Eleven enter on a Monday night show. Ten will remain after voting ends on Tuesday. So let’s get to the performances.
Following a tribute to Prince from the coaches, Shalyah Fearing from Team Adam (Levine) sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus. Something a bit different for Shalyah tonight, in that it isn’t rooted in gospel like last week. While the audience appeared to love it, I was a bit less moved. It was good, but certainly not as good as the audience thought, nor as good as she appeared to be in previous weeks.
Next up was Daniel Passino from Team Pharrell (Williams), who sang “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper. Daniel opted for a stripped-down arrangement, featuring an acoustic guitar and a slower tempo. He was solid, but all the while I was kind of wishing that it would end. Not a knock on his performance necessarily, I just wasn’t a fan of the slower tempo, even as it may have served him well.
Next up was Paxton Ingram from Team Blake (Shelton) who sang “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs. Acting on a suggestion from Pharrell, Paxton went to sing something that took him back to his worship leader roots. And what a suggestion it was. This Paxton had been hiding behind the pop songs and dance moves. With this performance, he brought the fire. It should get him votes to stick around another week.
Following Ingram was Owen Danoff from Team Adam, who covered James Taylor’s “Fire And Rain.” Since Owen was America’s Instant Save last week, he needed to have a really strong performance this week to keep him from being considered for elimination. Unfortunately, this wasn’t quite it for me. The longer it went on, the more wobbly he got. Would not be surprised to see him in a bottom two (or three) on the elimination show.
Next up was Mary Sarah from Team Blake, who took on “Johnny And June” by Heidi Newfield. I have to admit, Mary Sarah and her consistency have grown on me a bit. I don’t really think she will win, but she has never been less than solid, and this week to me was one of her better weeks. The ending was a bit wobbly, but overall she was good.
Alisan Porter from Team Christina (Aguilera) was next up, and she performed “Stay With Me Baby” by Lorraine Ellison. This song is an old soul classic that not many people know. But what it was on this show was another shutdown performance by Alisan. The song was right in her wheelhouse, full of unrestrained wailing and belting out the chorus. Alisan handled those chores with ease. Still the front-runner unless something drastically changes.
Bryan Bautista, also from Team Christina, was next and tried his hand at “Just The Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. For Bryan, it seemed that all the stops were pulled out. Wonderful staging, and an arrangement that made room for a Marvin Gaye-styled break in the middle. But still, I didn’t think he quite delivered the goods. He hit the high notes, but the lower ones could barely be heard. So, I’m not sure where he will end up. He seems to be well-liked by the voters though.
Next up was Adam Wakefield from Team Blake, and he performed “Lights” by Journey. What are the chances that this blog would feature this song and someone would perform it on the show later that same evening? Anyway, I’ve always liked Adam as a solid second choice, and once again he didn’t disappoint. Even threw in some falsetto towards the end of the performance, something I didn’t know he had.
The ninth artist to perform was Nick Hagelin, who tried out “Your Body Is A Wonderland” by John Mayer. A lot of mumbling for me, with Nick’s falsetto trying to rescue the performance. Some of my followers on Facebook noted that his performance was one of the better ones of the night. Not to me, though. Judging from the girlish screams from the audience, I figure he gets through for one more week.
Hannah Huston from Team Pharrell was up next, and she sang “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt. This song has been done so many times, there can hardly be anything new that anyone can do with it. Hannah gave it her all though. This was another performance that I thought wasn’t as good as the audience reaction. It’s probably good enough to keep her on for one more week, though.
Closing out the night was Laith Al-Saadi, who performed “Make It Rain” by Ed Sheeran. He admitted that he had been singing a lot of classic songs, and that this time he wanted to do something contemporary. Laith to me, is going to stick around. His singing is good enough, but the guitar is what’s keeping him around, in my opinion. We haven’t seen him yet sing without it, and he gets to play fills and solos during his performances. If the guitar could sing, he might win. He may win yet, but he’s got a ways to go to knock Alisan from to the top. As for his performance here, it was fine. He’s never been less than solid; and that continued here.
I’m not going to make any predictions this time, since the last ones were so bad. I’ll be interested to see who gets eliminated tonight, or for that matter, who will be in the bottom two or three. Tune in tonight for the answers.