After a lackluster performance last week, Christian Cuevas rebounded on Monday’s Top 10 episode with a great rendition of “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga (watch above). He has been a strong contender for Season 11 on Team Alicia Keys but probably picked the wrong tune (“Rosanna”) for the Top 11 show last time. Keys needs for him to make it through Tuesday’s elimination or she will be down to just one artist on her team. The rookie coach is up against fellow first-timer Miley Cyrus and veterans Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.
Regarding Monday’s performance, our writer John Benutty says: “What Christian needed this week was to make a huge statement in terms of who he is as an artist and whether his voice can meet the bar that some of the artists have set. I think he achieved exactly that in taking on this current Lady Gaga track. The last stretch of the song was especially impactful and likely secured him a spot in the semifinals.”
According to his background bio, Cuevas is a 20-year-old native of Orlando, Florida. His father Julio was a successful artist in Puerto Rico who died just over a year ago of liver cancer. He played football as a teenager but suffered a leg injury at age 15 and then focused his efforts on playing guitar. He is a vocal performance major in college and worship leader at his church.
Prior to this week’s live show, performances for the year have been “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You” (blind audition song) by Michael Bolton, “Hello” (battle song) by Adele, “Superstar” (knockout song) by The Carpenters, “Yesterday” (top 20) by The Beatles, “The Scientist” (top 12) by Coldplay, and “Rosanna” by Toto (top 11).
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