As soon as The Voice vocalists stepped onto the stage, you could feel how bad they wanted the season win. Each contestant gave more heart and precision than any other week, and they did what any great performers do – left the crowd wanting more.
This week’s “Challenge” episode began with Team Ariana contestant Holly Forbes’ rendition of “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. The song was definitely in her vocal range, but Forbes didn’t seem to have the power or emotion to match the original songstress. Because of that, she received some mediocre feedback from The Voice judges.
Next up to the mic was Wendy Moten from Team Blake who, unfortunately, took a spill on stage last week. Like a champ, she carried through her version of the Dolly Parton classic, “Jolene,” with a bruised elbow and fractured wrist. The emotions that came through during her performance moved the judges and gave her sparkling reviews across the board.
Following Moten was Team Kelly’s pop singer Jeremy Rosada. The Voice contestant covered Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley’s “Freedom Was a Highway.” Throughout the performance, it seemed like Rosada showed more of his personality and heart behind the craft.
Continuing the unusual song choices was Team Legend’s Jershika Maple with Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun.” We definitely get a sense of The Voice contestant’s gospel background, but we also see her struggle with the fast tempo of the song. At times, it seems she struggles with the timing of her breaths but still gives a powerful performance.
‘The Voice’ Episode Ends with a Stunning Performance
Next up was Lana Scott from Team Blake with Katy Perry’s “The One That Got Away,” and while she technically chose a pop song, she still seemed to fall back on her country tendencies and add fiddle and twang to the mix. While it was an interesting cover, she didn’t exactly step as far out of her comfort zone as her competitors.
Meanwhile, Joshua Vicanti surprised judges with his choice of “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys. His “creative risks” earned him a positive critique from his coach, John Legend. The pop artist decided to add some soulful flair to the performance, allowing his true emotion to shine through.
Following Vicanti was last week’s The Voice Instant Save duo, Jim and Sasha Allen. The two performed “Stay” by Rihanna & Mikky Ekko, proving that they can, indeed cover more recent songs. However, the duet wasn’t terribly far from some of their past song choices.
Paris Winningham from Team Blake then stepped onto stage with his rendition of Lonestar’s “Amazed.” Winningham had already been challenging himself all competition, so it’s no surprise that this performance was another knock-out.
Next came Team Kelly’s Hailey Mia with Casey Ballerini’s “Peter Pan” which was not as great as we had hoped for the young star. She soared during the choruses, but the verses seemed to fade into the background. With a few more rehearsal runs, she may have made more of an impact.
Lastly was the trio Girl Named Tom, also from Team Kelly. The Voice contestants put their all into their rendition of Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” which was a hefty challenge. Thankfully, the trio pulled through and gave another all-star performance full of perfectly pitched harmonies.