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Blake Shelton Has Unforgettable Night on The Voice

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It was a night of creative growth on The Voice Monday, as the top 10 wowed the coaches in unexpected ways.

“This may be the best episode of The Voice we’ve ever had,” Blake Shelton said. But it was the top talent among the remaining handful of singers that really gave his statement weight.

Christina Aguilera and Shelton kicked off the night with “Just a Fool,” a duet from her new album Lotus, which ushered in rousing performances from each team.

Melanie Martinez, the eccentric star of Team Adam, pleased fans with her offbeat take on the White Stripe’s “Seven Nation Army.” Cee Lo Green called her performance “one of the coolest things that’s happened this season.” It even had Shelton feeling envious. If there was one singer who wasn’t on his team that he could coach, “It’s you, Melanie,” he told her.

Dez Duron took a grown-up approach to his choice of song with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good.” “I’m so happy that you brought not only your stage presence to the table, but you dug deeper,” his coach Aguilera said. “You made everyone’s heart melt tonight.”

Green’s Nicholas David surprised viewers once again with his soulful rendition of Bill Withers’s “Lean on Me.” Coupled with a sublime gospel choir, David’s moving vocals won over his astonished coach. “It was so sweet to me. It makes me cry,” Green said.

Shelton hinted at an important development with a Tweet early in the night. “One of the biggest nights of my career on The Voice tonight for a couple reasons… Watch,” he said.

His own Cassadee Pope had the honor of singing “Over You,” the song Shelton and wife Miranda Lambert co-wrote about his late brother. Pope faced a big challenge, but the tenderness of her voice and the energy in her performance had Shelton on his feet in standing ovation.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you’re looking at an artist standing up there,” he said of his singer who had just honored his brother with her performance.

The Voice returns Tuesday night with the elimination round.