‘The Voice’ 2013 Recap: Top 10 Contestants Perform, Blake Shelton Addresses Moore, Oklahoma Tornado Disaster

By Andrew Meola | May 21, 2013 11:48 AM EDT
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(Photo : The Voice Facebook Page) The Top 10 on Season 4 of NBC's "The Voice" from left to right. Top row: The Swon Brothers, Amber Carrington, Kris Thomas, Holly Tucker and Sarah Simmons. Bottom row: Judith Hill, Danielle Bradbery, Michelle Chamuel, Sasha Allen and Josiah Hawley.

The Top 10 contestants on "The Voice" performed Monday night as they continued their respective pushes towards the finals. At the start of the show, Blake Shelton addressed the tornado that ravaged Moore, Okla. and offered his thoughts and prayers to the affected people.

The performances began with Holly Tucker's singing "How Great Thou Art." The first of Blake's three remaining country artists used her powerful vocals to deliver a spirited rendition of the religious song.

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Judith Hill sang Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and added her own touch to it with a slower, smoother beginning before she let loose toward the end.

The Swon Brothers, the only non-solo artists left in the competition, performed Randy Houser's "How Country Feels" and they nailed it. The song was right in their vocal and thematic sweet spot and they took full advantage of the opportunity.

Amber Carrington took a shot at Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway" but turned in a lackluster performance. She never got comfortable on stage (possibly because of the gusting wind machine whipping at her) and struggled with her vocals throughout the song.

Sasha Allen went with the popular Emeli Sande song, "Next to Me," and earned the praise of the judges. She even ad-libbed a few lines toward the end.

Josiah Hawley sang Coldplay's "Clocks" at the behest of Usher but unfortunately he does not seem to have the vocal range or power to pull it off. Much like his Muse performance earlier in the season, this one fell flat.

Danielle Bradbery performed Jo Dee Messina's "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and cut loose with the upbeat country number. Her joy and fun on stage was evident and it enhanced her performance greatly.

Kris Thomas sang Miguel's "Adorn" and thankfully did not leg drop any audience members. He does not really have the swagger to drive home the lyrics, but his vocals carried him through the song.

Sarah Simmons performed Jessie J's "Mama Knows Best" and wowed the judges with her full-on rocker attitude complete with chain mail skirt. Her passionate vocal style made sense as she used to be the lead singer of a screamo band.

Michelle Chamuel closed the night with Pink's "Just Give Me a Reason" and seemed to really connect with the lyrics. She has performed Pink songs already this season and this one was another solid installment.

The Top 10 will receive the results of America's votes Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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