Congratulations, Korin Bukowski — you totally deserved that Instant Save on the Nov. 17 episode of ‘The Voice.’ Many contestants on the show don’t seem to realize how important song choice is, but Korin totally nailed it, and in effect, saved herself from being sent home.
Every singer is good on The Voice at this point in the competition, so not choosing the right song could be anyone’s downfall. Lucky for Korin Bukowski, she made the right decision by singing “Don’t Know Why” after landing in the Bottom Two on Nov. 17, and it totally put her over the edge compared to Mark Hood, who, unfortunately, didn’t bring anything special to the table with his choice.
I’ll admit — after the Nov. 16 performances, Korin and Mark were my least favorite. I didn’t feel any connection to either of them, and I didn’t really care who was eliminated when I found out they were the Bottom Two the next night. But when Gwen Stefani’s contestant broke out into Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why,” I was completely mesmerized. It was truly the perfect moment for her, and she didn’t need to hit any major note or anything like that to prove her voice is on point.
Mark, on the other hand, sang “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” by Stevie Wonder. It’s a song many people have sung on The Voice and shows like it before, and while Pharell’s artist definitely did a great job, there was nothing in his performance that really stood out to me. Whereas Korin showed us something new that still showcased her vocals, Mark kind of brought out more of the same, and to me, it was nothing special.
The Instant Save is a tough position to be in: You don’t want to take too big of a risk, because you want to make sure you’re still doing what the audience and coaches have grown to know and love. But, on the other hand, it’s also a last chance to prove you deserve to be there, and without changing things up a little, you might be overlooked, like Mark. Korin found the perfect balance between both and really showcased the best part of her voice.
With only 11 singers left, song choice is always going to be important as the competition continues. Choosing the wrong song could mean the difference between a good performance and a great performance, and unfortunately, this late in the game, having just a “good” performance could mean going home. I can’t wait to see what the artists come up with next week, and in the meantime, you can buy Korin’s coach, Gwen’s, new single “Used To Love You” right here!
HollywoodLifers, do you think Korin deserved to win the Instant Save? Or should Mark have been the one who went through?
— Alyssa Norwin