With the rules being that no coach has a set number of artists in each round, each contestant has to bring their A-game if they want to make it through to the top 8 of the competition.
Coaches Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend each coached their artists through the performances ahead of the November 29 episode.
Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes: ‘Last Dance’
Team Ariana’s Holly Forbes was the first contestant to perform, and she was set to sing “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. The performance featured a lot of sparkles and accessories as well as beautiful vocals from Holly.
The coaches loved the performance.
“We’re really seeing you do something we haven’t seen you do before, and you do it with such soul, and such composure and such class,” John Legend told her.
Kelly told her that her performance was “fabulous,” “wonderful,” and “different.”
Team Blake’s Wendy Moten: ‘Jolene’
Wendy Moten was set to perform “Jolene” by Dolly Parton for her top 10 performance at the bequest of her coach, Blake Shelton. She shared that last week when she fell down, she actually broke her elbow and sprained her wrist.
The performance was just as powerful as the coaches have come to expect from the seasoned singer.
“Every week, you are just so perfect, so great at everything,” John told her after the performance.
Team Kelly’s Jeremy Rosado: ‘Freedom Was a Highway’
For his top 10 performance, Jeremy Rosado was tasked with performing “Freedom Was a Highway” by Brad Paisley and Jimmie Allen. He was worried about his breath control ahead of his performance.
He delivered one of the better performances of the night so far, showing off his stage presence in a way that neither Holly or Wendy did. He received a standing ovation from his coach.
“You could sing the phone book, and I’d be in. I just enjoy your voice and your energy,” Ariana told the artist.
Kelly agreed, telling him that it was nice to see him sing something more uptempo.
Team Legend’s Jershika Maple: ‘Ain’t It Fun’
Jershika Maple sang “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore for her top 10 performance, but before the performance, John told her that it’s important in the music industry to be able to collaborate across genres.
It was nice to see Jershika let loose on this song, and she hit some incredible notes, but it did seem like she had some trouble with breath control throughout the performance.
“Oh my gosh, you are so powerful,” Kelly told her after the performance. “… it was really rad to see and hear you do that. I love that you went for it.”
John agreed, saying, “Once again, this is the point of challenge week. We see you doing something we wouldn’t expect but seeing how versatile you are.”
Team Blake’s Lana Scott: ‘The One That Got Away’
Lana Scott decided to “countreyfy” Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away.” It seems pretty weird to allow this, as the whole point is to sing outside of the comfort zone, and her comfort zone is country.
Ariana told her that it was “beautiful” and that she “brought Lana to it.”
Kelly agreed, saying that it was “cool” how she gave the song a new vibe.
Team Legend’s Joshua Vacanti: ‘If I Ain’t Got You’
Joshua Vacanti was assigned “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys for his challenge, placing him in the soul genre rather than the pop and broadway genres. He shared that it was his two-year wedding anniversary and he was seeing the performance as a “gift” for his wife.
Blake Shelton loved the performance, and he said that he was excited every single week to see Joshua perform.
“Joshua, I love the creative risks you take with every performance,” his own coach told him.
Team Ariana’s Jim & Sasha Allen: ‘Stay’
Last week, Jim and Sasha Allen were saved by America during the Wildcard Instant Save, and this week, they’re performing “Stay” by Rihanna. They wanted to give the best possible performance this time around in hopes of not needing to be saved.
John loved the performance, especially the “pain” and “crackle” in each of the men’s voices throughout.
“The interesting thing about you all being a duo is that it is cool, Sasha you have this really cool rasp and Jim you have this beautiful broken thing… and I was like ‘Yeah, Jim!'” Kelly told the artists.
Team Blake’s Paris Winningham: ‘Amazed’
Paris Winningham, a front-runner so far, got assigned the song “Amazed” by Lonestar. He said he’s heard the song many times, but he has never performed the song or even really sang it. He shared a very sweet story about his personal connection with the song.
This is definitely the best performance of the night so far. It’s clear Paris has a strong connection with this song, and he delivered it without making a lot of changes to the original arrangement.
John said that Paris got him in trouble on Thanksgiving because he let Paris go earlier in the season and that Paris is fantastic.
“You know, the story and the connection that you have with this song, I mean, I can tell you haven’t wound down yet about this, and it comes through,” Blake told him.
Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia: ‘Peter Pan’
Hailey shared that she was excited to sing Kelsea Ballerini’s “Peter Pan” for her challenge week performance. The performance was another strong one, delivering on some higher notes that Hailey doesn’t usually try to hit.
Ariana told Hailey she was “stunning” and “phenomenal,” and Kelly said that the performance was done “flawlessly.”
Team Kelly’s Girl Named Tom: ‘Viva La Vida’
The trio Girl Named Tom performed Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” for their challenge performance. Before they sang, Kelly reminded them that “you’re only as good as your last performance.”
After the song, the coaches told them that they “loved” the performance.
“Individually, you all have so much to offer as vocalists and front people for the group,” Blake said, adding that he thought it was their best performance so far.
John agreed, saying he really adored the performance and that he was imagining the concerts in Girl Named Tom’s future.
“It was so amazing, and I feel like with challenge week, literally this was the biggest challenge anyone took on this week,” Kelly shared.
“The Voice” airs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Eastern time (live) and Pacific time (recorded) on NBC.
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