On Monday’s episode of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) we saw something that we haven’t seen since Season 13. Really nice stages. In Season 13 of The Voice, it seemed like every performance of the Top 12 had the same budget as the entire Grammys that year. Oversized stages, floating stages, elaborate stages, and a huge group of back up singers seemed to be the norm for each performance, but this season things have been bare bones. The small stage drought finally came to an end on Monday night. Does a big stage make a difference in a performance? Well, yeah. Welcome to the Top 10.
Coaches Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Kelly Clarkson did their best to advocate for their team members, with Tuesday’s elimination resulting in not one, but two performers being sent home. Oh yeah, it’s time to sell your singer. Thankfully, the stages help.
THE BACK UP SINGER STAGE
Kyla Jade performed the Oscar nominated “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman and essentially delivered an incredible Broadway audition. Only one person can win The Voice and if it’s not Kyla Jade, she should definitely head to the Great White Way and make a career racking up Tony Awards. The performance brought Kyla to tears and was a reminder why she always sings first or last. Kyla is an opener and a closer and a force to be reckoned with.
THE COUNTRY STAGE
Each season of The Voice features a country artist that has a voice that’s both rock and pop enough to make non-country fans get up and dance. This season, that artist has undoubtedly been Kaleb Lee, who this week performed Big Little Town’s “Boondocks.” He’s got a great voice, he’s a family man, and he picks great songs. Check, check and check for reality TV gold.
THE FLORAL STAGE
This year, the sets have been lacking, but with Jackie Verna’s performance of “Love Triangle,” we finally got some production value. Paired with Jackie’s strong performance, a singer that has been somewhat of a wild card is now moving to the front of the pack. Never underestimate the power of a pretty backdrop.
THE JAZZ BAND STAGE
At this point, I don’t even care if Rayshun Lamarr is hitting all his notes perfectly or delivering a unique sound. He’s pure joy to watch.
THE TERRYFING STAIR STAGE
Jackie Foster has spent the season showing everyone that she’s a rocker, but wasn’t until her performance on Monday of Sara Bareilles’ ballad “Gravity” that I really *got* the big deal about Jackie’s voice. Rock and roll will never die, but Foster was made for ballads. She’s also made for stunt work, because those stairs plus those heels were no joke.
THE ROCKER STAGE
Mini Matt Damon definitely went the surprising route by choosing to cover Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” but like every performance from Season 13 winner Chloe Kohanski, Britton Buchanan made the ’80s feel updated and fresh. The original is still a jam, but Britton’s version of “What’s Love Got To Do With It” is one the kids will love too.
THE OPERATIC STAGE
Last week we saw Team Adam try their hand at Coldplay and show how difficult it is to match Chris Martin’s notes and emotion, but Brynn Cartelli and her performance of “Fix You” made it look like child’s play. Literally. She’s 15. Dayum.
THE MUST WATCH PERFORMANCE STAGE
If you can only watch one stage from Monday night, check out the one that held Christina Danielle. Christiana may have been performing a Bill Withers song, but she was invoking the spirits of Nina Simone, Sade and Lauryn Hill with her performance. Her lower register is a thing of beauty and her high notes can’t be missed either. Christiana is also now the first contestant to skat this season and we are here for it all night long. That was a baby making performance.