On Monday night’s live show of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) we saw the Top 12 keep it safe with their performances. A night that was full of ballads resulted in some beautiful and emotional performances…and some were kinda boring.
The decision of who stays and who goes is no longer in the hands of coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine, instead the future of the 12 singers is in the hands of viewers. It was a night full of ballads of highs and lows, with most of the lows going to Adam and his need to continually bash Blake. High five to Alicia for fully shushing Levine by the end of the evening. Maybe she can do that at the start of Tuesday’s episode.
THE NON-CHEESY BALLAD
Full disclosure, I think that “Amazed” is about as cheesy as country songs come. I get its appeal to the masses and why it’s a wedding staple, but I’ve always found it to be just too cheesy to get into. But after hearing Kaleb Lee sing it? Dang, that’s a pretty song, y’all.
THE SAFE BALLAD
Also going the ballad route was Spensha Baker, who performed Trisha Yearwood’s “Down On My Knees.” It was beautiful, it was emotional, it was on key, and it was kinda boring. But can I blame Spensha for playing it safe in the live rounds? Nope.
THE REMIXED BALLAD
D.R. King finally picked a song that the public would recognize, or at least they would recognize the original. Taking us back to 2003, King reworked Dido’s huge hit “White Flag” and breathed new life into it. Turning the soft pop track into a ballad melody was stunning. Stunning! I was a bit surprised when Kelly saved D.R. last week, but yeah, I get it. She’s a coach for a reason.
THE DEEP BALLAD
The video montage of Christiana Danielle releasing balloons into the sky did not make me feel like this was a performer who was about to slay a ballad, but thankfully Christiana went through with the producers’ request for a cheesy reflective moment and then did her damn thang. Changing up the tempo to “Say Something,” Christiana gave a performance worthy of the Top 4. We’re still in the Top 12. Move this woman on to the finals already.
THE DANCE BALLAD
Okay, not technically a ballad, but so fun. Rayshun Lamarr’s energy is infectious. He’s a ray of sunshine this season and even when singing a soft ballad, he still feels like a lightning bolt that has hit the stage. He’s also one of the few artists that has consistently chosen great songs for his voice and personality and that was again the case on Monday when Rayshun performed Kelly Rowland and David Guetta’s “When Love Takes Over.” Does anyone have more fun on stage than Rayshun? I think not. Even if you don’t like a song, Rayshun will still make you dance. That’s a special talent.
THE BLUESY BALLAD
I really didn’t expect such a mature and bluesy performance from 15-year-old singer Brynn Cartelli, but her performance of “Up to the Mountain” is good enough for her to win this entire show. How does she not already have a record deal? Seriously, how is that possible?
THE POP BALLAD
It’s more of a pop rock track, but Sharane Calister’s performance of Shawn Mendes’ new single “In My Blood” was show-stealing. I don’t care that she swapped one line accidentally, I don’t care that she hit a pitchy moment or two. It was beautiful and powerful and could have been a performance at the Grammys. Yas kween.
THE BIG BALLAD – MUST WATCH
Sometimes, when a singer is so good it’s easy to forget that what they’re doing is really, really hard. Kyla Jade is one of those singers. The notes she hits, the emotion she puts into a performance, the stage presence she exudes are a lot of work, but Kyla makes it look as effortless as flicking lint off her sweater. “One Night Only?” More like, one performance only to watch.