'The Voice' recap: Decisions, decisions

The Voice. (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

The Voice. (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Jason MacNeil, Special To QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Monday night's episode of The Voice left Adam Levine and Shakira making some tough choices.

Shakira's team got things rolling with country belter Kristen Merlin. Merlin opted for Carrie Underwood's Two Black Cadillacs and nailed the number, working her voice just as well as the stage. Usher and Blake Shelton considered Merlin to be a “no brainer” to move ahead with Shelton adding she was battling with an audience who had the “worst rhythm” he ever seen.

Another keeper seemed to be Tess Boyer who covered Christina Perri's Human to perfection. Boyer held one middle note brilliantly while the lyric “I can do it” proved she could do it. Adam Levine, Shelton and Usher all had nothing but praise with Shakira said her voice “filled the room.”

Meanwhile the judges treated Deja Hall with kid gloves. Hall went with Jordin Sparks' Battlefield and was good, just not good enough to distance herself from competitors. The other artist who didn't seem to measure up was Dani Moz. Moz sat at a piano for Lady Gaga's Edge Of Glory which made for nice optics but little else. Usher called it a bit rough in spots while others loved the emotion.

If one artist picked a dream song it was Patrick Thomson going with Ray LaMontagne's Trouble. Thomson had no trouble shining thanks to his raspy, soulful pipes a la LaMontagne. Thomson gained confidence with each lyric and soared to close. Levine seemed jealous of his pipes while Usher said he owned the song. Shakira said he “killed it.”

In the end Shakira moved on with Boyer, Merlin and surprisingly Moz.

Up next was Adam Levine's stable led by Delvin Choice. Choice slowed things down with Al Green's dim-the-lights nugget Let's Stay Together. Although looking as if he had his barista apron on backwards, Choice made Levine's choice all the more difficult. Usher loved his unique voice while Shakira deemed it “delicious.”

One singer which excelled while also sucking up to Levine was Jake Barker. Picking Maroon 5's She Will Be Loved, Barker slightly reworked the arrangement to suit him. Confident almost to a fault, Barker finished it with pizzazz as Levine judged a singer singing his song. Shakira loved his “vulnerable but sweet” voice with Levine saluting the “very talented guy.”

Levine almost guaranteed Kat Perkins continuing after hearing her cover Journey's Open Arms. It took all of 10 seconds for Perkins to unleash her booming voice which was head and shoulders over the other contestants. Shakira gave her a standing ovation and Shelton said it should be called Open Lungs given her power.

Morgan Wallen veered into the country milieu with Florida Georgia Line's Stay. Wallen was good but it didn't quite hit the mark throughout and at times sounded forced. Shelton heard a lot of Eddie Vedder in Wallen's voice and heavily endorsed him.

Last but not the least when it came to heart-tugging, Christina Grimmie used I Won't Give Up by Jason Mraz to strike a chord. Grimmie dedicated the song to her mom, a cancer survivor, and showed a tenderness and strength throughout. Shelton said Grimmie was “the best one” on his team and Shakira loved the falsettos.

Levine concluded the show by choosing his top three, going with Grimmie. Choice and Perkins.

 


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