The final six singers on NBC’s ‘The Voice‘ pulled double duty last night performing twice before tonight’s elimination. Each performer was assigned one song by their coach and was allowed to choose a song to dedicate to someone or people that have impacted their lives. With Cee Lo Green eliminated, the three coaches watched their performers spill their souls all over the stage. Here’s how we saw it:
Cole Vosbury (Team Blake): Blake Shelton’s only remaining performer kicked off the night with his coach’s pick “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates. His second song, dedicated to his first love, was “Better Man” by James Morrison. Overall, Cole was rock solid. His performance of “Rich Girl” was one of the better performances of the night. While it’s important to stand out at this stage it’s also important not to underwhelm. Vosbury was brilliantly effortless and consistent.
Tessanne Chin (Team Adam): Dubbed a world class vocalist by Blake Shelton, Chin attacked two distinctly different songs in her performances. Her first was an acoustic, stripped-down version Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song”. Her dedication song was Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”, which lead to a surprising reaction from Shelton. He acknowledged that much of Chin’s journey has been about her Jamaican roots, but we shouldn’t overlook the fact she’s a world class vocalist. Chin has always been one of the stellar performers on the show. Whether you want her to win or not: going from Marley to Perry and doing it well – was very impressive.
Matthew Schuler (Team Christina): Early favorite Matthew Schuler looked to redeem himself after falling into the bottom three last week. Christina asked Schuler to perform Percy Sledge’s “When a Man Loves a Woman” after he opened up with his dedication song, One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. We’ve come to expect Schuler to be brilliant so when he’s not the best we’re left questioning. Overall, he was very good, but we were left wanting more from Schuler.
Will Champlain (Team Adam): Champlain dedicated the song “Change is Going to Come” by Sam Cook to his wife and baby. In this performance, Champlain started on the piano then shifted to vocals showcasing his all-around talent. Levine picked the song “Hey Brother” by Avicii for Will to perform. Again, he showed his diversity of talents by playing the Banjo during the song. Will is one of the performers that leaves you wanting more. He ignites this curiosity in the crowd as to “what’s he going to do next” and his performances have been as fascinating as they’ve been good.
James Wolpert (Team Adam): Adam revealed that James has been under the weather of late, but he didn’t let that stop him during his performances. He dedicated “I Fell in Love With a Girl” by the White Stripes to his father then took on Meatloaf’s “I Would Do Anything for Love” per his coach’s request. Two very interesting song selections. Wolpert left his heart and soul on the stage during his rendition of “I Would Do Anything For Love”. You could almost tell his vocals weren’t 100% because of his illness. Hopefully, that doesn’t cost him another shot.
Jacquie Lee (Team Christina): Coach Christina selected “Cry Baby” by Janis Joplin for the 16-year old Lee. She later dedicated her coach’s song “The Voice Within” to Christina herself. Overall, Lee was jaw-dropping. She selected two extremely vocally demanding songs and really nailed them. However, fans have shown they aren’t big on these power ballads song at such a high dynamic so it’ll be interesting to see how she’s received.
After last night I really felt that Jacquie Lee may have emerged as a real contender to win this season, but I’m not the general public. I think it’s pretty safe to say that James Wolpert will be eliminated tonight. Overall the performances were all good, but no one truly stood out. If I had to say, I would say Champlain and Chin were the top two performers of the night. I would not be surprised to see the final three left out on stage as Lee, Schuler, and Wolpert with Wolpert getting the axe.
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