The Voice recap: More strong performances

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'The Voice' (Tyler Golden/NBC)

Jason MacNeil, Special To QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

Week two of The Voice opened up with more strong performances and an equal amount of flattery from the four judges.

Despite Blake Shelton picking up only two artists after two shows, he started Monday night by securing Ryan Whyte Maloney, a “studly” Las Vegas singer whose powerful pipes belied his husky frame. Three of the four were into the opening seconds of his take on Journey's Lights with Usher finally making it unanimous.

Meanwhile DeShawn Washington looked like he might be shutout before Shakira took a chance. The Louisiana native didn't sound convincing with Sam Cooke's Twistin' The Night Away but got what he needed with one “I Want You.”

“I'm stupid,” Usher said while Shelton seemed to be second-guessing himself as well for not wanting him.

Elsewhere Sam Behymer provided a rather “quirky” version of Lorde's Royals, sounding like she morphed into Alanis Morissette halfway into it. Regardless a battle of wills ensued between Usher and Levine who both liked the unique style despite being a bit rough around the edges. Behymer went with Levine in the end.

The show's biggest surprise came when Texas native Clarissa Serna battled the jitters on The Cranberries' Zombie. After Levine hit his button Serna soared, eventually getting all four fighting for her. Shakira, air drumming during the song, thought a history lesson about Hannibal and Alexander the Great would win Serna over. Incredibly, it did.

Perhaps the one missed opportunity in singer Brendan Ryan. Ryan, who describes himself as a singer and a comedian, improvised a song about a chair for host Carson Daly. But unfortunately he had none of the four chairs turning his way during Beyonce's Love On Top. Later Alabama mailman Robert Lee was shut out with Shelton wanting the singer to “open up” more vocally during his performance of The Band's The Weight.

Usher redeemed himself with the tandem of Clinton and Coty Walker. Dubbed the Brothers Walker, the identical twins from a Missouri town with one “stop light” convinced him they were worthy with Zac Brown Band's Keep Me In Mind. And Usher managed to wrangle Melissa Jimenez from Shakira despite Jimenez singing a portion of Alicia Keys' If I Ain't Got You in Latin.

As the night continued it seemed Shelton could do nothing right. Eager to bring Patrick Thomson into his roster, Shelton said he sounded like he was “gargling with broken glass” on The Marshall Tucker Band's Can't You See. Thomson thought Levine would be a better mentor.

After Allison Bray was close but not close enough with Connie Francis' Where The Boys Are, the show wrapped up with Shelton possibly winning the evening. Sisaundra Lewis, who was Celine Dion's vocal coach and received a video message from the diva, nailed Aretha Franklin's Ain't No Way. Lewis and her earrings which would one-up Jody Watley took Shelton over the other three coaches.

 


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