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Jordan Smith makes ‘The Voice’ Top 10

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The iTunes Top 10 has been a familiar place for Harlan County’s Jordan Smith since he started his run on The Voice, and now he is officially in the show’s Top 10.

Last week, the Coldiron resident and Lee University senior veered the show into spiritual territory with a rendition of the hymn Great is Thy Faithfulness. This week he was back in the pop vein singing Jessie J’s Who You Are. It wasn’t quite the powerhouse performance that has marked Smith’s Voice run, but it gave him some lovely crescendos – as did Tuesday night’s group performance of Wouldn’t it be Nice -- and it let him deliver a message about self esteem that has also been central to his Voice campaign.

Tuesday night he said it was, “an important reminder to be true to who you are in all situations.”

Monday night, Smith’s coach Adam Levine pointed out the insecurity he and Smith talked about most was performance insecurity. Noting that Smith’s No. 1 goal is to give a strong performance, Levine said, “You’re one of the best performers I know.”

Still, it appeared both from iTunes sales and the results Tuesday that this week belonged to fellow Team Adam member Amy Vachal and her rendition of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space.

She was the first competitor saved, though Smith was not far behind, and ultimately all of Team Adam and Team Blake Shelton came through unscathed, although Adam’s country belter Shelby Brown had a nervous moment after host Carson Daly’s misstatement initially appeared to make her safe, which she eventually was.

Once again, The Voice went with a “Twitter Save” between Monday night’s bottom two vote getters, Gwen Stefani protégé Korin Bukowski – again – and Team Pharrell’s Evan McKeel. And Bukowski is proving to be the queen of the Twitter Save. It probably didn’t hurt that she got Levine’s endorsement after she sang his Maroon 5 hit, She Will Be Loved.

In the world of The Voice, having Levine in your corner seems to be a very, very good thing.

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