It’s Final 5 time! On the May 11 episode of ‘The Voice,’ Season 8’s semifinalists took the stage to give their biggest performances yet. All five contestants rose to the occasion, and we have a full recap of everything that went down!
It was a huge night for all five contestants on The Voice, as they sang for America’s votes and their spot in the season 8 finale of the show! The semifinals were truly a night to remember, jam-packed with killer performances and entertainment that definitely leaves voters with a tough decision to make. Here’s our recap of the night!
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To kick off the show, Nate Reuss, who acted as advisor to the contestants earlier this season, performed his hit “Nothing Without Love.” He’s definitely someone for all the aspiring artists to look up to, and had the crowd on their feet!
Up first was Adam Levine‘s last contestant standing, Joshua Davis, who sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt, hoping to give a passionate and emotional performance — which is just what he did! The entire audience was mesmerized by Josh, and gave him their undivided attention as he crooned the track.
Team Pharrell‘s Koryn Hawthorne was up next, continuing her streak of incredible performances with her rendition of “One” by U2. The song gave Koryn the perfect opportunity to start things slow and raw, before showcasing her powerhouse vocals toward the end. Here’s your weekly reminder that she’s only 17, by the way!
Meghan Linsey, Blake Shelton‘s last remaining artist, hit the stage next, and killed it as usual with her performance of “I’m Not The Only One” by Sam Smith. Keeping in tune with the previous two song choices, Blake chose the tune as an opportunity for Meghan to “pour herself into the lyric,” and during her emotional performance, she did just that.
After being Instantly Saved by America two weeks in a row, Christina Aguilera‘s final contender, India Carney, was certainly looking for redemption, and proved she’s earned her spot in the semifinals with a tender, yet passionate performance of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.” Chills, for real — there are really no other words!
Sawyer Fredericks, Pharrell’s 16-year-old contestant, has been a frontrunner since the beginning of this competition, and his rendition of “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield proved that this week it should be no different. The choice of a classic folk song gave Sawyer another chance to show off his unique vocals, which is what’s truly set him apart from the rest of the competitors this season.
In the next round of performances, we got to see the contestants take a trip home for the first time since the start of live playoffs. Josh was up first, receiving a warm welcome from his family and crowd of supporters in Traverse City, Michigan. Getting back to business, the dad of two took the stage to sing The Band’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece,” a bit more of an upbeat and fun choice than his first round pick. “It felt so good. Seeing you back with your family and then hearing you do that song with a smile on your face…we’re doing the right stuff,” Adam told his team member. “I’m just so proud of you.”
Koryn returned next, and got an overwhelming response from her entire high school in Abbeville, Louisiana — there was even a special video message from Kelly Clarkson! Back on The Voice stage, she took on a huge song in Aretha Franklin’s “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep,” but as we’ve learned week after week, Koryn can rise to any challenge…and the crowd, as well as coaches, went NUTS for it! “I am so scared of you, like what you’re going to become,” Christina gushed. “I’m such a fan, Koryn. You’re awesome.”
Heading down South, Meghan went back to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, where she was greeted by excited fans, family and supporters — including Naomi Judd and Big and Rich! Although she’s made it clear she wants to be a soul singer, Meghan returned to her country roots this week, singing “Tennessee Whiskey” by George Jones, and proving that she doesn’t have to be stuck in just one genre in order to truly deliver a vocal. “I can’t even contain myself right now because I know what just happened. That was so special,” coach Blake raved. “That is, by far, your most important performance on this show so far.
India’s trip to New York City was documented next, and before she even boarded the plane at LAX, she was met by her UCLA friends to send her off with a cheer. The powerhouse singer was genuinely overwhelmed by all the support she received throughout the trip, and even got to sing the National Anthem at a New York Yankees game! She chose Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” for her semifinals performance, and certainly didn’t disappoint with another powerful rendition that left viewers wondering how she’d managed to land in jeopardy two weeks in a row. She absolutely left everything on the stage, and had all four coaches on their feet. “You do bring it all to life for me and tonight you did a phenomenal job,” Christina said. “The emotion, the wind, and everything blowing — you were a superstar tonight. I adore you!”
Closing things out, Sawyer headed home to Albany, New York, where he received a warm welcome from his “quiet town.” It was so great seeing the teenager back on the farm, in his natural element! For his second song of the evening, Sawyer chose Christina Perri’s emotional track “A Thousand Years,” which he managed to truly connect with, delivering a smooth and flawless performance, consistent with what he’s been doing all season long. “You’re clearly the frontrunner, there’s no question in anybody’s mind,” Blake admitted. “The audience, any of us, anybody at home. You’re the real deal. Congratulations.”
All five singers were truly amazing in the semifinals, leaving voters with a tough decision to make!
The vote is in America’s hands now, to decide which four singers will be competing in the Season 8 finals! Tell us, HollywoodLifers — who are you voting for?! And who do you think will win?