‘The Voice’: Full Recap of ’90s-Themed Semifinals Round Live Performances

by Maggie Schneider

Grab your scrunchies and your roller skates because the ’90s are back on “The Voice.” Here’s your recap of the semi-finals episode.

“The Voice” contestants are paying an homage to the ’90s this week. Last night’s semi-finals were full of emotional performances that fans are still talking about this morning. As a singer and performer myself (shameless plug, I know), I enjoy watching shows like “The Voice.” I know how it feels to be in their shoes (well, maybe not completely. Miss Kelly Clarkson has never heard me sing). This is why I am excited to give you Outsiders a recap of last night’s episode.

The show is dwindling down to its Top 5 tonight. This means 3 acts will be eliminated. This week, contestants sang a song they had not yet performed on the show. In addition, they paired up to perform duets of songs released in the ’90s. I wish there was a bit more variety within the ’90s song choices, like including some R&B and punk rock staples. These song choices feel a bit too safe to me.

Solo Performances Recap: The Best and The Worst

Jim and Sasha Allen

Acoustic duo Jim and Sasha Allen perform “Mrs. Robinson” as their first choice. The song makes sense for their brand, but it lacks energy for me. Some of their harmonies fall a bit flat as well. While Ariana Grande is fighting for them to win, I am not certain that this performance is enough to land them a spot in the Top 5. I wish they had interacted with the crowd more and gotten away from their microphone stands.

Girl Named Tom

I am placing my bets right now: Girl Named Tom will win Season 21 of “The Voice.” The trio performs “River” by Joni Mitchell, and it is a powerful choice. While their performance is simple, it reminds me of something I would see on the Grammy Awards or Country Music Awards.

I think that the group does a nice job splitting up vocal parts, as well as finding chances to harmonize with each other. There are a few moments where their vocals are shaky, but nervousness is understandable. They find their full confidence as the song continues. Kelly Clarkson should be proud.

Duet Performances Recap: The Best and The Worst

Jim and Sasha Allen and Lana Scott

This Hootie and the Blowfish cover does both acts a disservice. I wish these artists picked a bolder choice. The performance has more energy, but I would have liked to see them step out of their comfort zone.

Jershika Maple and Joshua Vacanti

My favorite duet of the night is definitely Jershika Maple and Joshua Vacanti’s rendition of “Hand In My Pocket” by Alanis Morissette. This emo-girl anthem is unexpected for the pair and shows the versatility of their voices. Vacanti keeps up with Maple’s impressive vocal runs, and their voices pair nicely. Points to Maple for playing the harmonica as well.