Adam Levine has won three of his 11 previous seasons on “The Voice.” After last week’s double elimination of Mark Isaiah and Lilli Passero, he has just one artist left in the competition: Jesse Larson. Do you think Larson can win the competition for Levine this season? Below, a description of what he has sung so far this season. Be sure to cast your vote in our poll and then sound off in the comments section.
Top 10: “Jungle Love” (May 8)
Lasrson tackled “Jungle Love,” the 1983 breakout hit for the funk band The Time. This upbeat song was a refreshing change-of-pace from Larson who has favored more introspective songs so far in the competition. The coaches endorsed his decision with Keys observing, “that was really incredible to see you just come out here” while Levine concurred, “You pulled off a song that is 100 percent reliant on attitude and sex appeal and funk.”
Top 11: “Human” (May 1)
Earlier in the competition, Larson accompanied himself on the guitar but as with last week (when he did “Make You Feel My Love”) he was singing solo on “Human,” the 2016 breakout hit for English singer/songwriter Rag’n’Bone Man. Levine likened him to last season’s winner Sundance Head. “You sing your face off. That’s what propelled him to victory. That’s what should propel you to victory.”
Top 12: “Make You Feel My Love” (April 24)
Larson tackled “Make You Feel My Love,” a 1997 Bob Dylan track that has been covered by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks and, perhaps most famously, Adele. Referencing the performance by the latter, Levine said that this song “would be the kiss of death for a female, but as a male vocalist, you have the ability to make it something else.” To that end, he made Larson perform without this guitar. This savvy move meant that the singer had to focus on the lyrics and he wowed the crowd and Twain who declared, “I could read that emotion. I love you without the guitar. I love you with the guitar! It was really coming from down within you, and I was very moved.”
Live Playoff 2: “Sir Duke” (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.
Knockout Round: vs. Davina Leone (April 10)
Larson rocked the house with “The Letter,” a 1967 No. 1 for The Box Tops that Joe Cocker covered in 1970. His singing was matched by his guitar playing. As Leone got her start as a YouTube star with her covers of Britney Spears tunes it made sense for this teen singing sensation to pick Spears’ 2004 top 10 hit “Toxic” as her knockout song. After Levine went Larson, she needed Keys to steal her but that didn’t happen.
Battle Audition: “Shameless”vs. Taylor Alexander (March 28)
Garth Brooks had a huge hit in 1991 with this chart-topping song, which Billy Joel had written and recorded two years earlier for his album “Storm Front.” While the countrified tune was more in Alexander’s wheelhouse, it was Larson that dominated the duet. Keys was effusive in her praise of the latter, “I think that your voice has such a unique style to it,” as was Stefani who gushed, ” you can do anything with your voice.”
Blind Audition: “Jealous Guy” (February 28)
Levine was the only coach who liked Larson’s version of the 1971 John Lennon classic “Jealous Guy.” This Minneapolis native, 34, is a lifelong music fan who builds his own guitars and fronts a garage band. While his looks are similar to those of last year’s winner, Sundance Head, his sound is uniquely his own