It was coach’s pick on Monday’s episode of The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) and while Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton had solid choices for their singers, Adam Levine and Jennifer Hudson made some surprising decisions that may have hurt their protégés. Adam has a track record of questionable song picks, but J Hud? We’re still in shock.
The Voice is searching for the most unique singer, but it’s Top 10 time, which means contestants need to start pulling out anything they have in their entertainment arsenal. The teen titans came to win this week, with Kennedy Holmes displaying her skills as a dancer and Sarah Grace making the trumpet look really, really cool. I believe children are our future and I believe a teenager is going to win this season. It’s a safe bet, considering half of the Top 10 still can’t drive.
We didn’t love Jennifer’s choice of Meghan Trainor’s “Me Too” for Kennedy Holmes, with the song not the best fit for Holmes’ deep register. What we did love was the chance for Kennedy to have fun, which is what she should be doing on stage at 13-years-old. Even though Kennedy is the youngest singer in the competition this season, she’s the best performer and she finally got to show that off, complete with back up dancers. Werk it, gurl.
Well, knock us over with a feather. Who knew “Amazing Grace” would make us want a whiskey and Coke. Sarah Grace, the oldest 16-year-old in the world, performed the Blind Boys of Alabama arrangement of the classic tune, which is set to “House of the Rising Sun.” Plus, a trumpet break. Not only did she nail the vocals and trumpet playing, she also transitioned between the two without a breath. We don’t know how such a little body can hold so much air and sass, but we are suddenly feeling a little closer to the man upstairs.
Oh, Adam. Why? Why. It’s coach’s choice and for some reason, Adam choose to take Reagan Strange, who has been the most-streamed artists for the past two weeks, and give her a song that was completely out of her range. Kelly and Blake described “Cry” as one of Faith Hill’s toughest songs, which is a nice way of saying, “Adam, you picked a terrible song for this poor girl.” If Reagan is this week’s most streamed artist again then we’ll know that people are definitely not voting based on performances. No shade to Reagan. She has a great voice, but the list of people who can sing “Cry” includes Faith Hill and…that’s it.
Adam redeemed himself a bit with DeAndre Nico, going with Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like.” DeAndre got a four-chair turn with Bruno, so if it ain’t broke, etc. DeAndre nailed the vocals and the performance, but “That’s What I Like” isn’t a show-stopping song. It’s fun and it’s sexy and it grooves, but people likely won’t remember it when it’s time to vote. Bruno Mars has a big discography and we wish Adam had picked a different song from the pop star.
With each new Kirk Jay performance, we try to love him. He’s got the emotion and the heart, but the ‘Country-til-I-die’ singer always comes off as a bit nasally. This week, Kirk played with his lower registry and officially won us over. We may not love him as much as J Hud loves Kirk, because she really loves Kirk, but he’s pretty great.
We don’t know how you can nail Celine Dion and stay true to the song without making it sound like an impression, but MaKenzie Thomas did the damn thing. “Because You Loved Me” has a terrible message, but MaKenzie delivered a stunning rendition. Performance of the night. C’est magnifique.
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