With another week of live performances down, we’re one step closer to crowning Season 8’s winner of ‘The Voice.’ This week, the Top 8 gave it their all, and the contestants nailed their performances. How will you choose, America?!
Things just keep getting better and better on The Voice! This week, former coaches CeeLo Green, Usher and Gwen Stefani all returned as guest mentors, and they really helped the singers step their game up to a whole new level — but it was Pharrell’s two artists, Sawyer Fredericks and Koryn Hawthorne, who stood out above the rest. Here’s a full recap of the Top 8 performances!
‘The Voice’ Top 8 Perform — Team Pharrell’s Sawyer & Koryn Kill It
To start the show, Corey Kent White, Joshua Davis and Sawyer Fredericks took the stage together to sing a unique version of Avicii’s “Hey Brother,” which was followed by a rendition of his hit “Wake Me Up,” sung by the girls, Koryn Hawthorne, Hannah Kirby, India Carney and Meghan Linsey. By the end of the medley, all eight performers joined forces to belt out the final lines of the tune. What a great note to start the show on!
Blake Shelton‘s, 38, artist, Hannah Kirby, kicked off the night’s solo performances, singing “We Don’t Need Another Hero” by Tina Turner. Totally hitting the mark on her wish to be a “theatrical” artist, Hannah absolutely nailed her vocals and put on quite a show by adding a kids’ choir for extra background melodies, per CeeLo’s suggestion. “That had CeeLo’s stamp on it!” Christina Aguilera, 34, laughed. And I loved it!
Up next was Adam Levine‘s, 36, final artist, Joshua Davis, who was instantly saved by America after landing in the bottom three last week. Josh sang Sting’s “Fields Of Gold,” showcasing his vocals and guitar skills for a moving performance. “[This song] tells my story and it’s me swinging for the fences,” Josh admitted. Hopefully the risk will pay off!
Next, Christina’s artist Kimberly Nichole took on a surprising song choice with Radiohead’s “Creep,” but considering this girl can do no wrong, it was, as always, an incredible rendition! Rather than showing off her usual powerhouse vocals, Kimberly gave a much more vulnerable performance, even becoming emotional as she truly connected to the track. “I’m honored that you were on my team. I’m honored that you are still on this show,” Pharrell, 42, gushed of his former team member. “That was masterful.”
The contestants had a quick break when Coach Blake took the stage to perform his new single “Sangria.” It’s always so fun to see the coaches get up and do what they do best, so of course this was no different! Go Blake!
After a commercial break, Meghan Linsey of Team Blake sang a soulful rendition of The Beatles’ “Something,” and proved, once again, why she deserves to still be in this competition. The performance brought Blake to his feet, and he raved, “It was just so classy. Your singing just gets better each week that goes by as you get more comfortable and have more confidence. After this performance, I’m absolutely positive saying I expect to see you in the finale of the show this year.” Bold statement, Blake, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised, either!
Christina’s singer, India Carney, got her turn in the Top 8 next, and absolutely killed it by singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” from The Wizard Of Oz. This song has been done on The Voice and shows like it many times before, but India completely kept the audience’s attention and totally nailed the classic tune. Those pipes are NOT. REAL!
Next, Season 7 finalist from Team Adam, Matt McAndrew, made a comeback to The Voice stage, where he sang his new single “Counting On Love.” Matt came in second last season, and we were so excited to see him back and sounding better than ever!
Sawyer Fredericks from Pharrell’s team was up next, and once again wowed the crowd with his performance of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” As always, it’s impossible to believe this kid is just 16 years old! He’s been a frontrunner since the beginning of the season, and just continues to bring it week after week — even Blake is afraid of Team Pharrell! “He has two artists on his team that are going to be tough to compete with,” the country singer told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “They are phenomenal!” I couldn’t agree more!
Blake’s only country singer, Corey Kent White, went for something different this week, singing “When I See You Smile” by Bad English — a classic rock song. “I feel like the only thing that’s close to being country about it is me singing it,” Corey told his coach confidently, and once he took the stage, Corey proved that he can take on a genre outside his comfort zone and make it his own. Definitely a breakout moment for Corey!
Last, but not least, Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne really gave it her all with a unique, stripped-down version of Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire.” On the show’s April 20 episode, Koryn had her breakout performance, and she rose to the occasion once again by belting out the track and proving that last week wasn’t a one-time deal.
Team Pharrell is stronger than ever at this point in the competition, and while all eight singers are absolutely incredible, it’s hard to imagine that someone from the “Happy” singer’s team won’t take it all! Oh, and they’re both teenagers, by the way!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Top 8 performances? Who is your pick to win it all?