'The Voice' recap: No more steals or saves

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The stakes are higher than ever as 'The Voice' contestants compete for a spot in the top 10.

With no more steals and saves left for the coaches, the fates of the 11 remaining artists are in the hands of America. Last night’s episode got off to a somber start as each coach took a minute to reflect on Prince’s legendary career. Adam shared that Prince was a true inspiration, and Pharrell recounted memories of getting his records in the mail. Needless to say, each coach was affected by the loss of a timeless musical icon.

The tribute was appreciated and necessary, but before we could reach for a box of tissues, Carson Daly quickly introduced the first artist of the night. Shalyah Fearing brought the goose bumps early, singing a powerful rendition of “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Shalyah made the song her own as she related it to her journey on “The Voice.” It’s still pretty crazy how she’s the youngest artist on the show, yet happens to kill it every single time. There’s no doubt that coach Adam is patting himself on the back for this stolen artist. 

As for coach Pharrell’s comeback artist, Daniel Passino gave us a taste of his softer side, singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” Daniel worked the room, walking across the stage and reaching for a female hand in the audience. Coaches commended him for his smoothness, and Daniel left the stage hoping that he secured some votes from the ladies.

It wasn’t until Paxton Ingram from Blake’s team performed that all four coaches were on their feet. He was fully invested in every lyric of “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs. Paxton’s personality shined through, and he gave it his best. 

After being in the bottom two last week, Adam’s artist Owen Danoff got another chance to sway our votes. Singing James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” Owen dedicated his performance to the loss of a childhood friend. The soft-spoken singer gave us a whole lot of heart and emotion, hoping it was good enough to keep him safe for another week.

Mary Sarah’s rendition of “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield was a good mix of country soul. According to coach Blake, the song was perfect for his last standing country artist. 

Coach Christina’s obvious favorite, Alisan Porter, did what she does best singing Lorraine Ellison’s “Stay With Me.” Her rendition was definitely one of the most memorable performances of the night. Hitting every note with precision, it’s no surprise that Alisan will make it to the top five.

Bryan Bautista was another artist on Christina’s team that sounded great. Dedicating Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are” to his little sister, he earned brownie points as being the cutest older brother on the show. Bryan’s fun and energetic number was not only entertaining but also full of energetic jazz.

Adam Wakefield from coach Blake’s team went outside his comfort zone singing “Lights” by Journey. It was a challenging song, but Adam did his best to make it his own. Coach Christina’s comeback, Nick Hagelin, fought to stay on the show with John Mayer’s “Your Body is a Wonderland.” It was a solid rendition but nothing extraordinary.

As for coach Pharrell’s artist Hannah Huston, Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” was passionate but full of power and range. It was a moving performance, and it was easy to see that Hannah has really come into her own as an artist. She may be a preschool teacher, but boy can she sing.

Last but not least, coach Adam’s Laith Al-Saadi sang “Make it Rain” by Ed Sheeran. Adam summed it up pretty nicely, saying Laith was amazing. His unique spin on a contemporary song was pretty impressive. We’re sure to see more of Laith in upcoming episodes.

The countdown continues as the top 10 will be revealed tonight, leading us one step closer to crowning the season 10 champion.

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