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The Voice recap: Live Top 12 Performances

While a couple of singers struggle to find themselves in the songs, others take us to all-new heights of harmony

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The Voice

TV Show
Reality TV, Music
run date:
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Alicia Keys
Current Status:
In Season

Things are starting to get pretty intense now that The Voice season 10’s talent pool has been whittled down to a quaint little dozen. Right now, all four coaches (Adam LevinePharrell WilliamsChristina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton) are on equal footing with their teams, size-wise, but all that will change this week as America’s votes start to roll in, irrespective of who belongs to which team, to narrow down the remaining contestants one by one (with no more of those last-minute saves, either).

So, how will that public pecking order look? Well, after tonight’s round of live performances, we might have a few ideas. 

1. Mary Sarah (Team Blake)

“So Small” by Carrie Underwood

This country gal has some big shoes (boots, of course) to fill, but they’re all her own pairs because every time she’s taken this stage before, she’s been an absolute force to be reckoned with. Her song choice for tonight in particular is one that’s near and dear to her heart (cue the family story feels) and has the added benefit of potentially proving her pipes can extend past those Patsy Cline-ish bluesy Southern roots she’s been working with all season.

Indeed, her tone strength carries through quite well with the note, though at some points it’s a little too much of a cover performance. Even so, Blake believes Mary’s done enough of “walk[ing] that fine line between that traditional feeling and…contemporary” that she’ll get another vote-through for this week.

2. Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam)

“Born Under a Bad Sign” by Albert King

Adam hits the nail squarely on the head when he describes Laith Al-Saadi as being an “if you love music, you should love what I do” type of performer because he doesn’t stray from his comfort zone one bit (and doesn’t need to). His decades of experience wailing on bluesy numbers like he does tonight — which he handily dominates, even earning a “proper handshake” from Carson Daly in due respect — shines through time and time again. The guy can sing, he knows himself, he’s consistent, and he makes great song selections. What else can we say?

3. Daniel Passino (Team Pharrell)

“Human Nature” by Michael Jackson

As a guy who’s recently done the “impossible” by leaping from comeback kid to one of the lucky few getting voted through by audiences, Daniel Passino knows he’s still got some proving to do, so this time he’s going back to his favorite fountain tonight by plucking from the Michael Jackson archives. “The origin of everything that I love about pop music comes from Michael Jackson,” he reminds us.

Pharrell thinks the song choice is “brilliant” and is especially impressed with his acoustic production of the number (while Adam’s into this all-new, super-confident version of Daniel that he somehow didn’t see before, and Christina’s heart is set aflutter by his slick mid-song nod to her). Daniel’s always presented himself as a ~performer~ and that’s exactly what he proves (AGAIN) tonight.

NEXT: A total pro proves himself AGAIN