Last night’s show pitted the final twelve singers against each other for the eleven spots that are up for grabs next week. In other words, one of the twelve will be eliminated on tonight’s show. So, let’s go.
First up was Mary Sarah (Team Blake), who sang “So Small” by Carrie Underwood. It was good to see Mary Sarah, defined thus far as a “vintage country” artist, try something contemporary. She has never been less than solid in this competiton, and that continued with this performance. I think she’ll be around for another week.
Next up was Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam), who performed “Born Under A Bad Sign” by Albert King. I’m beginning to think that the guitar that he plays on every song is what’s going to keep him around. His singing is alright; but if the show is called The Voice, it should be about the singing and less about his musicianship. Still, I think America will give him at least one more week.
The third artist to sing was Daniel Passino (Team Pharrell) who took on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature.” The beginning of the song, done in an acoustic style with just the guitar, was lovely. After that though, it was all over the place. He sounded a bit off to me for stretches at a time. He may well end up in the bottom three.
Emily Keener (Team Pharrell) was up next, and she performed “Lilac Wine” by Jeff Buckley. Pharrell has been keeping Emily around because of her potential, but I haven’t heard it. This was, to me, another chance for her to justify her spot. I didn’t hear anything that says she should stay, but I did think she was a bit better than she has been. We will see tonight what America thinks.
Next up was Nick Hagelin (Team Christina), who sang “Mine Would Be You” by Blake Shelton. I wasn’t too impressed with Nick’s performance. The lower notes were very hard to hear, and the rest of it was just okay. Nothing great about it, but of course, the coaches loved it. Sometimes I wonder if we hear the same thing…
Adam Wakefield (Team Blake) performed next, and he sang “Soulshine” by the Allman Brothers Band. I’ve been a fan of Adam’s from the start, and I heard nothing to make me change my mind. Another awesome performance. He should cruise to the next round.
Bryan Bautista (Team Christina) was next singing “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. This was easily his worst performance. If Daniel’s “Human Nature” went all over the place after the beginning, Bryan’s Seal cover was a wreck from the start. I suspect there were nerves, but he never really got it on track. The one big note he hit at the end wasn’t enough to rescue the performance.
Next on the stage was Owen Danoff (Team Adam), who sang “7 Years” by Lukas Graham. The audience loved it, I thought it was pretty good. In my chats on Facebook and Twitter, the consensus was he did a good job with it. Will it be enough to escape the bottom three? Stay tuned.
Front runner (at least to me) Alisan Porter (Team Christina) was the next artist to perform, singing “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. What can you say that hasn’t already been said—she is the goods. Another outstanding performance by Ms. Porter. She’s still in front of the pack until proven otherwise.
Paxton Ingram (Team Blake) was the next singer up, and he sang “Hands To Myself” by Selena Gomez. I didn’t really feel this performance by Paxton. It was just okay, not much more than that. I would wager that there is a possibility he might end up in the bottom three tonight.
Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell) was on the stage next, taking on Etta James’ “Something’s Got A Hold On Me.” I was afraid before she started that the song was too big for her. Eventually, I was proven right, though she started out well. By the end, I felt she was hanging on for dear life, straining to get the song out.
Closing out the night was new fan favorite Shalyah Fearing (Team Adam), who sang “Up On The Mountain” by Patti Griffin. After last week’s performance, Fearing has been declared a vocal powerhouse, but I don’t know if she is. I thought this performance was good, but I don’t know if it makes her a front runner like Alisan. Even so, I think she gets through for another week.
For me, the bottom three could feature at least two of the following singers: Daniel Passino, Bryan Bautista, Paxton Ingram or Nick Hagelin. Emily Keener could also find her way there, in my opinion. Everyone else should go through. If you watched the show last night, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree with my choices? Let me know in the comments.