On Monday’s episode of “The Voice” the Top 10 artists coached by Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani performed. The goal for each was to make it into the top 10 on iTunes by Tuesday at noon ET so that they reap the benefit of a vote multiplier. For the second week running two artists — Lauren Duski and Hunter Plake — did just that, making it to ninth and tenth respectively.
Singing seventh as she has for the last two weeks running, Duski did herself proud with her version of Wynonna‘s’ “Tell Me Why,” a 1993 Top 5 country hit. Stefani enthused, “You just graduated to an uptempo song and you belted it out tonight.” And her coach was equally enthusiastic, dubbing her “the missing piece in country music right now.”
Plake delivered a low-key version of Steve Winwood‘s 1986 No. 1 hit “Higher Love” that won over the coaches, with Levine saying “that shows a lot of artistry; you are very connected to music.” And Stefani declared, “America, this is the real deal right here!”
There will be a double elimination this week. Based on their low ranking on the iTunes chart, the likeliest contenders for the chop are Vanessa Ferguson and Mark Isaiah. They barely made the top 100, coming in at #88 and #99 respectively.
Ferguson delivered a stripped-down version of “Doo Wop (That Thing),” the 1998 debut single from Lauryn Hill that was her only No. 1 hit. She mesmerized with her soulful rendition. Levine observed, “We know Lauryn Hill is proud of you for that,” while Keys concluded, “I feel like now they know that there is no limit to you.”
Isaiah, who has been in the bottom two for each of the live shows, got the newest song on this week’s edition: “Sign of the Times,” the debut solo single by Harry Styles of the boy band One Direction. Stefani called it an “interesting choice” while Levine made a pitch for votes “because I want to see him continue to get better, because he gets better every week. No one works harder than this guy.”
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