TOP 10 Contestants/Participants - 2014-2015 The Voice (Winner, Eliminations, TOP 9, TOP 8, TOP 7, TOP 6, TOP 5, TOP 4, TOP 3, TOP 2) Live Streming
If the celebrity coaches on The Voice were correct on Monday night the final 10 contestants are among some of the best singers alive.
In previous rounds, the coaches have already singled out mum-of-three Sisaundra Lewis has having the kind of voice that they feel is as strong as anyone currently performing.
And as the others step-up their game for the final stages, the same praise is being heaped on some of her competitors.
Night of praise: Shakira and her fellow judges on The Voice mostly had nothing but praise for the final 10 singers
'That was a just a world class vocal performance - that was as good as an vocal performance can be, ever,' Adam Levine insisted of Audra McLaughlin, even though she is on Team Blake, his arch rival on the show.
Her performance of Reba's You Lied, wearing a beautiful long white dress, also had Shakira predicting: 'Audra you're not going anywhere - you're going to stay and be in the top five.
'So much power, so much emotion - wow. I'm convinced, girl. That was beautiful.'
Honest evaluations: Adam Levine tried to be measured with his harsher criticism
Meanwhile Adam also had one of his team members forcing his rival coaches to reach for superlatives after Christina Grimmie completely re-imagined Drake's Hold On, We're Going Home into a moving, piano-based ballad.
Clearly moved, Blake Shelton said that Adam 'just got even with me' for him having tweeted out his rival's personal phone number.
'You did the thing that we all hope we can accomplish as coaches and artists and that's that moment where you feel like you go from being a singer to an artist,' he told Christina with heartfelt conviction.
Artist is born: Christina Grimmie wowed the audience and judges by performing a Drake song
'It seems like that just happened right in front of our very eyes. That sounded like your song and you created that. It was unbelievable.'
Shakira told her it was 'insane what you just did', while Usher said: 'The fact that you made Hold On your own is not only gonna make Drake proud, but I think it's definitely earned you a spot on the finals.'
Adam could not hide his excitement at the performance.
The judges: Adam, Shakira, Usher and Blake Shelton joked around but Blake may have taken it too far when he shared Adam's personal cell phone number on Twitter
'Here's why I'm a Christina Grimmie fan, and here's also why everybody in this country should be a Christina Grimmie fan, and here's why she's also an inspiration not only to me but I think everybody,' he said.
'A 20-year-old up here fearlessly doing something that was not my idea - I had nothing to do with this. She came to me and she wanted to do this. Her passion for this song, and doing it this way, 100 percent her own.
'The vocal performance was incredible, but the choice artistically and having the conviction to see it through and do it - this was a moment that gave me the goosebumps. 'There's no ceiling to how proud I am.'
Thank you: Christina thanked the judges for their kind words as host Carson Daly looked on
Another musical legend also heaped high praise - Graham Nash from Crosby, Stills and Nash, who was there helping Adam coach as his mentor.
'I'm amazed at the range and the control and the depth of her voice,' Nash said. 'At 20 years old? That's insane.'
Christina had praise of her own - but not for voices. 'Shakira you look beautiful by the way,' she shouted as she ran off stage after the coaches' comments.
Judge compliment: Christina before she left the stage told Shakira, who shared this selfie on Monday night, that she looked beautiful
Adam was equally as pumped up at Delvin Choice at the end of his soulful take on Gary Clark Jr's bluesy rock classic Bright Lights - jumping up and screaming 'That's what I'm talking about man!' as he ended it.
'This was one of the most electric endings of any song - you could feel it in here, man,' he said excitedly.
His performance also got attention for the way host Carson Daly started rushing onstage before it was over, not realizing Delvin had deliberately stopped the music for a surprise ending.
'That was one of my favorite collaborations I've ever seen on this show - I've never seen Carson collaborate with an artist,' Blake joked. 'It was good, man.'
He's a joker: Blake ribbed Carson for getting on the stage while Delvin Choice was still singing
While not, for once, singled out for the highest praise, Sisaundra still had the judges wowed with her take on Steve Perry's '80s rock classic Oh Sherry, which she admitted 'is a challenge for me' while insisting: 'One that I accept'.
'There used to be a roof in here, but it's gone,' joked Adam, adding that 'once again, that was out of this atmosphere'.
'She sang the c**p out of that song!' her coach, Blake, added. 'Here's the song, here's the c**p coming out of this song! It's incredible.
Rocked out: Sisaundra Lewis belted out Oh Sherrie by Steve Perry
'Oh my gosh Sisaundra, you make me look so smart, and no one has ever been able to do that!'
The stand-out admitted finding it hard being away from her family, insisting: 'I may be a singer, but I'm a mum first,'
'What's this I hear about text parenting?' Blake joked with her about her forced absence.
Group shot: The final 10 singers on The Voice got together on the stage
Not everyone was left happy - with Bria Kelly leaving the stage in tears after Adam's honest critique that he did not feel she had connected with the song.
'You're one of my favorites, Bria,' he told her, insisting he was 'being critical' in 'the best interests that I think you are fantastic'.
Adams remaining finalist, Kat Perkins, was also left in tears - but this time from the emotion of having sung Fleetwood Mac's Landslide.
Left in tears: Bria Kelly got emotional after Adam said she failed to connect with her song I'm With You by Avril Lavigne
Nailed it: Kat Perkins cried after changing gears and singing the emotional song Landslide by Fleetwood Mac
'I love that song so much, it's such a huge emotional release,' she said after her performance, which Usher said she 'completely executed with precision'.
Her coach, Adam, called it a 'gorgeous, inspiring, bittersweet, beautiful, perfect song' and added: 'I'm just so happy we got to share it through you to a generation of people that didn't necessarily know it. And man am I so happy that you were the song's representative because you are just a blissfully perfect, amazing singer.'
Team Shakira's NFL cheerleader Tess Boyer also had some tears as she recalled how close she was to going home, being saved last week by a final twitter vote.
'I absolutely do not want to be in the bottom three again. I am going to show America that I am a fighter. I'm not going t give up,' she said, tears in her eyes.
She's back: Tess Boyer bounced back with a strong performance after finishing in the bottom three last week
Her rendition of Ain't It Fun by Paramore had Blake insisting: 'I challenge somebody to find one part of that performance that wasn't dead-on pitch perfect.
'There were some bigger notes - I would have screwed the pooch on those,' he said, which had Adam agreeing that his rival would have messed up, telling him: 'Pooch screwer!'
'I think you ****ed it,' her coach said, calling her 'sassy' and 'confident'.
'It was perfect. I'm just over the moon with your performance,' Shakira told her.
Great rehearsal: Usher got his singer Josh Kaufman ready for the live show
Team Usher's Josh Kaufman once again had Adam regretting letting him go in earlier rounds.
'The more that I regret my stupid decision, the better that is for you. So I'm very angry, still, which is great news,' Adam told him after his take on Kenny Loggins' classic This Is It.
Blake, never missing an opportunity to tease his rival, agreed. 'I can't imagine what kind of a guy with his phone number on Twitter would release an artist like that. I mean you would have to be an absolute jackass to do something like that,' he said.
But he also told Josh: 'If I wasn't looking I would've sworn I was listening to a record, it's that good and that perfect. It would have taken me a week to make a recording of what you just did.'
He's a frontrunner: Josh delivered another strong performance
More light-hearted moments came in rehearsals between Blake and his country hopeful Jake Worthington.
When the star praised Jake for making the iTunes charts, his protege quipped: 'I never thought I would be on iTunes - and they couldn't have got an uglier picture of me.'
And after they exchanged mutual compliments, Blake asked: 'Do you want a hug now, or is it weird?'
'I'll take a kiss,' Jake quipped.
After his version of Run by his hero, George Strait, Blake told him: 'George Strait probably doesn't even own a television, but if he has one and he saw that I know he's proud.'
Country guy: Jake Worthington delivered for Team Blake
He also told Jake that he has such a great following as he is a 'real dude' who represents everybody in-between 'LA and New York City'.
'I'm doing this for the little people,' Jake replied.
The only country singer not on Blake's team, Shakira's Kristen Merlin, surprised everyone with her take on the folk song Let Her Go by Passenger.
Admitting he was worried for her by not picking a country song, Blake insisted: 'I'll be damned if that wasn't my favorite performance by you.'
Shakira instead she 'saw a true artist onstage' in her protege, adding of the openly gay singer: 'You represent minorities in this country and I'm just so proud of you.'
Fan favourite: Kristen Merlin may have had her best performance singing Let Her Go
Kristen admitted that her heart-stopping moment last week when her mic cut out had an unexpected consequence - bringing her closer to her dad.
Admitting that he had cried when he saw it, she said: 'It's so funny because I've never had like a relationship with him, but I've never felt so much love from him. Ever.'
'I'm going to personally check that microphone before she goes on stage,' Shakira joked during rehearsals.
In the crowd: Delvin Choice mixed it up with the audience
Aside from the contestants, Adam also showed real emotion towards Graham Nash, calling him 'a dear, dear friend, and an inspiration' and admitting he saved Maroon 5's career.
'I'm so glad Graham is here, he's such a dear friend and has been a mentor to me,' Adam said.
'Back in the day when things were tough he helped revitalize my passion for everything, because we had had a failure that we were dealing with.
'And he put us in a studio that we couldn't afford to be in with people we never could have worked with in a million years - and that was the demo that got us signed.'
Famous mentor: Adam brought in Graham Nash to help with his singers
'Less than a year later they were number one,' Graham added proudly.
The show was opened by Rixton, making their first U.S. TV performance with their hit Me And My Broken Heart, their band name in giant letters behind them onstage.
'How are you feeling The Voice? It's a huge privilege to be here tonight, we're Rixton and we hope you have a lovely night,' lead singer Jake Roche said as he saluted the crowd near the end of their impassioned performance, getting a standing ovation from the famous coaches.
Standing ovation: Rixton got a standing ovation from the judges after opening the show
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