'The Voice' Recap: The Top 6 Perform
'The Voice' Recap: The Top 6 Perform
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Can you believe we're two weeks away from the final night of live performances before The Voice season 5 finale? In tonight's show, the Top 6 will sing not one, but two, songs since two hours still need to be filled.

And we have the set list, courtesy of The Voice Twitter account:

"I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meatloaf
"The Voice Within" by Christina Aguilera
"Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates
"Story of My Life" by One Direction
"Redemption Song" by Bob Marley
"Unconditionally" by Katy Perry
"A Change is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke
"Fell in Love With A Girl" by The White Stripes
"Better Man" by James Morrison
"When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge
"Hey Brother" by Avicii
"Cry Baby" by Janis Joplin

We already know Matthew Schuler will be the one singing One Direction because Christina tweeted it out. I'm hoping he'll show/do something different with the song, but he hasn't so far, so I'm not expecting it. 

But One Direction? Really? Perhaps I'm not giving him enough credit, but a boy band song isn't exactly one where you showcase your vocal abilities. It kinda reeks of desperation -- seeking iTunes downloads after being in the bottom three and last among the top eight on the iTunes charts last week. I'm sure the girls in the audience will go crazy for it, as they're supposed to. At least he performs twice.

I'm banking on Jacquie Lee performing the songs by the two female vocalists. My question is: what took Christina so long to give her one of her songs?

There are also artists who we've seen already covered this season, though this time around they're different songs, of course. All in all, it should be an entertaining night of performances.

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Oh my goodness, Cee Lo is so not happy at all. At least he looks interested. He could've been sitting in his chair looking incredibly bored. I kind of feel bad for him, but I say he still lasted a while.

Also, it appears as if only one singer will be eliminated. Will Twitter decide the sole singer who goes home? Guess we'll have to find out.

Cole Vosbury ("Rich Girl" by Hall & Oates)

Hey, remember when Cole was on Team Cee Lo?

The song really fits his style and range. But with the number of performances coming our way tonight, it's not surprising this is the one that kicks off the show. It's a bit forgettable, not that he does a bad job with it or anything. But he's been so consistent that maybe I'm taking him a little for granted since I'm always expecting lots of Cole goodness.

Tessanne Chin ("Redemption Song" by Bob Marley)

Can she do no wrong? Seriously. It's emotional, beautiful and powerful all at the same time. I'm with Adam when he says he got lost in the song. Christina says it's like a lullaby, but I don't know who would fall asleep during that captivating performance.

Matthew Schuler ("Story of My Life" by One Direction)

It's also dedication night and Matthew's the first one to dedicate his performance -- to his family. Okay, so maybe I can't hate on the song choice all too much. At least I know that Christina wasn't the one who picked it.

So I'm eating my words because this is actually really pretty, and the choir gives it a churchy feel. The beginning is a little too soft because I can't hear him, but he hits his stride once the chorus hits. The lasers are a little distracting because I feel like they're cutting through him.

Will Champlin ("A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke)

Will is singing this for his family as well. I like that he doesn't stay on the piano. He seems to get more comfortable without any instruments each week.

It's a great song choice. I realize I love Will the best either lower in his register or when he's hitting the falsetto. The middle is just okay and sometimes he doesn't hit those notes right where they're supposed to. It's a little messy. Adam says the performance is real and genuine, which is why I can connect with him even when he isn't pitch perfect.

James Wolpert ("Fell in Love With A Girl" by The White Stripes)

This is dedicated to his dad because his dad gave him the encouragement to go out and belt out Jack White during the Blind Auditions. Okay...

If James just sings Jack White for the rest of his life, I would be totally fine with that. It's a reminder of why I completely loved his Blind Audition performance, though not sounding as vocally spot-on. It's a cool version without too many bells and whistles. But man, I just want to hold him still sometimes for two seconds. I don't know what Adam is saying when he says James messed up in the middle. I guess I wasn't paying attention all too closely. Oops.

Jacquie Lee ("Cry Baby" by Janis Joplin)

There are a lot of huge notes, and she's hitting them. But I have pinpointed precisely when I don't like her voice: when she sings the word "around" it's that "ou" sound where her voice sounds like nails on the chalkboard. Still, she has a set of pipes, and heck if I knew that she had never gotten her heart broken. She looks tired after that final note.

Christina, get off the stage. We all know she sees herself in Jacquie. 

Cole Vosbury ("Better Man" by James Morrison)

Wow, he's dedicating this to his first love, someone he's not even with anymore. How are you the girl that he's singing this to and just watch it with no emotions? My goodness, way to tug on our heartstrings. 

Christina tells Cole he has to preserve his voice so he's not sounding too raspy. Hmm, interesting comment. Is this something she advises to Matthew and Jacquie?

Tessanne Chin ("Unconditionally" by Katy Perry)

Because we've seen her kick butt doing reggae, doing a pop song just doesn't seem right anymore. Like she's not being completely herself. It's difficult covering a Katy Perry song, and I'm not even that big of a fan of the original, but it's still a heartfelt dedication to her parents.

Matthew Schuler ("When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge)

I can feel the desperation in his voice, and it's not perfect, and it needs to be in such a big song like this. It feels like he's just getting out the verses so that he has all this power to hit the big parts.

Christina keeps mentioning the bluesy, soulful challenge, but Matthew's not in that genre. And while it's nice to be versatile, I would much rather see singers start doing songs that fit with who they'll be as an artist. I mean, it's the Top 6. It's not time to be experimenting. You can show versatility without singing this song. It's funny that Christina has the two youngest singers, yet they're singing songs that pre-date her singers. 

Will Champlin ("Hey Brother" by Avicii)

Well, Will will definitely take the prize for the most number of instruments played in all five seasons. I'm not feeling this performance, until he hits that big note in the end. It just feels like he's getting through it. 

Adam's right -- it's a weird song, which means it's not the greatest choice. 

Jacquie Lee ("The Voice Within" by Christina Aguilera)

Oh, of course, this song is for her coach. Christina is going to bawl, probably. 

Jacquie just tries to imitate the entire song -- every little nuance of the song, she tries to hit it. It's turning me off, but it's a song that fits her more because I actually really believe her when she sings the lyrics. However, I can't even hear her wail in the second half because the music is overpowering or there's something off with her microphone. 

James Wolpert ("I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)" by Meatloaf

Well, apparently James woke up this morning without a voice, so this is going to be interesting.

Haha, this performance is great because it epitomizes James. Big, loud, theatrical. Adam's right, you really can't do too much. Too much is a good thing here. I even love the way he moves around the stage, which is definitely a first. 

Adam confirms James' health is not there tonight. Cee Lo's "rock opera" is the perfect way to describe James.

And that's your Top 6. What do you think? Who's in trouble of going home?

The Voice results show will air Tuesday at 9pm on NBC.

(Image courtesy of NBC)

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