‘The Voice’ season 16 is getting down to the wire. The top 24 are hitting the stage for their next performances in hopes of being voted into the top 13.
All 24 contestants will be performing during the April 29 episode of The Voice. The teams are uneven, with Blake Shelton having 8 contestants and Adam Levine has just 4 artists. The next round of eliminations will be the season’s biggest. The number of contestants will be cut in half to 12. One artist from the Comeback Stage will compete against an eliminated contestant for that final spot in the top 13.
The contestants from Kelly Clarkson’s team are up first. Rod Stokes kicks off the night with a great rendition of “Midnight Rider” by the Allman Brothers Band. He’s got the voice and that grit to make a pretty perfect country artist. Matthew Johnson sings “Ordinary People” by The Voice coach John Legend. John likes what he hears out of Matthew and that is the biggest compliment. Rebecca Howell takes things back to country land with her fun performance of Faith Hill’s “Wild One.”
Presley Tennant hits the stage next for a sensational and unique performance of Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.” Can you believe this girl is only 16 years old? Her voice is insane. Abby Kasch, who was saved by Kelly last week, takes the stage to sing Jana Kramer’s “I Got the Boy.” Her voice is good, but the performance is not out of this world. Jej Vinson closes out Team Kelly’s performances with a smooth rendition of Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies.” Not his best performance, but it’s probably enough to get him into the top 13.
Now it’s time for Team Legend to hit the stage. Lisa Ramey is first and she rocks out to “The Weight” by The Band. She’s got the perfect combination of soul and edge to her voice. Harry Styles look-alike Jacob Maxwell makes everyone swoon when he serenades us all with Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” His voice is incredibly smooth. Jimmy Mowery makes a great song choice with “Youngblood” by 5 Seconds of Summer. His vocals are seriously on point this week. Celia Babini takes a risk by singing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” and puts her own personal flair on it. She’s not afraid to embrace the crowd. She gets down in the stands and sings along with the crowd. Maelyn Jarmon takes the competition to a whole new level with her perfect rendition of “Fallingwater” by Maggie Rogers. Her vocals are flawless. She’s a major contender. Shawn Sounds is the final member of Team Legend to perform. He slays with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground.” He’s got the dance moves and the voice. You can’t take your eyes off him.
Team Adam’s 4 contestants are up next. Kalvis Jarvis takes on Bazzi’s “Mine” for his top 24 performance. He totally owns the stage and the song. Betsy Ade rocks out to Jet’s “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?” and her vocals are top notch. Mari makes Beyonce proud with her incredible rendition of “Work It Out.” She commands the stage and is a frontrunner for sure. Domenic Haynes closes out Team Adam with a soulful performance of Amy Winehouse’s “Love Is A Losing Game.”
Team Blake’s contestants are the last to perform. Andrew Sevener is the first to perform. He croons out to Randy Houser’s “Boots On” in another fun country performance. Selkii switches things up with her unique rendition of “Iris” by the Goo Goo Dolls. Oliv Blu goes old school with “The Girl from Ipanema,” which may not have been the best song choice for her. Gyth Rigdon serenades the crowd with his “I Wanna Be Loved Like That” performance. His voice is great, but he may need to turn it up a notch for the next performance.
Kendra Checketts is by far the best performance from Team Blake so far with her rendition of Billie Eilish’s “bad guy.” She really brings it and proves why she deserves a place in the top 13. Carter Lloyd Horne goes the easy route with a simple and nice performance of Elvis Presley’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” Kim Cherry starts out on the piano for her performance of TLC’s “Waterfalls” and shows off her signature rap skills. The final performance of the night is Dexter Roberts. Dexter keeps it country with a solid performance of Brooks & Dunn’s “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You.” The Voice fans are going to have some tough decisions to make about these artists!