Monday night during the Top 8 performance episode of “The Voice,” country singer Carter Lloyd Horne of Team Blake Shelton took on Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” for America’s vote. The coaches on “The Voice” are notorious for keeping things positive, but they all agreed that Carter was “pitchy” during his semi-finals performance. Do you think that Carter did enough to advance to the Top 4 of Season 16? Watch “The Voice” video above, read the coaches’ comments below and then make your predictions before Tuesday’s results show.
Kelly Clarkson: “I think this is actually a cool genre, like this whole vibe is very cool for you. I just think in that [performance], I don’t know if you were hearing something differently, but you’ll hear it when you watch it back. It was just a little pitchy all in the beginning, like you couldn’t kind of find the pitch of it. But … you have a really, really rad tone, okay? It’s really cool. It’s very different. I think stylists like that make really great rock and roll dudes. I don’t want to be bumming you out. It just was a lot pitchy in the beginning.”
John Legend: “Yeah, it was hard to find the key at the beginning with all of the cheering and all of the things going on. I don’t know what’s happening in your ears, but I think you just didn’t find it until you got into the chorus which, you know, it happens to all of us. We’ve seen it happen on the Grammys, we’ve seen it happen everywhere. That’s just a challenge that we all face. It was tough today, but it’s okay. You’re a great singer. You’ll be fine.”
Blake Shelton: “None of us ever want that to happen, but sadly and honestly it does happen. I think the good thing that you’ve got going for you is that you did recover as the song went on and you’ve created this fan base up until this point. This is the semi-finals and you’re here because people love you, and hopefully that’s gonna carry over. The fact that you were able to pick the song up and turn it into something is gonna carry you over. Good job recovering, man.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “I don’t think a single note of the first verse was on key so this is starting off pretty rough. He smooths things over once he hits the chorus and at least appears comfortable on stage. Vocally he’s just struggling through and I know his fans wanted him to sing this, but it’s just too big of an anthem for Carter at this stage in his career. It was pretty bad. Nonetheless, the audience seems to love him.”
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