The contestants are working harder than ever to save their spot in the competition, as sadly two of them will be leaving during this evening’s live show. Each and every one of them have evolved in their respective styles and have proved that, even outside their comfort zone, are ready to take the music world by storm and establish themselves as recording artists.
Check out our full recap and interviews from last night’s live show below, and make sure to tune in to The Voice every Monday and Tuesday at 8PM ET/PT on NBC. On tonight’s results show, Season 11 coach Miley Cyrus and Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Pentatonix will join Dolly Parton to perform her hit classic “Jolene.” In addition, Parton will debut her single “Circle of Love” – which was recorded especially for her upcoming NBC film – alongside Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jennifer Nettles and the Top 10 artists.
Team Adam: Billy Gilman, Josh Gallagher, Brendan Fletcher
Having established himself as more of a pop singer on the show, Billy Gilman made the decision to go back to his country roots this week and perform ‘Anyway’ by Martina McBride. His performance was filled with big long notes and a technical precision rarely seen in live music. Despite his incredible vocal ability, Billy managed to give a confident, and yet, emotional performance that let some of his vulnerability shine through. The orchestra of strings added to the emotion of the number. Billy got positive feedback from all the judges who were blown away by his performance and confident he might be going far on the show.
Although Adam isn’t the most familiar with country music, he worked closely with Josh Gallagher on ‘Real Good Man’ by Tim McGraw this week and seemed determined to focus on his showmanship. Josh had previously worked with Tim on the show and gave an entertaining performance full of personality. He also pointed out this is the direction he would like to take in his music career, that this performance would be a taster of himself as a recording artist. He remains one of the better performers on the show, judging by the coaches’ comments and encouraging feedback.
‘True Colors’ by Cindy Lauper chosen by Adam aimed to demonstrate Brendan Fletcher’s vulnerable side, despite differing from his usual style. The song showcased his outstanding vocals and proved to be the right choice. He owned it like a true artist and used it to his own advantage. It was hard to ignore the audience screaming and cheering for him through the entire performance! The judges were blown away and reacted positively.
Watch Team Adam commenting on their own performances below:
Team Blake: Courtney Harrell, Austin Allsup, Sundance Head
Fearless Courtney Harrell decided to take up the challenge of performing something that varies from her traditional repertoire: ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’ by Cher. Although this might not have been an obvious choice for her, she took this opportunity to share her insecurities about her diverse taste in music despite her cultural background and being judged by herself and others for it. She looked like a true rock star, adding a soulful touch to the song.The judges commented on her stage presence and ability to get a response from the audience. They felt the performance was innovative and surprising!
Austin Allsup took up the challenge of performing one of the most covered songs: ‘Missing You’ by John Waite. Blake and Austin wished to make this a more intimate performance to show a softer side of his. Surprisingly, his melody changes made his version one that we hadn’t heard yet. Miley admitted to getting teary and thought the performance was powerful. Blake also commented on the originality of his version despite being more stripped down and acoustic.
The bluegrass arrangement produced for ‘Me and Jesus’ by Tom T. Hall showcased the enthusiasm and connection between the judge and his contestant. Despite not being the strongest vocal performance, Sundance Head demonstrated some great skills as a musician, but also as a performer, which will surely please all country lovers. Alicia mentioned feeling right at home whilst watching him perform, and Sundance was congratulated by Blake for his perfect execution of the number and his connection to the lyrics and musical style.
Watch Team Blake contestant’s thoughts after their performances below:
Team Alicia: Christian Cuevas, Wé McDonald
Choosing ‘A Million Reasons by’ Lady Gaga, Alicia tried to bring out Christian Cuevas‘ raw emotions, guiding him to use his vocals with more restraint. Together they explored the softness of his voice and it made his performance one of the most emotional of the evening. Christian proves that The Voice and being an artist isn’t always about screaming and singing full out, but it also means touching an audience and showing some vulnerability. The judges commented positively on the artistic direction and the choices made for this song.
The youngest contestant Wé McDonald never ceases to surprise with her mature voice and song choices, and this week’s pick ‘God Bless the Child’ by Billie Holiday was no exception. McDonald added some opera notes and it was definitely an unexpected and yet, genius decision. Surprising vocal and acting skills were demonstrated throughout the entire performance, completed with a soft and adorable ‘thank you’ to her supporters. According to the audience and the judges, it was one of the strongest and most exciting performance of the night!
Watch Team Alicia react to their own performances below:
Team Miley: Aaron Gibson, Ali Caldwell
Despite being on the bottom last week, Miley seemed confident in the choice of ‘Rocket Man’ by Elton John for Aaron Gibson’s performance this week. Their idea was to turn this classic song into something personal for Aaron as he fights for his place on the show. After being reminded that the judges expectations were stepping up this week, Aaron gave one of his best performances so far, using his beautiful husky sound and accompanied by his guitar. Despite his self-doubts with regards to his soberer performances, the judges reminded him of their appreciation for this talent and that he does not need an over-the-top performance to be appreciated and talented.
The show was closed in diva-worthy manner by Ali Caldwell’s version of ‘Without You’ by Harry Nilsson. What better way to end a ‘The Voice’ live show than with big, powerful vocals? Miley seemed determined to showcase what Ali would have to offer as an artist to encourage fan votes. Going back to her ‘old love, Ali executed this ballad exploiting her R’N’B influences and showcasing her impressive vocal range. Miley expressed her gratitude for creating music with Ali and being her coach as well as her determination to turn her into a big star!
Watch Team Miley judge their own performances below: