'The Voice' live blog: The top 6 take the stage
Holly Tucker: "When God Fearing Women Get The Blues" by Martina McBride
Blake wants to continue the streak of attitude that he had Holly tap into last week. During her performance, she sounds typically great, but the display of sass again feels a bit forced. It's going to continue to earn her votes, though. So, it's fine. The coaches all comment that it's been fun to see Holly come out of her shell throughout the competition, with Blake telling her it's his favorite of her performances all season.
Michelle Chamuel: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane
Usher wants the world to connect with Michelle through Keane's message, while also telling his final artist that he wants to continue this relationship they have going even after the competition is over. Her performance is alright, nothing spectacular. It's perfectly lovely, though. The coaches all seem to have liked it more than I did.
Fun with Christina Milian: Holly runs the scales on a saxophone and Michelle reveals a photo with Taylor Swift surprising her during rehearsal. Fun.
The Swon Brothers: "Wagon Wheel" by Darius Rucker
This is an artist choice, not a coach choice. They want to play something that's on the charts currently, so this was their choice. Another safe, safe choice. Meh. The performance incorporates a gigantic bar with some dancing saloon girls. I'll reserve my snark. It plays to the base well, which is all that matters for them, I guess. Shakira mentions that she's feeling inspired by country music thanks to Blake and his artists, so I guess we can look forward to an interesting new album from her.
Sasha Allen: "Ain't No Way" by Aretha Franklin
This one is Sasha's choice, one of her favorites by her favorite artist. Her performance is gorgeous. As the last diva standing, she's got some work to do to stick around and, for me, she did it tonight. Whether the wheels are already too far in motion for her to stick around or not, this performance is a stunner. All the coaches tell her its one of her best performances of her run, with Shakira throwing a little shade at the rest of the competition, nothing that there isn't anyone else still around who could sing this song.
Danielle Bradbery: "Shake The Sugar Tree" by Pam Tillis
Blake wants to keep Danielle in Pam Tillis territory because the first song she sang from the country singer's discography has remained Danielle's highest performing single on iTunes. He says he's interested in introducing a younger generation to older country music through Danielle. Her performance is another dependably solid vocal. There's not much else to say about it. Danielle's great. Everyone thinks so. End of story.
Amber Carrington: "I Remember You" by Skid Row
This is Adam's choice -- one of his favorite bands. But he's having Amber turn it into a bluegrass strummer, rather than the big hair metal song it once was. Is it a risk? Heck yes. It's always risky to sing a song that audiences might be unfamiliar with, but there's something pretty great in Amber's performance. I'd say it's a risk that paid off. The coaches compliment Amber and Adam's willingness to continue to take chances and try something new each week. Adam's clearly angling for iTunes buys, highlighting that they've created something that has no pre-existing alternative.
The Swon Brothers: "Okie from Muskogee" by Merle Haggard
Blake's choice. Enough said. There is nothing vocally special about this performance. It's just vote-bait, plain and simple. I'm reaching my fill with these two. The coaches say its fun, so there's that.
Holly Tucker: "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts
This is Holly's choice this week. There's some talk about how she's singing for her family, who she's been performing with for years. She performs in front of a lighthouse, which I guess makes sense. I don't even know anymore. She sounds lovely as always. The coaches praise her consistency, which is of course a compliment, but also belies the fact that there's never much exciting or unexpected about a Holly Tucker performance.
Michelle Chamuel: "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift
This is Michelle's choice and Taylor herself stopped by to listen to rehearsal, freaking Michelle out. Listening to Taylor gush about Michelle's interpretation was really sweet. On stage, Michelle seemed much more comfortable than she did in her earlier performance. She made some fun little tweaks, adding some runs that weren't in the original, that made the number a real treat. The audience loved it, cheering louder than they have yet, prompting Carson to compare it to the noise he experienced during his "TRL" days. The coaches ate it up right along with the audience.
Amber Carrington: "Crazy" by Patsy Cline
Amber's choice tonight. It's a lovely performance of a standard. Blake admits that the song has a sort of "sacred ground" quality to it that had him worried, initially, but won him over in the end. Shakira praises her airy vocal tone, while Adam praises her for bring a pure and traditional approach to the classic song.
Danielle Bradbery: "A Little Bit Stronger" by Sara Evans
Danielle's choice, which she chose because of an experience her sister had with a relationship. Blake mentions that she chose the song to show off her upper register, but "she may have bit off more than she could chew." But it appears whatever issues she was battling during rehearsal were overcome and then some, as she belts her face off on stage. It's a terrific performance.
Sasha Allen: "Before He Cheats" by Carrie Underwood
This is Shakira's choice for Sasha, meaning that every artist will have sung at least one country song tonight. Of course, this won't be a straightforward performance of the song. On stage, there's almost a jazzy quality to Sasha's sexy reinterpretation. It's a really fun performance, something the night's been sorely lacking. Let's hope it's enough to keep her around.
Who do you think deserves to go home after tonight, "Voice" fans?