The Voice Recap: Sleepy. Hollow.

Nov 18 2013, 10:56pm CST | by TV Line

Usain Bolt is to the Olympics what The Voice‘s fifth season is to reality singing competitions: Fast, thrilling and seemingly invincible.

So it seemed most peculiar — and actually a little shocking — that the gold-medal-winning sprinter’s appearance on tonight’s Top 10 performance telecast turned out to be the most sluggish two hours the NBC ratings powerhouse has presented in recent memory.

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Carson Daly tried to convince us that Harry Nilsson’s “Without You” isn’t a threadbare reality competition staple, but rather a song that James Wolpert was introducing to today’s youth. Christina Aguilera dodged and weaved like a champion boxer — trying to avoid getting caught giving the tart criticisms that were percolating at the tip of her tongue. I kinda, sorta found myself wishing Christina Milian might stage a sit-in in the Sprint Skybox, just to add a little excitement to the proceedings.

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OK, OK, I didn’t mean that last part. We’ve all heard enough “What’s up, Carson?”s to last us a lifetime. So let me jump to letter grades for tonight’s performances — bearing in mind that I’ll be back overnight to update this recap with more detailed reviews of every singer:

Austin Jenckes (Team Blake): Outfield’s “Your Love” — Grade: C-
Jacquie Lee (Team Xtina): Zedd featuring Foxes’ “Clarity” — Grade: B-
Will Champlin (Team Adam): John Newman’s “Love Me Again” — Grade: B
Caroline Pennell (Team Cee Lo): Peter, Paul & Mary’s “Leaving on a Jet Plane” — Grade: B+
Cole Vosbury (Team Blake): Mr. Big’s “To Be With You” — Grade: B-
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “If I Were Your Woman” — Grade: B-
Ray Boudreaux (Team Blake): Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are the Best Thing” — Grade: C+
James Wolpert (Team Adam): Harry Nilsson/Badfinger’s “Without You” — Grade: B+
Kat Robichaud (Team Cee Lo): Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” — Grade: B
Matthew Schuler (Team Xtina): Labrinth featuring Emeli Sande’s “Beneath Your Beautiful” — Grade: A-/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>/>

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And with that, let me turn things over to you. What did you think of Top 10 performance night? Who were your faves? Who surprised you? Who will and should be at risk? Take our poll below, then expand on your thoughts in the comments!

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