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Monday night’s season premiere of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) got the party started with some of the most impressive performances we’ve seen in 13 seasons (here’s a recap for your viewing and listening pleasure). As for Night Two, well, it tried. It really tried.

The great thing about The Voice is that there are no bad performances, there are just some that are much, much better than others. Tuesday night’s line up was filled with a variety of performers who were all very good and one who was very great.

There was Red ‘country as cornbread’ Marlow, who started a country war between Blake Shelton and Miley Cyrus simply by singing with a twang. Red’s performance was clean and solid, but his choice of the country song “Swingin,” left us unsure as to whether Red doesn’t have much range or just chose the wrong song. Even Miley had to wait for Blake to announce “He’s good” before she hit her buzzer and turned her chair. Next time, go with your gut, Miley. The pop star made it clear she wanted a country singer, but it didn’t have to be that country singer, who chose Blake anyway.

Dylan Gerard managed to get a double chair turn from Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson for his rendition of James Blake’s “Say You Won’t Let Go.” It was a nice performance, like a comforting piece of toast with butter, but with the original still sitting pretty on the top of the charts, it was hard to shake the fact that the performance was missing the magic of its predecessor. Even an impromptu vocal lesson from Hudson didn’t change our minds, but we’ll see if his coach Adam can show us what we missed on Tuesday night.

One singer who did impress us was Keisha Renee, a former back-up singer for Nicki Minaj. Hoping to fuse hip hop, gospel and country, Renee delivered a strong performance of “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” but lacked emotion. The song must have translated better in person, because Renee scored the only four-chair turn of the night, eventually choosing Team Blake.

Wedding singer Maharasyi was applauded by both Adam and Jennifer for choosing Chaka Khan’s “Tell Me Something Good.” How about “Tell us why this was a good song choice?”

As always with The Voice, good things come to those who wait and in this case, it was country singer Ashland Craft, who was the final performer of the night. A singer in a honky tonk bar, 21-year-old Ashland was Janis Joplin, Courtney Love and Natalie Maines all wrapped up in one lace dress. Somehow Ashland made “You Are My Sunshine” into a guttural punch of a country blues song, making us want to grab a fifth of whiskey and raise our lighters in the air.

Blake, Miley and Adam fought hard for Ashland, with Adam hoping his upfront honesty would score him the best performer of the night. It did not.

Instead, Miley used the secret millennial eye wink and scored Ashland for her team, which means we’re likely going to hear her calling herself the ‘Queen of Country’ all season long. We have a feeling Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, and about 50 other performers may have something to say about that title.

 

Catch every episode of The Voice, Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV