We’ve gone from an even dozen to 11 performers on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and that means the stakes are only going to get higher and the performances even better.
One of the biggest factors in any singing competition is song selection, so this season The Voice is trying something new. For the first time ever, the audience got to vote on the song selection for the Top 11 contestants. Let’s see if the people can do better than coaches Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson.
Singer: Janice Freeman
Song: “Shine,” Collective Soul
Taking a soul and R&B singer and giving her a quintessential ’90s grunge track originally sung by a man is a surprising combination, but at this point in the competition we know that there’s nothing Janice Freeman can’t rock. We never really noticed how pretty that song is, but that being said, “Shine” didn’t lose any of its edge with Janice behind the mic. Plus, the silver hair matching the silver coat was pure badassery.
Singer: Brooke Simpson
Song: “What About Us,” Pink
If Brooke isn’t in the Top 3 at the end of this thing then we may have to relinquish our faith in The Voice. The powerhouse performer paid homage to her Tribe with traditional drums for Pink’s “What About Us,” a song that Simpson is performing one year after the Dakota Access Pipeline protests and not long after oil filled the area’s waters. The Voice doesn’t often get political and they stopped just shy of it tonight, but between Brooke’s incredible voice and her deeper message, this would have been a great opportunity to take a stand.
Singer: Ashland Craft
Song: “Chicken Fried,” The Zac Brown Band
Ashland’s voice is so good that she’s able to get vegan Miley to sing about fried chicken. That’s pretty dang good. Also, now we really want fried chicken. Ashland’s best talent is taking songs that aren’t necessary deep, like a track about cold beer, jeans that fit just right and delicious food, and showing off her personality and emotion. She’s a captivating performer and she makes it look effortless.
Singer: Red Marlow
Song: “The Dance,” Garth Brooks
We’ve been a bit critical of Red being a one trick pony in this competition, with performances that are pitch perfect but don’t show a huge range. The people spoke, and they finally found a track that shows that Red has earned his spot on the Top 11. For the guy that cries off stage every week, we finally got a performance with the same helping of emotion.
Singer: Keisha Renee
Song: “It Matters To Me,” Faith Hill
This is probably the first time in the competition we’ve heard a country sound from Keisha, but her soulfulness still shines through, which is why she’s getting voted through each week. Country or soul, it sure sounds pretty when it’s sung by Keisha.
Singer: Chloe Kohanski
Song: “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” Bonnie Tyler
Apparently, people have been tweeting Chloe to perform this track since the competition began and it’s time to give the people what they want. Chloe continually gets somewhat cheesy ’80s tracks and makes them cool, so we’re totally fine with this choice. What a jam. Bonnie Tyler is a bawse, we just didn’t realize it until Chloe covered the song. Also, we want silver teardrop make-up now. She really can make anything cool.
TEAM J HUD
Singer: Shi’Ann Jones
Song: “Listen,” Beyonce
Is J Hud getting residuals every time a Dreamgirls song is performed on The Voice? Because this is the second time a track from the movie that earned Hudson an Oscar has been performed this season. It seems like a lot. Last week, Shi’Ann showed she could handle Mariah Carey, so this week it’s time for Beyonce. It makes sense, there are just a lot of other Beyonce songs that aren’t Dreamgirls-related. Just saying.
Singer: Davon Fleming
Song: “I Have Nothing,” Whitney Houston
We have a feeling, when it comes performing on The Voice, that some of Davon’s nerves stem from constantly dodging objects being launched by Jennifer. It’s one way to keep your instincts sharp. Now as for the music, Davon has consistently taken on some of the biggest musical divas of all time and he’s done it as a man, which is doubly impressive. We have a one word review for Davon’s Whitney tribute: goosebumps. Adam called the performance a miracle. We agree.
Singer: Noah Mac
Song: “Electric Love,” Borns
Is there a name for Noah Mac’s fan club yet? The Big Macs? The Mac Daddies? Noah’s Arc? We’ll work on it and then we’ll become the first members. We have a feeling every American teen (plus a few adults) voted for this song to feel like Noah was singing to them. The performance started off a bit pitchy, but by the end we heard more range from Noah than we have in any of his previous performances. Cue the swooning.
Singer: Adam Cunningham
Song: “American Girl,” Tom Petty
Adam earned the Instant Save last week and couldn’t wait to come back and play Tom Petty’s classic “American Girl,” a song that everyone has blasted from their truck in the middle of the corn field at some point. Well, at least some people. Okay, at least Adam. Poor song choices have been his downfall for the past few performances and it was starting to feel like maybe there weren’t any good choice for the rocker, but the American voters know best, and chose the right song. Well, they know best in singing competitions.
Singer: Addison Agen
Song: “A Case Of You,” Joni Mitchell
We know this is the most Canadian reaction ever, but we love that Addison sang a Joni Mitchell song and one that includes a few lines about Canada. We’re easily swayed. Even if we hadn’t gotten a shout out, we would have still loved Addison’s beautifully haunting voice. Great is great, regardless of how old or in this case, young the singer is. If we could pre-order Addison’s album now we would.