Coach Gwen Stefani was front and center on the Monday episode of “The Voice” as all of her artists performed live. With a new twist allowing each coach to bring back a previously eliminated contestant, Stefani chose Ellie Lawrence to compete. The public will vote two of her team members into next week’s show, and Stefani will pick one more to remain. That means three of her six artists will be gone on Wednesday night’s results show.
Who was best for Team Gwen on Monday evening? Here are my rankings of her six contenders.
1. Jeffery Austin, “Say You Love Me”
One of the few performances of the night that felt like watching a pro, Austin showed off consistent, powerful vocals — this time with a bit more stage presence than we’ve seen from him before. It’s definitely a soulful performance sure to garner some serious votes.
2. Viktor Kiraly, “All Around The World”
Kiraly showed some serious star power tonight with a performance filled with soul, range and charisma. He’s a good-looking, likable guy who worked the stage delivering an imperfect, but impressive vocal. He has yet to give a “wow” performance, but he’s been consistently good and deserves to make the top 12.
3. Braiden Sunshine, “Everything I Own”
There’s something believable and unique about Sunshine that comes through in his performances. His voice sounded better on the verses of the song than the chorus – and it wasn’t perfect. But there is a charisma about him that is undeniable. Unleash the teenage girl votes!
4. Ellie Lawrence, “Ex’s & Oh’s
Gwen’s comeback artist had no trouble trumping some of her fellow singers on the team, with a sassy, fun performance that was full of confidence. Her vocals were a little strained, but not enough to hurt the performance and her personality shined through.
5. Korin Bukowski, “Adia”
The indie singer seemed to have the perfect song, but it lacked the expression and intricacies that typically come with her vocals – perhaps nerves from performing live on television for the first time. The result was a performance that was just “okay.”
6. Regina Love, “Hello”
Love has a history of singing older songs, so it was great to see her finally step into modern times. But as much as I was rooting for her to nail the vocals, it just didn’t happen. There were missed notes, shortness of breath, and too much shouting in a performance where her voice just didn’t match her passion.
We will be offering our analysis for Team Blake Shelton and Team Pharrell Williams after Tuesday night’s show. In the meantime, what are your thoughts about our rankings for Team Gwen? Who tops your own list? Comment below or sound off on “The Voice” every week in Gold Derby’s reality TV forum.
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