On Monday’s episode of The Voice (Mondays 8pm ET/PT on CTV TWO and Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on CTV) we watched professional singers and Grammy winners Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Adam Levine sit in big red chairs and critique the members of their team. Give it about five years and Maelyn Jarmon will be sharing a seat with the famous coaches. The Team Legend member closed out Monday’s show with what we think may be the greatest performance in the history of The Voice. You can @ us if you want, we’ll argue it all day.
It was Fan Week, which means the viewers got to choose which songs the contestants would sing while also getting to appear via Skype so they could declare the allegiance to the Babini Babies and admit to sliding into DMs for their faves. It’s a night that always makes for uncomfortable shout outs from viewing parties that are always on a delay, but it was worth sitting through all the awkwardness to witness the final performance.
Maelyn Jarmon has been the frontrunner since her incredible Blind Audition with “Fields Of Gold” and has continued to maintain her incredible momentum, a difficult feat that other favoured singers haven’t been able to achieve this season (we still love you Jej, but what’s going on?). On Monday night, Maelyn, who has previously slayed the unslayable Adele, took on Coldplay’s “The Scientist” and delivered a performance that was so beautiful it was physically painful to hear. That’s a thing. We didn’t know that was a thing, but it’s a thing, because when Maelyn sings we stop breathing so that we don’t miss a note. Not breathing is uncomfortable.
Maelyn’s performance of “The Scientist” goes down as one of, if not the best performance in the history of The Voice. Not this season of The Voice, but every season. It. Was. Per. Fec. Tion. Sometimes pain is good.
The rest of the evening was filled with performances that didn’t quite meet the high standards of contestant’s earlier appearances, with the coaches frequently praising their team member’s winning personality and work ethic instead of the specific performance. But there were a few performances in addition to Maelyn’s that deserve a shout out.
Another Team Legend member, Shawn Sounds sang an incredible rendition of Luther Vandross’ “A House Is Not A Home,” with John and Adam calling it the performance of the night (Note: this was before Maelyn performed).
We also loved watching rapper and singer and person we want to hang out with IRL Kim Cherry, who is set for birthday presents for her boyfriend for the next five years. Whatta woman.
Tuesday’s elimination will take the Top 13 down to the Top 8, with contestants pulling out all the stops on Monday night to ensure their place in next week’s episode. That meant a stage dive from Celia Babini, whose stage presence and Blind Audition is still carrying her through the competition, and a 99 per cent pitch-perfect performance from LB Crew who swung for the fences with one note and admittedly didn’t hit it. The gap between the frontrunners and the singers who have gotten lucky up to this point is becoming clearer, which should make the Top 8 an easy decision. It should. But as we know, competitions aren’t always about the best singer winning.
TOP 13 FINALISTS
Carter Lloyd Horne
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