'The Voice' recap: Top 10 performances impress, for the most part

We're coming down to the wire on Season 10 of "The Voice." The top 10 fought hard to rev their vocal chops into full gear as the countdown to the finale dwindles.

Before introducing the top 10 contestants, first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden took the stage to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Joining Forces — a White House initiative that provides support for service members, veterans and their families.


The gang followed that up with a group performance of Dierks Bentley's "Home." Then, a number of artists secured their spots with jaw-dropping performances but a few failed to leave a lasting impression.

Here's how the remaining artists did:


Daniel Passino (Team Pharrell):

Regardless of the endless hours of practice, Coach Pharrell reminded Daniel of what really matters at the end of the night: how he makes the viewers feel. After being in the bottom two last week, Daniel tried to bounce back in singing "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith. Unfortunately, it seemed as if the negative Internet comments got to his head. Daniel had some obvious pitch problems that Pharrell and Christina Aguilera couldn't help but point out. Needless to say, it wasn't Daniel's best performance. It's clear that this guy has the passion and drive, but without the confidence to bring it each week, Daniel is going to have a lot of trouble keeping up with the fierce competition.

Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam):

Getting back to her roots, Shalyah went for an R&B vibe — dedicating her performance of Emeli Sande's "My Kind of Love" to her mom. Shalyah has repeatedly given us her heart and soul; this week was no different. Blake Shelton was all about the song choice, telling Shalyah that she thrives in wild performances. Even though she hit those big notes, it wasn't Shalyah's shining moment. Coach Adam was the first to notice, making a plea to vote her through so she can kill it next week singing "No More Drama" by Mary J. Blige. Even though it wasn't her best night, Shalyah did manage to give us goosebumps when we needed it.

Nick Hagelin (Team Christina):

Coach Christina also seemed somewhat surprised that Nick is still sticking around as the long-lasting comeback artist. Outdoing many of the contestants who went before him, Nick managed to prove that he has something special to offer. Pharrell didn't seem all the crazy about his performance, but took a minute to appreciate what Nick represents — someone who made it back after a rejection. Singing "I Can't Help It" by Michael Jackson, Nick delivered a solid performance.

Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell):

Adam Levine gave Hannah's rendition of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" a 99 percent. On the other hand, Pharrell said it was 1,000 percent amazing. Even though Adele is a tough artist to measure up to, Hannah absolutely dominated her performance, bringing on the heat in the very opening moments of her song. Pharrell hit the nail on the head with his comment, saying Hannah makes us love her more each time she steps on stage. It was a great moment for Hannah, and despite the discrepancy between the judges' scores, she still had one of the best performances of the night.


Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam):

Ripping it on his guitar, Laith not only showed off his instrumental skills, but he gave us a lot of range in singing "The Thrill is Gone" by B.B. King. Blake commended the contestant for his awesome guitar skills but cautioned him to sing more and play less. Adam kindly disagreed, saying it was a perfect combination of voice work and guitar playing that gave the best show of musicianship on the show. Regardless of the judges' different tastes, Laith did great. His blues-y song choice was fitting, and he still showed he has epic musical abilities.

Paxton Ingram (Team Blake):

Celine Dion's "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" was Paxton's song choice this week, and it was a good one. At one point, Blake got so into it that he started lip syncing along with his artist. It's no secret that Blake has a man crush on Paxton — the coach's love for this guy is incredibly obvious. Both were glowing after the performance ended, and Blake praised Paxton for being in the zone. Paxton's energy was contagious and his vocal skills were also on point.

Mary Sarah (Team Blake):

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Still the only true country artist on this season, Mary Sarah came out strong singing "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette. She hit every note with precision and coaches had nothing but good things to say. Adam was impressed by the difficult song choice and Blake reminded us that at 20 years old, this girl was born to be a country singer.


Bryan Bautista (Team Christina):

It was a big risk when Bryan chose to sing a Spanish song, but it's safe to say that his rendition of "Promise" by Romeo Santos featuring Usher was well worth it. Appealing to the Latino community, Bryan brought some of his Dominican roots into the song and did a phenomenal job. Giving us his best bachata dance moves, Bryan's personality really shined through.

Alisan Porter (Team Christina):

Once again, Alisan left us speechless. Her rendition of "Let Him Fly" by Patty Griffin was not only flawless but incredibly moving. Blake was more than happy about the country song choice, but it was Alisan's dedication of the song to an ex-boyfriend who died that really made us feel the realness of the lyrics. Christina was more than proud of the California mom and gave her endless praise for sharing her heartfelt story. Alisan continues to break down her walls, and each week, we never fail to notice how amazing she is.

Adam Wakefield (Team Blake):

Adam, who lived in Baltimore for a decade before moving to Nashville, closed off the night singing "I Got a Woman" by Ray Charles. The slow and gradual build made for an epic intro. Who knew this guy could play the piano as well as he can sing? Talk about impressive! Blake was blown away and Pharrell said this guy is "the next one." Dedicating his song to his girlfriend, Jenny Lee, Adam's performance gave us everything from Southern rock to country and rock 'n' roll soul. One thing's pretty clear: Adam is definitely an artist to look out for.