The Voice Recap: The Top 8 Perform

With The Voice Season 14 winding down, the Top 8 took to the stage to perform with the aim of securing a place in next week’s final. 

The Voice has a nasty habit of taking too many performers to the live shows, and it means an alarming number are eliminated in the lead-up to the finale. 

It creates drama but also makes it more difficult to connect with any of the stars. Let’s break down the top 8 performances and try to narrow down who will make it through the elimination bloodbath. 

Brynn Cartelli (Team Kelly) – “What the World Needs Now”

If Brynn wanted to prove that she was a force to be reckoned with, she sure as hell accomplished that goal Monday night. For the first time in a long time, her performance was solid from start-to-finish and provided viewers with a great showcase. 

There’s no way she’s not making it to the final four, and if she doesn’t, she has a bright future ahead of her. 

Jackie Foster (Team Alicia) – “Here I Go Again” 

Jackie has been a bit all over the place of late, and that’s down to the downright bizarre songs being chosen for her. I mean, it’s obvious she has a great voice. 

But the voice only works well with certain songs, and that’s what’s putting Jackie at a disadvantage. She shouted her way through this performance, and it seemed way too fast-paced for her. 

Rayshun LaMarr (Team Adam) – “Imagine”

Rayshun has stayed in the competition much longer than he should have, and his Top 8 performance aimed to change things up. He wanted it all to be about his vocals, but he stood stationary on the stage instead of dancing around like he usually does. 

He seemed nervous, presumably because he thought he was going to be in the bottom two once again. 

Spensha Baker (Team Blake) – “My Church”

Spensha may be one of the most fun-loving people to ever grace The Voice’s stage, but she needs to channel that personality into her performances. They are coming across as monotonous, with very little in the way of versatility and that, once again, rung true on Monday night. 

Her tenure on the show will likely come to a close on Tuesday night’s episode. 

Kyla Jade (Team Blake) – “Let It Be”

Oh, Kyla. Never has a performance gave me the chills quite like Kyla’s latest number. It was from the heart and was the perfect one for such a crucial time in the series. If Kyla does not make it through, we riot. 

Kaleb Lee (Team Kelly) – “It Is Well With My Soul”

Kaleb changed things up in a big way, and it resulted in his best performance to date. It’s just a shame he waited so long to change his sound up. If he did this after the first wave of criticism, he would for sure be at the end of the competition. 

Pryor Baird – “Change the World”

Pryor turned in more of the same, and that was a good thing. He’s been solid since his first performance, so why fix something that is not broken? He has his fans, and that should be enough to keep him around. 

Britton Buchanan (Team Alicia) – “The Rising”

Britton oozes confidence, and that’s a good thing. Confidence is the name of the game, and if you can prove to everyone that you’re confident in yourself, then everything else should work itself out. Britton deserves a spot at the end, but time will tell. 

What did you think of the performances?

Who do you think will make it?

Hit the comments!


The Voice Recap: The Top 11 Perform Fan-Picked Songs!

The Top 11 took to the stage on The Voice’s Monday night episode, but they did not get to perform songs they picked. 

Instead, the viewers got to pick the songs their favorite competitors belted their hearts out to. It’s certainly a fun direction to take things. 

Did this twist give some of the more marginal performers the opportunity to emerge above the others, or did it make them circle the drain?

Let’s break down the eleven performances. 

Pryor Baird Team Blake – “Night Moves”

Pryor has been all over the shop since he appeared at the Blind Auditions, so it was a pleasant surprise to hear him sing a song that was made for him. 

Who knew a Bob Seger number would be the thing to put Pryor back into the competitive loop?

Sharane Calister – Team Adam – Hero

Sharane seemed to have the handle on the performance from the get-go, but it quickly fell apart. There were questionable vocals, lots of breathing and even silly stage movements. 

Sharane might have cost herself a spot in the Top 10, you guys. 

Kaleb Lee – Team Kelly – “T-R-O-U-B-L-E”

Kaleb got a good song to work with. It showed off just how great he can be if he gets a song choice that works for him and his voice. Will it be enough to keep him in the competition? We have no idea. 

Jackie Foster – Team Alicia – “Love Reign O’er Me”

Who would have thought that Jackie would be able to move on after that horrid “Toxic” number? It’s genuinely going to be the performance that haunts me the most from this season. In any case, Jackie successfully proved she has a lot of fight left in her. 

Jackie Verna – Team Adam – “Strawberry Wine”

Jackie’s country vocals effortlessly turned this performance into one of Jackie’s best performances yet. It oozed confidence and reiterated the fact that song choice is key. 

Kyla Jade – Team Blake – “Sweet Sweet Baby (Since You’ve Been Gone)”

This song gave Kyle the podium she needed to elevate her voice to a whole new level. It wasn’t full of shouting; it was filled with powerful vocals and confidence. 

Christiana Danielle – Team Alicia – “Umbrella”

Christiana went full steam ahead and rejigged the whole song. The result? A flawless performance that was up there was one of the best of the night. 

Brynn Cartelli – Team Kelly –  “You and I”

It was a bit cruel to give someone a Lady Gaga number. I mean, her voice is unique, so trying to replicate that is something that’s very difficult. 

Brynn tried her best, but it was difficult to listen to. 

Rayshun LaMarr – Team Adam – “Try a Little Tenderness”

Rayshun’s performance was confusing. It kicked off very well, but it faltered about the midway point and never really recovered. 

What paved the way for the big change? We have no clue, but it may well have cost Rayshun a place in the Top 10. 

Britton Buchanan – Team Alicia – “Perfect”

Who can say they’ve covered an Ed Sheeran song and failed? Probably everyone, and that included Britton. There’s was nothing remotely unique about his performance, and he was definitely served up a raw deal. 

Spensha Baker – Team Blake – “Better Man”

Spensha is too inconsistent to take seriously. Her latest number was not great, and I’m beginning to think she would be better off the show and finding her own voice. 

What did you think of the top 11?

Hit the comments below. 

The Voice continues Tuesday night at 8/7c!


The Voice Recap: The Top 12 Perform!

The Top 12 took to the stage to perform for viewer votes Monday night, and one thing became clear during the episode: The crop of current performers are actually very good. 

Now, we’re not saying every single one of them is good, but for the most part, this is a decent and deserving bunch. 

Let’s break down the performances on the night!

Rayshun LaMarr (Team Adam) –  “When Love Takes Over”

While most of the performers were solid, Rayshun sprung a leak. He’s a likable person, but his performance was so over the to the top it was difficult to take it seriously. 

The vocals were not up to par, and that’s problematic because he’s at the freaking live shows. There’s a good chance Rayshun’s number will be up on the next episode. 

Kaleb Lee (Team Kelly) – “Amazed”

Kaleb turned in a solid rendition of this Lonestar classic. His vocals were at the level expected at this stage, but there were some issues. 

At a few points, they were shaky, and that could become problematic if it continues. He should advance to the next stage. 

Jackie Foster (Team Alicia) –  “Toxic”

It’s difficult to take someone seriously who performs a Britney Spears number and expects to be taken seriously. 

It was genuinely all over the place, and there’s a good chance Jackie will be exiting in the next elimination.

Spensha Baker (Team Blake) – “Down On My Knees”

Spensha brought her A-game to the stage, and she was great. Spensha will likely make it all the way to the end, and that’s because she knows what’s expected of her. 

Christiana Danielle (Team Alicia) – “Say Something”

Christiana has been one of the better performers throughout her stint on The Voice, and that continued Monday night with a performance worthy of winning awards. 

Everything about it oozed confidence, high production values, and class. 

D.R. King (Team Kelly) – “White Flag”

Performing after Christiana was always going to be difficult, the song choice was way off, and that put him at a disadvantage. 

Gis reimagined version seemed more like karaoke as opposed to making it his own. 

Sharane Calister (Team Adam) – “In My Blood”

Wow. Who knew that performing a Shawn Mendes song would help separate Sharane from the other performers who are middle of the pack?

More big swings like that, and she could solidify herself a place at the end of the competition. 

Pryor Baird (Team Blake) – “Pickin’ Wildflowers”

If you counted Pryor out after that horrid Dolly Parton rendition, we have news for you: He’s back and better than ever. 

The country voice benefited the song and proved he had the chops to make it further without relying on gimmicks. 

Brynn Cartelli (Team Kelly) – “Up to the Mountain”

Brynn may well emerge as the winner of the entire season, and it’s excellent when you consider that she’s just 15-years-old. Everything about it was polished, and up there as one of the best performances of the entire season. 

Jackie Verna (Team Adam) – “I’m With You”

Jackie has been hit or miss throughout, but she managed to regain focus on Monday night’s episode. She went with a genre-bending version of Avril Lavigne’s classic. 

Some of the vocals were shaky, but for the most part, Jackie redeemed herself. 

Britton Buchanan (Team Alicia) – “Small Town”

Britton went country, and, of course, it was an epic fail. It’s mind-boggling for him to change the direction like this, and probably put him at a disadvantage. 

Kyla Jade (Team Blake) – “One Night Only”

Kyla appeared on stage, belted out a classic soul song that came straight from the heart. It was poignant and filled with everything you would expect from this artist. 

Okay, who do you think will get cut next?

Hit the comments below. 

The Voice continues tonight on NBC!