After last Tuesday’s disastrous coaching demonstration by Adam Levine on The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), we really didn’t know what to expect with Monday’s episode. The focus should have been on the remaining contestants, with Monday night as the final set of performances before the competition was cut in half from eight to four. Instead, Levine’s actions loomed over the night, which felt off from the start.
Levine frequently dyes his hair, but the singer’s decision to go from his natural brown to a light blue on Monday night felt like an attempt to put on a disguise. We know it’s you, Adam, and we still know what you did to DeAndre Nico. The episode tried to keep the focus on the contestants, but after the first hour we realized something very out of the ordinary – Adam Levine hadn’t said a word. Not a single one. Instead, all the comments were care of Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton a.k.a. the three coaches who hadn’t thrown their singers under the bus.
When it did come time for a performance from Reagan Strange, Levine’s only remaining contestant, The Voice went into damage control. While all the other contestants and coaches were filmed hanging out together in studios, Levine and Reagan were filmed giving out gifts for the Toys for Tots charity. Levine also addressed the elephant in the room, saying “DeAndre’s my boy, we talked, I love him.” Just to be extra-sure the viewing audience knew that DeAndre was okay after being dissed and dismissed by Levine on national television, DeAndre was shown Facetiming with Reagan. That last act was more to help Reagan’s image, which was undoubtedly tainted by Levine’s actions.
Thank u, next.
We were fine with the Maroon 5 frontman not speaking during Monday’s episode and we will continue to be fine to not hearing him profess his love for a 16-year-old anymore this season. His lack of self-awareness on how he comes off is mind boggling. Where are the producers who should be telling him to limit the underage praise? And yeah, we know he has two daughters and no, it doesn’t matter.
It was difficult to concentrate on the performances with the tension in the air and it didn’t help that none of the duets worked. There were still stand-out performances, thanks in large part to supportive coaching. No bus-throwing involved.
While we didn’t miss Levine’s comments, we would have been upset to not hear J Hud all night. She not only supports her own singers, but she praises contestants on other teams as well. That being said, Team J Hud’s MaKenzie Thomas is gonna win. Is this even up for debate? She’s done Whitney, she’s done Celine, she sang J Hud to J Hud, and she made Mariah Carey cry. COME ON. We’ve had a vision and it’s of MaKenzie winning.
Someone else who had a huge diva moment on Monday’s episode was pint-sized country singer Chevel Shephard. Performing LeAnn Rhimes’ “Blue” was a brilliant move for Chevel, with the old school country tune showing off the strongest parts of her voice. Chevel was born about 60 years too late, but if country music is ready for an artist that is pure nostalgia, Chevel is your cowgirl.
Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace and her cover of Harry Styles’ “Sign of the Times” didn’t have as many of the big moments that her competitors boasted in their performances, but her delivery was powerful in its quiet and contemplative moments, with the young singer inhabiting a maturity in her voice that was well beyond her years.
We don’t know what it is about Kirk Jay. He’s not the strongest singer on the show, but he’s got charisma and a sincerity to his delivery that makes him captivating to watch. His slip up on the lyrics to “I Swear” endeared us to him even more. Let’s go, Kirk-Country-til-I-die-Jay.
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