On Tuesday night’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Alicia Keys looked on as helplessly as the rest of us as their singers were announced as either safe or in danger. Like a parent watching their child deliver one line in the school play, you could cut the tension with a knife. Going from 10 to eight singers on Tuesday night, the bottom three included Christiana Danielle, Rayshun Lamarr and Jackie Verna, with Rayshun earning the Instant Save.
Brynn Cartelli was the most streamed artist on Apple Music after Monday’s performance of “Fix You” by Coldplay, which wasn’t a huge surprise. She’s a beautiful singer and a beautiful teen, which means even if she doesn’t win The Voice, there’s a good chance she’s got a record deal in her future.
At this point in the competition, everyone on the stage deserves to be in the semi-finals, but both Rayshun and Christiana have had to compete for the Instant Save before. Maybe that means one or both of them should be the singers to go home, but on the other hand, they’ve had to perform more than anyone else on the show. So, maybe they deserve to be saved. Or, maybe they’re just my two favourite singers this year and I’m biased.
CHRISTIANA DANIELLE – ELIMINATED
Christina Danielle performed “Unchain My Heart” and at first, I thought host Carson Daly said she was doing “Unbreak My Heart” by Toni Braxton, which may have been a better idea. There are two people in the world that can hit Braxton’s low registers. One is Toni Braxton and the other is Christiana. “Unchain My Heart” is a better song for performing and getting the crowd involved, plus it’s an older track, which opens the audience she can reach with the song. Everyone loves Ray Charles. But really, how good would “Unbreak My Heart” by Christiana have sounded? Sadly, we’re not going to find out.
JACKIE VERNA – ELIMINATED
Jackie Verna has done a great job finding songs that fit perfectly within her register, including Tuesday’s performance of “I Told You So.” Jackie wasn’t able to finish the track, breaking down in tears in the final line, which may be the most relatable moment in all of Season 14. Can you imagine performing in front of millions of people after having very little experience performing in front of anyone other than your bedroom mirror? Then, try doing it after finding out that there’s a good chance you’re about to be eliminated. It’s amazing anyone can get through a performance on The Voice without crying.
RAYSHUN LAMARR – SAVED
How was Rayshun Lamarr in the bottom three? He should be required viewing for anyone going through a tough day. The man is walking ball of sunshine. He’s so likeable that he took Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” and made it both sexy and full of pure joy. I’ve never thought of “Let’s Get It On” as a great song to play at family gatherings or anywhere that young children are listening, but you can’t help but feel happy listening to Rayshun. And if a few babies get made along the way, so be it.
The semi-finals start next Monday and it looks like Team Blake is poised for another winning year. He’s the only coach with three singers left on his team, with Team Kelly and Team Alicia right behind him with two singers each and Team Adam represented only by Rayshun Lamarr. Still rooting for you, Rayshun.
STANDINGS FOR TOP 8
TEAM ALICIA – Christiana Danielle eliminated
TEAM ADAM – Jackie Verna eliminated