On Monday night’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) it was Fans’ Choice, meaning all the songs performed were voted on by the fans. It’s time to give more power to the people because Monday night’s episode featured some of the best performances of the season from the Top 11. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – song choice is key!
Coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine got to enjoy great song picks and strong performances from their contestants and even better, there was almost no fighting between Adam and Blake. It really was Fans’ Choice night.
THE OBVIOUS FAN CHOICE
Blake said he didn’t realize how much Pryor Baird sounds like Bob Seger and honestly, neither did I. But dang y’all, this is the perfect pairing! I don’t want to say that I liked Pryor’s version of “Night Moves” better than the original, because that feels sacrilegious, but I will say it’s really, really good.
THE LOFTY SONG CHOICE
I’m really split on Sharane Calister’s performance. She’s by far one of the biggest talents this season and has been consistently slaying each week. Her performance of Mariah Carey’s “Hero” was an epic mountain to climb and a song that could take down the best singer. Sharane performed it beautifully, but many of the notes that make this song so powerful were brought down a few pegs to human level. Adam said he was afraid of Sharane performing “Hero,” which totally makes sense. While Sharane dialed back some of Carey’s notes, it’s still impressive to even attempt “Hero.”
THE CLASSIC SONG CHOICE
I haven’t been the biggest Jackie Foster fan this season, mostly due to her song choice. But viewers are smart and gave the rocker The Who’s “Love, Reign O’er Me” and Jackie did a great job making the song her own. With her huge notes and soaring vocals, it seems like she would be better suited for a career in theatre than becoming a recording artist, but that would be a different show.
THE REDEMPTION SONG CHOICE
I know I slag on Adam’s song choices a lot, but that’s only because he consistently picks the wrong song for his singers. Clearly fans have better judgement. Case in point, Jackie Verna’s performance of “Strawberry Wine.” For some reason, Adam thought giving Jackie an Avril Lavigne song last week was the right move. It wasn’t. She should be singing country ballads all the time, because wow, this was her best performance of the season. Verna could be the next Margo Price or Kacey Musgraves.
THE REMIX SONG CHOICE
It’s always exciting to hear how Christiana Danielle is going to rework a huge pop or R&B track and completely make it her own. This week the fans voted for Christiana to perform Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and, once again, Christiana totally reworked the song and made us fall in love all over again. Even with some mic issues, Christiana’s decision to turn “Umbrella” into a love ballad was another slam dunk.
THE YOUNG LOVE SONG CHOICE
Admittedly, I thought
little Matt Damon Britton Buchanan was dating fellow Season 14 contestant Jaclyn Lovey, but he’s actually dating fellow Season 14 contestant Livia Faith. I was half right? Sure, I’ll take half credit. The fans wanted to see the cute teen sing Ed Sheeran and Britton should be sending chocolate covered strawberries to everyone who voted this song, because he made the teens watching (and many adults) swoon on Monday night.
NUMBER TWO SONG CHOICE
If you only have time to watch two performances from Monday night, watch Kyla Jade doing Aretha Franklin’s “Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You’ve Been Gone).” If you only have five seconds, just watch her eviscerate the final note. Then watch Rayshun Lamarr.
NUMBER ONE SONG CHOICE
If you only have time to watch one performance tonight, put the biggest smile on your face and watch Rayshun Lamarr try to contain himself while singing Otis Redding’s “Try A Little Tenderness.” Greatest song choice of the season! I know the song came out over 20 years ago, but I feel like Jamiroquai travelled through time and wrote “Canned Heat” about Rayshun’s performance tonight.