Week 3 of the live shows began Monday night on “The Voice” Season 13, with 15-year-old pop singer Shi’Ann Jones representing Team Jennifer Hudson in the Top 10. By performing Rihanna‘s “Diamonds,” Jones’ coach praised her abilities to be a mix of Rihanna, Beyonce and Mariah Carey. Do you think Jones did good enough to advance to next week’s Top 8? Watch Jones’ performance from “The Voice” 2017 live shows above.
Our writer Denton Davidson live-blogged the episode, and as he noted, “Shi’Ann has a new look and she is the spitting image of a young Monica when she burst onto the music scene in the 90s. Vocally she is on point, but I think diction is a weakness for her and it is evident in this song. It’s not the showpiece I think they were hoping for, but she kept it simple on a more modern song than we’ve heard from her before. By the end she unleashed the power and finished off with an impressive whistle note. It was a good performance for the teenager.”
Back in her blind audition of the reality TV show, Jones performed “Drown in My Own Tears” and had two coaches turn their chairs around: Hudson and Blake Shelton. The next time we saw Jones in the battle rounds, she and Stephan Marcellus sang “Oh! Darling” and Jones was declared the winner by her coach Hudson. In the knockouts Jones was paired up against Lucas Holliday, with Jones proving victorious thanks to her performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You.” Jones’s rendition of “Tattooed Heart” in the playoffs was good enough to send her through to the live shows. She sang “Vision of Love” during Top 12 week and “Listen” during Top 11 week.
Jones is 15 years old and currently resides in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here’s the official NBC bio: “Shi’Ann is one of nine siblings, so it was always hard to stand out in her family. The big singer in her family was her father, Ricky. He was a gospel singer and would travel to different churches to sing. When she was little, Shi’Ann’s dad would teach her music scales. By the time she was four, she was singing around the house. At age seven, she started singing in church with her dad and eventually he set up a PA system in the living room where they would practice together trying to out-riff each other. When Shi’Ann was eight, her father signed her up for her first talent contest, and she started singing at all the soccer and football games in town. In 2015, with the help of her mom, Shi’Ann started to find ways to perform outside of Kentucky. They recorded a video of her performing the national anthem and sent it to every NBA team in the country. The Utah Jazz ended up calling her and she flew out to Utah to perform before a game. Even though she is only 15, she realizes she needs a show such as The Voice to finally make her dreams come true.”
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