(CBS News) There’s just five competitors left on “The Voice,” and all of them took to the stage Monday to sing in the semifinals.
The pressure is higher than ever — only three of these performers will advance to next week’s finale.
Usher kicked off the episode by performing his new single, “Twisted,” and then it was time for the top five to sing two songs each. Here’s how they fared:
The Swon Brothers’ first song was a rendition of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” that was commended by the judges. Their second performance, Anne Murray’s “Danny’s Song,” was also well received — Usher told the duo they’re “making the world understand” country music.
Danielle Bradbery delivered a flawless performance of “Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw, who wished her luck via video before her performance. “You’re so graceful — at your age to have that type of control, it’s just remarkable,” Usher noted. Her second song, Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am,” was dedicated to her loved ones. “You are such a little star, and you’re the cutest thing ever!” Shakira declared. “You’re going to grow up to do great things.”
Sasha Allen started off with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” which Adam Levine called one of the toughest songs to sing. “I think you made Whitney’s fans really proud,” her coach told her. Allen’s name was on the stage in lights for her second performance, Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls,” which earned her more judges’ praise and a standing ovation from Usher.
Michelle Chamuel started off with “Clarity” by Zedd, and then Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” (which she dedicated to her coach). “I don’t know what else to say other than I love you,” Levine told her. Shakira added, “You are without a doubt one of my favorites in this competition. You’re on a permanent crescendo.” Shelton admitted: “As an opposing team coach, you hope at some point somebody stumbles. But she never does.”
Amber Carrington sang Katy Perry’s “Firework” (and received well-wishes from Perry herself beforehand), dedicating the tune to her best friends. For her second song, she selected Maroon 5’s “Sad.” “I’m always blown away from you, but the fact that you can make one of Adam’s songs that beautiful? That’s something,” says Blake, adding, “I can’t wait to buy one of your records one day.” Levine’s take: “The fact that you sat here tonight and sang it better than I did, and did it justice makes me so happy.”
The two singers with the lowest votes will be eliminated during Tuesday’s results show, which will also feature a performance by season 3 runner-up Terry McDermott.
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