'The Voice': Usher plans to use Bria Kelly criticism as motivation

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Emotions ran high when The Voice’s top 10 took the stage Monday night.

Team Usher’s Bria Kelly got hit pretty hard during Monday night’s top 10 episode of The Voice, when her performance of Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You” received quite a bit of criticism from the other coaches. After the show, we caught up with Kelly’s mentor, Usher, to find out how he plans to use the criticism as a teaching tool.

“I’m actually eager to hear from them about what they thought of the criticism so I can be the counter to that — will I agree with certain things that are said? It depends on what’s said to me from them,” Usher told EW. “Will I motivate them to get over whatever doubts or fears they have as entertainers? Of course — that’s what we all have to do as entertainers who have put out albums and gone on tours and been on television shows and have had moments that were not so glorious and then had great moments that were incredible. You know, last week, we’re flying high, and this week, there’s a question of whether you stay or you go, [but] that’s what this show is, that’s what it is to be an artist.”

We also caught up with a few of this season’s finalists, including Team Shakira’s Tess Boyer, who was America’s Twitter save last week. While Boyer said making it through to the top 10 was a relief, she also knows she has to work twice as hard to make it to next week’s show. For now, though, Boyer says she’s very pleased with her performance of Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun.” “I feel really good about it — I was so excited to do it and I had a really great time up there, so I hope America will embrace it this time and vote me into the top eight. But if they don’t, I’m going to do what I do best and leave my heart on the stage,” said Boyer, referring to the possibility of being faced with the task of singing for America’s votes once again on Tuesday night.

While Boyer wouldn’t go into specifics as to what song she’s picked to perform if she ends up in the bottom three again, she did tease that fans can expect something “emotional” and “really hard-core” if she winds up having to perform on the live elimination show.

Team Adam hopeful Kat Perkins got a little emotional on live television after her rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide.” “I felt such a connection to that song as I was singing it — it still gives me goose bumps thinking about it,” Perkins said of where the emotion on stage came from. “I’ve never performed that song in my life, but I’m glad I’ve finally gotten a chance to sing it. I feel complete. And it was just really cool to show that tender side and yet still stay in the rock genre — it was really the best of both worlds.”

Finally, Kat’s fellow Team Adam comrade Christina Grimmie delivered one of the night’s standout performances with a stripped-down version of Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Grimmie’s reimagined rendition of the summer jam earned her praise from all four coaches with Adam commending her for having fought for her vision of how she wanted the song to sound and how she wanted the performance to look on stage. “It’s just a very intimate song, and because of that, I wanted to make everything else about it very intimate, too, so I wanted to incorporate the lowlight with the piano in the beginning to give it a very soft look.”

Tune in to The Voice on NBC at 8 p.m. Tuesday night to see which contestants make it on to the next round.

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