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?

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!