On Monday night of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), the remaining eight semi-finalists performed a solo and duet, with the stakes at the highest level of the season so far. Monday’s performances will decide who moves onto the finals, with eight singers being cut down to four on Tuesday night’s elimination.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys all still have some skin in the game, with Blake leading the charge with three singers, Alicia and Kelly with two and Adam hanging in with one singer. But with Tuesday’s night elimination featuring the harshest cut of the season, not all coaches may make it to the finals. Here’s who shone on each team and who likely won’t make it to next week’s finals.
Brynn Cartelli opened the night by performing Andra Day’s version of “What The World Needs Now.” It feels almost overwhelming to hear and watch Brynn perform. She’s so young, so stunning, and has such an incredible voice. It’s baffling that she hasn’t been plucked by a manager yet and turned into a superstar, but it also goes to show how difficult it can be to make it in entertainment when someone like Brynn shows up to The Voice as an unknown. This kid could win the whole thing. With the right songwriters and producers, she could be taking home Grammys in her future. Most winners of The Voice seem to disappear, but hopefully wherever Brynn places, she gets to the charts sooner rather than later.
Kaleb Lee’s reactions to seeing his kids had me in tears and he gave a beautiful performance, but it likely wasn’t enough to guarantee him a spot in next week’s show. He should have gone for a song that was more mainstream to reach out to the non-country fans for votes.
Only Singer Left
Oh, Rayshun LaMarr. Things were going so well for the final member of Team Adam, and then Rayshun remembered he was on Team Adam and took his coaches advice on a bad song choice. The energetic singer has continued to make it through eliminations because he’s the best performer this season, so it makes no sense that Rayshun and Adam would agree that this week, the semi-finals, is the time for Rayshun to stand still and sing “Imagine.” Is there a song that’s been played to death more than John Lennon’s classic peace anthem? I feel like there should be a slide show behind Rayshun playing the best moments from the school year for the Junior High graduation this song is played at every year. We got a few spins from Rayshun at the end, but this week needed a full-on Rayshun Nation, roof-raising performance, not just a 10 second teaser.
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Full disclosure, when Kyla Jade said she was singing “Let It Be,” it felt like Rayshun’s played out song choice all over again. But then Kyla sang her first note and some water fell out of my eye and I stopped being cynical and let Kyla take me to church.
Pryor Baird hasn’t had a bad performance, song choice or note this entire season, but I’m on the fence about his Eric Clapton cover of “If I Could Change The World.” It was good. It was really good. But in past weeks, we’ve heard Pryor be great.
I don’t doubt that Spensha Baker is a spiritual person and is genuine in her message, but there’s something about contestants speaking so freely about their religious convictions on reality shows that always comes off a bit disingenuous. Sure, it’s a way to use your platform to speak about your beliefs, but it’s tough to not also think of spreading the gospel as a way to appeal to the Christian vote as well. As far as religious songs go, Maren Morris’ “My Church” is pretty badass, so I’ll give Spensha that.
Little Matt Damon Britton Buchanan continued his quest to bridge the gap between his teeny bopper fans and classic rock with his performance of Bruce Springsteen’s “The Rising.” He looked more nervous for his solo performance than he did performing a duet with Brynn Cartelli, but that could be the result of closing a show that featured some stand-out performances and a handful of front-runners faltering. The reality of the competition showed on Britton’s face, but not in his vocals. Good job holding it together, mini Boss.
Jackie Foster is going full Chloe Kohanski and reimagining 1980s classics and bringing them in 2018 this season. Chloe won Season 13, so if you’re going to follow in a past performer’s footsteps, these are good footsteps to follow. Jackie has already proved that she’s got a powerhouse voice, but turning Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again” into a ballad proves she’s got a vision for her sound as well. Too bad it didn’t quite work. Vocally, the performance was her pitchiest and weakest of the season, with her duet with Rayshun stronger, but still not up to what we’ve heard in previous weeks.