Coach Blake Shelton was in the spotlight on Tuesday’s episode of “The Voice” as all of his contestants performed live. With the new twist in play allowing each coach to bring back a previously eliminated contestant, Shelton chose Nadjah Nicole to add some diversity to his country-heavy team. That means three of his six artists will be eliminated on Wednesday night’s results show.
Who was best for Team Blake on Tuesday evening? Here are my rankings of his six contenders.
1. Emily Ann Roberts, “In the Garden”
Singing a hymnal classic that is sure to strike a chord with many viewers, Roberts’ angelic voice was a perfect match for the song. Sometimes less is more, as is the case with Roberts who is a country star in the making. Her performance was enough to get not only her coach, but Pharrell, on his feet, and she will easily get voted through to next week.
2. Barrett Baber, “I Drive Your Truck”
Closing out the night, it was a welcome surprise to see the typically high-energy Baber tone it down for an emotional country ballad. Baber rose to the occasion, delivering in every aspect of his performance that is sure rake in the votes. It showed a new, powerful side to Baber who looks poised to stay in the competition for the long haul.
3. Zach Seabaugh, “Brand New Girlfriend”
Delivering the most shocking performance of the night was Seabaugh, who I had completely written off as a sure thing to be eliminated, until now. He was previously a pretty stiff, low energy performer but that all changed tonight as he worked the stage like a pro and even threw in some pelvic thrusts to add a little grit to his “good ol’ boy” image. Whether his vocals impressed or not, it was all about the performance and the viewers will not forget this one.
4. Morgan Frazier, “Lips of an Angel”
Frazier chose a great time to give her best performance to date, powering through this country-rock classic. Commanding the stage with confidence and weaving in and out of powerful notes and subtle phrases, her coach exclaimed after her performance, “If people don’t vote you through, they must be full of hate.”
5. Ivonne Acero, “One of Us”
The only pop artist on Team Blake delivered an emotional vocal on a Joan Osborne classic, breaking out of her shell to give a credible performance that showed more star power than she has previously. When she is compared to each contestant as a whole she still struggles to really stand out, but she is definitely in her own lane.
6. Nadjah Nicole, “Upside Down”
A welcome sight to see was Blake’s comeback choice. She looked stunning on stage as she let loose on a Diana Ross classic. Unfortunately, she looked like more of a star than she sounded – delivering safe, yet consistent vocals that will not likely be enough for her to move on.
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