Tuesday night on “The Voice,” Wilkes represented Team Blake Shelton during the second live playoff episode of Season 14. Wilkes transformed No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak” and will find out if he advances to the Top 12 on Wednesday, April 18. Four of Wilkes’s teammates (Spensha Baker, Pryor Baird, Gary Edwards and Austin Giorgio) also performed, while Kyla Jade sailed through to the finals thanks to America’s vote during Monday’s episode. Do YOU think Wilkes’s performance was good enough to make it to the next round? Watch “The Voice” video above.
The coaches honed in on the fact that Wilkes’ microphone stand lowered during the song, but that he saved the day by dropping down to his knees to complete the performance. Blake noted, “I gotta say, that mic drop? The unintentional mic drop? First of all, I would have spent the next five minutes trying to figure out how get down there. Being that low just to sing and react to it the way you did, you’re a pro.”
Blake added with a sly smile, “I want people to know that the way we’re doing this this year is that these guys chose these songs that they’re doing. And what a great song choice!” Of course, Blake is currently dating Gwen Stefani, the lead singer of No Doubt and former “The Voice” coach. Find out if Wilkes makes it into the Top 12 when the results are revealed Wednesday night on NBC.
In his recap of “The Voice,” our live-blogger Denton Davidson remarked, “[Wilkes] has slowed the song down into more of a haunting rock ballad and I love the arrangement. Off the top, Wilkes sounds fantastic but midway through the song it got a bit too theatrical for me. This performance was created with great intent, but it didn’t win me over. Regardless, the coaches were all on their feet by the end.”