Super producers invade “The Voice”


Christina Aguilera reunites with Mark Ronson

Christina Aguilera reunited with her “Stripped” collaborator Mark Ronson who helped mentor Team Christina! (Photo property of NBC)

By: Jacob Elyachar,

Unsigned artists and contestants from certain shows must be envious of The Voice: Season Eight Top 10 right now.

Not only is the Top 10 being mentored by some of the biggest names in music (Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Pharrell Williams and Christina Aguilera), but also for one week only…they received extra help from some of the industry’s prolific music producers!

Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics (Team Adam) and Mark Ronson (Team Christina) joined returning advisers Ryan Tedder (Team Pharrell) and Scott Hendricks (Team Blake) as they helped the coaches mentor their artists to their full potential!

Which artists raised the bar? Who might be singing for the Instant Save tomorrow night? Read on to find out!

All 10 artists took the stage and opened up the song paying tribute to one of the greatest singers of all-time: Sir Elton John! Sawyer and Deanna outshined Joshua, Deanna and Corey when they sang “Rocket Man,” while the group line-up of Rob/Meghan/Hannah/Koryn/Kimberly slayed “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting!”

Kimberly Nichole opened the solo round by taking on a song that is extremely close to Christina’s heart: Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold on Me.” Christina wanted Kimberly to dirty up the song by adding certain rock element to it. During rehearsal, Kimberly could not keep up until Mark Ronson suggested changing up the arrangement. I loved her vocals on this song and she set the bar so high that I was worried that the remaining nine contestants would have a difficult time matching her! A+

Team Adam’s Joshua Davis had a monstrous task ahead of him: following Kimberly Nichole. The Michigan rocker’s pre-package featured tons of hot mics, so it was extremely difficult to understand the message that both Adam and Joshua tried to tell the country. Luckily, Dave Stewart’s reassuring words might have saved the pre-performance package. While I am very unfamiliar with “Hold Back The River”, Joshua’s tone reminds me of a cross between Bob Dylan and Phillip Phillips. It was an intriguing vocal and I thought that Joshua made a strong case for a spot in the Top Five. B

Hannah Kirby’s “Edge of Seventeen” was impeccable last week and I hoped that she continued to follow her momentum. Scott Hendricks stated that Hannah was a vocal monster, but she needed to find the right time to let go and unleash her mad vocals. Hannah took this song to another level of excellence and the drum line was a great idea. I would be very surprised if she was singing for the save tomorrow night. A-

Meghan Linsey chose Marc Broussard’s “Home” for her Top 10 performance. It was very important for Meghan to have a moment because Kimberly, Hannah and India were running laps around her. Unfortunately, I could not connect with Meghan tonight and it pains me saying this. She has a superb voice, but at this point in the competition…you need to pull out the stops and I was unimpressed. C-

Koryn Hawthorne was nervous to meet Ryan Tedder, but she should not have been worried one-I-ota! She tackled Ed Sheeran’s heartbreaking “Make It Rain” and I got chills instantly. I loved hearing her beautifully balance her lower and upper vocal registers. This was not only one of the best performances of the season, but also the best performance by a Team Pharrell member in two seasons! A+

Deanna Johnson tackled Jefferson Airplane’s “Somebody to Love.” In all honesty, if you wanted to watch and listen to a cover performance of “Somebody to Love,” go watch American Idol’s Jess Meuse and Joey Cook slay the song! As for Deanna, I really hope she goes home this week because the vocals were extremely weak. F

Rob Taylor tackled Leon Russell’s “A Song For You.” Rob was very enthusiastic to work with Mark because of his past experience with Christina, Amy Winehouse, Adele and Bruno Mars. Mark praised his vocal ability, but was worried that the piano was going to overwhelm him and throw him off. While Elliott Yamin’s master class performance still remains the best rendition of this particular song, I enjoyed seeing Rob at the piano and I liked that he added a gospel element to the track, which took the audience to the heavens. A

Okay Carson! Everyone knows that Corey Kent White is the last country singer in this competition! I found Corey to be cocky and annoying tonight. His cover of “Unwound” was abysmal and he should be voted off tomorrow night! F

Sawyer Fredericks chose Goo Goo Dolls’ “Iris.” This song remains one of my all-time favorite tracks of the 1990s and I hoped that Sawyer did not bite off more than he could chew. I got chills when he sang the first few notes and he transported me back to my childhood. This was his personal best and I hope to see Sawyer in this year’s finale! A+

Team Christina’s India Carney closed the show with a Whitney Houston classic: “Run to You.” It was interesting to learn that The Lion King turned her down because she sang this song. What I love about India is that she always connects with a song and transfigured the track into a beautiful piece of art. Her vocal runs and upper register were perfection and I think that Whitney Houston is beaming from heaven after watching this outstanding performance! A+

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