‘The Voice’ Recap: Final Five Contestants Journey Home, Michelle Chamuel Shines [Video]
The Voice aired its semifinal performance episode on Monday with two rounds of performances from the remaining artists.
But before the performances could get underway, coach Usher performed his latest single "Twisted," an R&B song with blues and jazzy flavor. A fun and boisterous performance, there’s no question it opened the show with a bang and got the crowd excited.
The Swon Brothers of Team Shelton, composed of Zach and Colton Swon, opened the performances with Bob Seger’s “Turn The Page.” Dedicating the song to their band members both past and present, they delivered a perfectly harmonized and lively performance. Both Adam Levine and coach Blake Shelton agreed that they have experienced tremendous growth on the show – making it further than any duo in past seasons.
In a complete 180, Sasha Allen from Team Shakira gave a powerful rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” dedicated to her children. Known as one of the most difficult songs to sing, Allen made it look easy, giving no sign of strain on her face. Levine, her former coach, told her that despite the difficulty of the song, she gave an incredible performance that managed to also be individual. Usher agreed, saying, “That voice right there is gonna keep you here on this show.”
Michelle Chamuel, the last member on Usher’s team, performed next. Before she could perform, however, The Voice played a clip of her traveling home. While home, she saw her family and friends, including a former band-mate from her band Ella Riot Robert Lester. Later that night, she went on to perform “God Bless America” at Fenway Park.
Chamuel’s rousing performance of “Clarity” by the electronic group Zedd was right in her wheelhouse. She has made it clear from the beginning that she wants to be a pop/electronic singer, and her performance made it obvious she is destined for it. Levine had trouble telling her how much he enjoyed her over the screams of fans, but said to her, “I love you. You’re always amazing.” Shelton told her that as an opposing coach he always hopes the competition stumbles – but admitted that Chamuel never has.
Danielle Bradbery, the youngest contestant in the competition, sang Tim McGraw’s “Please Remember Me,” as chosen by Shelton, after receiving a personal video from McGraw himself wishing her luck.
After traveling home to see friends and family – Bradbery sang her audition song, Taylor Swift’s “Mean,” in front of her entire school, and performed the National Anthem at the Houston Astros game – she gave a confident and strong performance of “Please Remember Me” on stage. Both Usher and Levine agreed that her performance was “amazeballs.” Coach Shelton agreed and commended her on her precise singing of the notes and strength in her voice.
Levine’s last remaining contestant, Amber Carrington, performed Katy Perry’s “Firework” after receiving a video from the singer herself wishing Carrington luck. She dedicated the song to her best friends from home. A difficult song to sing, Carrington gave a fun and powerful performance, though somewhat strained.
Next came Shelton’s choice for The Swon Brothers. Before their performance, however, the clip of their journey home to Oklahoma aired. After visiting friends and family, they went to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, where they used to work. After seeing Shelton’s “Rising Star” Award from 2003, they were given the same award that day. They later performed at the Muskogee Music Center, where they received a video-recorded “Congratulations” from Shelton and were informed that June 9-13 would from then on be “Swon Brothers Week.”
Shelton chose “Danny’s Song” by Kenny Loggins for The Swon Brothers. As with their earlier song, they gave a well-harmonized and powerful performance. They conveyed the softer emotion of the song well, too, holding great control over the notes and not allowing them to be mumbled. They made the song their own without losing the song itself.
Allen was next with her second performance, chosen by coach Shakira. Before she could perform, however, The Voice played her clip of her returning home to see her husband and surprise her daughter – her son was away with her mother. Later that night at The Voice Underground, where she sang before she joined The Voice, she sang a few songs for the full crowd.
Allen performed a theatrical and diva-like rendition of Donna Summers’ “Bad Girls.” As with her first performance, she made it look easy, smiling throughout while maintaining her signature passionate performance.
Bradbery, with a backdrop of baby photos, sang Jessica Andrews’ “Who I Am” and dedicated it to her best friend and family. A moving but fun performance, she brought many to tears, and ended the song in the audience, hugging her family. She even brought Usher down – he started talking about his love for his family and almost forgot to talk about her performance; he didn’t completely, though. The coaches agreed it was, yet again, a flawless performance.
Carrington next journeyed home to see family and friends and perform at the Harbor Amphitheater in Rockwall, Tex. She, like Bradbery, performed her audition song at home – hers being Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl.”
Back at The Voice, she performed “Sad” by her coach’s own band, Maroon 5. With this song, done acoustically, she gave a nuanced-yet-confident performance and gave the song more depth and emotion than the original, according to Levine.
Chamuel closed out the show with “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. She dedicated it to Usher, who she said has become family, helping her to achieve what she wants and leading by example. Chamuel gave a rousing and touching rendition of the song. Her performance was followed by a standing ovation and seemingly endless cheers – cheers that drowned out other coaches trying to compliment her – Usher appeared truly touched and told her, “You’re the winner. You’re perfect.”
The Tuesday results show will find two of these five talented artists sent home.