Last week’s two episodes of “The Voice” episode were crammed with performances by six artists each from teams coached by Alicia Keys, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani. Viewers voted in real-time via Twitter and the official app for the top two artists from each team with the coaches getting to pick one more from their bottom four.
Below, take a read of our recap of 12 performances that made it through and then weigh in with your choice as to the best of these dozen artists by voting in our poll and sounding off in the comments section.
Chris Blue: “Love on the Brain” (Alicia Keys): Won Public Vote on April 17
Keys kicked off her sextet by having her strongest male artist sing a song that would have been a big ask for any of the women: Rihanna‘s top five 2016 soul hit “Love on the Brain.” That Blue was able to make this music his own is a testament to his talent. He handled the falsetto with ease and earned praise from Keys, “There is not a soul on this planet that can deny the gift that you are offering here,” before winning the public vote.
Brennley Brown: “Fly” (Gwen Stefani): Won Public Vote on April 18
Brown picked the perfect song, “Fly,” a 2015 hit for country duo Maddie & Tae. Stefani was effusive in her praise, “You have so much style, so much personality, and I know everyone’s going to vote for you.” And the public did indeed, putting her through to the top 12.
Lauren Duski: “Someone Else’s Star” (Blake Shelton): Won Public Vote on April 17
Saving the best for last, Shelton did well by Duski by having her sing the plaintive “Someone Else’s Star” which had been a country No. 1 for Bryan White in 1995. The singer and song were perfectly matched and Shelton gushed, “You are going to see from that performance a tidal wave of support from country music fans, mark my words.” And he was soon proven right as she won the public vote.
Vanessa Ferguson: “Lean On” (Alicia Keys): Won Public Vote on April 17
Ferguson took the 2015 dance hit “Lean On” by Major Lazer & DJ Snake and slowed it right down, turning it into a smooth jazz-themed number. Keys endorsed this risky move, “I love how you are breaking all the rules.” After her coach declared, “I love that you have no limits,” the public followed suit and voted to keep her on the show.
Mark Isaiah: “All Time Low” (Adam Levine): Won Public Vote on April 18
Isaish tried his best with”All Time Low,” the 2016 hit that launched singer/songwriter Jon Bellion but he was in over his head. Levine realized this and pleaded with viewers to “please vote for him, because I will do good.” When the public didn’t come through with the votes needed, Levine chose to bring him through to the next round.
Jesse Larson: “Sir Duke” (Adam Levine): Won Public Vote on April 18
Larson took a risk by tackling “Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder‘s 1976 tribute to bandleader Duke Ellington. Choosing to accompany himself on guitar, Larson delivered a raw version of this classic that won praise from Levine who described him for “by far the best vocal of the night.” And the public agreed.
Aliyah Moulden: “Mercy” (Blake Shelton): Won Public Vote on April 17
Moulden made merry with “Mercy,” a 2008 Grammy-nominated hit for Welsh songstress Duffy. The tune was a good choice for this 15-year-old with a grown-up voice. Indeed, Shelton observed, “that’s the best I’ve seen you sing so far on this show.” And the public agreed, putting her through to the top 12.
Lilli Passero: “It’s Too Late” (Adam Levine):Won Public Vote on April 18
Passero had everyone cheering when she finished her pitch perfect performance of Carole King‘s iconic “It’s Too Late,” which won Record of the Year at the 1972 Grammys. After Levine declared her to be “a world-class singer,” the public agreed and she won the popular vote.
Hunter Plake: “Elastic Heart” (Gwen Stefani): Won Public Vote on April 18
Saving the best for last, Stefani did well by Plake by having him sing the plaintive “Elastic Heart,” which had been a big hit worldwide for Sia in 2015. The singer and song were perfectly matched and Stefani gushed, “You are the star on my team.” And she was soon proven right as he won the public vote.
Troy Ramey: “A Case of You” (Gwen Stefani): Coach Choice on April 18
Ramey became the third “Voice” artist to tackle Joni Mitchell’s 1971 classic “A Case of You” James Wolpert (Season 5) and Madi Davis (Season 9). It was a good fit for this singer/songwriter and earned him much praise from his coach: “I saw you in a way I never saw you before, like I can see you at your own show.” After the public passed on him, Stefani threw Ramey a lifeline and chose him from the four eliminated artists to continue on in the show.
Stephanie Rice: “Every Breath You Take” (Alicia Keys): Coach Choice on April 17
Rice took a risk by tackling “Every Breath You Take,” the signature song by The Police that had ruled the charts for eight weeks back in 1983. Choosing to stay seated at the piano throughout her performance, Rice delivered a raw version of this classic that won praise from Keys who described her as “a pure, beautiful artist.” After the public did not put her through to the next round, it was not a surprise when Keys did.
TSoul: “Knock on Wood” (Blake Shelton): Coach Choice on April 17
TSoul had the joint rocking with “Knock on Wood,” a No. 1 hit for soul singer Eddie Floyd back in 1966. TSoul made the music come alive and updated the signature sound of the song. Shelton was impressed with his rendition, noting, “That was so much fun. That is what performing is supposed to be all about.” After the public passed on him, Shelton threw TSoul a lifeline and chose him from the four eliminated artists to continue on in the show.