For Monday night’s semi final round on The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), we saw the final eight perform solo songs and duets with their fellow contestants. Monday’s performances will help decide the final four that will make it through to the finals after Tuesdays elimination, which is going to be brutal. It’s time to say goodbye and we’re not ready. Well, we’re ready to say goodbye to some people.
With so many performances to get through on Monday night, we didn’t hear a lot of colour commentary from coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, but we did see enough in the behind the scenes footage to know that if a Miley or J Hud singer wins this season, it’s largely thanks to their incredible coaching.
Singer: Adam Cunningham
Song: “I’m Already There,” Lonestar
Adam Levine thinks that Adam is the best country singer left on The Voice, but he’s also talking about one of his own singers. Sure, Adam’s performance of the sap-heavy “I’m Already There” produced a lip quiver or two of emotion, but is he good enough to make it to the final four? No.
Singer: Addison Agen
Song: “Both Sides Now,” Joni Mitchell
This is Addison’s second Joni Mitchell performance and she keeps getting better. Usually we think of Love, Actually when we hear “Both Sides Now,” but now we’re going to think of Love, Actually and Addison. That’s a big compliment.
Singer: Red Marlow
Song: “Go Rest High On That Mountain,” Vince Gill
This was the first time we saw Red take on some big notes and he was good, but not great. Not final four material.
Singer: Keisha Renee
Song: “What Hurts The Most,” Rascall Flatts
If Adam Cunningham’s “I’m Already There” didn’t have you in tears, Keisha Renee’s song choice of “What Hurts The Most” should do it. Damn, this song is so sad. As usual, Keisha’s performance was beautiful, but also as usual, we just don’t feel the emotion like we do with other performers.
Singer: Chloe Kohanski
Song: “I Wanna Know What Love Is,” Foreigner
Chloe’s love for all things 80’s, including her new curls, continued Monday night with her performance of Foreigner’s “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” As she’s done with pervious performances, Chloe has taken a track we designated as ‘cheesy’ and brought out the beauty and brilliance in it.
Singer: Brooke Simpson
Song: “Faithfully,” Journey
Okay, so Brooke nailed her performance as she always does, but Miley describing “Faithfully” as ‘everyone’s favourite Journey song’ had us confused from the beginning. Maybe she’s the one person in the world who has never heard “Don’t Stop Believing.” As always, The Voice opened and closed the show with the two biggest performers, and that means Davon at the top and Brooke as the closer.
TEAM J HUD
Singer: Davon Fleming
Song: “Gravity,” John Mayer
Davon has done so well taking on the biggest divas in music and John Mayer is known for his lower notes, while Davon’s strength is in his falsetto. But shame on us for ever doubting Davon. With great power comes great responsibility and with a powerful voice, Davon knows when to let the quiet moments be the main event and when to build into his big notes. Davon took us to church, made us believers, and baptized us in the House of Davon all in three minutes. #DavonOrBust
Singer: Noah Mac
Song: “River,” Bishop Briggs
Mini Armie Hammer brought the energy back up this week for his solo performance and delivered strong vocals and stage presence. Unlike other performances, Noah didn’t change the song much from its original, but at this point we understand not wanting to take too many risks. Stay on pitch and stay cute, Noah.
The group performances crossed coaches and saw contestants teaming up with opponents on other teams. At this point, it’s every singer for themselves, so we shouldn’t be too surprised with the pairings taking place outside of teams. There’s only one winner, afterall.
Singers: Noah Mac and Chloe Kohanski
Song: “Wicked Game,” Chris Isaak
The only thing that could have us more excited about Chloe and Noah doing a duet together was finding out they were covering “Wicked Game.” They’re the two most unique and original artists in the competition and the richness of their voices were stunning together. It was Noah’s best performance of the year and although we were slightly disappointed with Chloe’s performance, the pair kept the sexy oozing out of Chris Isaak’s classic.
Singers: Red Marlow and Adam Cunningham
Song: “Can’t You See,” The Marshall Tucker Band
No surprise, Adam and Red were paired together. Their song choice of “Can’t You See” was good for two reasons. One, because it honoured their country roots and two, because it was still accessible to non-country fans. The pair would make a great country duo, but we still don’t think they’re ready for the final four.
Singers: Davon Fleming and Brooke Simpson
Song: “Earned It,” The Weeknd
Davon said that he and Brooke are going to be the new Marvin Gaye and Tammy Turrell and we’re holding him to that. These two should be the final two and seeing them together is further proof that they’re not only the strongest singers in the competition, but the strongest performers. We could watch Davon and Brooke sing the phone book. No two performers have more fun and show more emotion than Davon and Brooke, and they deserve to be the final two.
Singers: Addison Agen and Keisha Renee
Song: “Strong Enough,” Sheryl Crow
This week’s duets were slam dunks on song choices and that goes for Addison and Keisha’s cover of Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough.” The pair have voices that are clearly distinct from one another, and in a smart move they didn’t try to harmonize, instead just letting each other have their moments. Both had stronger solo performances, but this one sure was pretty.