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Season 8 | Episode 19 | “Top 10 Compete” | Aired Apr 20, 2015

Now that there are no more saves, the competition on The Voice is getting a whole lot steeper. Two artists have to go home this week, and the choice is entirely up to America—or, more precisely, to that special group of Americans who spent hours Monday night voting their little thumbs off in an effort to save their favorites.

So, based on their most recent performances, who should stay and who should go home? Here are the Top 10, ranked from “See You Never” to “You Basically Just Won the Whole Shebang”:

10. Corey Kent White, “Unwound”

You know something isn’t going the way you planned when a violinist upstages you. Considering he’s the only true-blue country artist still on the show, I expect Corey to stick around for a few weeks to come. But his rendition of “Unwound” was one of his worst performances to date. I understand he was going for “laid back,” but the song came off as lifeless. For the fiddler, on the other hand, it was a perfect 10.

9. Deanne Johnson, “Somebody to Love”

It is tough to bounce back from being in the bottom three, which is why, most seasons, even an instant save won’t really save you in the long run. That said, Deanne finally found a song that worked for her deep tone in “Somebody to Love.” She also appeared far less nervous—which made all the more frustrating when Adam Levine brought up her nerves in his critique. She’s improving, but not quickly enough to catch our frontrunners.

8. Joshua Davis, “Hold Back the River”

In a night full of surprisingly well-done songs, Joshua gave perhaps the most unexpected (but welcome) performance. For once, I could see his place on current radio: sitting somewhere between Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show. Whether that’s sustainable remains to be seen, but I enjoyed the smoky edge to his tone. Blake Shelton was right: We’re finally seeing a whole new Joshua. I don’t know how much farther he can go on The Voice, but he’s fighting for every vote.

7. Hannah Kirby, “Shout”

For Hannah, the visual and the personality have always been just as important as her vocal; never was that more true than last night. I love her enthusiasm—and it is infectious—but sometimes I feel like she’s yelling at me. This song choice didn’t do a whole lot for her range or her capabilities. It stayed in a small portion of her vocal register, which is maybe why Hannah herself didn’t seem to fully connect with it. Next time, I’d love to hear something softer and less flashy from her.

6. Rob Taylor, “A Song for You”

Thus far, Rob has been saved each week by his wildly impressive range and his pure, powerful voice. But as the competition heats up, he’s going to need to give us more. His “Song for You” will certainly propel him into the Top 8 (because of its tear-jerker backstory as much as the performance itself). But to really make strides in the weeks ahead, Rob has to refine his sound, or he’s going to get swallowed up by the ladies of Team Christina.

5. Sawyer Fredericks, “Iris”

Like Joshua Davis, Sawyer also showed me a new, exciting side of himself last night. The break in his voice, which he hasn’t used as much before, is perfectly suited to this sort of emotional ballad. America seemed to agree: For the second week in a row, he made it into the iTunes Top 10, cementing his place in the Top 8. Just next time, please don’t tell me you’ve never been in love immediately before singing a love song. It kinda kills the mood.

4. Kimberly Nichole, “Something’s Got a Hold on Me”

Kimberly, more than any Voice contestant this season, knows how to work a stage. This is obviously not her first rodeo, and I love her confidence. “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” is not an easy song to master, but her vibrato was more than up to the task. My only quibble is that Kimberly has fashioned herself a rock singer, so I want to hear her do some actual rock (or grunge, which I think could really work for her). Next week, bring on Alanis, Nirvana, Fiona Apple—anything from the ’90s or later.

3. Meghan Linsey, “Home”

Last week, Meghan was a quiet storm. This week, all the excitement that was missing from her understated performance was back in full effect. Unlike The Voice‘s other country or country-adjacent artists, she has managed to show a real range in genre and sound, while staying true to her roots and her image. “Home” is probably not a song most people recognized, but she put her banshee wail on it, and it sounded like a classic.

2. India Carney, “Run to You”

In rehearsal, India said that her biggest struggle this season has been letting go of her formal training and musical perfectionism, so that she can let the emotions of her songs guide her. I don’t really know if telling a classically trained musician to throw all her schooling out the window is the correct advice, but it worked last night. India let us in and gave a soulful, powerful performance.

1. Koryn Hawthorne, “Make It Rain”

And then there’s Koryn, who, in my eyes, has been the one to beat for weeks now. She has a beautiful, unique tone that sounds like no one else; she effortlessly connects with an audience and with her song choices; and she’s been delivering takes on popular, current songs, so we know she’s radio-ready. “Make It Rain” made it to the iTunes Top 10, but even without that boost, there’s no way Koryn will be leaving us anytime soon. She makes her audience feel something, and that’s worth everything.

Who did you vote to save, and who needs to go home? Let us know your thoughts!

The Voice airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8/7C on NBC.

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Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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