This season of “The Voice” is coming to an end, but in order to make next week’s finale, the Top 8 will have to make it through this week’s semi-final, where three contestants will be eliminated. Tonight, the remaining members of John Legend, Gwen Stefani, Camila Cabello, and Blake Shelton’s teams will have to give it their all if they want to avoid being voted into tomorrow night’s final Instant Save sing-off of the season.
SPOILER ALERT: This post contains spoilers for “The Voice” season 22 episode, “Live Semi-Final Top 8 Performances” (December 5, 2022). Do not read ahead if you do not want this episode spoiled.
‘The Voice’ 2022 Semi-Finals Live Recap: All Performances
Carson Daly began the episode by introducing the coaches, and informing the audience that the singers will each sing a solo and a duet, the duets will be in celebration of the new Whitney Houston biopic, “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”.
Team Gwen: Justin Aaron
Justin Aaron opened the competition with a performance of “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo, a song that his wife really loves. Justin said he felt every performance he’s given on the show thus far has led to this one. John said the performance was like Justin’s performance of John’s own song, “‘Glory’ on steroids.” Coach Gwen said she was very impressed with Justin’s growth week-to-week.
Morgan Myles & Bryce Leatherwood: Duet
Morgan Myles and Bryce Leatherwood teamed up for the first Whitney Houston duet of the night, singing a country version of her song “Saving All My Love for You”.
Team Blake: Brayden Lape
Brayden Lape, the youngest singer in the competition, brought his mother to rehearsal to meet Blake before practicing his performance of “In Case You Didn’t Know” by Brett Young. Camila said she was so excited about where Brayden’s career will take him. Blake said the end of the performance really stepped up from rehearsal to live show, and that Brayden really put in a lot of work.
Team Legend: Parijita Bastola
Parijita Bastola went next, singing her rendition of Sia’s “Unstoppable”, and said she puts on a metaphorical armor before singing live. Her performance featured mirrors and projections to put Bastola’s image all over the “Voice” studio. Camila was speechless after the performance, and Gwen said she couldn’t believe how present and strong of a singer Parijita was given her young age. John said her presence was infectious.
Brayden Lape & Bodie: Duet
Brayden Lape and Bodie took to the stage for the second Whitney Houston duet of the night, performing a slowed-down, acoustic, version of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”.
Team Legend: Kim Cruse
Kim Cruse survived last week by winning the Instant Save, and this week she hopes to avoid having to give a sudden-death performance by wowing viewers with her take on “Summertime” from the musical “Porgy and Bess”, saying this is the type of song she would perform at her own live show. All four coaches jumped to their feet after the performance. Blake said he loved to hear Kim’s falsetto upper register, Camila said she felt “entranced in a film” watching Kim sing, and coach John called the performance “divine”.
Team Legend: Omar Jose Cardona
Omar Jose Cardona is doing a classic this week with Céline Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”, which he’s dedicated to his girlfriend. In rehearsals, John asked if he could give any more “fireworks” in his performance. The rest of the coaches agree that he definitely delivered these fireworks, with Gwen kidding that Omar must have been lip-syncing because “we can’t take it serious that you can sing that good”, and coach John saying that “Omar can do it!” no matter what notes he needs to hit.
Team Blake: Bodie
Bodie opened up about how grateful he is to be going through this competition with his team by his side. This week, he’s performing “Without Me” by Halsey, his first song by a female artist. Camila said she admired how creative Bodie is, John said he believes in Bodie as an artist, and coach Blake said he thinks Bodie is going to the finale given his “absurd” amount of talent.
Omar Jose Cardona & Justin Aaron: Duet
Omar Jose Cardona and Justin Aaron teamed up for another Whitney Houston number. The two tackled Houston’s version of “Greatest Love of All”, which was originally written know 1977 by George Benson.
Team Blake: Bryce Leatherwood
Team Blake’s last performance of the night was Bryce Leatherwood’s rendition of “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far” by Justin Moore, which he dedicated to his grandparents and family whom he misses. John said he thinks it was Bryce’s best performance so far, and very soulful. Coach Blake said he expects to see Bryce in the finale because his performance engaged “the army of country music fans”.
Parijita Bastola & Kim Cruse: Duet
Team Legend’s Parijita Bastola and Kim Cruse teamed up for the final Whitney Houston duet of the night, singing her song “I’m Every Woman”.
Team Camila: Morgan Myles
Team Camila’s only remaining member Morgan Myles closed out the episode with her performance of “Always Remember Us This Way” by Lady Gaga, dedicating the performance to her cousin and uncle, both of whom she lost to glioblastoma (brain cancer). Morgan accompanied herself on piano. Gwen complimented Morgan’s tone, calling it pretty, and saying how shocking Morgan’s progress is given she began the competition already so strong. Coach Camila agreed, saying she could be the next “country, pop, soul, whatever superstar”.
Fans have until tomorrow morning to vote.
“The Voice” semi-final results show airs live tomorrow, 8 pm Eastern, on NBC, where fans will see who makes the finale, and be able to vote on who should win the final Instant Save of the season.
Who is Left at the Start of Tonight’s Episode?
Unfortunately, multiple contestants have to leave each week to make room for next week’s season finale. Last week, Team Camila lived to see another day when its only member, Morgan Myles earned enough fan support, while Team Gwen and Team Blake each lost one member in Kique and Rowan Grace, respectively.
As it stands, Team Legend and Team Blake are tied with three remaining singers, while Team Gwen and Team Camila are each only down to one. See the full roster below.
- Omar Jose Cardona
- Parijita Bastola
- Kim Cruse
- Justin Aaron
- Morgan Myles
- Brayden Lape
- Bryce Leatherwood