So it turns out you don't want to mess with Adam Levine.
The Maroon 5 singer exacted revenge on fellow The Voice judge Blake Shelton by dumping a load of manure atop Shelton's truck in the parking lot during Monday night's show. The stunt was in response to Shelton tweeting Levine's phone number during a previous episode.
ďI thought I would return the favour, why not pay him back a bit. That is cow dung, that is feces of animals.Ē
The reality singing competition began the tough task of paring the Top Five into the Top Three Monday night. And with each performer given two songs, the cream began rising to the top. And one judge getting crap.
After Usher debuted his new groovy single Good Kisser, Kristen Merlin showed her crazier side with Gunpowder and Lead. The Miranda Lambert cover scored obvious points with Lambert's hubby Blake Shelton while the tiara-sporting Shakira was into it. “I'm so fricking proud of you,” Shakira said while Usher, Shelton and Levine (dubbed Barney Rubble by Shelton) lapped it up.
For her second song Merlin – feeling overwhelmed during rehearsals – opted for Jewel's Foolish Games. Shakira's choice enabled Merlin to hit it out of the park emotionally. While closing tenderly, the judges said Merlin connected beautifully and passionately to the ballad. Usher had a geographical lapse, saying the Colombia-born Shakira was from Cuba but was corrected after the commercial break.
Josh Kaufman dedicated John Legend's All Of Me to his family and hometown of Indianapolis. Kaufman, sans his trademark chapeau, strayed little from his romantic balladry with the strings section adding to the sea of sappiness. Shakira noted how Kaufman was consistent and “milking” his strength. The judges were kind but didn't seem as enthused with Kaufman as they were with Merlin.
Kaufman's second tune – picked by Usher – was OneRepublic's Love Runs Out. The murky, bluegrass-tinged rocker was a far better, more enjoyable tune by Kaufman. The risk earned a huge, lengthy ovation and almost guaranteeing him a place in the finals.
Kat Perkins vocally soared during Sia's Chandeliers. Perkins morphed from Rihanna to Sarah Brightman on the difficult tune, singing circles around her competition. Shelton loved how Perkins showed another layer while Shakira praised her individuality. Her second tune – Let It Go from the Frozen soundtrack – was slightly more streamlined yet demonstrated why she should be moving to the finals with another stellar closing.
Perhaps the dark horse of the competition is Jake Worthington. The Texan country singer dedicated Good Ol' Boys by the late Waylon Jennings to his friends. He performed the song, best known as the Dukes of Hazzard theme, as if on cruise control at times. Usher loved his lone concluding “big note” while Shelton said the 18-year-old was “bad ass” for picking the Jennings classic. Worthington ended the show covering Bryan Adams' Heaven but it came off very average and nearly tedious.
Christina Grimmie had a tough task with Levine choosing Imogen Heap's Hide And Seek. Using a vocoder as well, her performance started slow and limped along despite her best effort, putting her behind the eight ball right. It didn't resonate with Usher and not that much with Shakira. Levine got on a soapbox, saying he wanted artists to push the envelope. Rather easy to say for Levine when he's established.
Grimmie's second selection was Some Nights by Fun. Again it came off like a song that didn't quite work as well as it should have. A big note might have given her a chance as balloons descended to the stage.