On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice (Mondays 8 p.m. ET on CTV TWO and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) we saw the most brutal night of eliminations of Season 16, with the 24 contestants who performed on Monday night being cut down to the Top 13. Watching that many people have their dreams crushed on live television is brutal. Thankfully, many of this season’s most talented singers made it through to the next round, with all four coaches, including Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, John Legend and Adam Levine, seeing members of their team get the thumbs up. Plus, LB Crew’s comeback performance was one of the best moments of Season 16.
The final slot in the Top 13 is reserved for the Comeback Artist. This season’s Comeback coach was Bebe Rexha, who we loved on Season 2 of The Launch. Bebe chose Kanard Thomas as her Comeback Artist after he was sent home during the Blind Auditions. Kanard performed The Weeknd’s “Call Out My Name” and did an impressive job for someone who has only been on the intimidating stage once.
Kanard was coming back into the competition with a significant number of disadvantages in addition to the lack of stage time. He also hadn’t received as much coaching, including the opportunity to work with the guest mentors, and he hadn’t benefited from the weeks of building a fan base. Team Adam’s LB Crew was chosen as the Comeback Artist from the Live Cross Battle, a fitting choice since LB has been one of the strongest singers since the Blinds.
Getting into fight mode, LB completely reworked MGMT’s “Electric Feel” into an R&B jam and performed like he had already won. Adam called it the best performance of the season. We wouldn’t got that far, but it was definitely one of the best this year and more than strong enough to secure his spot in the Top 13. Given the choice of which team he wanted to be on, LB went with Team Adam, which hopefully doesn’t hurt him in the long run. Adam has a history of poor song choices for his artists. Do you, LB.
As for the final standings, Team Blake is still dominating, only losing two of its eight members. We were shocked that Blake decided to save Oliv Blu over Kendra Checketts, but he does like the scatting.
Kelly used her save for Jej Vinson, a tough decision but one that we were happy to see her make. Also, we legitimately thought that Jej was going to pass out. That guy is in it to win it.
John saved Celia Babini for the second time, which has us scratching our heads. She has yet to recapture the magic of her Blind Audition and we think the save would have been better used on Lisa Ramey.
As for Adam, his foursome was completely unsaved by voting, which made his decision even more difficult. He chose his young pop and soul singer Mari. This was a toughie, because as we saw with Team Adam’s performance at the top of the show, all four artists are not only even in their talent level, but completely different from one another.
TOP 13 FINALISTS
Celia Babini (Saved)
LB Crew (Won the Comeback Spot)
Jej Vinson (Saved)
Oliv Blu (Saved)
Carter Lloyd Horne
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