Coach Adam Levine needs to be extra careful for this week’s live episode of “The Voice.” He can’t afford to lose a second team member after Jon Mero was cut from the Top 12 and Adam Cunningham was just barely saved from elimination to join Monday’s Top 11. Coaches Miley Cyrus, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton each had all three of their artists safe on last Tuesday’s results show.
Which two singers will be at the bottom this time around? We’re live blogging each episode of this season and have our moment-by-moment analysis for this first results program below. Give your own thoughts in the comments section at the bottom of this article.
For the Top 12 performance episode on Monday, November 20, our contributing writer Denton Davidson gave his thoughts about each artist as he or she was singing live on NBC. The following night, contributor John Benutty offered his analysis.
And over the past few days, we’ve published individual spotlight articles for each of the Top 11 singers remaining on this season (click on any name for all the details):
8:00 p.m. – It’s Top 11 performance night and for the first time ever the artists will be singing songs that viewers voted for through the show’s official app. Kicking things off with Team Miley’s Janice Freeman who the fans picked “Shine” by Collective Soul for.
8:02 p.m. – Miley says Janice’s strength is that she believes every word she sings and can convey that to the audience. With this song she sees a chance for Janice to bring to her audience a song that they might not yet know and interpret it so that they can enjoy it for the first time.
8:04 p.m. – I am totally digging rocker Janice! She sounds smooth and natural on this track and looks great with a full band at her side. She was born to be a frontwoman!
8:06 p.m. – Adam gives Janice a huge compliment by saying that he didn’t even like the song before he heard her sing it, so she was able to change his mind. Miley, as her coach and on the brink of tears, says that Janice went through a lot this week and for her to perform so well shows how much of a star she is. If Janice had a lot going on behind the scenes, I have to say none of it showed. She looked like a seasoned performer on the stage!
8:11 p.m. – The first Team Blake artist on stage is Red Marlow with “The Dance” by Garth Brooks. Blake says this is the audience asking Red to do a ballad because it’s what they haven’t seen from him yet. This could really provide a breakthrough moment for Red if he brings the emotional resonance that the song can achieve for him.
8:15 p.m. – No flaws detected in Red’s performance–he handled it with control and sensitivity that I think will be touching for his core audience. Not sure it did anything unexpected for him, but was definitely a safe play right in his classic country lane. Jennifer points out that his ability to silence the crowd like he did tonight shows his ability to draw the audience in and keep them captivated. Blake echoes all of her sentiment.
8:22 p.m. – The third performance of the night is Team Jennifer’s Shi-Ann Jones taking on Beyonce‘s “Listen.” This is a huge song that can make or break Shi-Ann’s journey for the rest of the season. I hope she knocks it out of the park!
8:24 p.m. – Wait. There is a full lawn of grass and rows of bushes and flowers on stage. How do they do this?! Amazing. Also amazing is Shi-Ann’s voice entering the first chorus. She sounds way more mature than a 15-year old–this is a total stunner of a performance.
8:27 p.m. – All four coaches get on their feet for Shi-Ann when it ends! Miley gives her credit for the cracks and squeaks in her voice because they provide texture that make her more of a real singer. Jennifer says she was able to tell the story of the song which was the main goal for them this week, which she says is an impressive feat for someone of her age.
8:33 p.m. – Saved instantly last week, Adam Cunningham comes into this week’s performance feeling rejuvenated. He’ll be doing “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The Adams see this as the perfect song for this week because it gives Adam the ability to straddle a number of genres and appeal to the show’s classic American audience.
8:36 p.m. – Both the pre-performance package and the performance itself are giving the audience a glimpse of Adam’s fun personality that I think was lacking before this week. There seems to be a lot of energy in the room and everyone’s eyes are on Adam, but also he sounds really, really good. This kind of anthemic song is exactly the kind of song that would be the bread and butter of his stadium tours as an artist.
8:39 p.m. – Both Blake and Adam plea to the audience to make sure that Adam doesn’t fall into the bottom two again this week because he just gave a great performance. I would be shocked if he has to sing for the save again, to be honest.
8:44 p.m. – Up next is Brooke Simpson from Team Miley doing one of Pink‘s newest hits, “What About Us.” This is an insanely great pick for Brooke because it speaks to her personal journey so well and Miley’s idea to bring Native American drummers on stage is going to drive that point home. Even the rehearsal footage is giving me chills!
8:50 p.m. – Whew, sorry I didn’t say anything during that performance. I was completely transfixed! Such a tremendous show from Brooke, one I think was a true star moment for her–it was big and personal and you could tell it was emotionally relevant to Brooke’s life which made it all that much more believable. Miley stands up for Brooke and says that her ear is so good that when she makes a record she’s going to be one of the most interesting artists because she knows how to make these current pop songs her own.
8:56 p.m. – Team Jennifer’s Davon Fleming will be taking on Whitney Houston‘s iconic “I Have Nothing.” This is a huuuuuge song, but Davon can handle it for sure.
8:58 p.m. – Not sure if it’s the arrangement or Davon’s approach to the song, but something seems off here. He’s not hitting the big notes as fluidly as you want to hear in a Whitney song so he might have actually been outmatched by the song choice here. Let’s see what the coaches say.
9:02 p.m. – Blake calls attention to the dynamics that Davon is able to bring to his vocals. Jennifer points out how hard it is for male artists to take on Whitney and Adam pipes in to say that it’s not only hard, but impossible. Jennifer seems to still have a lot of faith in his ability to advance, but I’m gonna say now it might be a close call for Davon this week. Not his strongest.
9:08 p.m. – Ashland Craft is next with her spin on “Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band–fans voted it through after hearing her tinker with it as a possible option last week. The goal for Ashland this week is to show the audience the vibe she’d bring to the stage at one of her own gigs.
9:11 p.m. – This is a great song choice for Ashland–it’s up-beat and gritty enough to provide a new look at the type of artist she is. I do think she could be having a little more fun with the performance quality of the song, but she sounds immaculate and that’s what’s important here, isn’t it?!
9:14 p.m. – LOL Adam scolds the audience for not clapping along correctly to the song, but says that Ashland performed it flawlessly, especially for her ability to bring the feminine attitude to a song that he’s only ever seen men sing. Miley compliments first and foremost Ashland’s confidence with this song.
9:20 p.m. – Continuing on with Addison Agen from Team Adam, who peaked at #9 on the iTunes singles chart last week. For this performance she’ll be singing Joni Mitchell‘s “A Case of You.” I love this song so much! Adam tells Addison that she was born to sing this song. Big prediction from Adam–he says it’ll get to top 5 on iTunes!
9:22 p.m. – Whoa only about 30 seconds into the song and I think Adam might be right! Addison sounds angelic. The depth and quiver in her voice through the first voice is incredible. They’ve made a fantastic arrangement for the track and the stripped down staging is perfect. Oh man, Addison may have just bought her ticket to the finale with this performance. No one is going to forget this.
9:26 p.m. – Naturally, all four judges on their feet to applaud Addison. Jennifer says there is great, but Addison is beyond great and goes as far as to say that regardless of competition, everyone should be voting for Addison this week. Adam calls the performance moving and the full example of what her talent is.
9:32 p.m. – Team Blake’s Keisha Renee is up next with Faith Hill‘s country ballad “It Matters to Me.” Blake loves this pick for Keisha because both Faith and her have soulful approaches to country music. The plan is to do something really big that only Keisha can bring to the song. Let’s she if she delivers!
9:36 p.m. – Sticking in her lower register through much of the song, Keisha is taking a pretty low key approach to the song. When she finally steps away from the mic stand at the end and brings the big, deep vocal runs though we see what she’s really capable of as a vocalist. I think it was a really nice performance that will probably match her #4 spot on the country charts last week.
9:38 p.m. – As a Faith fan, Miley gives Keisha praise for being able to show her new aspects and notes to a song that she already loved. Blake says that one of the things he loves about Keisha is her dedication and conviction to singing country music each week. He sees her as a true artist that knows where she wants her career to go.
9:43 p.m. – Noah Mac from Team Jennifer is the second to last performance of the night with “Electric Love” by Borns. Jennifer thinks that the fans’ ability to pick out this song for Noah and for him to respond so positively to it means that he has connected with his audience in a way that is authentic.
9:47 p.m. – Noah’s direction to the band in rehearsal to do a string arrangement was so smart–the song sounds gorgeous and they’ve kept his vocal front and center.
9:49 p.m. – Adam says one of the greatest things about Noah as an artist is that his voice isn’t what you’d expect to come out of him when you look at him. He calls the performance smart, cool and modern and applauds him for pushing the boundaries. Jennifer hypes up the ladies in the crowed, surely Noah’s core fanbase.
9:54 p.m. – Closing out the night is Chloe Kohanski for Team Blake taking on the classic “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Welp this is definitely going to be a moment! Apparently fans have been tweeting requests to Chloe all season long asking her to perform this. Should be goooood.
9:58 p.m. – Wow. Watching Chloe is like watching Lady Gaga in her early days–everything about her performance is of the highest quality. She’s got the vocal, the entertainment value, the look, the confidence and the utter mastery over the song. Effortless!
9:59 p.m. – All the judges on their feet. Miley says how proud she is for being such an original, freaky artist that represents all those fans. Blake says that without a doubt Chloe just set the bar for the entire competition, insinuating that she’s the frontrunner. I couldn’t agree more! What a star.
10:00 p.m. – Results will come in tomorrow night. As always any artist that appears within the top 10 of the iTunes singles chart will get a 5x multiplier to their audience votes. Two artists will be placed in the bottom and will sing for the Twitter Instant Save and one will go home. Denton will be here to give you live updates as the results come down!
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