It was “Challenge Week” on The voice this Monday, which means the top 10 contestants have been tasked with singing songs from genres outside of their respective comfort zones. Wendy, a seasoned background singer who has performed with Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, and Martina McBride (and can handle just about any genre), probably wasn’t all this challenged the attribution of a country song, “Jolene” by Dolly Parton. But it is probably was hard for her to play in not a but of them arm casts.
“So you had the fall on stage. The next thing I know you say [Voice host] Carson [Daly] you’re doing well. Next thing I know, we were going to do rehearsals that night, and you’re in the hospital, ”gasped Wendy’s coach Blake Shelton. It turned out that Wendy broke her right elbow and broke her left hand when she “fell hard enough” last Tuesday. But that didn’t stop her from returning to Voice scene this week to give it everything. “Just promise me you won’t break both legs,” Blake joked, to which she joked, “I’m not breaking anything!” They’ll have to get me out in a wheelchair, I’ll sing along and they can get me out. “
And so, as usual, Wendy made it all easy – and not just because her precise June Carter / Kacey Musgraves / Lana Del Rey style effectively incorporated two dazzled glamor casts. His intimate take on the country classic (which has been picked up by everyone from Miley Cyrus and Lil Nas X to the Sisters of Mercy, Strawberry Switchblade and the White Stripes) was flawless, showcasing his beautifully resonant low register. The whole panel was suitably impressed.
“I know how your week went. I mean, well done to you for even being on stage right now and doing it, ”marveled Kelly Clarkson. “Coming here as if nothing had happened to you and you’re perfectly fine, and telling a story like that in such a sad way, it was so beautifully sad. Well done. “
“By the way, America, I have never seen a better example of strength, persistence and fearlessness standing on this stage. She’s here to win this thing, ”said a proud Blake.
While Wendy was literally out of her comfort zone, in the sense that she was probably suffering from all those broken bones, her nine fellow semi-finalists were pushed in other ways. Let’s assess their performance and predict who will be excluded from the show in Tuesday night’s double elimination.
Holly Forbes, “Last Dance” (Team Ariana)
Holly noted that she had never done a disco before, although I doubted it would be a bit of a stretch for her to accept a big brassy, devilish song from Donna Summer, a key change and all. That being said, this performance did not have quite the punch and power I hoped for; it was certainly not at the level of summer. The production value was also disappointing lo-fi by Voice standards – where were all the mirror balls and disco strobe lights? However, Holly eventually got into the groove and even got a little funky. “Just when we think we’ve fallen as much in love with you as possible and seen as much of you as possible, you are showing us so much more. It was amazing, ”said Ariana Grande.
Jeremy Rosado, “Freedom Was a Highway” (Team Kelly)
Jeremy tends to favor safe, old-fashioned pop ballads or Christian music, so doing a fast-paced, wordy Brad Paisley and Jimmie Allen country jam was definitely a stretch for him. But it was just OK. He didn’t have his usual “R&B sweetness” and he was a bit bland and forgettable. But Kelly insisted she was happy with the outcome. “We all know you can sing the hell out of a ballad. It was so cool to see you so free like this. Your smile was the most beautiful thing on the planet, ”she said – before begging America to vote for him. Jeremy could really be in danger this week.
Jershika Maple, “Ain’t It Fun” (Team Legend)
During a week of tough challenge, I would say Jershika was the one who took on the challenge in the most impressive way, out of all the top 10. A Paramore pop / rock bop was a massive departure for the soul stylist, who grew up listening only to gospel and R&B, but she brought so much sassy and fiery energy to this performance, and she appeared totally at ease. all along. The song was a natural fit for his lively personality. ” Oh my God. You are so powerful! I know you might not sing this song normally, but it was really great to hear you do that with your voice, ”Kelly said. “You just got him out of the park. It was so bright, fun and powerful, ”added John Legend.
Lana Scott, “The One Who Got Away” (Team Blake)
Lana was smart to make a sad Katy Perry story song that she could easily counter with a steel guitar and violins. Of course, one could argue that this wasn’t exactly the mission of this theme – but as the only country contender remaining in the competition, Lana wasn’t about to abandon her roots and risk herself. alienate Blake’s fan base. I think it was a nice version that will connect with its audience (and Blake’s) and rank well on iTunes. Kelly called it “Faith Hill’s type of country-meets-pop vibe” that was “so rad,” and Blake told Lana, “The way you play is so conversational, and she really stood out in this. song. … I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t hear you singing this on country radio, because it fits perfectly. You made it work, and that’s the definition of what Challenge Week is.
Joshua Vacanti, “If I Don’t Have You” (Team caption)
This theater kid admitted he was “terrified” to tackle this Alicia Keys classic, but the dramatic love ballad definitely worked with his over-the-top showman style, especially with the grand orchestral arrangement of the movie. home group. Joshua’s version wasn’t very moving, but he definitely made the song his own. Blake called him an “important artist for this show,” and John told him, “I like the creative risks you take with every performance. You always find a challenge for yourself, not just during challenge week, but every week. “
Jim and Sasha Allen, “Stay” (Team Ariana)
This father / son duo has been inconsistent all season, especially when it comes to their harmonies, but on this week’s Rihanna ballad, they’ve been wise to leave their son Sasha, the loudest, purest singer in the world. two, do most of the heavy vocal work. and assume most of the solos. Although they still gave one of the weakest performances of the night, it was for sure one of their best performances of the season. John called it a “beautiful rendition” and praised the “crunch” and “heartache” of Sasha’s childbirth, while Kelly praised Sasha’s “cool grater”. I still think Sasha should have auditioned as a solo contestant this season.
Paris Winningham, « Amazed » (Team Blake)
Powerhouse Paris revealed that Lonestar’s wedding ballad meant a lot to him, in unexpected ways (when he was going through a difficult time, feeling resentment and anger at the fact that he was adopted, he heard the song on the radio and it comforted him), and his connection was evident. He turned it into a painful and urgent soul training, and it was so powerful, especially during his big arrival. “I was waiting for you to let go of the beast, and you finally did near the end.” You are a stallion, man. You are going to the semi-finals, I have no doubt, ”proclaimed a delighted Blake.
Hailey Mia, “Peter Pan” (Team Kelly)
Kelsea Ballerini’s country crossover song was a little too pop to really pose this much of a gender challenge to Hailey. But even with such an easy mission, it was still difficult for her to win last week’s “Elastic Heart” pimp stunt. So yeah, it was good, but nothing special, and it got lost in the shuffle one night with some spectacular and dramatic performances. Ariana was impressed with the 14-year-old’s growth, telling her, “When you started out, I felt like you had a lot of doubts and nerves. I have the impression that you have questioned your own abilities a lot. I can no longer see a trace of it. You have become yourself in such a beautiful way. But I think Hailey has regressed her week and could be in danger.
Girl Named Tom, “Viva La Vida” (Team Kelly)
I don’t know why Kelly said this family folk trio had never done anything like “Viva La Vida” before, when they did Britrock band Radiohead’s “Creep” just a few weeks ago. This the performance was actually the worst of Girl Named Tom’s season, but this week’s show’s closing Coldplay cover was majestic and stadium-worthy, full of grandeur and grace. And that the intro a cappella was all. Blake even said it was Girl Named Tom’s better performance yet. Would they be the first trio to win The voice, or at least the first group to reach a finale since Season 4’s Swon Brothers? It’s entirely possible.
So now it’s time for prediction. On Tuesday’s live results broadcast, seven performers will advance via audience voting, and then the final three voters will perform for Instant Save, with two of those contestants returning home. I predict those last three will be Holly Forbes, Jeremy Rosado, Hailey Mia, with Holly most likely to crush Instant Save’s vote in the three-way sing-off. See you on Tuesday, when she finds out who is in the top eight.
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