If Ali Caldwell goes to next week’s Final 4 episode of “The Voice,” it’s because she took on a very difficult challenge on Monday and nailed it. She decided to perform one of the most iconic songs of the past few decades — “I Will Always Love You,” written by Dolly Parton (watch above). If voters at home were as impressed as us, she will sail through from the Top 8 to the Top 4 on Tuesday night’s results show. She is part of Team Miley Cyrus, a rookie coach trying to prevail over Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys for Season 11.
Discussing Monday’s performance, our writer Denton Davidson says: “When any artist takes the stage to tackle a Whitney Houston song, I immediately brace myself for a huge disappointment. Usually singing anything from the legendary vocalist’s catalog shows only what a singer can’t do, rather than what they can. But Caldwell really impressed me with this performance. She didn’t resort to copying Houston note for note, but instead made the song her own. She took Miley’s advice and weaved beautifully between Houston’s and Dolly Parton’s versions, while adding her own runs and inflections. The result was a “perfect performance”, according to Alicia Keys, and a fantastic moment for Caldwell.”
According to her official NBC bio, “Ali skipped college to join Xhale, a three-person R&B group. They opened for Boyz II Men and played for Patti LaBelle at her tribute concert. Although they met with several record labels, they couldn’t get signed and called it quits in 2010. In 2014, Ali went to Russia and toured all over the country with a successful jazz musician named Oleg. Since then, she has been to Russia five times and performs more than 20 shows a year.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the New Jersey native have been “Dangerous Woman” (blind audition song) by Ariana Grande, “Hit or Miss” (battle song) by Odetta, “No Ordinary Love” (knockout song) by Sade, and “Times Have Changed” (top 20) by Irma Thomas, “Did I Ever Love You” by Leonard Cohen (top 12), “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton (top 11), and “Without You” by Mariah Carey (top 10).
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