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Monday was dedication night on The Voice (Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO) which meant it was time to hear really sad stories and really cheesy love songs dedicated to moms and significant others. If you’re wondering whether Bette Midler’s “The Wind Beneath My Wings” made the cut, yes, yes it did. All 13 singers from Teams Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Adam Levine represented their coaches well, but Kimberli Joye and MaKenzie Thomas pulled ahead on Monday night and officially became the two singers to beat. And by officially, I mean they’re my top picks.

The biggest shock during last week’s show was that Kimberli Joye had to be saved by Kelly. Get your act together, voting public. This week, Kelly said that Kimberli’s voice sounds like a broken heart and it’s the perfect description of Kimberli’s performance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” Most performers who can hit big notes and do impressive runs do it to death, but Kimberli kept her performance of “Diamonds” quiet for the first half, pulling the audience in before exploding into her dynamic performance. Kimberli’s purposeful voice break at the end of the song effectively broke my heart. Oooo the pain is so good with Kimberli.

If you can’t decide whether to spend your money on a concert ticket to see Kelly Clarkson or Jennifer Hudson, meet in the middle and see MaKenzie Thomas in concert. We’ll buy a seat to whatever show she’s putting on. If this season doesn’t come down to a showdown between MaKenzie and Kimberli then I’ll be shocked. Actually, I won’t be, because voters in the US make terrible decisions. But the showdown should be between MaKenzie and Kimberli. Don’t boo, vote.

I find myself audibly groaning every time Tyke James is about to sing, only to begrudgingly add him to my list of favourites a few minutes later. Adam praised Tyke for making every song his own, but making it his own means taking a classic track, like Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and singing it in the laziest way possible. Is that even a style? Tyke continues to mumble his way into my heart despite himself. There must be something magical in Tyke’s voice, because that’s the only way I can explain still liking the teen singer even after he explained that he calls his mother by her first name because he’s known her a long time. Ew. I can’t quit you, Tyke, even though you’re ridiculous.

You can either listen to all three members of Boyz II Men sing their hit “It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday” or you can listen to SandyRedd hit all the notes herself. SandyRedd’s rich, low registry got to shine with her emotional cover on Monday night. This performance also proved that a still SandyRedd is just as powerful as a SandyRedd in motion, with the singer taking a break from her usual high energy rock and roll persona to show a softer side of her incredible talent.

Making the most of her opportunity is Comeback Artist Lynnea Moorer. Her dark and brooding rendition of Selena Gomez’s “Wolves” was the perfect example of why it’s important to give people second chances. The reality is that Lynnea is at a huge disadvantage because the audience isn’t as invested in her as the other artists. Lynnea didn’t get a chair turn during the Blind Auditions, but her performance of “Wolves” would have sent the coaches spinning.

 

STANDINGS GOING INTO WEEK 2 OF THE LIVE SHOWS

TEAM BLAKE

Kirk Jay

Chris Kroeze

Dave Fenley

TEAM ADAM

DeAndre Nico

Reagan Strange

Tyke James

TEAM JENNIFER

MaKenzie Thomas

Kennedy Holmes

SandyRedd

TEAM KELLY

Chevel Shepherd

Sarah Grace

Kymberli Joye

Lynnea Moorer

 

Watch The Voice every Monday and Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/MT on CTV TWO. Catch up with new episodes online the day after broadcast.