The Voice 21 SemiFinals Wendy Moten Leaves Ariana Grande Speechless

THE VOICE -- "Live Top 8 Performances" Episode 2118A -- Pictured: Wendy Moten -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)
Pictured: Wendy Moten — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

The Voice Season 21 Semifinals: Wendy Moten Did More Than Enough “To Get By”

Veteran singer, Wendy Moten has been super consistent throughout The Voice 21 competition. She is the most experienced of the bunch (she had a hit single and is 57), so it’s not a huge surprise. But some have noted that she has held back her vocals since her Knockout. But on Monday’s semi-final performance, there was no holding back (Read our Recap).

She gave a little preview of her belting in her laid-back duet with fellow Team Blake Shelton singer Paris Winningham on the 90s hit “Change The World” by Eric Clapton.

In her video package, Wendy shares how it has been tough without her boyfriend of 26 years. He also sings and the two have been through a lot together. Blake mentioned that Wendy is going back to her roots this week. The song choice, “You’re All I Need to Get By” by Tammi Terrell and Marvin Gaye, is a classic, but arrangement wise is a bit boring.

Fun fact: Kelly Clarkson competed with it on American Idol season 1.

Wendy goes for it!

The song starts and it’s about what you’d expect. The sound mixing makes some of the low notes tough to make out, but that doesn’t stop Wendy, who gives her best performance to date. She lets loose and ABSOLUTELY goes for it! She showed her vocal prowess and more, bringing life to a song that doesn’t go a lot of places.

Jershika Maple and Wendy truly had moments this week, standing out on a night full of fantastic performances. GNT, Hailey Mia, and Joshua Vacanti were the others who really made the semi-finals a strong night. The judges were floored, especially by Wendy and Jershika. Jershika got a 4-coach standing ovation and Wendy had everyone standing and speechless.

Ariana Grande  couldn’t even speak at first. She went on to call the performance, “the most ridiculous thing” she’s ever seen. She continued, complimenting Wendy, calling the performance “insane!” Blake joked that he taught her to sing and declared that it “wasn’t just finale worthy,” but also history making. 

Wendy is a GREAT

I 100% agree. Listening to the last 30 seconds again was like listening to one of the greats. I won’t even make comparisons, because Wendy is a GREAT. What a performance!

As of now Girl Named Tom is running away with the competition, but if anyone can turn a contest on its head, it is coach Blake Shelton. Wendy would make a worthy winner. At the very least, the singer will advance to next week’s final. I am excited for a fun night of results on Tuesday. It should be a good finale if the singing matches tonight’s high quality. 

A Milestone

One final fun fact: This is my 100th article. This feels like a milestone, and I am glad that Wendy’s special, historic performance is the one marking my 100th article written. Thank you MJ for giving me this platform to voice my opinions as well as the blog community for reading and engaging with my articles.

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I am a graduate of Drake University with a BSBA in marketing and minor in data analytics. My favorite shows to follow are American Idol and The Voice. I also love crime thrillers, Top Chef, and Masterchef. My hobbies include cooking, baking, playing basketball, and watching sports.