Will Breman of Team John Legend stripped things down on “The Voice” stage during Monday’s Top 13 show with his performance of “I Won’t Give Up.” Will chose a vulnerable song for this round, dedicating the Jason Mraz hit to his mother, who never gave up on him after his Asperger’s syndrome was diagnosed when he was just a child. Could the blue-haired fan favorite survive this week’s cut and make it into the Top 11 of Season 17? Watch “The Voice” performance video above.
“I’m so proud of you, Will,” John told his artist from Santa Barbara, California. “Every week you show us new sides of you. I wanted people to see you being a little more vulnerable. The passion you showed — the emotion, the connection you showed to the song — it was really, really beautiful. I loved feeling that you were about to break. That energy just was like exuding from you. It was so powerful. What a great performance.”
Rival coach Blake Shelton chimed in, “Every time you get on stage I’m amazed at how connected you are to the song that you’re singing. It’s actually unbelievable.” He brought up how “shocked” he was last week when America didn’t advance Will through, resulting in John having to save him. Blake doesn’t see that happening this week.
In his “The Voice” live blog, our recapper Denton Davidson had this to say about the performance: “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.”
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