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‘The Voice’ Semi-Finals Recap: The Final 8 Perform for Coach’s Grades + Audience Votes

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Tonight (April 30) marked the semi-finals of Season 2 of ‘The Voice.’ Each coach has two team members, who were graded. The coach’s grade combined with audience voting scores will decide which member represents each coach in next week’s finals. Can you believe we are at the penultimate episode already?

Here’s the PopCrush recap of who sang what and how, so you can utilize it as a guide when you go to vote.

TEAM ADAM LEVINE:

Tony Lucca: He sang ‘How You Like Me Now‘ all suited up and surrounded by gyrating dancers. It was a total change from last week’s fan favorite cover of Britney Spears and it was soulful and sexy. He has emerged as a dark horse.

Katrina Parker: Another dark horse (and former cubicle dweller), Parker blossomed later in the season and keeps getting better after every performance. She tackled The Fugees’ cover of ‘Killing Me Softly’ in pretty fashion and it would have made the reclusive Lauryn Hill crack a smile.

TEAM BLAKE SHELTON:

Erin Willett: The 22-year-old selected the David Guetta/Usher smash ‘Without You.’ She tinkered with the arrangement, slowing it down and turning it into a lovelorn ballad, as opposed to the clubby dance anthem it is in original form. It was lovely.

Jermaine Paul: The soulful Paul is no longer a backup singer. He belted out Journey’s ‘Open Arms‘ and pulled us in from the get go. It was balanced, dramatic and dynamic. He’s a frontrunner.

TEAM CHRISTINA AGUILERA:

Chris Mann: He went mainstream last week and came back to his roots, singing ‘Ave Maria‘ in his beautiful, resounding, operatic voice. The heavens opened when he sang.

Lindsey Pavao: She went “indie” with her cover of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love.’ She’s mastered that pretty, breathy style. She has quiet power but also turns in a similarly styled performance every week. BTW, Drew from ‘X Factor’ covered this song last year, too, and she and Lindsey are cut from the same cloth.

TEAM CEE LO:

Jamar Rogers: The HIV-positive singer re-arranged and modernized the ’80s ballad ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now,’ adding R&B flourishes. His coach said it was peculiar at first, but was quickly made a believer. It was a soulful, powerful and moving rendition.

Juliet Simms: The rocker sang ‘It’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World‘ and she pulled the coaches into her moment. She is such an edgy singer with so much raw passion. She’s another unique performer since she is anti-pop.

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