Making their Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night, The Swon Brothers chose to honor both family and a country music legend as they stepped to the stage for the Opry's first "Swoncert."
Before playing their debut single, “Later On,” the former season 4 The Voice stars kicked off their performance by singing a bit of George Jones's "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Midway into the song, however, the moment quickly became about their parents, whom the brothers called to the Opry stage in appreciation, noting their sacrifices to help the Oklahoma singers achieve their musical dreams.
All eyes were on Team Usher Tuesday when his five singers stepped up to The Voice mic and delivered gutsy performances that mostly shined, but left the Grammy-winning R&B singer with a tough choice on the final night of the playoffs.
The one contestant who made it easy on him? Bria Kelly, who at just 18 managed to nail the Rolling Stones classic "Wild Horses" with a performance so polished it could rival seasoned singers twice her age.
"I've stolen everyone that you sang against," declared coach Blake Shelton. "Looking back, maybe that's because you made people step up."
It takes a lot of musical skill to draw Usher's envy, but South Carolina artist Delvin Choice did just that Monday as the second night of playoff rounds continued on The Voice.
Singing Al Green's soul classic "Let's Stay Together," Choice showed range and ease as the Team Adam singer effortlessly performed shimmering vocal runs, turning up the heat for his competitors in a major way.
"I am jealous," Usher, himself a master of the falsetto, said of Choice, who auditioned in season 5 but failed to turn any chairs. This time, however, Choice was back with force, creating a vocal moment Monday that Adam Levine dubbed "terrifying."
Blake Shelton typically exudes coolness under pressure. But The Voice coach admitted he wasn't feeling so self-assured Tuesday night as he was forced to send home two singers on the first night of the playoff rounds.
The country star found himself in the hot seat as he had to make the "toughest decision in six seasons" on the show.
Philadelphia college student Audra McLaughlin kicked things off with a powerful version of "A Broken Wing" by Martina McBride.
She might be from another galaxy, but Team Blake's Sisaundra Lewis proved she's got the "sick, sick, sick" talent to earn her an extended stay.
The Voice's second round of battles continued Tuesday with a masterful performance by Lewis, a former vocal director for Céline Dion (yes, really), and Biff Gore, a father of six coach Blake Shelton stole from Team Usher.
The duo's showstopping rendition of James Brown's "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" brought all four coaches to their feet – and they became effusive with their praise.
Monday's episode of The Voice was filled with smooth, soulful, rocking and soaring duets that made it harder than ever for the coaches to narrow down their teams.
Three-time winner and committed cocktail fan Blake Shelton said of the tightening competition: "My liver's not going to make it."
But each coach got a little help for this second battle round from a charming and buff Chris Martin of Coldplay, who stood in as thoughtful and Brit-tastic lone mentor for all four teams.
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It was the steal that stole the show.
Usher was the only coach to have an unused steal heading into the final night of the round 1 battles on The Voice Tuesday, and he used it to maximum dramatic effect in the final moments of the show.
The Grammy-winning singer pressed his button at the last possible moment to save Alaskan powerhouse Cierra Mickens, who began to walk off the stage in defeat after losing to Idaho session singer Emily B.