Monday night during the Top 8 performance episode of “The Voice,” country artist Gyth Rigdon of Team Blake Shelton took on Lee Greenwood‘s “God Bless the U.S.A.” for America’s vote. This 25-year-old single father was surprised to learn that the anthem had never been done on the show before, with Blake predicting that this performance was “gonna be big.” Will Gyth make it into the Top 4 of Season 16? Watch “The Voice” performance video above, read the coaches’ comments below and then make your predictions before Tuesday’s results show.
Kelly Clarkson: “I feel like you can’t critique this song, or you’re like going to hell or something. I will say, this was not my favorite vocal of you this season because I think you are a ridiculously talented vocalist. This song is a lot of sustained notes. It’s all heart — it’s all of us singing together usually in a big crowd. This wasn’t my favorite but I love that you picked it. I love that it means something to you. I think that it’s beautiful that it’s never been done on the show before.”
John Legend: “Gyth, you chose the day we celebrated the British invasion to sing this song celebrating America. We appreciate you, Gyth. I agree with Kelly that this wasn’t your greatest vocal performance, but it was very strong and I felt the energy and the emotion. It was a powerful rendition. Great job.”
Blake Shelton: “Very clearly we have all put on our competitive jackets today, so I’m gonna take this road. I’m gonna say that that was far and away your best vocal performance I’ve heard this whole season. The song clearly means something to you as it does a lot of people. I love that performance. I love that you chose that song. Welcome to the finale, brother.”
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “Talk about a song that his fan base will eat up. This is a brilliantly strategic song choice. Gyth wraps an American flag scarf around his mic for extra effect as he belts out the anthem with sincere yet shaky vocals. He’s not the best singer in the competition and there’s a handful that could out-sing him on this, but it was still a smart choice. That being said, there were enough off notes that this song won’t be nearly as big for him as he and Blake are hoping.”
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