The Dec. 1 episode of ‘The Voice’ featured one epic performance from judges Pharrell and Gwen Stefani. Plus, Matt McAndrew, Chris Jamison and more of the top 8 had their best nights yet!
Can you believe The Voice has already reached the top eight? The show’s Dec. 1 episode showcased many of the most jaw-dropping performances we’ve seen from the eight finalists all season long. To top off an already great night, judges Gwen Stefani and Pharrell had the crowd on their feet with their rendition of Gwen’s new hit “Spark the Fire.” Nicely done, judges!
‘The Voice’ Recap: Gwen & Pharrell ‘Spark The Fire’
The top eight kicked the night off with a fun performance of Sheppard’s “Geronimo.” All eight contestants were able to showcase their vocal talents in one song!
Later in the show, Gwen and Pharrell hit the stage for their performance of “Spark the Fire.” The duet was fun and catchy. It’s the perfect song to just stand up and dance to. I’m so glad Pharrell joined in on Gwen’s song.
But let’s not forget the fact that Gwen wore a cloud-themed onesie. (I worship her.) This woman is 45 years old! Both Gwen and Jennifer Lopez must have taken a journey to find the Fountain of Youth together.
Nick Jonas also performed a gospel version of “Jealous.” As usual, Nick was amazing and oh so swoonworthy.
Now let’s get down to the solo performances!
‘The Voice’ Recap: The Top 8 Become Great
Gwen’s pop singer, who has been saved by the fans two weeks in a row, was up first. Ryan decided to really got for it and sing Journey’s “Open Arms.” It was an emotional performance, and you could really tell Ryan was putting everything he had into it. It paid off, too. Adam thought he “killed it” and Blake was certain that it was his best performance yet!
*Taylor John Williams
The pop-folk singer decided to take on Lorde’s “Royals.” That’s a pretty tough song to sing considering how amazing Lorde is. From the first note, I was hooked. The folksy version was a great way to change up an already terrific song. Pharrell loved the fact that Taylor made the song all his own.
Talk about a bold move. Choosing an Adele song can be a great decision, or the worst decision ever. For Damien, it was an amazing move. The performance was a touching and soulful rendition of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” After Damien’s performance, Blake was convinced this was the best season yet.
OK, I’ll be honest. This was hands down my favorite performance of the night. Matt’s take on Damien Rice’s “The Blower’s Daughter” was straight-up flawless. Blake had never heard the song before, and was so impressed that he didn’t really care if he ever heard Damien’s original version. Adam looked like a proud papa as Matt completely stole the show and closed out the night.
Chris’ performance of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” was fun and so soulful. He hit every note and was totally serenading the ladies in the audience. Pharrell told him that it was his best performance on the show!
The only lady left in the competition took her rightful place on the stage. She sang Heart’s “These Dreams,” which suited her voice so, so well. The song allowed her to really flaunt her vocal strengths. Gwen thought the performance was “beautiful.” Gwen was so right.
Another good performance from another great performer. He sang a song I’d never heard before — Simply Red’s “Holding Back The Years” — and had me impressed. However, Adam had a few words of criticism. He enjoyed the performance, but didn’t really see the fire in Luke’s eyes. Ouch.
*Craig Wayne Boyd
The country judge only has one singer left, and man is he a good one. Craig took on The Eagles song “Take It Easy” for the top 8 show. Craig sure did bring out the honky tonk on stage! The performance was effortless and surely had everyone out of their seat dancing. Adam thought the song was a “great choice” for show and Gwen told him he sounded totally professional. Looks like Team Blake could be in for the long haul!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the top 8 performance? How did you like Gwen and Pharrell’s collaboration? Let us know in the comments below!
— Avery Thompson