In what host Carson Daly described as a “pressure-packed night” the remaining eight contestants on The Voice – two from each coach’s team – gave what could be their final performances during Monday’s semifinals.
Audience votes plus scores from judges Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green will determine which four singers go home Tuesday night and which four make it to next week’s finals. Read on for more.
From Team Blake, Erin Willett became overwhelmed with emotion after a powerful performance of David Guetta’s “Without You.”
“I just emotionally kind of got lost,” a tearful Willet, who lost her father during the competition, told Daly after her performance.
“I would give anything to have a tenth of the talent that you have,” her mentor, Shelton, told her. “Your singing is unbelievable.”
Shelton, whose own father died in January, added: “But more than that, Erin, I’d give anything to have the strength that you have. I know what that song means to you. It means the same thing to me right now also. And you held it together.”
But it was Team Blake’s other semifinalist, Jermaine Paul, whom Shelton described as the competition’s “frontrunner,” after his heartfelt rendition of Journey’s “Open Arms.”
“Jermaine is the guy,” Shelton told his protégé. “Every time you get on stage, you separate yourself a little bit more from the rest of the pack.”
Adam Levine had a different take, telling Team Cee Lo’s Juliet Simms, who closed out the evening with James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”: “You’re the one to beat.”
Aguilera, on the other hand, had high praise for Team Adam’s Katrina Parker.
“I just encourage Adam to really look at you,” she told Parker, who tackled The Fugees’ “Killing Me Softly.” “I know that probably the obvious, predictable choice for Adam would be to be swayed towards [his other finalist, Tony Lucca]. But I’m telling you, take a look at Katrina Parker because she’s a star.”
Aguilera, who donned a tiara for the evening, was also enthusiastic about her own protégés.
Chris Mann’s operatic performance of “Ave Maria” prompted her to get up from her seat, walk on stage, and give him a hug.
“Your voice is so powerful and so pure and it’s perfect,” Green told Mann. “I mean, you really are the epitome of this show.”
Aguilera also embraced her second protégé, Lindsay Pavao, who sang and played guitar for her take on Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.”
Teams who had previously competed against each other in the quarterfinals also combined forces for “super group” performances on Monday.
Team Christina and Team Blake paired up for Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory,” while Team Cee Lo and Team Adam joined together for a rousing rendition of The Killers’ “All These Things That I’ve Done.”