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Blake Shelton's emotional night on The Voice
The Voice's top 10 took the stage live as singing hopeful Cassadee Pope took on a song by her mentor, Blake Shelton's wife, that nearly brought him to tears. On Monday (19Nov12), the singer who usually takes on more pop/rock songs decided to go out of her usual genre and perform a song originally sung by Miranda Lambert, co-written by her husband, Shelton. Titled Over You, the track recently won Song of the Year at the Country Music Awards, and means an awful lot to the country couple. The pair wrote it about Shelton's brother who passed away 15 years ago, and came out in January (12) as his single. That same month, his father passed away, making the song even more meaningful than before. Pope made her mentor proud when she stepped on stage, blowing away the audience and the judges who gave her a standing ovation. Shelton, who was clearly moved by the performance, watched his singer in awe, before praising her dedication to the song. He explained, "You just sang easily the most important and most personal song that I've ever been a part of writing in my life. But you made me feel like I was listening to it for the first time. Words can't express what that means. Ladies and gentlemen, you're looking at an artist standing up here." Also impressing the panel was the soulful Nicholas David who channeled Bill Withers in his version of Lean on Me, with his coach Cee Lo Green gushing, "I heard the voice of a generation. I saw an immaculate and passionate performance. It was wonderful. It makes me cry." Dez Duron also brought the house down with the final performance of the night, as he took on Michael Buble's Feeling Good. His jazzy standard was beloved by the judges, with Green impressed by the soul in his voice and calling the performance a "classic". At the top of the show, Aguilera premiered her country-influenced duet with Shelton, Just a Fool, off her new album Lotus. Double elimination strikes the show on Tuesday (20Nov12), as the top 10 are narrowed down to the final eight hopefuls.