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'The Voice' Season 5: 'Live Top 6 Performances' recap

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Tonight, Dec. 2, the top six contestants on The Voice performed two songs each – one was a song of their choosing, while the other was one their coach chose for them.

Cole Vosbury was up first, with Hall and Oates’ “Rich Girl,” which Blake had chosen for him. Blake thought they could sell it on iTunes as is and wouldn’t have to change anything, because it was perfect. CeeLo said Cole did a great job, and he was definitely a fan. Adam loved Cole’s version and loves listening to him every time he is up there.

Tessanne Chin sang the song Adam had chosen for her next: Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” Adam said he was so immersed and lost in the song that he wasn’t even thinking anything. Christina was also lost in the song and agreed with Adam.

Matthew Schuler chose One Direction’s “The Story of My Life,” which he dedicated to his family. Christina thought it became so special with the choir on stage alongside Matthew, and she felt the stage suited Matthew well. Adam wasn’t familiar with the song previously, but he told Matthew he was great, and he liked he didn’t try to chase his “Hallelujah” performance.

Will Champlin was up next, with Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come,” a song he selected for himself and dedicated to his wife and baby daughter. Adam commented on Will starting the song out at the piano, saying “The dude can play.” He was happy Will did it his own way and gave a genuine performance. CeeLo said Will definitely has soul and heart and said he did a great job.

James Wolpert sang “Fell in Love with a Girl,” by The White Stripes, which he dedicated to his dad. Adam commented that James had messed up a little in the middle, but he’s never perfect, and that’s fine. He loved this version of the song and liked that James did something that only exists for him. Blake didn’t notice the spot in the middle and thought his pitch and everything was really good.

Christina chose Janice Joplin’s “Cry Baby” for Jacquie Lee. After the performance, Christina got right out of her chair and walked on stage to point out the mic stand that had been rolling around on the floor, saying Jacquie left her heart on the floor. She told Jacquie she sees so much of herself in her and is proud to see her confidence grow. CeeLo said it was truly amazing and felt like Jacquie was a medium of some sort. Adam thought if that was Jacquie not having her heart broken, he didn’t want to see Jacquie with her heart broken.

Cole dedicated “Better Man” to his first love, even though he said things hadn’t worked out between them. Blake joked that if Cole didn’t get his first love back now, there was something wrong. He liked that Cole was showing dimension, and it wasn’t about hitting the high notes, but showing some character. CeeLo was happy to see Cole grow and articulate his emotions. Christina said she has liked Cole all along, but she did warn him to be careful and not get too raspy – she said he needed to learn when to save his voice for the show.

Next up was Tessanne, who sang Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally,” which she dedicated to her mom and dad. Adam said if the songs Tessanne sang tonight didn’t show range, he didn’t know what range is. He added he is always impressed by her. Blake told Tessanne she could sing with the best vocalists on Earth, and he hasn’t seen anything quite like her on the show.

For Matthew Schuler, Christina chose “When A Man Loves A Woman.” Christina said it takes a great vocalist to be able to embody any genre of music, and Matthew has been so versatile. Blake said it’s like blow-for-blow with Team Christina between him and Jacquie, and he’d never heard Matthew sing like that before.

Adam chose “Hey Brother” for Will’s second song of the night. Adam loved the song and said it was so many things, but Will did what he always does and figured it out. Blake had never heard the song, and he thought the banjo was cool.

Jacquie Lee sang Christina’s own song, “The Voice Within,” and she even dedicated the song to her coach. Christina saw similarities in Jacquie as a vocalist and a person. She added that the song had so many highs and lows, and it really took a lot to sing it.

Closing out the night, James Wolpert sang Adam’s choice of Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Adam commented that James was sick, but he still thought James did an amazing job. He assured James that even though he knew he would be hard on himself, he thought he handled it like a champ. CeeLo said James did a great job, and they saved the best for last.

What did you think of tonight’s performances? Who do you want to win? Leave a comment below!

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