The Voice season 15 LIVE Finals continue tonight. The Top 11 will perform for your votes. The Top TEN will be revealed on Tuesday’s results show. (Yes, according to Futon Critic, next week will feature a Top 10). And then TWO will be eliminated the following week. I MEAN gotta have that Top 8 Bloodbath at the Semi finals! (A 1-2-2 elimination schedule would have given a singer coughsandyreddcough another week. Hm.) Check out the full schedule below:
Tonight, coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton are on hand as their respective team members perform songs for FAN NIGHT. Fans chose the contestant’s song choices. As always, Carson Daly serves as host.
NOTE: The online Vote Window closes at 7 am ET. ONLY Apple streams count as votes. 30 seconds streaming a song on iTunes counts as a FULL STREAM. And instead of the Top 10 chart bonus, this season the MOST STREAMED ARTIST OF THE NIGHT will have their stream totals multiplied by 5.
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are BIG FANS. They kick off the night with a clip. Each performance is introduced by a FAN.
Dave Fenley – Team Blake Shelton – Use Me by Bill Withers – Lee Brice, whose song Dave covered last week, sent a shout out video to the singer. Dave says the song choice is different than anything he’s done on the show, but it allows him to show his soulful side. The country singer had showed off his beatboxing during his Blind Audition–so he’ll be featuring that during his performance tonight. Well, as far as the beatboxing goes–he’s no Blake Lewis. Heh. The song is a little out of his lower range. Dave does have a soulful side, but I’m not sure this song is going to change his status as back bencher. He riffs a bit with the drummer at one point. He’s beatboxing, but it’s barely audible, and his vocal riffing has frog-like qualities. He’s literally out of breath by the time he’s finished. Hm. Adam is speechless. lol. “That was wild. It makes me happy to see you doing whatever you want.” He commends him for taking chances. Blake says, “You just had that dude…congratulations.”
Chevel Shepherd – Team Kelly Clarkson – Space Cowboy by Kacey Musgraves – Small town gal Chevel CAN’T BELIEVE she has fans. She loves having little girls look up to her. She feels the song is mix of old and contemporary country. She decides to kick the key up a half-step and Kelly urges her to use her vibrato. The video background looks like floating potato chips. It’s a little distracting! But this is a very pretty rendition. Chevel has a ton of potential! Oh butterflies have replaced the potato chips. Heh. Her intonation is really good, she hits those notes really cleanly. Her head voice is gorgeous. And good job on that key change, kiddo. Kelly wanted her to go for the big note. “You nailed it!” She compliments Chevel’s storytelling.
Reagan Strange – Team Adam Levine – Complicated by Avril Lavigne – Reagan was totally surprised to be most streamed artist last week. Her fans call themselves “strangers.” Reagan loves her fans’ song choice. Adam warns the song is “deceptively hard.” She’s looking forward to a fun performance. She seems a little awkward working the stage. She doesn’t know what to do with her hands! But vocally, this is solid, if a little dull. I mean, she’s smiling her way through a song that’s pretty angsty. She also struggles with breath control a bit. Carson calls it “plain fun.” Blake says there is “a ton of charisma.” And that she “sings perfectly.” She “continues to impress” Adam. He truly believes she can win the entire competition and also be a “tremendous star.” No coach does hyperbole like Adam!
Kymberli Joye – Team Kelly Clarkson – Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobbs – A little girl from Kymberli’s church dressed up as her. “I cried all night,” Kymberli says. As far as the song choice is concerned, she sings it at church all the time. Kelly suggests more head voice, and those are all her notes! Unsurprisingly, Kymberli is SINGING THE CRAP out of this gospel joint. She’s so good, but it seems like she’s lagging behind a bit in the standings. Hopefully this Jesus song keeps her SAFE HALLELUJAH! That performance was magnificent. Kelly and Jennifer are on their feet, totally freaking out. Heh. By the end, all four judges are standing. “Sister Kymberli…opened up the doors of that church,” says Jennifer. Kelly says her bold, round tone is from God. She compares her to Jennifer. Oh. Kymberli wants to sing gospel music after the show. That is TOTALLY doable.
Kirk Jay – Team Blake Shelton – Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt – Kirk’s mom took her first plane ride when she flew to LA this week to sit in the audience. Kirk wants to show people he can dance a little. But he’ll begin at the keyboard. Blake says every time Kirk takes the stage he gives a Grammy-worthy performance. Oh. The dude from Lonestar reached out to him this week. There’s a big fan party going on in Montgomery. They introduce the song. Kirk’s tone is SO pure and his vocals effortless. He shines on the ballads, but he’s handling this uptempo song ably. His intonation is perfect, and he delivers runs like a pro. Seriously, I can hear Kirk on the radio. Blake calls him “incredible” and “one of a kind” and begs the audience to vote. But, really–begging is unnecessary.
Chris Kroeze – Team Blake Shelton – Long Train Runnin by The Doobie Brothers – The entire small Wisconsin town he’s from is behind him. There was a “Chris Kroeze dress up day” at his old elementary school And he’s gotten some shoutouts from troops he’s entertained overseas. He thanks his fans for the “perfect” song choice. He’s country with southern and classic rock influences, he says. Blake warns him to stay on key. Another party–in Barron Wisconsin. The host introduces the song. His wife and kids are there too. The rendition is a little karaoke. He gets a guitar solo, though. Impressive. His super-raspy voice is suited to this 70’s classic. I just wish he’d made the cover more his own–which is a thing he typically does. Blake calls the performance “incredible” and that folks in Barron are likely freaking out.
Lynnea Moore – Team Kelly Clarkson – Consequences by Camila Cabello – Lynnea’s fans came to the studio ALL THE WAY FROM the Philippines. Wow. Aw. After Lynnea made it through, she and Kelly had a little cry. Kelly is impressed with her contemporary vibe, feels she could be on the radio right now. Lynnea talks more about her mom, who is in jail after a drug arrest. “My mom…she has the whole prison rooting for me.” Straightened hair this week. She looks so different! Lynnea seems less “deer in the headlights” this week. When she tamps down her nerves, she displays great vocal ability and creativity. OK, I like this quite a bit–beautiful phrasing and use of her head voice. She really told a story here. “You surprise me every time,” says Jennifer, “You look like a star…sound like a star.” Jennifer says, “You raise the bar.” Kelly notes that some people weren’t down with “The Comeback.” But if it were her, she would have taken ANY opportunity presented to her. In other words–Lynnea shouldn’t feel guilty. She didn’t take a spot that belonged to someone else.
MaKenzie Thomas – Team Jennifer Hudson – Emotion by Bee Gees – The MaKenzie fan from Houston who introduces the song is VERY EFFUSIVE. MaKenzie’s Tennessee hometown has been very supportive. The singer shares that she wants to be a Christian singer with a soulful vibe. Jennifer thinks it’s VERY important that MaKenzie stay “true to who she is.” So I guess it’s gonna be adult contemporary stylings until the end of her time on the show… MaKenzie’s ad libs are very…tasteful. Her vocal riffs sound a little too well plotted. She needs to let loose a little. But maybe that wouldn’t be staying “true to herself.” Jennifer says, “You are so skilled! This is your lane.” She thinks Destiny’s Child (who covered the song) AND the Bee Gees will be proud. Jennifer compares her voice to “butter.”
Sarah Grace – Team Kelly Clarkson – Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine – Sarah’s fan introduces the song all the way from Taiwan. “I get to do a song from this century,” says Sarah. Heh. It’s a good idea to shake things up. It’s a hard song to sing though. “Let your body feel the song,” suggests Kelly. She thinks the moment will prove Sarah can be played on modern radio. Another viewing party in Houston. The NBC dude introduces the song. This is a departure for the blues loving teen, and a challenge. Remember Maddie Poppe sang this song at her Blind Audition and did not get a chair turn! I love Sarah’s syrupy tone. This song isn’t really in her wheelhouse, though and she’s struggling a little. Blake loves seeing her step out from behind the piano. It’s his favorite performance. Kelly calls it her “best” moment and calls her a “smart” singer. That’s true, the young teen’s musicality is impressive.
DeAndre Nico – Team Adam Levine – Cry for You by Jodeci – Adam thinks the song will allow him to go “full DeAndre.” A “perfect” selection, he says. “Every moment should be exciting,” Adam advises. Port Arthur viewing party! For the performance DeAndre goes full on major sexy. His vocal is PASSIONATE and the build up to the end is beautifully crafted. A very strong performance from DeAndre. A few folks in the audience may be pregnant. Not really, but you know what I mean. “I feel like I was in the neighborhood!” says Jennifer. “You took me back.” Adam believes that DeAndre has “all the elements.” He admires his drive. “I’m so proud of you brother,” he says.
Kennedy Holmes – Team Jennifer Hudson – Greatest Love of All by George Benson (Whitney Houston) – Kennedy’s eighth grade class supports her. Jennifer says, like Whitney, Kennedy has a natural ability to “caress” the notes. Jennifer gives young Kennedy a step by step guide on how to phrase and deliver the song. She suggests ending the performance with a “Whitney bow.” Your fans will go crazy.” Kennedy is dressed up like a Miss America contestant, with long gown and updo. Her vocals are beautiful, but this is, basically, Whitney karaoke. Covering Whitney is one thing, but directing her to do a “tribute” is another. I would have prepared an updated version of the song, but you know, the audience loves their Whitney. “I am just so proud of you,” says Jennifer, “Mama Whitney is up there proud of you.”