'The Voice': Live Playoffs Deliver 24 Performances
season 15 packed 24 live performances into its first night of the Live Playoffs on Monday, with the top 24 artists of the season singing for America’s vote. The top 13 will be announced Tuesday night, with 12 artists advancing from Monday night along with an instant-save sing-off between two contestants from the NBC show’s online series
determining the final slot. Coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton will be able to save one artist from their team on Tuesday night.
Team Blake got things started on the evening led by Michael Lee, who sang “Every Time I Roll the Dice” by Delbert McClinton.
Dave Fenley followed with a performance of “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson, which allowed him to showcase a well-rounded voice.
Singing “God Is a Woman” by Ariana Grande, Nastasia Greycloud shook things up a bit for Team Blake, demonstrating range and artistry.
Country artist Chris Kroeze chose to sing “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival and made it his own while still preserving the original melody. He matched solid vocals with charming stage presence.
Funsho played guitar during his performance of “How Long” by Charlie Puth, proving to be one of the more versatile artists on Team Blake by including some a cappella vocals and huge range.
Kirk Jay closed out the Team Blake performances with his rendition of “One More Day,” which brought a lot of soul to the powerful country ballad.
Team Kelly was up next, starting with Abby Cates. She sang “Next to Me” by Emeli Sande and had some trouble working the stage despite strong vocals.
Keith Paluso followed with the Adele hit “Someone Like You” — an ambitious song choice that paid off even as he took even more risks with ad libs and personal touches on the chorus.
Singing “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” by Sam & Dave, Sarah Grace brought something different to the stage by performing on the organ.
Zaxai followed with his performance of “When I Need You” by Leo Sayer, proving he has a big voice and solid phrasing that made him seem like a more seasoned singer.
With her performance of “Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)” by The Judds, Chevel Shepherd flaunted her throwback country sound, potentially appealing to country voters who usually gravitate toward Team Blake.
Closing out Team Kelly, Kymberli Joye gave a stellar performance of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons, which she made work by playing with the dynamics and singing with bold confidence.
Then it was time for Team Adam: Steve Memmolo sang “More Today Than Yesterday” by Spiral Staircase, tapping into some old-school pop. He was pitchy at parts and seemed to be straining his voice, but it was an interesting song choice.
DeAndre Nico slowed things way down with his performance of “Ordinary People” by John Legend, while Radha, who perfromed “Dusk Til Dawn” by Zayn, sounded like a radio-ready pop singer.
Kameron Marlowe sang "I Ain't Living Long Like This” by Waylon Jennings, giving a bluesy performance that highlighted his range and unique style.
Tyke James took on the Kings of Leon hit “Use Somebody,” a fun rock cover with some messy vocals.
Reagan Strange closed out Team Adam with her solid performance of Danielle Bradbery’s “Worth It," delivering a strong lyrical interpretation.
Team Jennifer took the stage last, starting with Patrique Fortson, who sang “Ain’t Nobody.” His old-school sound and theatrical sensibilities made for a captivating and energetic performance, and he hit some impressive notes.
Singing “I Believe In You and Me” by Whitney Houston, MacKenzie Thomas went all-out with her vocals, earning a well-deserved shoe toss from her coach.
Franc West sang “Apologize” by OneRepublic and accompanied himself on the piano.
Sandy Redd sang Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” and also got a shoe toss for her fine-tuned performance skills and huge vocals.
With his cover of “Scared to Be Lonely” by Martin Garrix and Dua Lipa, Colton Smith gave a memorable and original performance that showed the kind of pop singer he wants to be.
And Kennedy Holmes went all out for the final performance of the night, singing “Halo” by Beyonce and proving to have incredible range, phrasing and control. It was another ambitious song choice that paid off, and she ended the live performances with a bang.
The results will air Tuesday night on NBC. Who has your vote?
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
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