‘The Voice’ Top 9: Hannah Huston challenges frontrunners as best artist on Monday

Coach Pharrell Williams is down to just one artist remaining on “The Voice” this season, but WOW is she a great one! Hannah Huston now challenges all the perceived frontrunners with her performance on Monday and is my favorite for this week’s Top 9 episode. Will Williams be able to win with his last and only hope or will Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, or Christina Aguilera be the coaching champ for the 10th season?

Here are my rankings of the top four singers from Monday’s show with none of these people being in danger of being eliminated on Tuesday. This list is based strictly on these individual performances without regard to who is strongest in the competition overall. Agree or disagree with my rankings? Let me know in the comments!

Wondering about the other five artists still in the competition? Click here to see my list of the five bottom performances from this week’s show.

1. Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell) – “Say You Love Me”
There’s a groovy soul vibe that comes naturally to Jessie Ware‘s music, but Huston seemed to strip that away leaving a folk quality that worked unexpectedly well with the song. When Huston took the song to the big notes with the choir coming out to join her, I got chills. By far her best. And in a close race, the night’s overall best.

2. Bryan Bautista (Team Christina) – “1+1”
I never noticed it before, but Bautista has all the great aspects of R. Kelly in his most tender moments. This Beyoncé song really was a perfect fit for him, ticking all the boxes — the intimacy, the sex appeal and the flawless vocal were all on point. Weird that it simultaneously felt like a risk, but still in his wheelhouse. A huge leap forward for Bautista if you ask me.

3. Alisan Porter (Team Christina) – “Cryin’”
Showing once again that she can tackle anything thrown her way, Porter slays this Aerosmith classic. For me she gets a little lost in the large rock chorus of the song, but the verses were smooth enough to even it out and, come on, there is no denying the excitement her vocal power brings to the table. Is she still this season’s frontrunner after all these weeks?

4. Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam) – “We’ve Got Tonight”
Al-Saadi gave such a sweet performance this week, and the shots of his girlfriend crying to it really set that kind of tone. I don’t know if it’s his best vocal, but even if it wasn’t it felt like his most right vocal. That is to say that the song choice was perfect and the intimate piano ballad brings out interesting and surprising aspects of his voice.

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