updated 05/28/2013 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/28/2013 AT 7:50 AM ET
Monday’s two-hour The Voice, featuring the Top 8 live performances, was bookended by a pair of diva-strong performances that showcased both glamour and range.
Judith Hill, a former duet partner of the late Michael Jackson, opened the show with her own disco-inspired version of the electronic pop hit of Will.i.am and Justin Bieber, “#thatPOWER.” Wearing a sci-fi Mohawk ponytail and a silver-feathered jacket that looked both rocker and angelic, the always-strong Hill owned the stage with her original vision of the tune.
“I think it was great to see you flip that song,” said Shakira.
Hill’s proud coach Adam Levine said he was skeptical when she picked that song, but then was blown away with how she delivered it. “That is the first time when I said this is not a contestant on The Voice. This is an artist performing a song, just like any one of us up there.”
Equally strong was Team Adam’s Amber Carrington, who came miles from her country roots to nail Adele’s “Skyfall.” Wearing a black gown, a side bun, oodles of shimmering jewels and performing alongside an electric red grand piano, the chanteuse theatrically rolled through the song and honored her coach’s early admonition that “you gotta sing the best you ever sang, right now.”
She more than rose to the occasion: “I think you just took the diva powerhouse vocal of the night,” coach Blake Shelton told Carrington, adding that even with all the glitz, she couldn’t hide the fact that she remains a country singer.