The Top 8 artists perform Monday night on “The Voice,” but nobody is actually guaranteed to be safe this week. The Emmy-winning reality TV show will have a massive elimination on Tuesday’s results show, with four out of the eight contenders going home. Which singer has the best chances to win the Season 13 championship next week?
Here are the remaining contestants: Team Blake Shelton has Chloe Kohanski, Red Marlow, and Keisha Renee. Team Adam Levine has Addison Agen and Adam Cunningham. Team Jennifer Hudson has Davon Fleming and Noah Mac. Team Miley Cyrus has Brooke Simpson.
Don’t miss our live blog below for the Top 8 performance episode on Monday, December 11. We’ve got minute-by-minute analysis of everything that happens in this two-hour episode on NBC hosted by Carson Daly. Give your own thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this article. Find out all about last week’s performance show and results show from our live blogs. Our most recent Top 8 power rankings have Addison as the best artist in the Season 13 race for the championship.
8:00 p.m. – Unlike the last couple of seasons, there’s no clear frontrunner to win this year. So, in that regard, anything can happen this week and I suspect none of the final eight artists feel completely locked for a spot in next week’s finals. I’m really excited to see which songs they perform this week and if any of the underdogs have a breakthrough performance that can unseat one of the favorites!
8:01 p.m. – Each artist will perform twice tonight–once by themselves and once again as a duet with another contestant. Both performances will contribute to the vote!
8:02 p.m. – The first up tonight is Adam’s solo. Adam is trusting Adam with choosing his own songs from here on out and he’s picked “I’m Already There” by Lonestar. It’s an emotional ballad so this could be a pretty powerful show from Adam.
8:04 p.m. – The slow pace of the song really allows Adam to open his throat and let the smoothest parts of his voice come through. He sounds great (maybe better than he has so far this season?), but I wonder if the dual pianos with the string band and then him just standing still at the mic might be too drowsy of a performance to inspire the amount of votes he’ll need to jump into the top four.
8:07 p.m. – Blake tells Adam that he made a great choice for his song and it was clear that the lyric of the song meant something to him and contributed to his ability to deliver a great vocal. His coach, Adam, congratulates him as one of the surprises of the season for overcoming being in the bottom for so long and urges the audience to vote for him because he deserves a spot in the finale.
8:13 p.m. – For the first duet of the night we have Chloe and Noah with Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” Noah has the perfect voice for this song because he sounds a lot like Isaak already, but Chloe’s voice also lends itself really well to it and she’s showing off a more sultry version of her stage persona. I think Noah’s never sounded better actually–the clarity of his voice is coming through in a way that I never noticed before.
8:22 p.m. – From Team Jennifer, Davon is up next. For this semifinal performance he’s taking on John Mayer‘s “Gravity.” This is a departure from some of the diva ballads he’s done in the past and he says it’s in reaction to what America has been asking of him–to take on a song by a male singer.
8:24 p.m. – Davon begins the song very gently, which sounds so nice. From there it slowly grows with his voice gaining momentum, building depth and developing more texture. By the time he erupts into the booming voice we know he has it feels earned and natural, which I think is what some of his past songs failed at. He is proving that he can be just as powerful in the softer notes as he can in the bigger ones. This is a big, big moment for him I think.
8:27 p.m. – He gets a standing ovation from all four coaches! In his critique, Adam is shocked, but commends him for scaling it back for this performance because he thinks that’s what people have wanted to see. Jennifer reiterates that and says that tonight he felt natural and it was obvious that he felt the performance from within. He gives him all the credit and says it was a blessing to just sit back and experience his performance.
8:33 p.m. – Blake’s first solo performance of the night comes from Red with “Go Rest High on That Mountain” by Vince Gill. Both Red and Blake connect with the song on a personal level because of losses they’ve experienced in their lives.
8:36 p.m. – Red’s performance is even more stripped down than Adam’s was, but somehow I find it much more compelling. The traditional country style that Red is known for is really coming through so it’s going to appeal to his fan base and I think the song itself is something a lot of viewers will connect with.
8:39 p.m. – Red says this is one of the very few times he’s performed without his guitar–he wanted to focus on the singing because of the deeply personal lyric. Miley calls Red authentic and commends him for being so open in that performance. Blake says that Red represented country music really well with the song and that anyone who loves country will know exactly how great his performance was.
8:46 p.m. – The second duet of the night is Brooke and Davon with The Weeknd‘s “Earned It.” Once again, Davon sounds in his element–he’s bringing immense soul to the vocal and hitting some high notes that I didn’t know he had. Brooke on the other hand is much more subdued than she usually is and I’m not sure it’s working in her favor. The song doesn’t lend itself to Brooke’s style very well, but she comes up to Davon’s level at the end when they both let loose in a electric finale to the song.
8:55 p.m. – Keisha has chosen “What Hurts the Most” by Rascal Flatts for her solo which returns her to country music after she took on a Celine pop ballad last week.
8:58 p.m. – Keisha comes right out of the gates singing the song with a lot of power and while that gives her a chance to display the things she can do that no one else in the competition can, I think she would benefit from holding some of her tricks back. On the plus side, she continues to bridge the gap between pop, soul and country so naturally that you truly can’t pigeon-hole her into any one genre. That gives her the ability to connect with a much broader audience than most of the other artists competing against her.
9:01 p.m. – Miley says she sang a song that she’s heard a million times, but Keisha’s approach made it sound new and Blake agrees, pleading with the audience to help send Keisha into the finals.
9:07 p.m. – For a country duet, Red and Adam get together to sing “Can’t You See” by The Marshall Tucker Band. I think the duet format may have put Red at a disadvantage here because when paired with Adam you see just how much more texture and diversity there is to Adam’s voice compared to Red’s more consistent and traditional approach to singing. I do think Red is a more dynamic performer though so he’s got the edge on Adam there.
9:11 p.m. – Up next is Chloe, showing “a more vulnerable side,” with “I Want to Know What Love Is,” the Foreigner classic. Her idea for the performance is something simpler than most people are familiar with.
9:14 p.m. – I can’t tell if the cracks in Chloe’s voice (they were also noticeable in her duet earlier) are something she’s doing on purpose or if she might be sick, but whatever it is I think they’re gorgeous! This performance is so tender and she’s emoting the more tragic elements of the lyric so well. She’s, for me, the most interesting artist on the show and each and every performance feels like something she’s doing on the Grammys stage as a nominated artist. She’s so good.
9:17 p.m. – Only Blake is on his feet for the performance, but I think that’s just because the other coaches are shook with jealousy! Blake urges anyone that recorded the show to rewind and listen again because he says Chloe has the most iconic voice that the series has ever seen. For once I agree with Blake!
9:22 p.m. – Addison and Keisha are the final duet of the night with Sheryl Crow‘s “Strong Enough.” I love that they’re both sitting on stools on stage because it fits the tone and style of the song so well. Crow is an excellent artist that bridges the gap between Keisha’s country and Addison’s folk aesthetics and while they both sound very different, they’re both performing it with the perfect grace and heart. I’d give the edge to Addison, but only because her voice is more dynamic in general, but Keisha is still so good here.
9:30 p.m. – For Noah’s solo he’s doing something with more energy than last week’s slower song with “River” by Bishop Briggs.
9:33 p.m. – This is certainly a more dramatic show than what Noah delivered last week and that’s a good thing. He sounds great on the booming chorus, but in the softer verses his voice is lacking, perhaps because it’s not filling out the lyrics like it should. He seems to be feeling the song pretty strongly so that may help draw the audience in, but I have to be honest–this isn’t one of this best.
9:36 p.m. – Miley tells Noah that he’s brought something youthful and modern to the show this year and she thanks him for that. Jennifer is proud of his performance this week, pointing out that his confidence goes a long way in making his performances as good as they are.
9:42 p.m. – The second to last solo of the night is from Addison, taking on Joni Mitchell‘s “Both Sides Now.” Adam advises her to focus on the performance itself because her voice won’t fail her so the goal is to reach as deeply as she can to make it a great performance.
9:45 p.m. – Addison certainly picked up on the cinematic quality that Adam said the song has and she delivered another effortless vocal. As stunning as her performance was, I think it might be a tough one for the general audience to digest because it was almost too subtle. As one of the frontrunners in the competition, I think she’ll still make the finals, but it’ll be interesting to see where the song lands on tomorrow iTunes charts.
9:48 p.m. – Blake says as the coaches have said many times before that Addison is performing well beyond her years. Adam thinks she has a great shot at winning and his goal has been to set Addison up for a strong career beyond the competition.
9:54 p.m. – Brooke is closing out the night with her solo of Journey‘s “Faithfully.” As Miley’s only artist left, Brooke is Miley’s only chance at being represented in the finale.
9:56 p.m. – Even before the first verse ends you can tell that this was the very best song that Brooke and Miley could have chosen for this week. Brooke is bringing the drama and power that you’d expect from a rock ballad like this. She’s remaining reserved in the vocal and in the last half she lets her voice break free and strike like thunder. Whew, this is the kind of performance that wins the show for an artist!
9:59 p.m. – Miley says that if the show is actually about finding the best vocal talent then Brooke belongs in the finale and deserves the win the show.
10:00 p.m. – Only four will advance tomorrow. If I had to call it right now, I’d say Brooke, Addison, Chloe and Davon performed the best and deserve the four spots. Denton will be here tomorrow night to keep you updated as the live results show goes down!
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