Monday was Fan Appreciation night on The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO), which meant song choice was up to the fans. All 11 contestants on Teams Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine got the chance to perform a song selected by their fan base, which in some cases meant we got to witness stunning performances. In other instances, we learned that fans don’t always know best. Avril Lavinge isn’t easy to copy, y’all.
If you had never watched The Voice and happened to change the channel to the reality series during any of Kimberli Joye’s performances this season, you would think The Grammys had moved to a random Monday night in November. Kimberli redefined the word ‘sing’ with her performance of “Break Every Chain.” Can you imagine following THAT voice? Like, see ya later dreams, time to go home. Jennifer said that Kimberli just performed from The Voice Baptist Church. Kimberli saves.
No one this season has both the power and the emotion that MaKenzie Thomas oozes with each appearance. MaKenzie stunned earlier this season with her Bee Gees cover of “How Deep Is Your Love” and on Monday she outdid herself with the Bee Gees “Emotion,” going with the Destiny’s Child rendition. We have alllll the emotions for MaKenzie. We’re not big Gospel fans, but MaKenzie says she wants to make a Gospel album. She could make a death metal screamo album and we’d buy it. It’s MaKenzie’s world and we’re just here to listen to it.
It’s difficult to tell whether Dave Fenley’s performance of “Use Me” was good. It was so jarring to hear the country singer beat box and then watch him sprint across the stage to dance (?) that we are still trying to form a thought. We think it was good? Probably. We’re still in shock, but what we know for sure is that we’re impressed with Fenley’s willingness to step ball change outside his comfort zone. Like Blake said, this is often the part of the competition where contestants start to play things safe, so it’s also the time when we start to get bored. Dave was definitely not boring.
Reagan Strange, who seems to be the frontrunner this season, was tasked with performing Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” Adam called the song deceptively difficult, which as a former 16-year-old Canadian girl I can safely say is a true statement. This song is hard to sing, eh? It was Reagan’s weakest performance, but again, a big reason for that is because it’s a tough song for anyone to sing, let alone a teenager…unless you’re Avril Lavigne.
Some of the fan choices have been questionable (see above), but Sarah Grace’s fans nailed it with Florence and the Machines’ “Dog Days Are Over.” The teen singer finally performed a song from the same century she was born in and it was her most exciting performance of the season. We know that Sarah Grace is all about the blues, but she should really consider a happy song occasionally.
We have no doubt that every contestant on The Voice wants to win the show, but there’s an attack in DeAndre Nico’s performances that other singers don’t possess. The R&B singer took on Jodeci and brought Jennifer and many of us back to the early 90’s, transporting listeners to cook outs and school dances.
For the second week in a row, 13-year-old singer Kennedy Holmes scored the final performance slot of the night, which is a primo spot considering it’s the last song viewers remember before turning off the TV and going online to vote. We’d say the show is playing favourites, but the teen singer nailed Whitney Houston all by herself. It was a pretty memorable performance regardless of Kennedy’s spot in the set list.
STANDINGS GOING INTO WEEK 3 OF THE LIVE SHOWS
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