t imagine coming from behind that beard, and according to Coach Blake, wouldn’t leave him single for much longer! Cole’s former coach CeeLo is still mad that he is no longer on his team, while his present coach Blake, believed he sang the “daylights outta that song.” Did Cole really just move up in the competition?

Team Adam: Tessanne Chin, “If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight

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