It’s week three of The Voice Season 13 LIVE SHOWS. Eleven singers will perform for YOUR VOTES. Check out The Voice voting rules at this link. Fans can vote for their favs at NBC.com/the voice, via Facebook and smartphone app. Also by downloading and/or streaming songs at iTunes. Any iTunes download that enters the Top 10 before vote close (12 pm ET Tuesday) earns a 5x bonus. NEW THIS YEAR: XFinity cable customers can vote via their set top box and remote.
Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson continue to coach their teams. TWO singers will be eliminated tomorrow (Tues Dec 5) after the bottom 3 sing for the insta-vote.
LOOOOK at Miley Cyrus. In another crazy outfit. She looks like a big yellow banana.
Davon Fleming – Team Jennifer – Hurt by Christina Aguilera – Apparently, Davon is reaching back to his church roots this week. At least that’s what Jennifer says. But, he’s not singing a gospel song? Davon admits that his relationships usually don’t work out. Oh. He’s going to insert his relationship with God into the meaning of the song. I suggested that he sing a Gospel song this week. This isn’t exactly that, no matter the lip service! Still. There’s potential for Davon to slay with a powerful song. Hm. This is a little shouty. I wish Davon worked more subtlety into his interpretation, Still, Davon’s phrasing can be inspired. Jennifer, has, of course taken her shoe off. Adam says his mind is blown “You are the real deal.” Blake thinks him not making the finals would be ridiculous. Host Carson Daly has to find Jennifer’s shoe. “I am so beyond proud of you,” she says. “If you aren’t here next week and the week after that and the week after that…” Jhud. The rest of the season isn’t going to last that long! – Download at iTunes
Oh look. Jennifer Hudson in a Google Home spot singing “Oh Christmas Tree.”
Adam Cunningham – Team Adam – Maybe It Was Memphis by Pam Tillis – Adam is so sick of being in the bottom 2! And he’s performing in the death spot. Good luck! His fans want him to get back to country. So that’s what he’s doing this week. He loves Tennessee! It’s reminiscent of home. “He’s growing on everybody week to week,” says coach Adam. Sure. That’s why he keeps landing in the bottom 2. This is…OK. I actually liked last week’s performance better. Mid-tempo country song = Zzzzz. Adam needs to prove that he’s more than a competent bar singer. Not happening with this performance. Blake wouldn’t have thought of that song…but he’s impressed. Miley wants him to know there are no hard feelings for knocking out her girl Janice. (Can’t say the same for myself. Sorry!) Interesting that Miley felt she needed to clear that up. Adam believes that he proved he deserves to advance. – Download at iTunes
Noah Mac – Team Jennifer – Ordinary World by Duran Duran – Ugh. Why this terrible performance spot for Noah? He was raised on 80’s music. He loves the theatrical, dramatic vibe of the era. We watch Noah producing the song while Jennifer pretty much sits back and watches. She gives new meaning to the phrase “hands off.” Noah’s playing piano. This performance is otherworldly! On the second verse, he grabs a mic and takes center stage. This isn’t a perfect vocal, but it’s very emotional, raw. There’s something about his kid. He’s mesmerizing, even with the pitch problems. This song really tested his range. The lower notes were iffy. I hope America gets it. Miley calls it “magical” and compliments his performance skills. JHud wasn’t sure what to expect. “It was so captivating!” she says. – Download at iTunes
Shi’Ann Jones – Team Jennifer – Diamonds by Rihanna – Shi’Ann was VERY relieved to avoid the bottom 2 last week. JHud sees Shi’Ann’s potential. “She could be a Mariah.” She suggests Shi’Ann practice in front of a mirror. This performance is so much better than last week. Smart to choose a less challenging song. The diva songs weren’t really working out for her. This song isn’t as rangy, but gives the singer a chance to show off her gorgeous and unusual tone. She still needs to work on her stage presence and confidence. But, decent effort this week. After calling her “beautiful” Adam notes her improvement over the weeks. She giggles. Blake loves the “character” in her voice. Jennifer purposely chose a contemporary song this week. Because she’s young! –Download at iTunes
Blake Shelton and his “friend” Gwen Stefani are next with a performance, teases Carson. After the break, they sing “You Make it Feel Like Christmas” from her new holiday album. Carson introduces Blake as “the sexiest man alive.” Ok then. I’ve got to say. I was so sure these two were a short term thing, mostly for PR. Good on them for managing a lasting relationship. I guess. Cute song. Her Christmas special airs tomorrow night after The Voice.
Chloe Kohanski – Team Blake – Call Me by Blondie – “Call Me” is one of her favorite songs. Debbie Harry inspires her! “It’s time for her to show that she can rock,” says Blake about this week’s song choice. Whoa. She’s got the Debbie Harry hair, makeup and styling going strong. Chloe is definitely channeling the new wave goddess. This song is an 80’s classic. But it’s not the type of song that typically zooms up the iTunes chart. Melodically, emotionally, it doesn’t go anywhere. And it’s not even a great example of rock music. Back in the day, it was considered a breakthrough dance track for the band. By singing competition standards, the performance is kind of a bore. She barely moves off the mic, singing within about a 5 note range. She comes alive a bit toward the end of a mostly turgid performance. Chloe’s turn on the stage made Miley “so happy.” By the way. I still can’t get over Miley’s giant yellow outfit. “That just happened!” gushes Blake, “Sis, you are a star, period.” – Download at iTunes
Keisha Renee – Team Blake – All By Myself by Eric Carmen (Celine Dion) – “If Carrie Underwood did this song, you wouldn’t think of it as anything else than a country song,” says Blake. Keisha gushes over Celine Dion, though. Once again: Adding a bit of steel guitar does not a country tune. And I’m pretty sure Blake knows that. This is a great song to show off Keisha’s amazing vocal abilities. To place her firmly in the country genre? Uh. No. Still! Keish’s phrasing is so gorgeous. She’s the best all around pure vocalist left in this competition, I think. WHOA that train on her dress flows down the entire platform Keisha’s standing on. SO DRAMATIC. Perfect for when she hits those Celine high notes at the end. Keisha is crying. Jennifer is speechless. “There isn’t much else to be said other than congratulations,” she says. Adam mentions some hateful comments pointed in her direction on social media. Hm. He calls her performance a rebuke of the sad comments. ETA: Keisha got some blowback on twitter last week from country fans who aren’t buying her as a country singer. The crowd goes wild. She cries some more. Blake says, “America, let me introduce you to Keisha!” – Download at iTunes
Ashland Craft – Team Miley – I Hate Myself for Loving You by Joan Jett – Zac Brown Band tweeted her after her “Chicken Fried” performance last week. Joan has been Miley’s mentor. Ashley hopes to bring a country twist to a rock classic. This arrangement is just plodding along. Where’s the energy? I really like Ashland’s voice, but there’s something missing from her execution. When it comes down to it–she lacks personality and charisma on stage. This song is not supposed to put a person to sleep. “You are a star!” gushes Jennifer. Hm. Really? Miley loves seeing her with an all female band. Oh. She had an all female band? I didn’t even notice. Miley’s “feminism” feels so gimmicky. Not to say she isn’t sincere, but in the context of The Voice, her attempts at bringing the “girl power” feels contrived. – Download at iTunes
Brooke Simpson – Team Miley – Amazing Grace – Her parents are full time evangelists. She spent her childhood travelling from church to church with them. Miley suggests that she sing the song “as if it were a Coldplay version of Amazing Grace.” This doesn’t sound anything like Coldplay! But the song gives her an opportunity to display her vocal strength. And man, this woman has got some mighty strong pipes. It’s a beautiful, passionate, straightforward performance of the song. Not sure what the silver confetti is about, though. “The spirit is universal,” says Jennifer Hudson. “I’m so glad to see a voice like yours get this kind of platform.” Blake says, “You just took it to the next level.” Miley says, “You just put a bandaid on my broken heart from last week.” She’s sure Brooke is going nowhere. – Download at iTunes
Red Marlow – Team Blake – That’s What I Love About Sunday – Red identifies with the “mean little freckle faced kid” in the song. His dad is a preacher. Blake and Red have hit on a formula, and they’re sticking to it. Country mid-tempos/ballads that tell a story. His delivery is generic. His interpretations are heartfelt, but generic. Jennifer calls him charming and lovable. “You have the gift of telling a story,” Blake gives as the reason he’ll be sticking around the competition. Naw. The reason he’ll stick around is that he’s a country artist and on your team. Being Team Blake often means not needing to try even half as hard as fellow contestants. – Download at iTunes
Addison Agen – Team Adam – Lucky by Britney Spears – The song is Addison’s idea. Adam calls the choice “dark.” He doesn’t seem entirely sold on it at first. But, “you have to trust the artist,” he says. In Addison’s case, yes. Her instincts are good. “I think Addison will hit No. 1 this week,” Adam says. Addison delivers a moving performance. It’s not a perfect vocal, but her emotional phrasing and the way she allows the audience into her heart, more than make up for it. The wobbly moments only add to her vulnerability. “You just got so creative,” says Miley. “I truly believe you are the best artist in this competition,” says Adam. “You are a class act and one of the best singers I know. Her iTunes rank will go at least Top 5. – Download at iTunes