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There may have been a couple of missteps, but overall Monday night's The Voice proved to be one of its best episodes ever.

The Top 10 contestants performed for America's vote, and each and every one of them came out swinging for the fences. Who did enough to make it through to the next round? And who will be going home Tuesday night?

Let's recap the night...

Amanda Brown Top 10

Sylvia Yacoub - Team Xtina - "Girl on Fire"
Christina was definitely right about Sylvia's difficulty holding those "fire" notes. It started out great with the tender moments at the piano, but beginning with the missed moment when she stood up and belted it out, the rest of it didn't live up to the opening.
Grade: C

Terry McDermott - Team Blake - "Summer of '69"
Once again there weren't any issues vocally, but this guy could really use a theme night. He does rock anthems week after week, and he doesn't do anything interesting with them. If you give this guy a Motown song, or a country song, maybe it forces him to do something intriguing. For now, I'm just bored even though he's certainly talented.
Grade: B-

Melanie Martinez - Team Adam - "Seven Nation Army"
She doesn't have the most powerful voice, but because her normal sound is so soft, when she does go for it vocally it pays off even more so than others. Her big moments in this performance seemed better than they probably would have been for others, because her normal voice is so quiet and cool.
Grade: B

Cody Belew - Team Cee Lo - "Crazy In Love"
I have no idea what just happened.  Cee Lo has ruined Cody for two weeks now. If Cody wasn't walking around on stage not singing, he was whispering through lyrics or just randomly screaming. He has a lot of talent, which we saw a few weeks ago, but none of that came through in this performance.
Grade: F

Bryan Keith - Team Adam - "New York State of Mind"
Time and time again, Bryan gives off a really polished vibe in his performances. He seems like he's already a professional, and when you add that to undeniably good vocals, Bryan continues to impress. His attitude only adds to his likeability.
Grade: B+

Amanda Brown - Team Adam - "Stars"
Now that is the Amanda Brown we remember from two weeks ago! Her voice is immaculate, and the emotion was certainly there. Some of those notes that she hit were crazy, and the little break in her voice is so stunning. Like Blake and Xtina, I didn't know this song, and I can't imagine it being any better than that.
Grade: A

Nicholas David - Team Cee Lo - "Lean On Me"
That may have been one of the most obvious song choices yet, but it was also a perfect choice for Nicholas David. This guy is just easy to listen to. His tone and his phrasing are just fantastic. At moments he sounded very much like Aaron Neville, which is a very difficult thing to do, and I could listen to it all night long.
Grade: A-

Trevin Hunte - Team Cee Lo - "Scream"
You can get away from doing the beautiful ballad without singing the club hit that gives you no opportunity to showcase your voice. Like Cody, Trevin wasn't able to do much with his track. Fortunately for the 18-year-old, he had a couple of moments where is great tone was able to shine through. They were few and far between, so it still resulted in his worst performance yet.
Grade: C

Cassadee Pope Top 10

Cassadee Pope - Team Blake - "Over You"
I'm as big of a Miranda Lambert fan as you'll find, and that song in particular is one of my favorites. Cassadee Pope absolutely did it justice with that performance.  She was fantastic. It was different from anything she's done to this point, and yet it also felt so very much like a Cassadee Pope song. She made just the right amount of changes to keep the song great, and make it her own. The emotion was pouring out, and the only issue I could take with the whole thing was the fact that they kept showing Blake with his face in his hand. It was tough to take anything seriously with that on screen.
Grade: A

Dez Duron - Team Xtina - "Feeling Good"
Has Dez just become much better over this competition? I don't remember him being this good in his audition. He was a good looking guy with a decent voice.  Here he sounded fantastic, and looked like a complete performer doing it.
Grade: B

Weekly Rankings
1. Amanda Brown
2. Cassadee Pope
3. Nicholas David
4. Bryan Keith
5. Melanie Martinez
6. Dez Duron
7. Terry McDermott
8. Trevin Hunte
9. Sylvia Yacoub
10. Cody Belew

So there you have it, TV Fanatics. Another week of The Voice performances completed. Who was your favorite? Vote in our poll below...


Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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