Just two weeks remain for Season 17 of “The Voice.” The Top 8 for this cycle perform on Monday night’s Live Semifinals for coaches Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, John Legend and Blake Shelton. You can start voting for your favorites right away and will find out the results on Tuesday evening. Three singers will be safe while two will immediately be eliminated. The other three contestants will face off for an Instant Save, with only one of those people moving into next week’s Top 4 finale.
We just published our power rankings over the weekend, listing our reasons for ranking best to worst for the Top 8. Do you agree or disagree with our choices? Here are the remaining contestants in our order for Season 17:
1. Jake Hoot (Team Kelly)
2. Katie Kadan (Team Legend)
3. Ricky Duran (Team Blake)
4. Rose Short (Team Gwen)
5. Hello Sunday (Team Kelly)
6. Kat Hammock (Team Blake)
7. Will Breman (Team Legend)
8. Marybeth Byrd (Team Legend)
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8:00 p.m. — Tonight’s semi-finals kicked off with an introduction package of the Top 8 hopefuls vying to become the 17th winner of “The Voice.” They’ll each sing tonight for America’s votes before half of them are cut on Tuesday night heading into next week’s finale. Let’s go!
8:10 p.m. — First up tonight is Team Legend’s powerful Chicago vocalist, Katie Kadan. John has chosen “Lady Marmalade” by LaBelle for Katie to sing because he wants her to show off her sassy side one more time before the finale. Katie emerged on a staircase followed by a quartet of female background singers and a couple of ladies on guitar providing a theme of female empowerment. It takes a powerhouse vocalist to pull this song off and Katie definitely has the chops. There isn’t anything surprising or terribly original about this performance but Katie definitely delivers. It should definitely be enough to get her into next week! The coaches give Katie a standing ovation before Kelly professes her love for Katie’s captivating voice, Gwen calls it her favorite performance so far and John proclaims Katie is a superstar who they are lucky to have on “The Voice.”
8:20 p.m. — Team Blake’s young indie pop singer Kat Hammock is up next singing “Somewhere Only We Know” by Keane. Kat actually chose this song because this experience will end soon and she wants to go out with what she does best. For the performance Kat is standing on a giant half moon surrounded by ballerinas. It’s a little over the top in terms of staging but the vocals are simple and sweet from Kat as always. I wish Kat would change things up a bit with her style but this isn’t much different than everything else we’ve seen from her. There are brief pitch issues but overall it’s nice despite the ridiculous set design. Three of the four judges are on their feet but John is holding steady in his seat to prove standing ovations are too easily given by this panel. Kelly calls Kat’s voice touching and special, Gwen compliments her take on melody and Blake calls it Kat’s most powerful vocal performance of the show so far.
8:30 p.m. — Team Blake’s Ricky Duran and Team Legend’s Will Breman are pairing up for tonight’s first 80’s duet of the night inspired by “Wonder Woman 1984.” They’re singing “Your Love” by The Outfield. It’s not meant to be a battle but it’s hard not to compare the two vocalists on stage competing for the same title. Ricky is definitely more of a front-runner of the two and he solidifies it tonight. He’s got the more natural stage presence while Will seems to use over-the-top antics and scream out the lyrics. Both played some pretty killer guitar solos though.
8:40 p.m. — Team Legend’s Marybeth Byrd is hoping to show a new side of herself tonight after barely surviving last week. John wants her to go back to country music and cater to her hometown fans. John has chosen “Before He Cheats” by Carrie Underwood for Marybeth to sing and show off a more aggressive side. She looks confident on stage throughout this performance but lacks the power and conviction of the original. It’s nice to see a more fun side of Marybeth though and this genre shift could be just what she needs to ignite her fan base. Blake called it a tough vocal to tackle but applauded her ability to sing different genres. John said it was her best vocal performance of the season and pleaded for fans to vote her into the finale.
8:50 p.m. — Team Kelly’s young duo Hello Sunday is up next and they’ll be singing “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing” by Stevie Wonder. Kelly is floored by their ambitious song choice and wants to make sure they nail the vocals. On stage they’re surrounded by other teenage performers dancing and playing instruments. They begin softly before the groove starts and the harmonies kick in. There is quite a bit going on with the staging and it almost feels like they’re at a block party. Vocally they’re pulling out all the tricks they can but I’m not sure this was the best song choice. They incorporate a cute dance routine but this isn’t my favorite performance of theirs. The coaches love it though as all are on their feet to applaud these adorable teenagers. John loves their competitive edge and Kelly called this the perfect song at the perfect time.
9:05 p.m. — The second pairing of artists tonight is Team Kelly’s Jake Hoot with Team Legend’s Marybeth Byrd. They’re performing “Up Where We Belong” by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes for their 80’s duet. They both sound good on this song and it particularly seems to suit Marybeth. In fact, I prefer her over Jake in this performance despite the fact that he’s clearly more heavily favored to reach the finale. Overall, the performance was nice but I’m not blown away. The coaches seem to be though as they are all on their feet yet again.
9:10 p.m. — Up next is Team Blake’s Ricky Duran who is ready to give his solo performance. Ricky will be singing one of his favorite songs, “Let it Be” by The Beatles. I have been hoping Ricky would sing something more contemporary because he only performs throwbacks, but it’s tough to argue with this classic. Ricky begins his performance at the piano and shows another side to his musical abilities. Vocally he sounds great and injects a bit of soul into the song with his raspy tone. He advances to the front of the stage and swaps out the piano for a guitar and plays a solo for the audience to further add to the performance. This might be my favorite performance of the night so far! Blake called it the vocal performance of Ricky’s life.
9:20 p.m. — Team Legend’s Will Breman is up next ready for his solo performance of “Locked Out of Heaven” by Bruno Mars. John feels it’s the perfect hybrid of rock and pop/soul and will fit right into Will’s wheelhouse. Will never lacks energy on stage and tonight’s no different. He’s bopping around stage and vocally this does sound like a great song choice. There was a struggle to hit some of the highest notes, but Will is loving the fact that he can interact with the crowd. John applauded his energy on stage and says Will is so much fun to watch.
9:30 p.m. — What happens when the season’s most powerful vocalists, Team Gwen’s Rose Short and Team Legend’s Katie Kadan, pair up for an epic vocal showdown? Naturally they sing…Madonna? It isn’t what I would have predicted but I’m excited to see these divas put their spin on Madge’s classic “Express Yourself.” As soon as these two start singing I’m already in love and think it’s the most fun moment of the semi-finals. Katie has such a fun personality and Rose’s voice is classic diva. I feel like I’m watching the headliners of a gay pride festival and it’s pretty epic. I’m just not sure why they dressed Rose like she’s heading to a job interview while Katie looks prepared to party.
9:40 p.m. — Three young singers take the stage now to tackle “We Belong” by Pat Benatar. Team Blake’s Kat Hammock is teaming up with Team Kelly’s Hello Sunday and none of them were even alive in the 80’s. This is an odd trio and Kat’s voice just doesn’t mesh with Hello Sunday. This whole performance is a little off pitch and it’s the most unfortunate collaboration of the night. Sorry girls.
9:50 p.m. — Team Gwen’s Rose Short is up next and Gwen’s last hope to reach the finale. She’s taking on “I Want to Know What Love Is” by Foreigner and is hoping to reach the Top 4 with this rock power ballad. She kicks off the song in her lower register which is one of the things I love about her voice. She wastes no time running up the scale and once again proves she’s a voice to be reckoned with. The coaches are on the feet for Rose and even Carson Daly says she electrified the room. Gwen is in tears and says she’s honored to work with Rose and thinks she’s simply unbelievable. Kelly calls her a “gift” and says she doesn’t care what happens on this show as if to know Rose won’t be winning. Rose deserves to be in the finale!
9:59 p.m. — Closing out tonight’s show is Team Kelly’s country singer Jake Hoot. He’ll be singing his mom’s favorite song “Desperado” by The Eagles in hopes of inspiring all his Hooters to vote for him. Yes, his fans refer to themselves as Hooters. It’s a bit awkward but they like to Hoot for the guy! Jake picked a perfect song to launch him into the finale and he sounds fantastic singing it. How was this guy a one-chair turn? Jake’s got a classic country voice and viewers will eat this performance up. To the finale he goes! John says he feels like home. Kelly loves Jake’s storytelling ability and feels lucky to have him on her team. That’s a wrap for tonight! Which four were your favorite and who do you want to reach the finale? I’ll throw out a prediction of Jake, Katie, Ricky and Rose.
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