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'The Voice' recap: James Wolpert rebounds on first live show

James Wolpert performs Joni Mitchell's "A Case of

James Wolpert performs Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You" for the first live show of "The Voice" Season Five. Credit: NBC / Trae Patton

“The Voice” has finally reached its live shows, ready to cut its field from 20 to 12, with two members of each team heading home.

Monday night featured Team Blake and Team Adam performing, with Adam Levine’s powerful team dominating. By the way, voting continues until 11 a.m. at “The Voice” website. Here’s how the night shook out:


Shelbie Z, “Fancy”: Her version of Bobbie Gentry’s “Fancy” was a little too dramatic, her sassiness overshadowing her vocals. Adam said it was a “flawless performance.”

Nic Hawk, “Blurred Lines”: “We’re gonna try to get Miley to come in to twerk on you,” Blake says. That may have helped. His falsettos were a bit off, but his rap was fun. He’s more of an entertainer than a great singer, but that probably won’t be enough to get him through this round.

Ray Boudreaux, “Home”: What Ray Boudreaux needs is a breakout moment and this wasn’t it. His version of Marc Broussard’s “Home” was energetic, but it traveled the same musical road over and over again. Blake says he’s introducing people to “swamp pop.”

Austin Jenckes, “She Talks to Angels”: Producers didn’t do Ray Boudreaux any favors by placing Austin Jenckes after him. Jenckes’ take on Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels” does everything Boudreaux was trying to do ten times better. It’s emotional and gritty and soaring in places and wins the judges’ approval.

Cole Vosbury, “Maggie May”: He’s become an unlikely contender to win the show with his mix of emotion and cool. He made the Rod Stewart sound like a breezy kiss-off, which isn’t easy to do.

WILL ADVANCE: Cole, Ray, Austin
WILL BE CUT: Shelbie Z., Nic
SHOULD BE CUT: Shelbie Z., Nic
ACTUALLY CUT: Shelbie Z., Nic


James Wolpert, “A Case of You”: Adam’s pick of Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You” for James was brilliant, showing off his power and vulnerability. Blake talked about how this performance made his bad Boston performance a distant memory. It did more than that. It returned him to the front of the pack.

Grey, “Still Into You”: This was a mistake for Grey. Her version of the Paramore hit was good, but she seemed stiff in her performance and, at times, knocked off her game, as she tried to match the song’s energy.

Will Champlin, “Secrets”: He may still be an underdog, but he keeps getting better and better. His “Secrets” was bluesier and more dramatic than One Republic’s original, which should definitely keep him around another week.

Preston Pohl, “Nothin’ on You”: The Bruno Mars song is a tough one to sing and Preston handled it OK, but not enough to really impress the way he should have because he couldn’t change it up enough. Blake Shelton called it “studly.” However, on the mighty Team Adam, that might not be enough.

Tessanne Chin, “Many Rivers to Cross”: Adam gave Tessanne a gift by having her sing the song by Jimmy Cliff, whose band she was in when she started the show. Her powerful, but controlled version combined gospel and reggae for the most potent performance of the night.

WILL ADVANCE: James, Tessanne, Will
WILL BE CUT: Grey, Preston
SHOULD BE CUT: Grey, Preston
ACTUALLY CUT: Grey, Preston

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