'The Voice' recap: Sensational Sisaundra

Contestant Sisaundra Lewis. (Courtesy NBC)

Contestant Sisaundra Lewis. (Courtesy NBC)

Jason MacNeil, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:32 PM ET

One of the best, most spine-tingling moments this season on The Voice took place Tuesday night, with two soul singers causing hairs to rise.

Blake Shelton had a huge decision to make in paring himself of either Sisaundra Lewis or Biff Gore, two performers who don't fit the teen idol format but have ample power. Lewis and Gore selected the late James Brown's It's A Man's Man's Man's World which caused Shelton and advisor Chris Martin to be almost giddy. “Please do it again, just for fun,” Martin quipped, clearly impressed with what he heard.

When the pair entered the ring, both Lewis and Gore left no doubt they both deserved to move on, with Gore and Lewis both sounding as if they lived the lyrics. The closing notes however caused Usher to get goose bumps as well as probably everyone else in the audience. “Oh my god, that high note, where did you find that?” Usher asked Lewis. Shelton praised both but said he couldn't miss out on the chance to pick Lewis who he deemed a “one in a trillion” talent.

Shakira's contestants Ddendyl and Deja Hall paled compared to the opening bout, both still with much to learn. Shakira gave more pointers than usual while giving both of them a microphone stand to help ease jitters. The hit ballad, A Great Big World's Say Something (featuring Christina Aguilera), fit Ddendyl's dreamy delivery better in rehearsals. After their performance of the melancholic song, Levine like the maturity in Hall's youthful voice while Shakira said “both killed it.” However Hall ended up coming out on top.

Usher was up next with Morgan Wallen and Stevie Jo working out the kinks for their rendition of One Direction's Story Of My Life. Usher and Martin helped Wallen out with his breathing during portions while trying to get both to round the notes.

After host Carson Daly introduced the pair, the singers didn't seem to dazzle much with the song although Jo had some moments. Wallen's rasp almost sounded as if it was Nickelback trying to cover One Direction. The tune concluded with both trying to out-diva the other which was rather forgettable. Shakira lauded both singers while Usher was surprised by both. Still wearing his furry chapeau, Usher deemed Stevie Jo the better of the two. Meanwhile Wallen was saying goodbye to Levine when Levine hit his “steal” button.

One battle which was given all of about one minute of airtime was Kristen Merlin against Emily B. A snippet of the Dixie Chicks' I Can Love You Better was shown before Shakira decided Merlin was the winner.

 


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