Using one of his steals quite effectively from earlier this season, coach Adam Levine now has a real gem in Lilli Passero competing for his team. For the first live playoff round of Season 12 on Tuesday, Lilli was voted through by the home audience after singing “It’s Too Late” (watch above).
How did we rank all six performers for Team Adam and which 3 of his singers survived? Here is our analysis of his team on Tuesday. And here is what our writer John Benutty says about Lilli: “Carole King is a gorgeous choice for Lilli in this round because it matches her contemporary voice with a classic pop artist that a lot of the audience will easily recognize. Though her performance style is a little bit lacking in the entertainment factor, Lilli’s voice is smooth and textured in a way that reminds me of one of my favorite artists, Jessie Ware. I’m actually shocked that Lilli managed enough votes to beat out the rest of her team, but she’s deserving of a spot and I think has the potential to do something great next time.”
Over the first few weeks of this season, Lilli has taken on the following tunes: Audition – “A Love of My Own”; Battle – “Every Little Bit Hurts”; Knockout – “Tears Dry on Their Own.” Of those three performances, our writer Denton Davidson offered analysis last week: “Adam was devastated when Lilli originally chose to be a part of Team Alicia Keys, and he couldn’t have been happier when she was available to steal. Now that she’s on his team, my guess is that he will do whatever it takes to keep her around. Lilli’s strength is her old-school vibe and the key to her success will be song selection. In time, she may win over audiences at home – but I have no question she has won Adam over already.”
According to her NBC bio: “Lilli’s parents are the ‘ultimate theater nerds,’ both having professional careers in musical theater. Lilli’s life was all about performing, acting and singing, and she went on to study acting at Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated and moved to Hollywood to pursue acting, going on many auditions and landing various guest spots, including on NBC’s ‘Go On.’ She currently works as a server but continues to audition and even had a starring role in ‘Cabaret,’ in which she received positive feedback on her voice.”