'The Voice' recap: The Top 5 perform, make heartfelt dedications
The Swon Brothers took the stage first, dedicating "Turn The Page" by Bob Seger to all the guys in Oklahoma who've ever played with them. Adam and Usher praise them for dedicating it to the ones who really matter. Blake says the performance set the tone for the night.
Danielle Bradbery and Amber Carrington get video messages from Tim McGraw and Katy Perry, respectively, which is pretty cool.
Sasha Allen's up next, chosing Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" for her children because the song is about unconditional love. She fumbles out of the gate, as if she was confused by when she was supposed to come in. By the time she hit the key change, however, she'd recovered, nailing that sustained note that the song is so famous for. Will the recovery have been enough? Adam remarks that, besides The National Anthem, this song is the hardest song to sing, but says she did well.
Michelle Chamuel heads home to Amherst to visit her friends and family, plus her former place of employment, Woodstar Cafe. She also got the opportunity to sing "God Bless America" at Fenway Park during a Red Sox Game. For her first song, she's singing "Clarity" by Zedd featuring Foxes. It's not as well-known a song, but I'd venture to say it positions Michelle as the premiere "Voice" dance music artist. She rules on this song. The audience eats up the performance, as do the coaches. Let's hope this one sells well on iTunes.
Danielle visited home, returning to a huge party of family and friends. After her visit, she went by her high school, where she was greeted with a pep rally, essentially, where she finds out she'll be singing The National Anthem at that night's Houston Astros' game. For her first song of the night, she's taking on McGraw's "Please Remember Me." She sounds and looks terrific, handling the song with her typically startling ease. Can anything fluster this girl?
Amber is performing Perry's "Firework" tonight in dedication to her group of girlfriends who got her through being a teenager. As the song begins, it's clear that the low notes in the first verse are a challenge for Amber's range. This song, as with most pop songs, is made up of mostly just-too-low notes and just-too-high notes. It's not a terrible performance, but the challenge to her vocal range is too evident for this point in the competition.
The Swon Brothers visit home to Oklahoma, arriving at a party full of family and friends. Afterwards, they take a visit to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, where they used to work and give tours. It's there that they're surprised with the 2013 Rising Star Award, with a video congrats from Vince Gill. For their second song, they're singing "Danny's Song," by Loggins and Messina. It's a surprisingly understated performance, with just the two at the piano. At times, it appears that Colton doesn't have much to do, but when the harmonies kick in, it's pretty beautiful. Solid song choice.
Sasha heads home to New York to see her daughter and fiance for the day, having probably the most heartwarming homecoming, considering she's the only finalist with children who she hasn't been able to see. Her second song for the evening is Donna Summer's "Bad Girls." There's a playful spirit to this performance that's been lacking at times throughout the season -- not to mention she sings the heck out of it.
Danielle is dedicating her second song, "Who I Am" by Jessica Andrews, to her parents and her best friend for their support. Watching her mom cry in the audience as she sang the line, "When the day is done, my mama's still my biggest fan" put a little lump in my throat, and I doubt I'm the only one.
Amber went home to Dallas, arriving at a party full of family. She also stopped by the boutique she once worked out, where she learned that they had a section of Amber Carrington merchandise. At a waterfront performance, she's awarded the key to the city. For her second song of the night, she's singing one of her coach's songs, "Sad" by Maroon 5. The intro sounds incredibly off-pitch, but I'm worried the unfamiliarity with the song might be a detriment. Adam praises her for singing it better than he does, so there's that.
Michelle's back to wrap the night up, with a dedication of Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time" to her coach, delivering a sweet message to Usher. She had her first really big moment this season with a Lauper track, so it's a particularly shrewd move to go to that well once more. It's another stellar performance from the only non-country artist with a chance in this game. That exploding clock didn't hurt things either.
Who'll be a part of the Top 3 and who will get the boot, "Voice" fans?