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“The Voice”: The Top Nine Take the Stage, Blake and Gwen Perform Their New Duet


Alisan Porter on “The Voice”; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The top nine on The Voice took the stage Monday night, but the highlight of the show was a performance by one of the coaches.

Blake Shelton and his girlfriend, occasional Voice coach Gwen Stefani, performed their new duet, “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” live for the first time. The song is off Blake’s upcoming album, If I’m Honest.

Country duo Florida Georgia Line was also on hand to play their new single, “H.O.L.Y.”

The nine remaining artists, representing Teams Blake, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams, sang for viewers’ votes in hopes of advancing to next week’s live show. It was announced Monday that Pink will serve as a superstar advisor to the top eight.

Paxton Ingram of Team Blake opened the broadcast with a slower version of the Whitney Houston pop hit “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me).” Pharrell said it seems as if Paxton is finding his direction as an artist. Adam complimented the “mid-range” of Paxton’s voice. Blake said Paxton might be the only singer in the competition who shows growth week after week.

Another Team Blake artist, Mary Sarah, took on the current country hit “My Church” by Maren Morris. Adam thought it was Mary Sarah’s best performance so far. A smiling Blake added that it was “easily” the most connected she’s been with a song.

Team Christina’s Nick Hagelin sang “Hold On, We’re Going Home” by Drake. Adam enjoyed the fact that Nick showed off some dance moves. Christina, sporting purple-ish hair, said it’s part of his artistry and shows more of his energy.

The only contestant left on Team Pharrell, Hannah Huston, sang Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me.” Blake said she looks like a superstar. Both he and Christina felt it was her best performance to date. Pharrell said Hannah was graceful with every line she sang.

Team Adam’s Shalyah Fearing belted out the Sam Cooke classic “A Change Is Gonna Come.” Christina marveled over the passion and strength that Shalyah conveys. Adam said it’s amazing how well she can sing at the age of 16.

Shalyah’s teammate, Laith Al-Saadi, played Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” on the piano. Adam said it was so beautiful that it rendered the audience quiet.

Team Blake’s Adam Wakefield sat behind the keyboard for a rendition of “Love Has No Pride” by Bonnie Raitt. Christina caused some chuckles when she confessed she had a dream about Adam recently. Blake said it was Adam’s best performance so far.

Alisan Porter of Team Christina showed off her soaring vocals on Aerosmith’s “Crying.” Pharrell said she killed the misconception that moms can’t do certain things. Christina said a lot of work goes into performing on The Voice, especially when you’re a mom. She then told Alisan she’s a superstar.

Alisan’s teammate, Bryan Bautista, closed the night with Beyoncé’s “1+1.” Christina said a duet between Bryan and Beyoncé would be magic.

One artist will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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