The final three contenders for coaches Adam Levine, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, and Blake Shelton each performed on Monday night’s Top 12 live show for “The Voice.” The voting is now completely in the hands of the viewers and just one artist (not two as we expected) will be eliminated on Tuesday night’s results show.
Who was the best of the evening? Here are my rankings of the top twelve contenders.
1. Jordan Smith (Team Adam), “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”
Is Smith now unstoppable to win for this ninth season. Delivering an emotional gospel song sure to throw him on top of the iTunes charts yet again, Smith played piano himself in a stripped down performance that showed off his unique vocals. Garnering another standing ovation from all four coaches, Smith further cemented his frontrunner status.
2. Jeffery Austin (Team Gwen), “Let It Go”
Staying in his lane with another soul-filled performance, Austin is at his best singing emotional ballads. He’s difficult not to compare to Sam Smith, and viewers will likely vote him through for weeks to come.
3. Barrett Baber (Team Blake), “Right Here Waiting”
The country entertainer delivered a heart-felt performance of a classic 80’s ballad. The performance proved he can sing as well as he can work the stage, with a song that should pull in the votes.
4. Zach Seabaugh (Team Blake), “My Love”
There’s no question a star was born last week in Seabaugh. Going with a ballad this week, the fans still appeared to shower the love onto him. But he clearly missed a few notes and wasn’t fully comfortable with the song. That being said, he has a huge amount of charisma and is definitely a contender for the title.
5. Evan McKeel (Team Pharrell), “This Is It”
McKeel returned slightly to form with an energetic performance of a soul classic. Comfortably working the stage, he nailed the vocals and redeemed his underwhelming performance from last week.
6. Mark Hood (Team Pharrell), “Against All Odds”
The energized performer dialed it back a notch to deliver an emotional ballad. Vocals are not Hood’s strong suit, but his passion and genuine emotions are what make him fun to watch.
7. Shelby Brown (Team Adam), “In Color”
Brown seems to be slowly clawing her way into position to make a formidable run, but she’s just not there yet. Showing off powerful vocals, but losing her place in the song at times, she did enough to get through the week and still has potential to make a big move in this competition.
8. Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake), “Blame It on Your Heart”
With a good old fashioned, honky-tonk classic, Roberts showed off some much needed sass to her personality. Although vocally intact, something about this performance still felt a bit bland.
9. Braiden Sunshine (Team Gwen), “Renegade”
The youngest singer in the competition unleashed his inner rock star in an up-tempo jam, showing a new side to the performer. It was a solid performance that didn’t “wow”, but wasn’t bad.
10. Amy Vachal (Team Adam), “Hotline Bling”
Covering a hip-hop song with smooth, jazzy, neo-soul vocals, Vachal looked elegant and stunning as usual throughout a performance that went nowhere. It sounded like it would be a cool song on record but it wasn’t interesting to watch.
11. Korin Bukowski (Team Gwen), “Titanium”
Sporting a typical Team Gwen makeover, her new look was more interesting than her performance. Delivering a solid vocal, the song just didn’t build like it should have but something about her is likable.
12. Madi Davis (Team Pharrell), “Who Will Save Your Soul”
Trying to show a more fun side to herself, this terribly arranged reggae version of a depressing song just didn’t work. In a massive step backwards, Davis spoke half the lyrics and just didn’t connect with this performance.
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