Matthew Schuler, who blew away the judges on The Voice last week with his impassioned version of “Hallelujah,” did not disappoint again on Monday night’s show, taking on the Labrinth (featuring Emeli Sandé) love ballad, “See Beneath Your Beautiful,” as a song of hope for future romance, noting he was single but keeping his eyes open for a wife.
By the time Schuler finished, the crowd would not stop cheering, prompting the minister’s son to lower his head and seem near tears. “Thank you. That’s something else,” the 20-year-old singer from Yardley, Pa., said humbly, barely heard over the noisy appreciation.
His excited coach Christina Aguilera admitted that she, too, was “blown away,” adding, “Tonight you did show a different side of yourself, wanting this to be dedicated to your future love, your future wife.”
Coach Adam Levine quickly interjected: “Finding that future wife? Not going to be a problem for you, man. You’re a great singer. If only you weren’t handsome and charismatic and an amazing performer ”
Also showing off dramatic performance skills as the Top 10 performed was Kat Robichaud from Team Cee Lo Green. The North Carolina rocker, 29, offered up some Goth-inspired theater as a black-masked crew of dancers hoisted her atop a piano for Pat Benatar‘s 1984 anthem, “We Belong.”
“This will live forever,” a thrilled Green told her. “When you nail it the way you did tonight, it lives forever.”
Tessanne Chin, 28, took on Gladys Knight & the Pips’ 1970 hit, “If I Were Your Woman,” and showed off soul, building on the song’s dynamic highs and lows with a gospel flair. “This one was like solidifying your presence on the show as a major, major contender,” Levine, the Jamaican backup singer’s coach, enthused.
James Wolpert’s retro-individualism was on full display, with a black suit, skinny tie and his trademark glasses, as he sang his version of the 1972 Harry Nilsson ballad, “Without You.” The judges pronounced it a difficult song to sing, not only with its pleading lyrics but the long and high notes that the 22-year-old from Lancaster, Pa., managed to hold onto effortlessly.
“You are a multidimensional vocalist,” Aguilera praised, calling Wolpert “dapper” and addressing him as “Mr. Great Gatsby.”
Austin Jenckes performed 1985’s “Your Love” by the Outfield, as his coach, Blake Shelton, urged him to make it a breakout moment.
“I loved the ending. You really took me there. You rocked it,” Aguilera told the bearded Jenckes, 25, of Duvall, Wash., who earned praise all around for his vocal range.
The show’s youngest contestant, New Jersey high school student Jacquie Lee of Team Christina, slowed down the Zedd hit “Clarity,” starting it softly as she sat tiny on a white grand piano. But she picked up the pace, standing up to propel the song, backed by a 12-member choir.
Levine offered Lee, 16, major respect. “It’s hard enough to do this with all the experience in the world. Showing that vulnerability in this high-pressure atmosphere with so much grace at your age is really beautiful.”
The Voice returns Tuesday with a results show as two more artists are sent home. As they did last week, voters may save a bottom-three contestant using live Twitter votes.