'The Voice' Live Top 10 Performances Recap: Risk vs. Reward

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On The Voice Live Top 10 Performances, some of the artists ventured outside of their comfort zones, but it didn't pay off for all of them.

Tonight on The Voice Live Top 10 Performances, emotions were running high due to the tragedy in Oklahoma that occurred earlier in the day. Blake Shelton and The Swon Brothers are all from Oklahoma and said that they were having a hard time going on with the show and having fun while their hearts were so heavy for everyone at home.

Since the show had to go on regardless, the three guys had to put their emotions aside for a couple of hours, which was visibly difficult for them.

After each of the judges discussed their strategy and what they were hoping for their contestants, it was finally time for the performances.

The first contestant to take the stage was Holly Tucker, who sang the gospel song "How Great Thou Art."

Usher enjoyed it, but thought it was a departure from what he's used to from her. Shakira, on the other hand, thought it was "heavenly." Adam Levine thought it was awesome and showed exactly what the show is about. Blake Shelton agreed, saying that it was the perfect timing for such a song and it was her most important performance of the show so far.

The second performer was Judith Hill, who paid tribute to her late friend Michael Jackson with "The Way You Make Me Feel," which got a little bit emotional for her.

Blake is sick of always saying good things about Judith, but couldn't find a single thing wrong with that performance either. Usher said that as a huge fan of Michael Jackson, it was emotional for him as well. Adam thought it was the perfect way to celebrate someone who meant so much to her without exploiting the relationship.

The next performance was "How Country Feels" by The Swon Brothers, which definitely helped lighten the mood.

Shakira and Adam both thought the performance was really fun and Blake agreed, saying that people are finally starting to realize the star potential that these guys have.

After The Swon Brothers, Amber Carrington took the stage to sing "Breakaway."

Blake thought it was a great song choice for her because she has such a powerful voice. Usher really enjoyed it and was blown away by both the wind effects AND the performance. Shakira thought the mix of country and pop was perfect for Amber and her coach Adam said this song showed what an incredible voice she has.

Sasha Allen took the stage next to sing "Next to Me."

It was clear that Shakira loved the performance because she was jamming in her judges' chair the entire time! Adam, Blake and Usher all agreed that it was super fun and had very high praise for Sasha.

Next up was Josiah Hawley, who sang "Clocks."

Usher loved his rendition of the song, but Shakira and Adam weren't as enthusiastic about it, saying that it's extremely hard to conquer a Coldplay song.

Danielle Bradbery took the stage next, singing "Heads Carolina, Tails California."

Usher thought it was awesome and said she was a shining star for team Blake. Adam said he's so proud of her and is really happy she's on the show. Before Blake critiqued the performance, he gushed about how amazing Danielle is. Then, he said he knows it's going to be another iTunes hit for her.

The next artist to perform was Kris Thomas who sang "Adorn."

Adam thought it was good, but said he could see him thinking too much, so he wants to see him open up more. Usher agreed and said that Kris definitely could have chosen a better song. Shakira disagreed, saying it showed everything he was able to do with his voice and that the guys should give him a break.

Next, Sarah Simmons took the stage to sing "Mama Knows Best."

Blake said not only did she ooze sex appeal, she also turned a corner with her voice. Usher said that it was an incredible performance and Adam thought it was HOT!

The last performance of the night was Michelle Chamuel, who sang "Just Give Me A Reason," which was her second Pink song.

As usual, Michelle delivered and the judges loved it! Adam said that he's a fan of Michelle's and that the other three judges are, too. Usher went into "Gusher" mode and said that it was definitely the performance of the night.

But, we want to know what you think! Which artist do YOU think gave the best performance of the night?



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