‘The Voice’ Top 4 performance show: Will the best artist be on a team for Blake Shelton or John Legend? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

We know one thing for certain on Monday’s final performance episode of “The Voice” Season 16. Either an artist for Team Blake Shelton or Team John Legend will be the best and declared champion. All singers for coaches Kelly Clarkson and Adam Levine have been eliminated for this spring cycle.

Read our recaps of last Monday’s Top 8 episode and Tuesday’s Top 8 results show to remind yourself of where everything stands for this season. And here’s a list of all songs performed this year by the four finalists.

Maelyn Jarmon (Team John)
(Blind Audition: “Fields of Gold”; Battles: “When We Were Young”; Cross Battle: “Mad World”; Top 24: “Fallingwater”; Top 13: “The Scientist”; Top 8: “Stay”)

Gyth Rigdon (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Drift Away”; Battles: “Drunk Me”; Cross Battle: “Goodbye Time”; Top 24: “I Want to Be Loved Like That”; Top 13: “Nobody But Me”; Top 8: “God Bless the U.S.A.”)

Dexter Roberts (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Like a Cowboy”; Battles: “Hurricane”; Cross Battle: “Believe”; Top 24: “Ain’t Nothing ’bout You”; Top 13: “Something Like That”; Top 8: “Here Without You”)

Andrew Sevener (Team Blake)
(Blind Audition: “Honky Tonk Women”; Battles: “Tequila”; Cross Battle: “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde”; Top 24: “Boots On”; Top 13: “She Got the Best of Me”; Top 8: “Long Haired Country Boy”)

And now enjoy making your own comments below in our updating live blog recap for Monday, May 20:

8:01 p.m. – The night kicked off with Maelyn’s original song performance “Wait for You.” For her it was a song she could connect to having been away from her boyfriend throughout the course of the competition. The song and performance had a very Florence + the Machine vibe with the drums and Maelyn’s soaring vocals on the chorus. In terms of stage presence she was professional and comfortable, if not slightly low energy (even if it matched the song’s tone). In critiques, Adam gave his full support to Maelyn, acknowledging that while everyone in the final is great that he thinks she “is the artist that should be winning.”

8:09 p.m. – Tonight the coaches (well, John and Blake) got on stage to perform duets with each of their finalists. The first of the four was Blake and Andrew for “All Right Now” by Free. For Andrew it was a thumper of a song that offered him the chance to show his personality. He and Blake sounded great together and looked like stars on a traditional country rock stage.

8:17 p.m. – Dexter’s first performance of the night was his cover of Randy Houser‘s “Anything Goes.” During rehearsals Blake was surprised by how perfect of a song choice it was, telling Dexter that he probably should have sang it earlier but is glad he saved it. I’d have to agree–it was an emotional ballad that showed off his voice perfectly, creating a really effective stage atmosphere and a breakout moment for him on the show. Both Kelly and Adam loved the performance–Adam said “greatness is greatness and you’re great.”

8:30 p.m. – The next performance from Team Blake was Gyth’s duet with his coach, “Take It Easy” by The Eagles. I loved this for Gyth because he looked like he was having a ton of fun being on stage with Blake and with the song. He had a few hiccups in the performance, but the energy was most important here and in that regard they executed well.

8:38 p.m. – In the second round of performances, Andrew was up first with his original song, “Rural Route Rising.” During rehearsals Blake surprised Andrew by telling him that Travis Tritt was coming to the show to join him for a performance on Tuesday night! Whether it was the knowledge of Travis or just the excitement of the Monday show, Andrew brought great energy to this performance and the song felt like a great fit for him.

8:50 p.m. – Maelyn’s second performance was her duet with John of “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole. We knew the song would be right up John’s alley, but the surprise here was how easily Maelyn adapted to the swoon and sway of the old classic. The intimacy between the two in the song was a sight to behold, especially with the string and brass band in front of them. At the end of the track the other three coaches rose in a standing ovation.

8:56 p.m. – Next up with Gyth with his cover of “Once in a Blue Moon” by Earl Thomas Conley. Blake was pleased with the song choice because it would serve as a nice tribute to Conley who passed away only a few months ago. The performance was very scaled back for Gyth, but the perfect arrangement of the song. With this he got to show the softer side of his voice as well as his personality. I think the audience will really gravitate to this performance of his, above the others.

9:06 p.m. – Dexter’s original song “Looking Back” was fitting lyrically with the way it is a stand in for the process that each of the artists goes through on the show. Vocally it wasn’t his best performance of the season–at time his voice seemed strained–but he’s a solid stage performer and so his fanbase will be proud. Kelly reiterated to him that he’s her favorite country vocalist this season and called him “authentic.”

9:18 p.m. – Andrew also opened up the third phase of the night, this time with his cover of Hinder‘s “Lips of an Angel.” Blake liked the song choice because it blends the genres of rock and country in a way that encapsulates the kind of artist that Andrew is. I love that he got to perform this song last because it was his best of the night and one of his strongest vocals of the season. Kelly was ecstatic for Andrew’s performance and John went as far as telling him that of Blake’s three performers that he’d choose him as the best of the night.

9:32 p.m. – For his duet, Dexter joined with Blake for “Hard Working Man” by Brooks & Dunn. It was a joyous union for the two who showed that they have a friendly connection with one another and in that spirit they had a ton of fun with the song. The duet was a strong finish for Dexter, who in my opinion was hit or miss tonight, and might be enough to keep him within the top 3 after the night’s votes.

9:41 p.m. – Gyth’s original song, “Proof I’ve Always Loved You,” is a song he says he’s had in his back pocket for a long time. It’s also the only song in the finale that one of the artists has a writing credit on, so for Gyth this was a deeply personal song for him to deliver. The song is definitely something that everyone can connect with and so even without his strong performance of it, I think it’ll be one of the most streamed songs from the night. Gyth has a star quality that comes through in every performance he gives and thats why he’s been so strong this season. In their critiques, the coaches were impressed by how many different sides of himself he’s shown throughout the competition, and Blake said that he could actually win the show.

9:52 p.m. – Maelyn got the prime spot of closing the show with her cover of the legendary “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Not only was it just a smart song choice for her, but she picked it because she’s performed it with her father before and so it held a special place in her heart. It was a flawless vocal and overall one of the most stunning performances I’ve ever seen on any season. I wanted her to sing it forever. Like I didn’t want it to stop! Unsurprisingly there was an extended standing ovation and deafening cheers from the audience following her performance. Adam once again stated how shocking it would be to him if she doesn’t win.

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