It’s “Challenge Week” for the Top 10 edition of “The Voice” airing Monday. Each of the 10 remaining singers must choose a song that symbolizes a challenge on their Season 14 journey, either by style or lyrics. As an added bonus for Monday’s episode, rookie coach Kelly Clarkson performs her new single “I Don’t Think About You.”
Team Kelly Clarkson is down to just two contenders remaining, and so is Team Adam Levine. The teams for Alicia Keys and Blake Shelton still have all three of their artists competing.
Read our complete analysis of the episodes for Monday, April 23, Tuesday, April 24 , Monday, April 30 and Tuesday, May 1. Also enjoy our our live summary recaps of the bloodbath earlier in April as 24 artists were whittled down to 12: Monday, April 16, Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18.
Here are all members of the Top 10 singing on Monday. Keep in mind that two of them will be eliminated on Tuesday’s results show this week. Make your comments in our live updating blog item below:
Team Adam Levine — Rayshun LaMarr, Jackie Verna
Team Alicia Keys — Britton Buchanan, Jackie Foster, Christiana Danielle
Team Kelly Clarkson — Brynn Cartelli, Kaleb Lee
Team Blake Shelton — Pryor Baird, Spensha Baker, Kyla Jade
Live updating recap of the results episode plus analysis below for Monday, May 7:
8:01 p.m. – Kyla is up first tonight for Team Blake with “This Is Me” from the film “The Greatest Showman.” She hopes to change lives with her performance, inspiring youth who lack confidence. It clearly is a song that Kyla connects with personally, but Blake says her challenge tonight is to give it her own spin to be different from the version we already know.
8:03 p.m. – This is an incredible song choice for Kyla because it’s the right amount of drama and large enough to let her huge voice soar. I really love that they included a choir on stage with her because it gives the big stage appeal, but when they dropped away just before the end and it was just Kyla singing with the vulnerability of tears in her voice she had a truly magical moment. Overall, a really great start to the night and I’d say it’s a pretty huge moment for her on the show.
8:07 p.m. – In their critiques, both Alicia and Blake applauded Kyla for her bravery and supported her beauty. As her coach, Blake was bold enough to say that she just “punched her ticket to the semifinals” and, honestly, I agree with him for once!
8:12 p.m. – Kaleb’s song choice tonight is one that he hopes will give him a chance to work with the crowd a little more and one that Kelly says allows him to show his more sensitive side. The challenge of “Boondocks” by Little Big Town is that he has to take a song by a quartet and make it work for a solo artist.
8:15 p.m. – Tonight Kaleb’s voice was clear, crisp and sounded great with the band in support. As a performer though, he still lacks the kind of energy that he needs to really draw me in. I don’t get a ton of personality or charisma from him when he’s on stage and that would worry me if he didn’t sound so good tonight.
8:19 p.m. – Adam tells Kaleb that regardless of the outcome this week that he’s a winner because he’s shown the most growth of anyone else in the competition. Kelly throws some support his way by admitting that as a shy guy it’s harder for him to get up there and exude the same kind of style that others do. I guess that’s what I’m seeing when I watch him and don’t feel the energy!
8:24 p.m. – Team Adam’s Jackie is taking on “Love Triangle” by RaeLynn, an artist from “The Voice.” Her challenge this week is storytelling and managing to convey the message of a song that she doesn’t necessarily connect to on a personal level, but still thinks is so beautiful and touching.
8:27 p.m. – Jackie’s voice is really interesting on this song–delicate, breathy and yet still has a bit of range to show off. I think she sounds best when she goes into her full voice though and you hear the smooth texture of what she can do. In the last stretch of the performance she elevated with two really beautiful runs that, for me, help her meet the challenge of mastering the lyric with her voice. Definitely a solid night for her.
8:31 p.m. – As RaeLynn’s former coach, Blake tells Jackie that she hit it out of the park and handled the subject matter of the song really well. Adam urges the audience to notice the “understated elegance” of her performance and warns that sometimes perfect vocals can go unnoticed.
8:36 p.m. – As a break from the artist performances, coach Kelly takes the stage for a gorgeous performance of her new single “I Don’t Think About You.” The song is a ballad full of both pain and strength so she really belts it out on this one.
8:44 p.m. – Tonight Rayshun is challenging himself with a current song (“Grant Green”) that he hopes will show off his versatility. Adam wants to make sure that because this is a song that not many viewers will know that this week he’s entertaining and actually thinks that he could crack the top 5 on iTunes. We’ll see!
8:47 p.m. – The song is jazzy and vibrant, two things that Rayshun brings to the performance in spades. He works the stage tonight like a seasoned pro, maintaining his now signature theatrical style and vocal acrobatics. But putting the energy of the performance aside, Rayshun sounds really, really good tonight. I actually love the song for him and don’t think it matters one bit that people will have not heard it before because it feels so authentically Rayshun and so it works!
8:50 p.m. – Kelly says that Rayshun lit up the room and that he’s a refreshing performer that is “pure joy.” Adam follows that compliment up by saying that he separated himself from the rest of the pack tonight and that he is the entertainer of the season.
8:55 p.m. – Spensha’s goal for tonight’s performance of “Red” by Taylor Swift is to bring a soulful touch to a more pop-oriented country song than she’s used to. Blake asks her to find a part of the song that she can really push further to give herself a moment for her voice.
8:58 p.m. – OMG my main question is ‘why isn’t Spensha singing more songs like this each week?’ This is absolutely the kind of music that she needs to be making–she hasn’t sacrificed the country aspect, but with a pop melody her voice reaches for a more dynamic space that sounds so good. I really enjoy the deep tones of her voice that came through on the chorus and when she drops down for the breathy moments it’s just as interesting. Wow, tonight is shaping up to be really competitive!
9:01 p.m. – All the coaches on their feet for a standing ovation! Adam tells her that she hit every note, as different as they were, perfectly and says her “instincts are amazing.” Blake calls it Spensha’s best performance so far on the show and once again tells her that she’s going to make country music history and be a huge star in the industry.
9:08 p.m. – Team Alicia’s Jackie decided on a more tender approach this week with “Gravity” by Sara Bareilles. For Alicia, the challenge is to make sure that the moment the tender song creates is genuine.
9:10 p.m. – Jackie probably chose the toughest song we’ve seen so far tonight, but man oh man did she nail it! This particular song proves that performances don’t need to have big moments in order to show how rich an artist’s voice can be. The entire first half of the song is small and delicate and Jackie sounds like a true angel in those parts. The song does, in fact, have a sort of big moment in it though, but Jackie kept it restrained enough that it didn’t overwhelm the whole thing. I just think it was all very gorgeous.
9:14 p.m. – Her coach tells her that she was totally riveted throughout the performance, calling it a beautiful vocal and a gorgeous performance.
9:19 p.m. – Tonight Britton is seeking to embrace his uniqueness with Tina Turner‘s “What’s Love Gotta Do With It.” His challenge is that he’s taking on a song by a female artist for the first time, but with Alicia he’s making it totally his own and must find a way to make the lyrics feel like his own as well.
9:21 p.m. – The skill that Britton has is that he can take any song, even something as iconic as this one by someone as iconic as Tina and in his young age still evoke the maturity and history of the song in every moment. I don’t know if it’s his best vocal of the season, but it’s a new side of his artistry and as someone in the competition who clearly has a large fan base already he set himself up for success simply by choosing something that he completely flipped on its head.
9:24 p.m. – Adam tells Britton that even if he’s not his coach that he’s still so proud of him and thinks he’s truly special. Alicia says that he has so much “swag” tonight and that he smashed it tonight.
9:30 p.m. – Alicia’s final artist of the night, Christiana, has chosen the classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” for this evening. Alicia says her challenge is to make the song her own without taking the audience away from their own connection to the song.
9:32 p.m. – Tonight Christiana has taken a classic song and made it completely her own, but I’m not convinced that it has shown the best side of her voice. What she did accomplish tonight is showing off her effortless style, an incredible amount of soul and a sultriness that we hadn’t really seen from her yet. For me, her take on the song would work really well in the context of a larger set of song by her in a concert, but alone it lacks the punch that I want from her headed into the semifinals.
9:36 p.m. – Kelly calls the performance her favorite thing that Christiana has done on the show, saying that when she sings her “whole body sings.” Alicia says there’s no one like her in the show (very true) and that she is incredibly riveting when on stage (also true).
9:42 p.m. – Blake’s rocker Pryor gets a prime slot tonight as the second to last performance with his take on “My Town” by Montgomery Gentry. The challenge for him is that there are two voices with two tones on the original and he’ll have to bring them together for his voice. Last week he became the highest charting artist of the season, peaking at #3 on iTunes with “Night Moves.” Can he follow it up with another hit?
9:44 p.m. – As the first purely country song that Pryor is doing this season, I have to agree with Blake that perhaps country really is where his roots are and that it’s finally coming out. He’s still clearly a rock performer, but on a country song like this the growl of his voice just feels right.
9:48 p.m. – Adam says the best thing about Pryor’s performance tonight is that we finally got to see his range, from the scratch to the higher tones of his voice. Blake sets expectations high by predicting that Pryor will probably go higher than top 3 on iTunes this week and beat the season record.
9:53 p.m. – Brynn closes out the night with “Fix You” by Coldplay, a song Kelly says is her favorite that Brynn’s chosen so far this season. For Brynn this song is deeply personal because her mom currently has some health issues that she’s dealing with and so her challenge is to take the iconic song and let it be her own story for the night.
9:56 p.m. – The decision to arrange the song with a mini orchestra is so smart because it brings an elegance that elevates Brynn’s deep voice into something magical for the first part of the song. Then in the bridge they start rocking out a little bit and Brynn starts to truly feel the song before scaling it back for the last take on the chorus. Overall the performance is dynamic and well-structured–without a doubt her best.
9:59 p.m. – Kelly’s notes for American on Brynn is that she clearly has an innate talent that can’t be taught and that’s why they should vote for her tonight.
10:00 p.m. – Tomorrow night two artists will be eliminated and only eight will advance to next week’s semifinals. Based on tonight’s performances alone, I’d say that Christiana is the most in danger, but Kyla, Kaleb and Jackie Verna are also vulnerable. What do you think? Sound off in the comments and update your predictions!
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