We` McDonald has been considered one of the most likely to win “The Voice” for Season 11 way back in the blind auditions. She stumbled a little bit last week on the Top 20 episode but rebounded in a big way on Monday’s Top 12 show. Watch as she belts out a powerful version of “Take Me to Church” by Hozier on the live NBC reality program. She is being coached this season by first-timer Alicia Keys, who is trying to triumph over Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Miley Cyrus this season.
In evaluating Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “We` worked the stage like it was in her own house and as if everyone in the audience was a personal guest. The command she displayed this is a huge turn-around from what I thought was a weak moment for her last week and she’s reclaimed her position as one of the season’s major threats to win.”
According to her official NBC bio, “The name We` is Kenyan for “diligence,” which is something that she has had her entire life. Her father helped her get into vocal lessons at the Harlem School of the Arts, which she still attends after school and on weekends. Wé has performed at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and, most recently, at the Apollo Theater. Although she has always found her place with music, she struggled to fit in at school. Kids teased her for her high-pitched voice and thick glasses, but she stuck it out and slowly things got better.”
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year by the New York native have been “Feeling Good” (blind audition song) by Anthony Newley, “Maybe” (battle song) by The Chantels, “No More Drama” (knockout song) by Mary J. Blige, and “Home” (top 20) from “The Wiz.”
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