First off: I don’t believe a single performer had a personal best tonight. Coach Adam Levine did a poor job of choosing songs for his team members. And fellow coach Gwen Stefani picked a few clunkers as well. Also: So much pitchy singing!
However, I am satisfied with the singers who moved on tonight. Maybe JChosen deserved a shot over Brennley Brown. Gwen totally hobbled J with that Prince song. He didn’t look comfortable on stage at all. And he’s usually a confident singer. But I’m not surprised Brennley advanced. The young singer has found her niche as a country singer/songwriter type. There’s overlap with Blake’s Lauren Duski, though. We’ll see who lasts the longest.
I have to wonder if Adam was throwing Josh West under the bus with that Boston song. “More Than a Feeling” is a great record, but IMPOSSIBLE to sing. Meanwhile, he tosses an easy Carole King song to Lilli Passero. Actually, I hope he challenges her a little more in the weeks to come. It was clear from day one that 15 year old Hanna Eyre was not ready for this jelly. She’s got a decent tone, but no vocal control. Then, Adam chooses the easily over-sung “Skyscraper.” Oh boy. Mark Isaiah was also given a song that was a little bigger than he could handle, resulting in a performance that was off pitch and out of breath.
Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake and Team Adam’s Jesse Larson had good performances tonight, but they both have performed better in the past. They, along with Troy Ramey, know how to internalize a song and make it their own. Lilli is original too, but she’s more of a stylist, I think.
Fun fact: None of the four wildcards advanced to the Live Finals.
So, yeah. You know what to do. Vote for your favorites! I kind of went crazy with the polls. These are the same polls as last night, but with a couple of general Top 12 polls.
Favorite Top 12 Contestant
Favorite Top 12 Team
Grade the Episode
Most Robbed Eliminated Contestant
Which Singers Should Have Advanced from Team Adam? Choose 3
Which Singers Should Have Advanced from Team Gwen? Choose 3