We Lovers of The Voice spent much of last week trying to put the shocks of the live playoffs behind us. And there were some : Blake Shelton rescued Cali Wilson, even after she had mutilated "Toxic"? Kelly Clarkson risked losing Hello Sunday to save Shane Q, who has not been enthusiastic since the Blind Auditions. And John Legend let Khalea Lynee go for some reason? Yes, there had been some real head-spinners. The show, however, took place on Monday and provided a night of top 13 performances dedicated to someone special. Who did they send their songs to, and were their numbers music in our ears? Read on, we will discuss.
Joana Martinez (Team Gwen), "Get On Your Feet" ̵
Ricky Duran (Team Blake): "You are the best thing "- Grade: B | Ricky's girlfriend was the recipient of his dedication. And she had to dug it out. His attitude to Ray LaMontagne was at the same time relaxed and precise, soulful and rocking. And I like how Ricky sounds like he's trying to beat a note, though I suspect he's not. it builds intensity into the moment. If I have a problem, then his guitar playing has kept him in place for much of the performance, and unlike Joana, he is a singer who knows how to edit a stage without compromising the quality of his performance sacrifice singing.
Max Boyle (Team Kelly), "Unconsciously" – Grade: C | Max was not his usual flawless self when performing an Allen Stone cover for the niece and nephew he is a big brother to. The song defeated him and from time to time sent him bad luck. And when he began to moan, Man … I wanted that I like it. I wanted to pay the performance. But it just sounded somehow screeching and desperate. I could be wrong, mind you – his former coach John told him he made it.
Myracle Holloway (Team Gwen), "I'm Your Baby Tonight" – Class: C + | After Myracle told us that her Whitney cover was dedicated to the deceased grandmother she had raised, she took her place behind the microphone and delivered a rendition of the '90s hit that was mostly above average , It really came to life and glittered in the faster, larger sections, but occasionally sounded a little agitated and breathless and suffered from the inevitable comparisons with La Houston. (Perhaps it was not the best idea for Gwen to advise Myracle to capture so heavily on the original.)
Will Breman (Team Legend), "I'm not giving up" – Grade: D + | Wills Jason Mraz cover was dedicated to his mother. And here's the thing with the beloved guy who hoped to be coached by the sexiest man alive to make him the sexiest blue-haired man alive: I like him. And I admire his talent for reinventing songs. But his singing is never as sophisticated as I would like. Maybe that's part of his charm? But I prefer to listen to Ricky Duran, who controls his instrument. Here, Will was definitely passionate, but also as angry as someone trying to call a taxi.
Kat Hammock (Team Blake), "Danny Boy" Class: C | Kat's late grandfather was the person to whom she dedicated her number. And the angels would not have had it easy to beat their harps more beautifully when they first sang. Then she got into a pitch problem that could have made a great showstopper a nice try. That should have been really great and was almost awesome. She was just a little crazy. Too bad. (Mental note: I need to check out the mixed version with the sweetened vocals – that must be amazing.)
Katie Kadan (Team Legend), "I'm Going Down" – Grade: A + | After covering Mary J. Blige as the cover for all the broken-hearted ladies, Katie exploded more or less on stage. I understand: some of you may not be able to cope with your kind of belting, but you have to admit if it's your cup of tea, it's fantastic in it. For me there is never a moment of hesitation, of uncertainty. Like here, Katie takes to the stage and plays not so much a song as to drive it out of her body. You could give her the victory right away. She. Is. All. The. This was not a mic-drop moment, but a mic hurl moment. SLAYED.
Cali Wilson (Team Blake), "Butterflies" – Grade: B | Before Cali stepped onto the stage, she told us that her romantic cover of Kasey Musgraves was dedicated to her friend. I suspect Cali knew she had something to prove, as Blake had admitted during the playoffs that he had only saved her through Gracee Shriver, assuming Gracee could save himself. And indeed, Cali recovered well from the disaster that was her top 20 achievement, delivering a voice that went from light and airy to pleasantly persistent. By the time she was done, she would even make my cold, stony heart beat faster. Delightful.
Shane Q (Team Kelly), "My Wish" – Grade: D | Kelly's "Chameleon" shared before the show that he was dedicating his Rascal Flatts cover to his mother. And it seemed like a smart move that changed lanes in the hopes of getting some votes. But he sounded terribly timid at first, as if his voice was shaking, not emotion. From then on, he had pitch problems and got a fame, which was anything but glorious. He just did not seem or sound up there. I suspect, annoying.
Hello Sunday (Team Kelly), "Mama Knows Best" – Grade: A | It may not be surprising that the cover of 14-year-old Jessie J was dedicated to her parents (who amused to come up with their own group – Goodbye Tuesday). And the girls' performance was a wild good time, reminiscent of the Moulin Rouge version of "Lady Marmalade". Their harmonies were tight, their stage presence as sparkling as their pants and their vocals massive enough to reach the back row of an auditorium two cities away. Not immaculate, but great, amazingly impressive. (Side note: How to Work in front of a crowd, Joana.)
Marybeth Byrd (Team Legend), "Rest up on this mountain" – Level: A- | Before Marybeth Met In the limelight, she told us that her attitude towards Vince Gill would be difficult because she dedicated it to her grandfather, who had died shortly before she flew to the show. During rehearsal, John tried to find ways to incorporate this grief into her performance. And for the most part it worked. Marybeth began to sound as beautiful as I had ever heard her, and her voice resonated in the chorus. And she almost recovered from the really emotional part of the song. But despite the missteps that came from overpowering, it would have been hard – impossible? – Do not let your performance affect you.
Jake Hoot (Team Kelly), "Danny's Song" – Grade: B | The 6 & 6 "Country Boy announced prior to his performance that he dedicated his interpretation of the classic of Loggins & Messina to his little girl. And I expected it to go down like a glass of warm milk – smooth and loose, and probably it would put me to sleep. But I'll be damned – Jake sang with such clarity and conviction that he wrapped me right. The other film, which he put here and there in a line, made me turn my ears too – and not in a "Hey, that's not so wrong! Solid, if not earth-shaking.
Rose Short (Team Gwen), "I turn to you" – Note: A | After telling her trainer that her Christina Aguilera cover was dedicated to her, Gwen advised her to just be the diva she is. I did not think that would be a problem! On the stage, Rose strapped on some notes that were as round as bowling balls. And, as we know she can, she got bigger and bigger with the song until my TV's miserable speakers howled uncle. There were some sound problems – I think more at the technical end of the show than at the end of Rose – but still Rose blossomed spectacularly.
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