Season 9’s Top 12 totally killed it on the Nov. 16 episode of ‘The Voice.’ The artists gave it their all and left everything on the stage as they fought to win over America and remain in the competition. Get a full recap of everything that went down here!
Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Pharrell each brought their three best artists to the stage on the Nov. 16 episode of The Voice, and nobody disappointed! It was a night full of incredible performances and viewers will have a tough decision to make before Nov. 17’s intense elimination. Read our recap here!
The youngest artist in the competition, Braiden Sunshine, from Team Gwen, kicked off the night of performances with an upbeat rock performance of “Renegade,” and he totally conquered his fear of not being able to command the stage. The 15-year-old looked like a seasoned pro up there, and sounded great, too! “I just feel really proud of you that you were brave to come out here and find your way, find who you are. I’m really proud of you,” his coach gushed. “I love having you on my team.”
Amy Vachal, who Adam saved in the Live Playoffs, was up next, and gave a unique rendition of Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Even Amy’s former coach, Pharrell, got in on the action during rehearsal to help make her performance the best it could be by making suggestions that totally added to the smooth and haunting rendition. “I don’t think there’s ever been a more elegant and classy performance of a song about a booty call in the history of music,” Blake laughed. “That was unbelievable.” (And, of course, we can’t not point out how the country singer joked about singing the “booty call” song with his girlfriend, Gwen, on The Tonight Show. After all, the entire audience — and Pharrell — totally cracked up!)
Pharrell saved Mark Hood during last Wednesday’s episode, and the singer set out to prove his coach didn’t make the wrong decision with his performance of “Against All Odds” by Phil Collins. The audience was total mesmerized by Mark’s stripped-down performance, and the coaches were also in awe. “What I love about you is you’re so full of heart and spirit and it just comes out of you like that,” Gwen raved.
Blake’s country hopeful Emily Ann Roberts, who he saved on Nov. 11, went next, and she showed off some perfect performance attitude with her rendition of Patty Loveless’ “Blame It On Your Heart.” Okay, seriously…how cute is this girl?! Not to mention, those pipes are pretty incredible. “It’s like you graduated,” Blake told his young artist. “You’re treating this like it’s your stage, and it is every time you get on it, so congratulations buddy!”
Korin Bukowski, Gwen’s save, performed “Titanium” next, and since she was able to connect so emotionally to the lyrics, the whole thing was super beautiful. “I just felt like I have a connection with you and I feel like you’re a real artist,” the No Doubt singer assured her artist during rehearsal. Although Korin admitted to being a little unconfident before hitting the stage, it definitely didn’t show, and she totally nailed it. Oh, and how about those new platinum blonde locks?! HOT!
Fan-favorite Barrett Baber brought his usual country twist to the show this week, but he did it on a rock song, Richard Marx’s “Right Here Waiting.” This one was really about the strong vocals, and the family man totally brought it. “What comes out of you is real,” Blake explained. “It’s passionate and it’s the things that make you a real artist. You proved the thing I wanted to prove tonight for you, which is, first and foremost, you are a great singer, dude. Congratulations.”
Madi Davis, from Pharrell’s team, took on “Who Will Save Your Soul” by Jewel for her performance, and the song was totally right in her wheelhouse, but she was still able to put her own spin on it. We actually got to see a more upbeat/happy side of Madi for the first time with this song and it was totally refreshing. “It was so fun to see you in a different way than I’ve ever seen you before tonight, really free,” Gwen gushed. “I think it was awesome to see a different side of you tonight and see you sing out. I didn’t know you had a bold voice. It was very beautiful.”
Gwen’s artist, Jeffery Austin, was up next with a rendition of James Bay’s “Let It Go,” which he connected to because of the sad loss of his dad when he was just nine years old. The crowd gave him a standing ovation, and the coaches couldn’t help but rave over the performance. “You’re our greatest dream on the show,” Adam told Jeffery. “To have somebody who starts off a good singer, but winds up here, as one of the best in the competition…I’m so proud of you, I’m so proud of Gwen, I’m so proud of the show.”
Shelby Brown, Adam’s only country artist, had a big moment this week when she sang “TK” by Jamey Johnson, but she got totally emotional in rehearsals while trying to get out of her head. Luckily, she had her coach to talk her through it, and the resulting performance was incredible, even with the one tiny portion where she got ahead of the band. “You recovered with one of the most powerful notes you’ve ever sang in your life,” Adam gushed. “That showed me that this girl is here to play, she’s here to win. It’s not about whether you make mistakes, it’s about how you recover from those mistakes. You made a tiny, baby one and came back with perhaps your best moment on the show.”
Team Pharrell’s Evan McKeel had a rough time after hearing some of the judges comments last week, but America still voted him through, and he proved why he deserved to be there with a performance of “This Is It.” “It just goes to show you that when you stick with who you are and you share that with the world, it lifts people when they really believe it,” Pharrell said. “When they really can see that you mean what you’re saying, people feel that. I’m very happy for you — you earned it.”
Show frontrunner Jordan Smith from Adam’s team went next, and after being the highest charting singer on iTunes last week, he had a lot to live up to. He took a different approach this week by singing “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” and even though the gospel tune was something we hadn’t seen from him before, the one thing that didn’t change was his beyond amazing voice — he got a standing ovation from all four coaches….again. Literally, the crowd could not stop cheering. So awesome.
Closing out the night was ladies man Zach Seabaugh, another country artist from Blake’s team. The screams were deafening after he sang “My Love” by Little Texas, and it gave Zach the opportunity to show his romantic side once again, a bit different from the gyrating dance moves we saw him leave on stage last week, but still just as attractive! Wow, definitely a great way to close out the show, huh?!
Unfortunately, only 11 of these 12 artists will move on to the next week of competition, and America’s votes and iTunes downloads will decide who gets to stick around. Of course, we’ll have a full recap of the Nov. 17 episode and details about the eliminated contestant, so check back tomorrow after the 8 p.m. live show to get the scoop!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of tonight’s episode of The Voice? Who gave your favorite performance of the night?
— Alyssa Norwin