We’re down to the Top 10 on Season 13 of The Voice (Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and this week the finalists are singing songs that are special to them. Prepare for the feels and prepare to rock out.
Coaches Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine get to be viewers with us and that means throwing their shoes, singing along and wearing a human sized fortune cookie. Well, at least if you’re Miley. This week we saw some of the best performances of the year, which means tomorrow’s cuts are gonna be brutal. Until then, let’s dance.
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Singer: Davon Fleming
Song: “Hurt,” Christina Aguilera
The only thing that could have made us more excited about Davon’s performance after seeing his song choice was his fresh new haircut. If you’re going to sound fly, you should also look fly, like wearing a swaggy gold embroidered jacket that is giving us life right now, along with Davon’s performance. “Hurt” is such a great song for a performer who can hit every note (literally, every note in existence) while also delivering an emotional performance. Davon continues to blow us away by taking on divas that are difficult for the best female singers and he’s doing it as a man. So. Many. CHILLS.
Singer: Noah Mac
Song: “Ordinary World,” Duran Duran
Future Grammy winning music producer Noah Mac knows what works with his vocals and arrangements, and “Ordinary World” was such a great choice. Noah’s voice reminds us of Chris Martin and Neil Young, with its imperfections and off beat nuances making it beautiful and unique.
Singer: Shi’Ann Jones
Song: “Diamonds,” Rihanna
Shi’Ann has an old soul and has been given older pop ballads to perform in the past few weeks, but this week we got to hear a song that the 16-year-old probably listens to with friends. Taking on Rihanna’s huge “Diamonds” is a tall order, and one that Shi’Ann was able to slay. Shi’Ann not only gave her best performance of the past three weeks, but for the first time she looked not just comfortable on stage, but like she was having fun. Finally!
Singer: Adam Cunningham
Song: “Maybe It Was Memphis,” Pam Tillis
Adam chose his song after hearing from fans that they want to hear him get back to good ole country. His last few performances have been more rock and landed him in the bottom two, so it can’t hurt to go back to your roots. It’s the most comfortable Adam has looked on stage in weeks and he sounded the strongest, but we still have trouble putting him side by side with artists like Davon and Brooke and agreeing that he should be in the Top 10.
Singer: Addison Agen
Song: “Lucky,” Britney Spears
Another week, another opportunity for Addison to perform an Adele song. Guess we’ll have to keep waiting. Instead, the teen folk singer added an element of surprise to her performance by taking on Britney, b*tch. Okay, we’re still salty over the lack of Adele, but damn, who knew a Britney Spear’s song could sound so beautifully folky. Fine, we’ll wait until next week for “Hello.”
Singer: Ashland Craft
Song: “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Ashland’s been a badass since the start of this competition, but pairing her with Joan Jett brought her badassery to a new level. She made rock country and country rock and we’ve never wanted a leather jacket with fringe more in our entire lives than we do now.
Singer: Brooke Simpson
Song: “Amazing Grace,” Traditional
Brooke grew up in the church, so this week she went back to her roots and made everyone believers. If Brooke isn’t in the Top 3 we’re gonna need someone to exercise the demons. Do we write that every week? Probably, but it’s true. Brooke has missed approximately zero notes during this competition and brought emotion and her own touch to every song, including this week’s performance of one of the most famous ballads in the English language. So yeah, she can do it all.
Singer: Keisha Renee
Song: “All By Myself,” Celine Dion
Keisha performed Celine Dion’s version of “All By Myself,” which sounds just like Eric Carmen’s original version, but maybe it was easier to get the rights to Dion’s version. We still don’t get the country vibe from Keisha, so singing “All By Myself” and sticking to a straight pop song with quiet notes and big moments seems like a smarter way to show off her voice and appeal to a wider audience. We loved Keisha’s performance, but then we learned from Adam that people were trolling her online, so now we LOVED her performance.
Singer: Chloe Kohanski
Song: “Call Me,” Blondie
Competition dark horse Chloe reached number one on iTunes for the second time last week, so you can bet she’s going to be making it through the cuts on Tuesday night. After watching her performance of Blondie’s “Call Me” we’re pretty sure she’s going to top iTunes for a third time. She probably also just caused a spike in red leather jumpsuit sales. Ours should arrive by Friday.
Singer: Red Marlow
Song: “That’s What I Love About Sunday,” Craig Morgan
Red’s memory is about the size of a rat turd, but he does remember that he’s the little freckled face kid in the song he performed this week. Well, that’s pretty cool. As always, Red’s performance was solid and clean and on key, but nothing we haven’t already heard from the country singer.