Michael Jackson, Selena Gomez, Jeff Buckley — last night’s Top 12 performances on "The Voice" were full of eclectic song choices that suited each artist in a unique way.
Opening the show with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small,” the last remaining country singer, Mary Sarah, graced the stage delivering a beautiful message that hit home for coach Blake Shelton.
In addition to the sick guitar skills of Team Adam Levine’s Laith Al-Saadi, a sweet ballad from Team Christina Aguilera’s Nick Hagelin and beautiful long notes sung by Team Pharrell Williams’ Emily Keener, a number of awesome performances made this a night to remember.
As the only male artist representing Team Pharrell, comeback artist Daniel Passino made a statement with his fancy footwork and overwhelming confidence. Coach Christina couldn’t help but drop the “Damn, Daniel” line when it was time to offer feedback. Paying tribute to Michael Jackson, Daniel made the ladies swoon singing “Human Nature.”
Team Christina’s Bryan Bautista showed off his softer side with his lullaby rendition of Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose,” while Team Adam’s Owen Danoff went for a more contemporary song singing Lukas Graham’s “7 Years.” But when it came down to really personalizing a song, it was Miami boy Paxton Ingram who offered a creative spin on “Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez.
From the dozens of talented artists who took the stage, one artist from each team really stood out during the live shows. From Team Pharrell’s corner, preschool teacher Hannah Huston brought the fire, giving us spunk and sheer confidence. Singing the same song she used as her audition tape to get on the show, Hannah did justice to “Something’s Got A Hold On Me” by Etta James. Coach Adam categorized her under a genre he called “alien soul.”
From Team Christina’s corner, Alisan Porter electrified the stage per usual singing Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold.” As the obvious coach favorite, Alisan gave us every level of heart and soul —blowing away the audience like she has done time and time again.
As for the artist in Team Blake’s corner, a sentimental performance by Adam Wakefield brought him to the spotlight. Singing “Soulshine” by The Allman Brothers Band, Adam dedicated the song to his former band member/brother who died of a drug overdose. Adam integrated a splash of the blues into his country roots, impressing all of the male coaches as they stood to their feet. Pharrell said Adam took people to church on television, and Adam called it a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance.
And lastly, in Team Adam’s corner, vocal powerhouse Shalyah Fearing closed the night singing Patty Griffin’s “Up to the Mountain.” As the youngest contestant in the competition, it’s unbelievable how much Shalyah has come into her own as an artist.
Narrowing it down to the Top 11 as of next week, it’s only a matter of time before we crown the Season 10 champion.