Season 16 of “The Voice” is almost over, and it’s time for the Top 8 performance show on Monday. Four of these artists will be good enough to make it into next week’s finale. Four singers will be eliminated tomorrow night. Six-time coaching winner Blake Shelton has an amazing five of the eight contestants remaining. Two-time reigning champ Kelly Clarkson has one artist, while newcomer John Legend has two left. Adam Levine is done for this season.
For tonight’s two-hour episode hosted by Carson Daly, here’s how the competition will work:
Each of the eight contenders will perform individually. They will also be paired up for duets on hit songs by The Beatles. On Tuesday’s results show, three will advance forward through public voting. Two will immediately be eliminated on that program. Three will perform for an Instant Save on social media, with just one joining the Top 4 finale next week.
This is a full list of the Top 8 contenders performing on Monday:
Kim Cherry (Team Blake)
Carter Lloyd Horne (Team Blake)
Maelyn Jarmon (Team John)
Gyth Rigdon (Team Blake)
Dexter Roberts (Team Blake)
Andrew Sevener (Team Blake)
Shawn Sounds (Team John)
Rod Stokes (Team Kelly)
And now enjoy making your own comments below in our updating live blog recap for Monday, May 13:
8:00 p.m. – Eight semi-finalists will each perform twice tonight – one solo song and a duet that pairs them with another competitor for a cover of the Beatles. Five of the top 8 are on Team Blake while John has two singers left and Kelly just one. Adam is empty-handed, but still showed up to throw in his two cents on the performances. Let’s get started!
8:10 p.m. – We’re kicking things off with Team Blake’s Andrew Sevener singing “Long Haired Country Boy” by Charlie Daniels. Andrew is the only one-chair turn remaining in the competition, but you wouldn’t know it by listening to his soulful country vocals on this song. Andrew’s got a great voice, but has sort of flown under the radar this season. I’m not sure this song is going to be what propels him into the Top 4, but it was a solid rendition. Kelly feels like she was just at Andrew’s concert and is thrilled with his song choice. John says Andrew owned the song and the stage while looking more confident than ever. Adam says it was his best performance of the season. Blake says Andrew represents what country fans love, authenticity.
8:20 p.m. – The first duet of the night pairs up Team Blake’s Kim Cherry and Team Legend’s Shawn Sounds for “Eleanor Rigby.” They have a haunting arrangement as they begin the performance by exiting out of a pair of phone booths. I’m not sure what the relevance of that is, but they both sound great. They’re definitely injecting soul into this Beatles classic, but it’s also very different than the Aretha Franklin cover. Outside of the random people roaming the stage with umbrellas and what seems like some malfunction with Shawn’s microphone, this performance is fire. It’s nice to hear Kim sing something other than a 90’s R&B song with rapping weaved in.
8:30 p.m. – Blake’s second country artist performing tonight is Gyth Rigdon, who will put his spin on “God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood. 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 outsing 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. At the end a choir joins him on stage, but Gyth doesn’t the chops to take advantage of what could have been a memorable moment. Kelly feels like she’s going to hell for critiquing this song, but she didn’t care for Gyth’s vocals. John agrees it wasn’t a great vocal, but it was still powerful. Blake sticks up for Gyth and calls it his best vocal performance of the season and welcomes him to the finale.
8:40 p.m. – Team Blake’s Kim Cherry is up for her solo song, “Together Again” by Janet Jackson. She’s taking Kelly’s advice and reminding everyone she’s a singer first and plans to show a softer side. This was a huge dance hit for Janet, but Kim has switched up the arrangement and turned it into a ballad. She begins her performance playing piano as she sings and her voice sounds better than ever. Gradually the tempo picks up and the prepackage fooled me, she is churning it out as a dance jam. It’s sort of fun, but I still think it would have served her better as a ballad. I’m not sure this will propel her into the finale after scraping through last week with the Instant Save, but it was my favorite performance from her this season. Kelly thanks her for singing and says she would be rad on Broadway. John compliments her musicality. Blake says there will never be a question ever again if Kim Cherry is a great singer.
8:50 p.m. – Former Cross Battle opponents, Maelyn Jarmon (Team Legend) and Rod Stokes (Team Kelly) are teaming up for the second duet of the night, “Yesterday.” Maelyn sings the first verse and I don’t think the woman could hit a bad note if she tried. Rod sounds great as well and his stage presence seems improved when he has another artist to focus with on. I love how these two sound together. If Rod carries this into his solo he could be a finalist and it should be a given that Maelyn will advance.
9:00 p.m. – Team Blake’s young heartthrob Carter Lloyd Horne is up next with his take on “Take Me to Church” by Hozier. 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. Kelly says the pitch was off in the beginning, but she loves his tone. John agrees it seemed difficult for Carter to find the key. Blake says things like that happen, but Carter recovered and he has a fan base that will hopefully carry him through.
9:10 p.m. – Team Kelly’s final artist Rod Stokes is next, performing “Go Rest High On That Mountain” by Vince Gill. This song is another one that is just baiting country fans to vote for him, so wise choice Rod, wise choice. With guitar in hand, Rod begins and his husky vocals instantly fill the room. Rod doesn’t always look comfortable on stage, but vocally he’s been consistent and I think this song could carry him into the finale. John thought it was lovely, but not technically his best. Adam thought it was a good song choice. Kelly thinks Rod has a natural ability to move people and she’s so happy he’s on her team.
9:20 p.m. – Team Blake’s country duo of Gyth and Dexter will be teaming up for the classic, “Hey Jude.” Production went really over the top with this stage design, building a whole recording studio on stage to give the appearance Gyth and Dexter are actually recording the song. Dexter is the better singer, there’s no question, but Gyth is much more charismatic and this is a pretty equal pairing. Overall it was just an okay performance.
9:30 p.m. – Team Legend’s Maelyn Jarmon is next to take the stage and she is performing “Stay” by Rihanna. Standing atop an oversized piano, Maelyn’s haunting voice is the focus of this intimate staging. At this point of the competition, Maelyn’s voice just seems to be in a class of its own. Her precision, range and pitch are simply unmatched. It was another perfect performance by Maelyn and another standing ovation from the coaches. Adam says Maelyn should win “The Voice” because she embodies what the show is about. Blake says it’s hard to find new great things about Maelyn, but compliments her control and poise. Kelly called it her favorite performance. John says she’s clearly the best vocalist on the show.
9:40 p.m. – Another duo from Team Blake is hitting the stage next with their duet. Andrew and Carter will sing “Help!” This is a fun song for this pair to sing and both sound good. It’s a huge improvement for Carter who may be able to use it to pick up some votes after his unfortunate solo. Andrew has been good twice tonight, so maybe he can sneak into the finale as a dark horse? Both helped their cause with this performance.
9:50 p.m. – Dexter is anchoring Team Blake tonight with his performance of “Here Without You” by 3 Doors Down. The rock song is an interesting choice for the country song, but it works. After a couple of vocal mishaps from some of his teammates, Dexter is steady as a racehorse and sounds great. This will likely be enough to secure him a spot in the finale if things go as they should. Kelly thought it was smart to step outside the country genre and show a different side. Blake calls Dexter’s voice one of his favorite country voices he’s ever heard.
9:59 p.m. – Closing out the show is Team Legend’s Shawn Sounds. I feel like I’ve been watching “Nashville Star” for 2 hours, so this R&B singer adds a welcomed change of pace! He hopes to win viewers over by singing the classic Donny Hathaway song, “A Song For You.” As soon as he opens his mouth it just feels like a breath of fresh air. He’s so different than everyone else left. He’s perfectly pitched, has killer runs and range for days. There’s no question Shawn deserves a spot in the finale, but judging by how this season has gone so far, it seems unlikely. The judges give him a standing ovation and Adam thanks Shawn for putting on a singing clinic and says, “Thank God for you.” Kelly says it was her favorite performance. John says Shawn has given the best performances of the night for two weeks in a row. That’s a wrap for tonight!
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