Arianna Grande bows to Wendy Moten
With one week to go, the Top 8 singers each had another solo performance in Monday’s semi-final to convince America they deserve to move on.
The stakes are just as high for coaches because they are “not guaranteed to have a representative in the final,” said host Carson Daly. Blake Shelton has an advantage with three singers, while Ariana Grande is in her final act.
In addition to a solo performance, each Top 8 artist took the stage a second time for an iconic ’90s duet with another artist. “Is there a theme?” Shelton asked. Daly replied, “You’ve been wearing the same thing since the 90s.” John Legend joked, “He doesn’t have his mule, however.” Ouch.
Only five singers will qualify for the final.
Before tackling the performances of the Top 8, where a competitor marked “the history of music”, let’s talk about another pioneer. Move over to Legend, there is another EGOT winner in the building.
“Long before she won an EGOT, she won one,” said Legend, paying tribute to the star who “dominated all areas of entertainment”.
Here’s what happened in Monday’s semi-final:
Can Grande become the third new coach in series history to win her first season? His hopes rest solely on his final act in the competition.
Jim and Sasha Allen
“You’ve only got one,” said Sasha, 19, half of father / son duo Jim and Sasha Allen. Grande replied, “You are the only one for me.”
But don’t count Grande. She said she “would love to be in the finale” and had a two-hour FaceTime call with the duo to decide on their song choice in the semi-final. They chose “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel, which Grande said is “a big deal because… it’s never been done before on this show.”
Grande told the duo that she and America “love you more every time.”
“Every week the performances become my new favorite performance,” she said.
?? Welcome to the Legend team. The V-EGOT star won his first season as a coach in 2019, but he’s been cold ever since. Can he get the upper hand?
The 24-year-old Texas native took everyone to church in a powerful performance of Billy Joel and Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” with choir and adorned afro. of sunflowers.
The lyrics were very poignant for Maple, who secured last place in the Top 8 thanks to last week’s Wildcard Instant Save: “I think this is the perfect song for this moment because… the sun would be my dream. My dreams are dark if I have no song in my world. “
It was a defining performance for the competition, Shelton said, as Maple sang, “Losing everything is like the sun is setting over me.” She received a standing ovation among the four choices.
The legend said she “deserves to be in this space” and called her a “talent superstar”.
The New York native, 28, brought his signature dramatic flair to Celine Dion’s “Ashes,” which was co-written by Season 9 winner Jordan Smith.
Grande called him a “voice technician.” The caption added: “You are a brilliant singer and you are a beautiful storyteller.”
Clarkson said “The Kelly team are the best they’ve ever been” this season. The three-time winner said other coaches “better be afraid” of her team.
The 14-year-old looked demure beyond her years during an emotional performance of Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved”. Clarkson said his selection of songs “will take him to the finale.”
Grande said Mia’s performance was “so vulnerable, so special, so sweet.” Clarkson, who stole Mia from Grande during the battles, said: “I’m so glad I was able to steal from you.”
Girl named Tom
After exploring different genres over the past few weeks, the Ohio sibling trio of Bekah, 21, Joshua, 24, and Caleb, 26, have returned to their folk roots on “River.” by Joni Mitchell.
Clarkson said she liked the song. (Maybe because it’s her 7 year old daughter’s name with ex brandon blackstock?) She called the band the “most special thing” she’s “ever seen on the show.”
The last original coach of the NBC singing competition entered Season 21 with eight wins to his name, the most of any coach in “Voice” history.
Can the defending champion repeat? Shelton seems to think so: “My team is unstoppable. Literally unstoppable. Try to stop them. You can’t.”
The single country singer in the competition underscored her faith in Carrie Underwood’s “Something in the Water”. She was accompanied by a choir, recalling her days of singing in church with her mother, Tammy.
“I want to make the final as a big thank you to my mom,” said Scott, 29. “She deserves this recognition.”
Shelton said Scott was “one of my favorite artists I’ve ever worked with on this show.” He added: “You’ve been consistent from the start, but you’ve never done things like this before.”
The Tennessean, 57, presented his signature sound on “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, a dedication to his partner David, who “supported my dreams”.
She sang note after note as she sat on a stool as she held a microphone with a cast hand after breaking her right elbow and fracturing her left wrist in a sudden fall in the month latest. The judges gave a standing ovation to Moten and were left speechless.
“You’re sitting up there on a stool like Kenny Rodgers, hanging around and blowing the roof off this place,” Shelton said. “The history of music just happened on this stage.”
Grande was equally flustered, “Are you crazy. It’s just the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen in my life.” She bowed down at Moten’s feet.
The 32-year-old Florida native went to his “bread and butter” on Teddy Pendergrass’s “Close the Door”. He said the song meant “to close the door on the oldest part of my life … and open the door to a new beginning”.
Clarkson called her voice “so beautiful, raw and perfect”.
Shelton was very hot and embarrassed: “I’m married to Gwen Stefani but you made me feel something… My heart was racing for Paris.”
How to vote on ‘The Voice’
The fate of singers now belongs to America.
Viewers can vote on NBC.com/voicevote or through the official “The Voice” app. (Limit 10 votes per artist, per method.) The results of viewers’ night-time voting will be revealed on Tuesday’s live broadcast (8 EDT / PDT).
The field of 8 will be reduced to 5.
“The Voice” continues Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST / PST on NBC.