'The Voice' Top 5 Recap: All of America Loves Josh Kaufman's 'All of Me'
Move over, Adam Levine. There's a new heartthrob on "The Voice," and his name is Josh Kaufman.
Yes, after Josh's swoon-inducing performances on this Monday's top five live show, he's "The Voice's" new Sexiest Man Alive. And he also may be "The Voice's" new winner, in just one week's time.
Josh started off as a dark horse on Season 6, when — ironically — Adam let the likably elfin singer slip away in the Battle Rounds. But since joining Team Usher, and especially since his game-changing performance of Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" a few weeks ago, Josh has surged to the top. However, it was this Monday that Josh officially went from adorably trilby-hatted dork to full-fledged "Voice" sex symbol.
Flawlessly, gorgeously crooning John Legend's makeout ballad "All of Me" with a string section behind him, Josh delivered not just his finest performance yet, but the best performance of Season 6. His rendition was arguably better than John Legend's original, and as he nailed that perfect falsetto, I could almost hear the collective smitten sigh of a million female viewers. (Not to mention the click-clack of a million viewers, from all walks of life, downloading "All of Me"; I will eat Josh's famous old hat if this isn't top five on iTunes by Tuesday morning.)
Josh's second number, covering OneRepublic's brand-new single "Love Runs Out," had everyone still feeling the love. Adam, admitting he was a "moron" for giving Josh up but still clearly thrilled for Josh's success, called this "amazing." Blake Shelton — who'd already told Josh, "There is no question that you're going to be in the finale" — likened Josh to the ultimate pop-rock lothario, Robert Palmer. Such a comparison was apt. Might as well face it, America's addicted to Josh.
There were many other fine performances this Monday; however, only three of the top five will advance to next week's finale. Josh is no doubt a lock for the top three, but who else will represent? Read on and try to figure it out...
KRISTEN MERLIN (TEAM SHAKIRA)
After weeks of sweet but safe balladry from this spunky singer, it was refreshing to see Kristen finally bring back the long-suppressed sass witnessed during her first audition. This time she belted "Gunpowder and Lead" by Blake's feisty wife, Miranda Lambert, and her energy was endless and infectious as she worked the crowd, looking so elated and excited to be in the semifinals after suffering many setbacks throughout the season. Usher called this performance "amazing." Shakira called Kristen a "rock star" with a "recognizable voice." Blake told Kristen he "loved that feet thing you do, sliding around the stage." This was perfect song for Kristen, and the perfect way to kick off Monday's show with a bang (no pun intended).