Will there be any more surprises and shockers when the Top 13 artists perform Monday evening on “The Voice”? The biggest elimination of Season 17 happened last week when the Top 20 lost seven contenders for the first round of the Live Playoffs.
We just published our power rankings over the weekend, listing our reasons for ranking best to worst for the Top 13. Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Here are the remaining contestants for each coach below:
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8:10 p.m. — We’re kicking things off with Team Gwen’s 15-year old Miami pop artist, Joana Martinez. She’s dedicating her performance of “Get On Your Feet” by Gloria Estefan to her hometown of Miami. It shows off the Miami sound and let’s Joana infuse her pop sensibilities. She begins her performance at the top of a staircase before descending to a stage that includes just two guitar players. Joana is comfortable working the stage and although this isn’t showing off her full vocal potential, we see the fun side of this teenager. The audience is definitely on their feet and Blake says she’s in the right lane and predicts good things for her. Gwen compliments her ability to sing, dance and get the crowd going.
8:15 p.m. — We continue with Team Blake’s Austin soul singer Ricky Duran. Ricky is singing “You are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne and dedicating it to his girlfriend. His girlfriend Alissa recently had a stroke but luckily she has made a full recovery. Ricky appears solo on stage strumming his guitar in a sleek green suit while filling the room with his raspy vocals. Ricky seems to be one of the most versatile singers this season and I have yet to hear hit a sour note. John thinks Ricky carries himself like an artist and appreciates the way he controls the stage. Blake says wherever he goes fans have been shouting out love for Ricky this season. He expects him to be around in this competition for the long haul.
8:25 p.m. — Up next is the Ohio singer-songwriter for Team Kelly, Max Boyle. He’s dedicating the song “Unaware” by Allen Stone to his family because it’s one of the songs they request him to sing at all of his gigs. Max enters via the staircase before joining a guitar player on stage. This is a smooth, soulful song that takes full advantage of Max’s signature falsetto. Max has a great stage presence and looks like a pop star, but this may be my least favorite performance from him to date. That’s not to say I think he’s in jeopardy of elimination, I certainly think he’ll be safe. He just hasn’t matched the bar he set for himself with previous performances and his vocals were sort of all over the place. John felt he nailed the song with power and charisma. Kelly says he has so much talent and he possesses an intimacy that’s impossible to teach.
8:35 p.m. — Next is the Los Angeles R&B singer from Team Gwen, Myracle Holloway. Myracle is dedicating Whitney Houston‘s #1 pop hit “I’m Your Baby Tonight” to her late grandmother. While Myracle was growing up she wasn’t allowed to listen to much secular music, but Whitney was one artist her grandmother loved. Myracle is turning up the heat on this song and although I would generally caution artists against taking on “The Voice” Myracle has chosen one of the more manageable hits to cover. That said, she’s still straining her way though this and after nearly going home last week, this may be the end for her. Surprisingly, the entire coaching panel is on their feet so perhaps they heard something I didn’t. Kelly thinks she’s a champion for covering that song and Gwen felt the performance was incredible.
8:45 p.m. — Team Legend’s passionate singer-songwriter Will Breman is up next dedicating “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz to his mother. She never gave up on him when he was diagnosed with asperger’s syndrome in middle school. This song shows a more vulnerable side to Will and even though he was nearly eliminated last week, John still believes Will can win this show. Will appears on the stage solo with no instrument this week. It’s refreshing to hear him simply crooning on a nice ballad and he still has that signature stage presence we’ve become accustomed to from him. When he hits the chorus his voice sort of falls apart and he screams his way through it while running all over the stage. The coaches seem thrilled by this performance and give him a standing ovation but I’m not impressed. Blake finds Will’s connection to the music to be an unbelievable gift. John loves the passion and emotion Will gave the song.
8:55 p.m. — Team Blake’s indie pop singer from California, Kat Hammock, is dedicating the traditional hymn “Danny Boy” to her grandfather who passed a way a few years ago. It’s a song her grandpa used to play at Christmas while their family gathered around the piano. Kat is standing alone on stage while her angelic voice projects to the audience and this is exactly the type of performance voters eat up. Wise choice, Kat. She’s not a perfect vocalist but she’s definitely unique and I think voters will be drawn to her personality. The coaches are all on their feet and Gwen says if Kat doesn’t get a record deal after this show something is wrong. Blake couldn’t be more proud and says she is one of the most important artists he has ever worked with.
9:05 p.m. — We move on with Team Legend’s powerful singer from Chicago, Katie Kadan, who is dedicating “I’m Going Down” by Mary J. Blige to all her single girlfriends who lift her up while she’s down. She’s had struggles in love and knows other women can appreciate the sentiment of this song. Katie is alone on stage when that big voice quickly takes over the crowd. Katie just oozes soul and she’s easily one of my favorites this season. She’s got such a fun personality but the voice to match! Her stage presence is unparalleled by any of her competitors and Katie just nailed another performance. Yet another standing ovation from the coaches! Kelly calls her “straight up fire” and John says it was the best performance of the season.
9:15 p.m. — We continue now with the Iowa pop singer from Team Blake, Cali Wilson, who is dedicating “Butterflies” by Kacey Musgraves to her girlfriend Gracie. Gracie has been the light in the darkness for Cali through some tough times. Cali is jamming out on her guitar alone on stage and her voice definitely fits this song more than her song last week, which nearly sent her packing. Cali looks great but I’m not sure she has the sound or presence to stand out in this crowd. The coaches are all on their feet once again and at this point I think they just need to stretch their legs. Gwen says Cali has a voice that she would love to listen to on the radio. Blake thinks Cali has finally found her lane and she has a shockingly powerful voice.
9:25 p.m. — Up next is the Sacramento soul singer from Team Kelly, Shane Q, dedicating “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts to his mother who has always worked so hard for him and his younger sister. Shane begins his performance alongside an acoustic guitar and he sounds pretty good. Kelly has been begging Shane to come out of his shell but it’s easier said than done. Shane still looks terrified to be on stage despite how good he can sing. He looks like all he’s thinking about is what note he needs to hit next and for me this performance is a bust. Of course the coaches give him a standing ovation. Blake thinks he’s one of the front-runners this season and Kelly believes he connected to the lyrics and hopes he believes in himself.
9:30 p.m. — Next is Team Kelly’s wildcard winners Hello Sunday who will be dedicating “Mama Knows Best” by Jessie J to their parents. These energetic teenagers almost went home last week and they’re here to prove they deserve to be here. These two bring so much energy to the stage as soon as the performance starts and right off the bat they’re blasting out notes we wouldn’t expect from 14-year old girls. This pair is just infectious and I’ll be shocked if they’re on the chopping block again anytime soon. John calls the performance “incredible” and “far and away their best performance.” Kelly can’t believe their talent says America is insane if they don’t vote for these kids.
9:40 p.m. — Next is Team Legend’s pop singer, Marybeth Byrd, who is dedicating “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill to her grandfather who passed away a day before she flew out to be on “The Voice.” She can’t make it through rehearsals without crying so this is going to be a challenge for her. Marybeth is on stage alone for this intimate performance and seems to be getting through it nicely. She’s hitting some powerful notes we aren’t used to hearing from her and I’m not certain she’s comfortable in that range. By the end she finally breaks down in tears. Overall I think this will definitely be enough to get her into next week. John says part of the beauty of this moment is that she can share her grief with America and they can see this side of her.
9:50 p.m. — Team Kelly’s country crooner Jake Hoot is up next dedicating “Danny’s Song” by Loggins & Messina to his daughter. The message of this song is important to him after him and his daughter’s mother went through a divorce a couple years ago. Jake is shockingly the only pure country artist left in the competition and I expect he’ll have a swell of support because of that. Jake is accompanied by an acoustic guitar and as usual, Jake sounds great. He is a throwback to the great 90’s country singers and this was a perfect song choice for him to attract viewers who appreciate country music. Gwen called the performance “amazing” and Kelly is in tears calling him “magical.”
9:59 p.m. — Team Gwen’s soulful diva Rose Short is closing out tonight’s show dedicating “I Turn To You” by Christina Aguilera to her coach, Gwen. Gwen has given her the confidence to be herself and feel beautiful. Rose is standing center stage in a glittering gown for this power ballad, but seems to struggle through the softer notes in the first verse. When she hits the powerful chorus she nails it and now she’s feeling the spirit. The coaches are on their feet before this is even over and Rose looks in her element taking this crowd to church. Gwen says this partnership means everything to her and she’s really proud of her. And that’s a wrap for tonight? Which two artists do you think will go home tomorrow?
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