Live Semi-Final Performances - Recap
<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->
After Holly Tucker’s elimination it is down to the Top 5 in the Live Semi-Finals:
Team Blake: Danielle Bradbery, The Swon Brothers
Team Usher: Michelle Chamuel
Team Shakira: Sasha Allen
Team Adam: Amber Carrington
Carson’s voice echoes and he explains that the top 5 got to go home for a visit that will be seen later. Usher comes out and performs his song, “Twisted”.
Up first from the contestants; The Swon Bothers. They have chosen to dedicate Bob Seger’s, “Turn The Page” to all of the past and band members they play or have played with. After they perform, Carson congratulates Usher on his performance. With that segue into his criticisms, Usher tells them they did a good job. Adam states he has a ‘Swon Salute’. He says he respects that they paid reverence to those they play with. Blake say he is blown away and it sets the bar for the night, high. He adds that he is impressed.
Christina Milan is up on the platform with Danielle and Amber. Tim McGraw sends a special good luck to Danielle as she is choosing one of his songs. And Katy Perry sends a good luck wish to Amber Carrington.
Second up from the contestants is Sasha Allen. She has chosen to dedicate, “I will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, to her two children. After she performs, Adam says that is one of the two hardest songs ever to sing. He tells her she did an incredible job. Usher states that you can’t sing that song without thinking of the Whitney. He says Sasha’s voice will keep her there in the competition. Shakira says she knows how much that song meant to her. She adds that her mother, Shakira’s, has been wanting Sasha to sing a Whitney song and she finally has!
Michelle Chamuel’s home trip splashes across the screen. Her family, friends and loved ones gather to tell her how proud of her they are. She stops by the café she was working at prior to The Voice’s season start. Her stop to the local Radio station, as well as her invitation to sing “God Bless America” at Fenway Park, are chronicled as well. Back on stage, she starts “Clarity”. After she performs, Adam says he feels like a broken record. He always says how much he loves her. He has nothing new to add. Blake agrees with Adam. He says as the opposing coach you hope someone screws up, but Michelle never does. He loves her variety in dramatics with her songs. Usher, says he had to fight for this song for her. He’s proud of how consistent she is and the performer she becomes each week.
Danielle Bradbery’s home trip to Texas splashes across the screen. Having arrived in Houston, she is surrounded by family. She gets to head back to high school, something at 16 she isn’t out of yet. Taking the microphone, she gets to sing for her classmates.
Additionally, the Houston Astro’s have asked her to sing the National Anthem at their game that night. Her first song choice for the semi-finals is “Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw. After she performs, Usher says she is extremely graceful. He adds that what she possesses is genuine. Her song was “amazeballs”. Adam repeats Usher’s word and says that from a technical standpoint it was more than proficient. Blake mentions that she doesn’t have any weaknesses in her singing. She picks a note, he adds, and stays there.
Amber Carrington dedicates the song, “Firework” by Katy Perry to her best friends. She says that those girls have gotten her through a lot. After she performs, Blake says he was going to give it a “meh” because it wasn’t a country song. But by the time it was over, he was loving it. Shakira says she thinks Adam should add this to the nightmare list of possible songs because you either fly or fail with it. She says that Amber did a good job on it though. Adam finishes off the judge’s comments by saying he loves that she doesn’t fit in. She can do anything.
Kicking off the second half of the show, The Swon brothers return home to Oklahoma. Their family welcomes them back, proud that they are doing what they said they wanted to. Back to where they used to work at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, they are awarded with their very own Rising Star Award. It came complete with a special message from Vince Gill. Their trip ends with a performance “Okie from Muskogee” at the Muskogee Music Center. Their second song choice for the live Semi-finals is “Danny’s Song” by Anne Murray. After they perform, Usher says they always come out and surprise him. He commends them and says they make him love country. Adam admits he was excited about the song as it’s his favorite. They did a great version. Carson says he grew up listening to that song. Blake congratulates them on their award from the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. He tells them this is a pivotal moment they will talk about for years to come.
Sasha got to go home to New York. Her fiancée picks her daughter up from school.
Unfortunately there was an error in scheduling and her son was not able to be there. Her Fiancé says how happy and proud he is of her. A stop at the radio station and then it’s off to the Village Underground, where all the musicians go. She gets up and performs “At Last” by the great Etta James. For her semi-finals performance second song, “Bad Girls” by Donna Summer. After she performs, Adam says it was very disco. He says he loves the late great Donna Summer. He says she is consistently amazing. Usher says it was incredible. Shakira says the standing ovation from Usher is amazing in itself. Shakira says that record was the first one she ever got and Sasha brought her spirit back.
Danielle Bradbery is back on stage now with “Who I am” by Jessica Andrews. The song is dedicated to her parents and friends. After she performs, Usher says that song just makes him want to say “I love you” to his Mom. He says that performance is why she is still there. Shakira admits she feels like she will be able to say, “I knew her when”. Blake rounds out the comments by saying he wants to tell the audience at home how unaffected she is. He says she is exactly the person the people at home think she is. She has a great personality.
Amber Carrington lands back in Texas, as well, for her home trip. Her brothers and sister surround her. She makes her rounds at the radio station before arriving at the boutique she used to work at. She makes a stop at the Rodeo City Music Hall and finally ends up at Walkwall, Texas and gets a key to the city and her own day. Her second song is “Sad” by Maroon Five, her coach’s band. After she performs, Blake says that the fact she can make Adam’s song beautiful is something. He says he can’t wait to buy her album someday. Usher states that he’s happy to see her this far in the competition. Adam, who wrote that song with the guitarist, says he is overjoyed that she sang it better than he did.
Finally, the evening winds down with Michelle Chamuel. She has chosen “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper and is dedicating it to her coach, Usher. After she performs, Shakira can barely be heard over the crowd. She says that Michelle keeps growing and she shows every week why she is one of Shakira’s favorites. Adam says he has a special place in his heart for that song. Usher says thank you for the dedication. He says she is the winner. He says she is medicine for the whole world.
Carson reminds the audience that the decision in in their hands and the episode ends.