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'The Voice' Top 8 Brought Down the House in Semifinals

Last night on "The Voice," the top eight contestants sang their hearts out for a spot in next week's final four, performing songs by the Eagles, Adele, Meatloaf, and many more.

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To start off the night, 16-year-old Shalyah Fearing sang "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," definitely sounding like she took Pink's advice to "breathe." After her performance, she revealed to "Extra" and other reporters, "The best thing I've learned about myself is... yes, I'm hard on myself, it's because I have expectations, high expectations, and I can meet that if I practice and practice. Just go out there and do what I do best. I met them today. I feel like I did."

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The second contestant to take the stage was Paxton Ingram, who sang Meatloaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)," which Pharrell called “theatrical," even suggesting a possible Broadway career in Paxton's future. Asked if he would consider Broadway, Paxton exclaimed, "I would love to do Broadway! I was a musical-theater geek in high school... I would love to do ‘Hairspray’ — Seaweed. I'm putting it out in the universe. I know NBC is doing a live musical — I want it!"

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Laith Al-Saadi picked Adele's "One and Only" and wowed the audience, including Pharrell Williams, with his soulful vocals and jaw-dropping guitar solo. As for why he picked this number out of all of Adele songs, he revealed, "I think at its core, 'One and Only' is pretty much a good soul tune and there's not much about it that seems too modern and unapproachable in the style that I have. I know that my version is probably slightly different to a lot of people, but I actually had to play this song for a wedding and I really enjoyed it. It's always been in the back of my mind, where if I wanted to do something more and show people I can take current pop songs and do my thing with them like this one."

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Before Alisan Porter sang the the Eagles' “Desperado," she bonded with Pink about being working moms in showbiz. It is the same reason why she admired her coach Christina Aguilera, gushing, "She is the physical representation of what I want to be when it comes to being a working mom in the music industry. That's been my biggest thing, watching her, and I've seen her with her kids a bunch of times... My kids have come, and [it’s great] just knowing it’s possible for me to able to do that."

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Front-runner Adam Wakefield was given his own coach's song, Blake Shelton's "I'm Sorry." On how he felt about performing the song in front of Blake, he shared, "It was intimidating. I forgot the words to my song last week, so I was like, 'If I do that this week, dude's gonna know, he's sitting right there. It's nerve-wrecking, but what's cool is the version he had in mind for me to do was the demo version that he got."

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Team Christina's Bryan Bautista took a huge risk by choosing to sing her song "Hurt," using his own history with his father to connect to the lyrics. The risk paid off — all four judges gave him a standing ovation, while his mom was seen tearing up in the audience. On the reaction to his performance, he dished, "It's so cool to see that because it’s the last round before the finale and every coach is thirsty for the win. There's just times where they put that aside and respect the artistry."

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Mary Sarah sang Randy Travis' "I Told You So" and reminded us of Carrie Underwood, who also recorded her own version of the song. When asked how she would react if Carrie were to send a complimentary tweet to her, Mary responded, "To have her tweet me, I don't know what I would do. Carrie has been such a huge influence for me in my life and musically and vocally. I was just honored to sing the song for Randy and Carrie. It would just be a bonus if Randy or Carrie said something. It would be awesome."

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Team Pharrell's Hannah Huston closed out the night with her rendition of the classic hit "When a Man Loves a Woman." On being the last one to perform, she commented, "I was honored to take the final note at the end — it's super fun. It was crazy, obviously. You’re, like, freaked out. You’re like, ‘Oh, man, I better deliver a really good performance, because it’s the end of the show.' I love singing up there. There's nothing like it. I knew it could be [my] last one, so just do it, ya know? Who cares?"

To find out who makes it to the finals, watch "The Voice" tonight.

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