Which two singers do YOU think deserve to be eliminated tomorrow night? Read our take on the top 12’s performances, then vote!
The Voice‘s top 12 contestants took the stage Nov. 11 for a live face-off of epic proportions — and no, I’m not just saying that because Matt Lauer was in attendance. It really was a huge episode full of incredible talent, but only one singer received a standing ovation from all four coaches: Team Blake’s Cole Vosbury! The bearded powerhouse took a huge risk performing Miguel‘s “Adorn,” but his gamble totally paid off in the end.
‘The Voice’ Top 12: Who Else Shone Bright?
Caroline Pennell was first on the stage, and she set the bar pretty high with her crowd-pleasing — no, she literally walked into the crowd at one point — performance of “Wake Me Up.” Even Blake Shelton had to tip his (metaphorical) hat to Caroline, telling her he “was happy to see [her] do something more energetic.” I second that statement; if Caroline can continue on this path, I think there’s a good chance we’ll be seeing her for weeks to come.
Continuing with the evening’s theme of ‘good singers,’ Josh Logan crushed the iconic “Man In The Mirror” by putting his own soulful twist on the familiar Michael Jackson tune. Adam Levine even called the performance “beautiful,” and as we all know, it takes beauty to know beauty. It wasn’t exactly my cup of tea — I think Josh could have thought a little more outside the box — but I agree with the coaches’ positive comments.
Just when you thought the night couldn’t get any better, along came understated rocker James Wolpert to totally blow our minds. His take on “Mr. Brightside” was beyond words, yet Adam found the perfect words to describe it: “Every single second of that was the most dynamic, yet controlled and blistering performance. You turned into a rock star.” Indeed he did! This was James’ butterfly moment for sure.
Austin Jenckes was up next, and while he didn’t quite wow me to the same extent as James, I still enjoyed every second of “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.” Christina Aguilera noted that the whole performance “just felt good,” and I’m inclined to agree. It was good — safe, but good.
Christina Aguilera Gives Her First Standing Ovation
But it wasn’t until Jacquie Lee took the stage that Christina offered up a standing ovation. Sure, it didn’t hurt that Jacquie is on Christina’s team, but I still felt that her performance of “Love Is Blindness” deserved every bit of praise it received. Giving her team member even more of an ego boost, Christina told her, “You have the ability to take this whole competition.” (I’m sure if I’d go that far, but OK.)
Ray Boudreaux was up next, and I have to ask: Am I a bad person for being happy that his performance was less-than-spectacular? It’s becoming too hard to choose between all these good singers, so we do need some people to stand out as potential goners. After his good-but-not-great rendition of “All Of Me,” Christina simply said, “Vocally, it did fall a little short.” Then again, I’m not sure most people will even see past Ray’s infectious charm to care how good (or not) he sounds.
But as quickly as Ray brought everybody down, Kat Robichaud picked us up with her fiery rendition of “Sail.” Cee Lo Green‘s sassy disciple, in her finest pair of short-shorts, turned out what Cee Lo declared “a hit record.” No denying that!
Next up, Jonny Gray pulled off a solid cover of “Another Day In Paradise,” despite the audience messing him up with their off-beat clapping. (Seriously, audience?!) Anyway, Adam complimented his ability to triumph against the odds, and Cee Lo said he’s ready to see Jonny become a “big star.” So… job well done, I guess!
I waited all night for Tessanne Chin, expecting her to be the best singer by a long shot. And while her performance of “My Kind Of Love” was relatively flawless, it didn’t give me chills the way Tessanne’s songs have in the past. That said, Adam had tears in his eyes as he told her that she blows his mind every time she sings.
Team Christina’s Matthew Schuler is another voice clearly leading the pack at this point. As cliché as “Hallelujah” is for a singing competition show, Matthew’s rendition was so beautiful and powerful that it made me forget I’ve heard it a million times before.
Will Champlin ended the evening on a high note with “Demons,” securing his safety from tomorrow’s elimination — at least as far as I’m concerned.
HollywoodLifers, which act was your favorite, and which one do you think should be sent home tomorrow night? Cast your vote above, then drop a comment below with more of your thoughts.
— Andy Swift