The Top 12 took to the stage to sing for their survival during tonight’s “The Voice” live show (originally airing Nov. 17, 2014). This week showed the singers starting to gain some confidence and show their personalities a little more. It still feels like overall the group lacks some inspiration, but there were enough highlights to make it a good night. Here is the breakdown of how the Top 12 singers did.
Sugar Jones. “Take Me To the River.” She gave a solid performance that showed some real vocal strength. For the first time I think we really got see who she is and what Pharrell sees in her. I could see her having a Joss Stone-like career.
Ryan Sill. “Ordinary World.” I thought he sounded better during rehearsals than he did during the live performance. He had some good moments, but overall it kind of felt like a guy trying to have a cool moment than a guy actually having a cool moment.
Jessie Pitts. “Don’t You Worry Child.” She started by herself at the piano for the first half of the song then the band kicked in. When the band kicked in she got a little lost in it, but overall she did a fine job and she continues to have one of the more unique voices on the show.
Damien. “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” He sounds great, but the problem I had with it is that it is a very dramatic song and I felt like I was watching a Broadway musical and not a guy putting on a concert. Still, he has a great voice and is clearly a very talented guy.
DaNica Shirey. “Creep.” Pharrell gave her a lot of great advice during rehearsals that gave the song a funk it doesn’t normally have. Sadly, it didn’t help. She is a belter and she really wants to hit high notes. That was great for the one moment at the end, but otherwise it made for a toothless version of an otherwise sarcastic, edgy song.
Taylor John Williams. “If.” He has a good voice, but I think this was a bad choice for him. He didn’t give it any real flare or change it up to make it his own. What we were left with was a very good karaoke version of the song.
Reagan James. “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over.” She gave the song a cool, pop feel and while it seemed like she struggled with the vocals in a few places, she has a charm and charisma that helped her pull it off. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t bad either.
Luke Wade. “Thinking Out Loud.” During rehearsals Luke talked about how his family is rallying around him and he brought that emotion to his performance. He had some issues coming in too soon at the beginning of the song, but he recovered and gave what may be one of his better performances.
Matt McAndrew. “Take Me to Church.” Adam thought the song was a risk, but could be a big moment for him and he was right. Matt poured himself into the song and brought a rocking vibe and some raw energy to the show that the night desperately needed. I felt he had the performance of the night.
Craig Wayne Boyd. “You Look So Good in Love.” He slowed it down and showed his softer side. It worked well. The song still allowed him to show off his strong voice, but it also allowed him to connect with the audience on a different level. I thought he was very good.
Chris Jamison. “Jealous.” This was a great song for Chris. With some style tips from Adam he looked the part and hit some great high notes that helped him deliver a nice, solid pop performance that really showed what he is capable of.
Anita Antoinette. “Redemption Song.” It’s a big song with a huge history behind it, but Anita has a direct connection to it and felt good during rehearsals. She gave a quiet, powerful and emotional performance. It was her finest moment on the show and one of the best moments of the night.
Personally, I think DaNica Shirey, Reagan James, Ryan Sill and maybe Taylor John Williams are the four that may be in the most trouble. Of course, if past seasons of the show have taught us anything it is that you never know how the voting will fall so tune in Tuesday night to see “The Voice” live results show and find which two singers are sent home and which two move on to the Top 10.