Who Survived The Voice Top 11 Live Eliminations?

25 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Voice’ Reveals Top 10.

It was bring your family to work week on —so it’s not weird that this week’s elimination was extra-emotional, right? The Top 11 artists — along with coach Pharrell Williams, who sang his musically repetitive, lyrically clunky, yet curiously catchy hit “Freedom” — performed on “The Voice” on Monday night.The Voice opens with Team Adam’s Shelby Brown, singing Lady Gaga’s “Yoü & I.” (As an ode to her home state, she changes all the “Nebraska” references to “Alabama.”) Adam and Shelby tried to create “a moment” last week, but her rendition of “In Color” was plagued with technical issues.Jordan Smith must have given himself the upper hand by bundling all his insecurities into one Jessie J song, but Madi Davis also put herself in a good position and Emily Ann continued her dominance of the show’s country corner. There was another elimination on tonight’s outcomes episode of The Voice season 9 & the top 10 contestants within the competition have been exposed.

And in honor of Thanksgiving week, the contestants’ family members sat in on their rehearsals, which gave us a chance to marvel at family resemblances and listen to the vocalists’ moms, dads and wives brag about them. On this vocal, which she makes fit her country-rock vibe, we get to hear more of her funky growl (even a tad too much, as Gwen points out) and her signature sassy attitude, which she pulls off better than any of the other female artists. The country mogul said he realized that Jeffery could give his newfound girlfriend the opportunity to become the first female coach to win “The Voice.” Pharrell said she came out on stage “like a cannon,” and her raspy growl, which hadn’t been on display much before, was a go-to tactic for this performance, although Gwen mentioned that she might want to use it sparingly because of its uniqueness. Team Pharrell‘s Evan McKeel and Team Gwen‘s Korin Bukowski got the lowest amount of votes and they had to perform for America’s vote within the on the spot save. Shelby was at her best when she was holding onto the “I” with blistering force, because when she came down to a gentler rhythm, her voice seemed to waver.

On the bottom for the second week in a row, Bukowski went for a potentially risky song choice with Maroon 5’s “She Will Be Loved.” The verdict from Adam Levine? “Hard not to go with you here, for obvious reasons,” he told her. “I’ve never heard a female vocal on that song. After that rousing performance, the show calms down with Evan McKeel’s take on Nat King Cole’s “Smile.” It’s a soft, slow song already, and Evan doesn’t do much to add additional, more interesting elements into the mix. After a series of energetic performances ranging from Stevie Wonder to Kenny Loggins, Evan brought it down a notch, taking a seat center stage while strumming gently on his guitar.

He gets to play guitar for once (it seems all the coaches have allowed their artists more free range with their instruments as of late), but I would have been more intrigued if he shown off his musicianship on an upbeat track, instead of this meandering one. His voice was certainly showcased more prominently, which was an important step for Evan, but overall it was a fairly uninspiring performance — not to mention the strange silhouette back up dancer that only served to take attention away from the singer.

Then she continued to make waves in subsequent weeks by slowly revealing a makeover that has her looking EXACTLY like Coach Gwen — seriously, it’s a bit creepy. When the artists are limited to covers, it can be difficult to really show who they are and what kind of singer they want to be, but Vachal has figured out how to put her own twist on the songs she chooses, and Levine has done a great job of working with her on the arrangements. Sunshine, who sang “True” by Spandau Ballet last night, might be young, but he is a consistently strong performer in the competition, and it’s no surprise that he advanced to next week’s live shows.

Williams observed that, although Brown wanted a giraffe, she was “raging like a lion.” And Gwen Stefani marveled at Brown’s tender years (she’s just 17) but advised her to use the “growl” in her voice more sparingly. Levine admitted that he wasn’t sure how he was going to deliver the promised giraffe, but said Brown deserved one because she “killed it” (the song, not the giraffe). Evan McKeel (Team Pharrell): In recent performances, McKeel has targeted an upbeat, inspiring vibe and overshot the mark, his enthusiasm tipping over into manic territory. That feeling was propped up by a choir of backup singers who were talented in their own rite, but Barrett did enough to let his individual voice shine through.

He gave an incredibly intimate performance, and even though he accompanied himself on the guitar, it didn’t feel like he was hiding behind his instrument. Although he could coast through this episode on another emotional ballad, Barrett switches things up: He decides to update Tanya Tucker’s classic “Delta Dawn,” by adding a soulful rock twist.

Smith, who gave a very moving performance of “Who You Are” by Jessie J last night, is definitely Team Adam’s strongest asset at this stage of the competition. While Bukowski’s talent was interesting and different in the Blinds, her failure to show the audience new parts of her voice and personality have caused her to lose her luster over the past few weeks. His Blind Audition performance of Sia’s “Chandelier” is still one of his personal best moments, but he continues to bring consistently impressive performances every week. Stefani said it was McKeel’s best performance because he’d let his voice “just shine.” Williams said his team member had created a “super-intimate moment” and allowed people to see who he really was. Gwen Stefani took the stage with her remaining artists — Sunshine, Jeffery Austin and last week’s instant save, Korin Bukowski — for a group performance of “You Get What You Give.” At this point, it became very clear that Bukowski is starting to look and dress a lot like Stefani.

It’s hard to see the Brooklyn native going anywhere anytime soon unless more rigid voters tire of hearing their favorite songs picked apart and made into something brand new. His voice wasn’t much to write home about during this performance, but considering how many female squawks were emanating from the crowd afterward, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he moves on. Williams said he thought Bukowski was “on the right path.” And Stefani said she was delighted Bukowski got a chance “to shine … all sparkly and beautiful and confident” and convey her message to the world.

Madi brought out a deeper side to her voice with a hint of Adele to it, which was uncharacteristic but equally as impressive as what she had been doing in the high octaves earlier on. Amy Vachal (Team Adam): In another inspired Adam Levine song pick, Vachal tackled Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” bringing the song a different kind of gorgeous playfulness and a power and control that seemed to break new ground for the beautiful singer.

Leaving her family teary-eyed, Madi once again crushed this difficult song and proved why she deserves to be one of the last artists standing onstage when all is said and done. Shelton called it his “favorite vocal” of Vachal’s, said it showed off her “lower register,” and shared his dream of hearing Vachal do a “flip” on his song “Boys ‘Round Here” (an intriguing thought …). This was a tough song for Braiden because it precedes him by generations, but Gwen said she is trying to avoid the stigma that comes along with being a 15-year-old.

After Korin’s take on “Titanium,” we know she’s capable of a whole range of emotions, dynamics, and tones. “Only Hope,” however, brings her back into that extra-high, breathy zone, which is becoming overplayed. Madi Davis (Team Pharrell): Another absurdly talented teen, Davis put it all out there with U2’s “Love Is Blindness.” Her lush tone and consistent growth have made her a season favorite (at least, for me). But the fact that he can do both so effectively and powerfully is all the more reason why it would be a heinous crime if he were not the last man standing. That may not be evident to everyone watching, but a good portion of America knows exactly what Blake is talking about, and that is the population Emily Ann needs to captivate — if she hasn’t already.

Braiden Sunshine (Team Gwen): His decision to do a classic rock song last week may have been a slight stumble, but Sunshine recovered his footing this time around, bringing his own emotional truth and pure-voiced youth to Spandau Ballet’s “True.” The 15-year-old singer more than staked his claim to stick around with one particularly impressive sustained note. Her warm, sultry tones glide over the lyrics, bringing out the song’s sensuality, and she displays a more playful attitude than we’ve seen before. Emily Ann Roberts (Team Blake): Roberts amply justified Shelton’s obvious confidence in her talent and future success, looking beautiful and capable and ready to take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry with the Judds’ “Why Not Me,” on which she accompanied herself on guitar. When I imagine what an Amy Vachal album would sound like, I don’t envision a lot of emotional connection or variety, and that’s worrisome as the competition continues.

Zach oozes confidence all over the stage while taking on Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” Vocally, he’s done better — he throws away many of the words at the ends of his phrases, and his baritone has been bolder in the past. Her arrangement sounds closer to Jack White’s 2013 version, more dramatic and gut-wrenching than the original (and now just the thought of a Jack White-Madi Davis collaboration has my ears salivating). Roberts still hasn’t given a super memorable performance, but she did sound strong tonight, and the coaches loved it. “You’re going to be around for a long, long time,” Shelton said.

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