The Top 9 will become a Final 5 on Tuesday night for “The Voice.” For the first time ever, it will be a guarantee that one person from each team will advance to the finale along with an Instant Save artist. The long-running Emmy favorite has never offered a Top 5 for the final performance episode next Monday.
Which coach do you think is out front to have the champion this time around? Kelly Clarkson has prevailed three of the past four seasons. John Legend has one championship. Blake Shelton is the all-time leader with six. It’s a rookie season for youngster Nick Jonas.
The Top 9 performed Monday evening from their homes. Here are the “Fan Week” songs each contender chose to sing for the chance to make the championship round:
Joanna Serenko (Team Blake) — “Lean on Me”
Micah Iverson (Team Kelly) — “I Will Follow You Into the Dark”
Todd Tilghman (Team Blake) — “Love Me”
Zan Fiskum (Team Legend) — “Never Be the Same”
Thunderstorm Artis (Team Nick) — “Home”
Megan Danielle (Team Kelly) — “What Hurts the Most”
Allegra Miles (Team Nick) — “Overjoyed”
Toneisha Harris (Team Blake) — “Because You Loved Me”
CammWess (Team Legend) — “Rainbow”
And here are our Top 9 power rankings in the article published yesterday. Do you agree or disagree with the order of these singers?
Follow along with our live updating blog below as we recap this entire one-hour episode for Tuesday, May 12, on NBC:
8:00 p.m. – Before we learned any of the results, Carson Daly wanted to touch base with the coaches and find out from them how this season has already been different. Blake couldn’t have been more right when he pointed out that the idea of filling up a smaller home space is much different than filling up the space of the large studio with an audience and that conveying who you are as an artist in that way can be more difficult. Kelly agreed, saying that by the end of this perhaps they’ll have produced a better winner because of how different and difficult the process was.
8:05 p.m. – To be clear about tonight’s results, the top vote getter from each team would advance to the finale and then all the remaining artists perform for one Instant Save. First up to learn their fate was Megan and Micah from Team Kelly. Between the two of them, the finalist is Micah! Megan will have another chance later to earn the save.
8:06 p.m. – Next Carson brought Thunderstorm and Allegra to the screen and revealed that Team Nick’s finalist is Thunderstorm! That means Allegra has one more shot to earn her spot later tonight.
8:12 p.m. – The third finalist that comes from Team Legend is CammWess! So we’ll see Zan in a little bit for another performance.
8:23 p.m. – And last up was the reveal of Blake’s finalist from his team of three. And making it 4/4 with the male artists, Todd advanced straight to the finale, leaving Joanna and Toneisha to join the other women for the one save.
8:30 p.m. – First to sing was Megan with “Simple Man.” She’s my favorite of the five singing tonight, but I can’t help thinking she feels defeated by this point. Her rasp is still there, but there’s no energy behind her performance which I think has been something she’s struggled with in general throughout the playoffs. Kelly is still her biggest fan and promises to help her build a career after this song because of their connection to each other.
8:33 p.m. – Next up with “In My Blood” was Allegra. What a great song choice for her because unlike last night I’m hearing the nuances of her unique tone. She’s one of the strongest and most unique voices at this point in the competition and this is the kind of performance she needed to steal that save! Whew. You can tell by his reactions that Nick was proud of her performance and he told her that she knocked it out of the park.
8:41 p.m. – Zan was up next with “Always Remember Us This Way.” Now, this was a fantastic song choice from her, especially compared to the creative version of “Never Be the Same” from last night. This is a song that viewers are immediately going to connect to and with a voice like Zan’s it’s relatively low-risk. Kelly seemed really impressed with the vocal, but the words came from her coach John who said that her willingness to take risks is one of the things that makes her such a great musician.
8:44 p.m. – Next was Joanna with “Unaware.” While I really loved this vocal and think it’s probably the best of the five we’ll hear, it’s not the most ear-grabbing song that she could have picked and probably one of the hardest for an audience to connect to and immediately vote for. Blake reminded us that she’s the artist the coaches refused to let go home throughout the competition and that she’s the one that earned America’s save last week.
8:47 p.m. – Wrapping it up was Toneisha with “Loving You.” I think this is the first time I’ve loved Toneisha’s performances because she finally just let her voice speak for itself. Like, for instance, when she hit that high note we saw both Kelly and Nick completely lose themselves on camera with shock. In the past Toneisha has done too much production in her videos and it muddled the clarity of how great of a singer she truly is. Blake was overjoyed to see the other coaches react to Toneisha’s whistle tone and even he didn’t know she could do that!
8:59 p.m. – After each of the coaches gave words of encouragement to their vulnerable artists, Carson delivered the big news: the artist that earned the final spot in the top 5 is Toneisha! Well deserved!
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