7:08pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Team Gwen and Team Adam Deliver Live Performances With Live Results
After Monday night’s performances from Team Blake and Team Alicia, it was time for Team Adam and Team Gwen to take the stage on NBC's The Voice. Real-time voting from viewers determined the rest of season 12’s top 12, with America voting through two artists from each team. Adam Levine and Gwen Stefani then got to each choose one artist to advance. Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys didn’t have much to do on Tuesday night other than offer brief feedback on the other teams.
The performances started with Stefani’s comeback artist Johnny Gates. He decided to sing “Can’t Keep My Hands to Myself” by Selena Gomez, putting together a creative arrangement. He said he wanted to do songs that people wouldn’t expect. Stefani encouraged him to really tell a story and bring a sexy rock vibe to his performing. He turned the delicate pop song into a rougher rock ballad, and it worked well. He set a high bar at the start of the night with his originality. Keys called him the male version of Stefani, who called him the real deal.
Next up was Troy Ramey, putting his own twist on Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You.” Stefani encouraged him to use some falsetto in the song. He gave a lovely, emotional performance, channeling his feelings about losing his father, who was a Mitchell fan. Levine thought he started with some self-doubt but then garnered confidence as it went on. Stefani disagreed and felt Ramey started from a self-possessed place that she hadn’t seen from him before.
Quizz Swanigan, the youngest artist in the competition, sang “My Girl” next. Swanigan said he drifts toward Motown, adding that he picked this song because of a crush he has. Stefani worked with him to find the right tone for the song and move beyond the lessons he learned as a kid. She helped him take his voice to the next level, and it paid off. Swanigan gave a smooth performance that suggested he’s seasoned beyond his years.
Another one of Stefani’s young artists, Brennley Brown, chose to sing “Fly” by Maddie & Tae, saying that she grew up with country music. She accompanied herself on the guitar, giving an ethereal performance with strong vocals. Sometimes her voice can be overly affected, but it worked for this particular song. Shelton said he made a mistake by letting her go, but he admitted that Stefani is a great coach for her.
JChosen followed with a performance of Prince's “Nothing Compares 2 U.” His gorgeous tone sounded great on the song, and he had strong stage presence. Stefani said she could tell that it was emotionally difficult for him to sing the song. She described him as magical, sparkly and special.
The last Team Gwen artist of the night was Hunter Plake, who decided to sing “Elastic Heart” by Sia. Sia songs are incredibly hard to sing, but Plake was up to the challenge. He made changes to the song without losing too much of the original melody. Stefani remarked that he has a producer-songwriter intuition during rehearsals. It was one of the best performances of the night, with Plake showcasing his creative artistry and impressive range. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had anyone like you,” Levine said.
It was time for Team Adam to take the stage, starting with soul singer Johnny Hayes, who was Levine’s comeback artist. He chose to sing “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations, and it was a great choice. Hayes had fun with it, confident despite being an underdog in the competition. Levine said he's been amazed by Hayes’ journey on this show.
Hanna Eyre, who wants to be an R&B-pop singer, sang “Skyscraper” by Demi Lovato. Levine said he thought she has the most powerful voice on the show in rehearsal. He worked with her on finding dynamics in the song, which paid off for the final performance. “You are so powerful,” Levine reiterated.
Josh West was up next, singing Boston's “More Than a Feeling,” which was Levine’s suggestion. West said he was focusing on singing with accuracy and precision, wanting to nail the classic rock hit. He didn’t sound perfect on the higher notes, but he handled the ambitious song choice quite well. He earned the big scream at the end. “You kick ass, and I love you,” Levine said.
Levine had Mark Isaiah sing “All Time Low,” not wanting the young artist to do something too conventional. Levine said he thinks Isaiah really is ready to be a pop star. He indeed had a very boy-band vibe in his performance, and it worked. Isaiah has the full package. Stefani said it’s a challenge to define yourself on the show while doing covers, but that Isaiah succeeded in making it seem like his own song.
Lilli Passero sang “It’s Too Late” by Carole King. Levine worked with her to figure out when to pull back a little bit. He said that she is one of the best on the show when it comes to emoting. Sure enough, she gave an authentically emotional performance that captivated. Keys seconded how good Passero is at conveying emotions.
The last performance of the night came from Jesse Larson, who sang “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder, whom Larson cited as one of his idols. He showcased his musicality, using his voice and his guitar to craft a fun and layered performance. Levine said he blew his mind.
Next, it was time for results. Carson Daly brought Team Gwen back to the stage. America voted to save Brown and Plake. Stefani chose Ramey, who she said she has seen the most progress from. Swanigan, Gates and JChosen went home.
Daly then brought out Team Adam to announce the final members of the season’s top 12. America voted to save Larson and Passero. Levine chose to also advance Isaiah. Hayes, Eyre and West went home.
Season 12’s top 12 sing for America’s vote next week. What did you think of tonight’s results?
Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
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