The Voice 4/13 Recap: Where Did Reba Put Her Last Name?

You mean I’ve been saying it all wrong? It’s not Reba McEntire? Just Reba? I mean, when did that happen? Reba…like Madonna? Okay.

Top 12. Live show. Let’s go.

Leading off is Hannah Kirby, who performs “Edge Of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks. I loved the energy Hannah brought to the song, her enthusiasm came through in her performance. And as far as the vocals go, it wasn’t bad either. A good start to the night.

Brian Johnson is up next, and Adam gives him Sting’s “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You.” When I heard it live, I didn’t think it was bad, but I did notice that he struggled with the higher notes. Listening to it again, it sounded like Brian’s worst performance. Blame the song choice-Adam wanted Brian to stretch, but it sounded like he couldn’t go as far as Adam wanted.

Following Brian is India Carney, and Christina’s choice for her is Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” I think India is a very gifted singer, and I know I said last week that I thought she was one of the favorites (or maybe one of my favorites). But this performance…much like last week I don’t know what to make of it. I can’t find anything really wrong with it, but…it leaves me cold? Maybe that isn’t the phrase. I just really can’t describe how I feel about it. It was fine, I guess. But it doesn’t move me.

Pharrell gives Mia Z. “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones. Great song. Last week Mia enunciated well, and kept it simple. There were no dog whistle notes. However, all of her bad habits were back this week with a vengeance. Even Reba (last name missing) said she couldn’t understand a word she was saying. This week Mia fell back in the pack for me. However, everyone seemed to like it. I think because the song is so great, it carried her through. But I didn’t feel this one either.

Deanna Johnson, she of little faith, is up next. Adam gives her “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” by Hillsong United. Where do I begin? I don’t know if Deanna believes in her talent from week to week. This was another one of those, “not bad” performances. Most of the judges claimed to not be able to hear her at the beginning…which might give her some sympathy votes. I heard every bit of it, though and there were some bad notes at the beginning. When the song got louder, she got better. How many chances she gets, I don’t know. I would like to see her do something with a bit quicker tempo though.

Sawyer Fredericks steps up, and does “Imagine” by John Lennon. It almost doesn’t even matter what he sings. He’s getting the votes, unless he really gives a horrible performance. Tonight wasn’t that performance; this was pretty good. However, for the second week running, he had a minor flub-this time after the first chorus. But like I said, it doesn’t matter. The screaming girls will make sure he sails into the Top 10.

Rob Taylor is given “I Put A Spell On You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins by Christina. This might have been the best performance of the evening. Rob is all over this, showing some serious range. There wasn’t an over-reliance on his falsetto, he used it very well. If America is smart, this young man goes through with ease. There is too much talent there to let slip by just yet.

Corey Kent White was up next and performed “Why” by Jason Aldean. I saw it, I heard it, but I was so incensed by Tommy Hunter and the Orioles blowing a lead to the Yankees, that his performance didn’t really register. Looking through my Facebook timeline, it was an average performance. The young girls loved it, I’m sure. We’ll see what America thinks about it on the results show.

Choosing her own song, and changing the arrangement is Koryn Hawthorne. She picks Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger.” It’s a good choice that pays off for her. I may be in the minority, but I thought this was a very good performance. You can just her the defiance in her voice…and she definitely brings the power to her vocals. Many of my Facebook friends found the song to be all power with no nuance. I felt that the song needed that power to sell the defiance. And the strut down the stairs while she was singing those words…absolutely perfect.

Adam gives Joshua Davis Simon & Garfunkel’s “America.” He also asks Joshua to sing without the guitar, which I think is a first for him. I liked it-I think you can get lost behind your instrument, and I think it puts more focus on his vocal. Which was very good, by the way. Well sung. You can’t really overpower the song, because the lyric needs to be heard. Joshua gave a good performance without overdoing the song or singing it too softly. A perfect balance.

Blake gives Meghan Linsey “Girl Crush” by Little Big Town. Through this point, it’s easy to see that Meghan has been the most consistent singer on the program. She has owned just  every performance, and this one is no exception. She may be a “ringer,” but she knows what she is doing on the stage. Another fine performance-she is stacking them up week to week.

Last up is Kimberly Nichole doing “House Of The Rising Sun” by The Animals. A good performance to end the night on, Kimberly knows how to work the stage. For the second straight week, she sold the vocal extremely well. I’ve never been her biggest fan, but I’m beginning to think she can go far in the competition. I thought that this was more performance than vocal though, even as the singing was certainly good enough. She knows how to work a stage.

So, that wraps up Monday’s show. For me, Rob, Koryn and Meghan were the best of the night. Brian and Deanna may be a bit nervous. Mia Z. should be nervous, but I think she will get by for another week. However, the instant save is back again this season, so someone who might be leaving may get a last minute reprieve at the end of tonight’s show. Looking forward to the results. If you have a favorite, let me know in the comments.

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