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Jennifer Hudson made a guest appearance as the Top 10 performed for a spot in the Top 8 on The Voice Monday.

Music exec Rob Fair – the man who first signed Christina Aguilera – joined Hudson as guest mentors on a night kicked off by Aguilera and Blake Shelton singing their new duet “Just A Fool.” Arguably the best song off Xtina’s new album, Lotus, “Just A Fool” is a beautiful ballad that the duo performed without too much extra flair (other than their two voices complementing each other perfectly) – a contrast to the Cee Lo/Xtina duet last week.

Top 10 Performances

Amanda Brown

Twitter: @Amanda__Brown

After a shaky performance of “Spectrum” last week, Cee Lo’s “Favorite Mistake” made a beautiful comeback with an emotional rendition of Grace Potter’s “Stars.” We were definitely wowed by Amanda’s ability to have a “moment” with a lesser known song.

Cassadee Pope

Twitter: @CassadeePope

The former Hey Monday vocalist showed her softer side with Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” donning a beautiful white dress (or was that just a really long top?). Written about Blake’s brother, Cassadee brought her own emotion to what’s already a tear-jerker.

Cody Belew

Twitter: @CodyBelew

Christina asked for more personality from Cody Belew last week, and he delivered with Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love.” Leather, chains and a bit of gyrating made for the most entertaining performance of the night. The song didn’t showcase his voice, but it did put Cody’s personality front and center, evoking several diva “heeeeeeeys” from Xtina.

Nicholas David

Twitter: @TheFeelin

“Lean On Me” might as well have been made for Nicholas David because he owned that performance behind a piano and surrounded by a choir. As Blake said, that was like “legendary chicken soup” that brought Cee Lo to tears (which then brought us to tears).

Sylvia Yacoub

Twitter: @SylvsYacoub

Back at the piano, Sylvia Yacoub took on Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire.” Though it seemed a bit rushed at first, Sylvia rocked it once the song picked up, adding her own runs near the end. Solid performance from the Egyptian songstress.

Bryan Keith

Twitter: @Bryanpeeps

New Yorker Bryan Keith paid homage to his hometown with the great Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind.” With a timely tribute to the Big Apple, Bryan continued to show his soulful, easygoing side.

Trevin Hunte

Twitter: @Tamor_11

Trevin Hunte blew our minds with Usher’s “Scream.” What?! Yes, he left Michael Bolton home and acted like a swaggy 18-year-old (apparently the Biebz has infiltrated my vocabulary) with background dancers and all.

Terry McDermott

Twitter: @TerryMacMusic

After a mentoring session with Producer Scott Hendricks, Terry McDermott performed Bryan Adams’ “Summer of ’69,” with his coach, Blake Shelton, air-guitaring during the performance and giving him a standing ovation. As always, Terry rocked the classic rock, reminding Cee Lo of all his “favorite things about rock ‘n roll.”

Dez Duron

Twitter: @DezDuron

The former Yale football player closed out the night with “Feeling Good” while looking super classy and James Bond-esque. Though it was good, we’re not sure if his vocals can compete with the likes of Amanda Brown, Trevin Hunte and Bryan Keith.

Melanie Martinez

Twitter: @MelanieLBBH

The youngest singer left in the competition, Melanie Martinez melded power and vulnerability in her performance of The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” as her photography flashed behind her on the stage.

The two artists with the lowest number of votes will be eliminated on Tuesday’s show. Vote on Facebook, NBC.com, by purchasing a contestant’s song on iTunes (if an artist’s song is in the top 10 on iTunes, his or her votes will be multiplied by 10) or by phone or text (Sprint users only) up until 10 a.m. ET Tuesday to choose the artists to continue on to next week.

Who should move on to the Top 8 next week?

Photo Credit: The Voice Instagram
  • Kavitha

    Of the 10 that remain, Sylvia, Cody, and Melanie are the weakest in my opinion. They aren’t bad at all, they’re actually quite good. But, the rest of the performers are SO incredibly talented and just wowwwwww that those three come off as less appealing for this competition.

  • http://xyue-mayx.deviantart.com/ Dreamer

    I find that Cody, Sylvia, Melanie, and Dez just can’t compare to the others. I mean they’re REALLY good but everyone else is so AMAZING.

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Andrew Sims

    Cody is the one to beat if you ask me.

    • Sam

      I LOVE Cody… he’s so versatile and SO much fun to watch! I hope he makes it through this week and next he does something like ‘Jolene’ again because this weeks performance was pure entertainment IMO so he didn’t get a chance to showcase his amazing vocals.

  • Sam

    And omg ‘Just A Fool’ is SUCH A GOOD SONG!!! I’m obsessed!

  • http://twitter.com/Red_Fiasco Cris

    I’m not sure Nicholas, Cody, or Dez should go on.

    Trevin’s song I wasn’t pleased with, but it was one bad song choice and we all know he can compete with the rest. I quite like Sylvia, Amanda, and Cassadee… not quite sure about Melanie. Don’t get me wrong, her voice is beautiful, but in terms of range and power she can’t match the others. On the other hand, she owns the indie folk genre completely.

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