'The Voice' Recap: The Top 8 Perform
'The Voice' Recap: The Top 8 Perform
Esther Gim
Esther Gim
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
It's down to the elite eight on The Voice, and we've got tonight's set list -- but not who's going to perform it.

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Here are the songs, via The Voice Twitter account, and who I think will perform it. Some seem obvious, but I'd enjoy it more if it was someone completely unexpected, so I'm hoping I'm wrong. 

"Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + the Machine (Caroline)
"Underneath it All" by No Doubt (Matthew)
"It's Time" by Imagine Dragons (Will)
"Who's Lovin' You" by Michael Jackson (Jacquie)
"Somebody to Love" by Queen (James)
"Gimme Some Lovin'" by Spencer Davis Group (Ray)
"At Last" by Etta James (Tessanne)
"I Still Believe in You" by Vince Gill (Cole)


I'll admit, I have no clue with Matthew, Jacquie and Tessanne's choices, but I feel like the rest are pretty solid. What are your predictions? Share them in the comments below.

And as if that's not enough, Robin Thicke will perform tonight as well.

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Robin Thicke ("Feel Good")


He didn't win any awards on Sunday night's American Music Awards, but as the son of Alan Thicke, which is referenced on the show, he must feel good. It's a catchy tune, but I'm a little bothered by how many times he's asking me "Does it feel good?" at once.

James Wolpert ("Somebody to Love" by Queen)



He's mentioned before how much he looks up to Queen, so it's not a surprise he's taking it on. I absolutely love that opening, the darkness and how he's in the middle of all of his backup singers, who are all dressed like him. It's my favorite part of the performance, maybe. He's pretty great, too, because even he admits he goes over the top, and so this suits that style perfectly. 

Of course, it doesn't compare to the original, but there are moments where I forget James is singing someone else's song. But there's something about his eyes when he performs where it doesn't look like he's there, like in the moment, completely connected. His eyes just kinda look around. But I've noticed it for a while, so maybe that's just how he is. Christina says the backup singers were clones of Adam and James' babies. Cee Lo calls it one of the greatest performances in the history of The Voice. Wow, that's a big compliment.

Tessanne Chin ("Underneath It All" by No Doubt)


Hmm, this song choice doesn't seem very complicated on the surface, but then Adam explains the music fitting Tessanne's roots, so I get it now. Awww, Adam says his mom always tells him he was the best one on The Voice.

I absolutely love the arrangement. It's a smart and calculated move to be showing off her artistry like this. While it's not my complete favorite performance, I definitely have mad respect. She even has a reggae breakdown and gets the audience involved as well. It's more fun than blowing me away vocally, but she doesn't have to do that. (I guess I'll be wrong if she doesn't move on.) This can be her song, and no one would really think about the original. Did Christina just give Tessanne her song for next week?

Caroline Pennell ("Dog Days Are Over" by Florence + the Machine)


Cee Lo tries to lift Caroline's spirits up from being in the bottom three last week by treating her to gelato. They both say they want her to do a song from left field, but I guessed it, so it can't be that surprising.

I was waiting for that break in the song -- that's what I was looking forward to the most. It kind of ends oddly, though. But overall, it's definitely the best one out of hers from recent weeks (not counting last week's "Royals" duet); her voice fits the breathy, delicate parts well. But I'm still not thinking it might be enough to save her from the bottom three again. I don't know how else she gets better. Cee Lo reads something he wrote for her. How sweet.

Cole, Ray, Tessanne and Will ("One Day" by Matisyahu)


It's Tessanne and the Dudes. This is such a beautiful song. Poor Ray, he just harmonizes. I mean, it's nice harmonies, so give him credit for that. No, wait, he gets a few words to sing on his own! And ... I'm wishing he stuck to harmonizing. Sorry, Ray. Tessanne is clearly the best one out of this bunch in this song.

Cole Vosbury ("I Still Believe in You" by Vince Gill)


Since the country fans don't have anyone to rally around, here's Cole scooping up all the country votes.

I don't know if the performance is as desperate as Blake was wanting it during rehearsals, but it's lovely, beautiful and emotional. And I really thought Blake was shedding a tear. Okay, that would be really extreme. It's just fine, but there are parts he has trouble with. I can't look past Blake giving out a country song since Austin is gone, I guess. It's not 100% country, so I like that, but I'm a little disappointed overall because he's better than this. But I blame Blake.

Matthew Schuler ("It's Time" by Imagine Dragons)



See, Matthew's the hardest to predict what he'll sing because I don't really know what kind of artist he'll be, which speaks to his versatility. I like Christina's point that she wants him to do something anthemic, but this is not it. I'm not feeling anything. The song choice, the clothes, the choreography. He's better with it when he's doing different things to the melody, but that's about it. We all have seen him better.

On a positive note, he's really into the performance, but he's never had a problem being a good performer and showing his connection to the song. 

Jacquie, Matthew, James and Caroline ("Lego House" by Ed Sheeran)


How cute, it's the youth all coming together. They are all good individually. It's not the best all together because they're so different, but they're all so cute. They look like they're BFFs and hang out.

Will Champlin ("At Last" by Etta James)


Man, Adam's team is gutsy tonight. Right on. He says no male vocalist has done this song -- he means in the world, right? As soon as Will gets the first note out, I'm not really thinking about Etta James, Beyonce, Sasha Allen.

It gives me chills! I love everything about it. His look, his sound -- his high notes are beautiful -- the way he's into the song. Why didn't he close out the night? I don't want to hear anybody else.

Oh, yeah, this is Christina's song; I had forgotten until she reminded me. And she gives it her stamp of approval. She's really chatty and loving it. And she points out that he's a mini-Adam tonight. 

Ray Boudreaux ("Gimme Some Lovin'" by Spencer Davis Group)


I give Ray a hard time sometimes. But only he can take such an energetic song and not seem 100% relaxed and loose. You can tell he's trying, though -- there is more personality than I've ever seen him. But is it just me or is the band really loud tonight?

No matter what, though, it's his time, isn't it?

Jacquie Lee ("Who's Lovin' You" by Jackson 5)


Is it bad that while watching the preview I'm thinking I want Christina to perform this more than Jacquie?

I can't help but think that Jacquie's learning all these tricks with her voice, the little riffs, even how to enunciate -- from Christina. The beginning is really powerful, with the lights dark and a cappella. She isn't able to sustain the control through the entire song, though, but it's still impressive. Christina might sob whenever Jacquie gets eliminated.

Cee Lo has the best quote of the season, that it's like Jacquie swallowed an old woman.

And let's just end it on that note. Thanks for tuning into a fun night. What did you think of the top eight? Who's getting your vote?

Find out who moves on to the top six when The Voice airs Tuesday at 9pm on NBC.

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