From now on, the coaches have absolutely no say when it comes to who will move forward on ‘The Voice’ — its all up to the viewers! On the Nov. 14 episode, the Top 12 performed live in hopes of getting America’s votes and making it one step closer to the finale. Catch up with everything that went down in our recap!
The Top 12 were mentored by their respective coaches, along with adviser Garth Brooks, before taking the stage live on Nov. 14. First up, is Blake Shelton’s old school country artist Sundance Head, who’ll obviously gain a lot from this adviser in his genre. Sundance makes a unique and pretty risky choice by performing the current, female-sung hit “My Church” by Maren Morris. He makes it totally his own in the best way possible — and it’s beyond epic.
Miley Cyrus’ singer, Darby Walker, who the 23-year-old saved from elimination in the Live Playoffs, is the next artist to take the stage. Garth is nearly brought to tears over her rehearsal of “Ruby Tuesday,” and as she planned, she gives her most vulnerable performance yet when it’s time to go live.
Next up is Alicia Keys’ powerful vocalist, Christian Cuevas, who gets emotional while singing “The Scientist” by Coldplay and dedicating it to his girlfriend. Christian hasn’t faltered once this entire competition, so it’s no surprise when he sounds like absolute perfection again tonight. Another artist from Team Alicia is up next — the singer Alicia saved last week, Sa’Rayah, prepares for a performance of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer.” She can relate to the song personally as she’s going through a tough time in her personal life right now, and she leaves it all on the stage with her powerful rendition.
Adam Levine’s artist, Billy Gilman, who absolutely crushed it with a breakout performance in the Live Playoffs, is the next to perform. But just because he was SO good last week doesn’t mean he’s taking things down a notch: He actually goes completely next level by taking on Freddie Mercury vocals on Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.” What he does on that stage is absolutely insane, and he’s definitely established himself as a frontrunner — it’s no surprise when the whole crowd is on their feet.
Austin Allsup from Team Blake chooses a song that’s very personal for him in Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” for his Top 12 performance. It’s certainly a challenge, but when the country rocker gets on that stage, he completely nails it.
17-year-old We McDonald from Team Alicia gets ready to go next, and she shows off her insane, low vocal range on “Take Me To Church.” The performance allows her to “rock out” more than usual, and it’s great to see this side of her while also hearing the vocals stay so on-point!
The live performances continue with Aaron Gibson from Miley’s team. He sings “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings,” which shows off his “alt rock style” perfectly. The song isn’t well known, but Aaron makes us totally fall in love with it, which is exactly what Miley and Garth advised him to do. SO epic!
Courtney Harrell was saved by her coach, Blake, last week, so she has a lot to prove when she takes the Top 12 stage to perform “Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. But Courtney doesn’t let nerves get to her, and she delivers an amazing rendition of the song that shows off her incredible range and powerhouse vocals.
Adam’s country singer, Josh Gallagher, freaks out when he gets to meet his idol, Garth, during rehearsals, but he pulls it together to work on his performance of “Why” by Jason Aldean, which his coach points out is the “perfect song for him.” When he gets on stage, he does what everyone’s come to know and love from him, and it’s beautiful.
Next up is Ali Caldwell from Miley’s team, and she’s singing Leonard Cohen’s “Did I Ever Love You,” which is a perfect tribute, as he just passed away last week. Ali isn’t super comfortable with Miley’s song choice at first, but she works harder than ever to meet the challenge, and does exactly what she has to on stage — Blake even dubs her as the “new frontrunner.”
Closing out the night is the singer Adam saved last week, Brendan Fletcher, and he goes all out with his performance of “Whipping Post.” His voice really is unlike no other, and with the high energy on the stage, he proves he definitely deserves to still be around.
Now, America will vote on which artists they want to move on, and sadly, one singer will be eliminated on the Nov. 15 episode, leaving only 11 remaining. So make sure you’re voting for your faves!
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