John Legend, the newest "Voice" judge, is on a roll and wants to win it all. (Photo: Trae Patton/NBC)
The “Voice” semifinals are here.
The top eight contestants are all vying for a coveted spot in next week’s finale, but with only half of the field advancing tomorrow, the pressure to bring their A-games is even higher.
In addition to a solo performance, each artist had to sing a Beatles duet with another semifinalist, including hits “Hey Jude,” “Yesterday,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Help!”
Here’s what happened this week:
Andrew Sevener kicked off the semifinals with a powerful rendition of Charlie Daniels’ “Long Haired Country Boy.” His performance earned a standing ovation from the coaches.
“I felt like we were at your show,” Kelly Clarkson said, while Blake Shelton added: “I don’t know where that came from, but that by far was your best performance.”
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Fellow country powerhouse Gyth Rigdon went all-American with Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Although several coaches didn’t like the song choice (Clarkson: “I feel like you can’t critique this song or else you are going to hell or something”), Shelton defended his artist’s selection.
“I love that performance. I’m glad you chose that song,” Shelton said, adding, “Welcome to the finale.”
Rap sensation Kim Cherry wanted to prove she can sing, dedicating her performance of Janet Jackson’s “Together Again” to her late mother.
Cherry showcased her softer side by opening on the piano before confidently nailing several big notes in the end. She didn’t rap during the song, but didn’t need to.
“Thank you for singing!” Clarkson exclaimed. “You have such a huge voice!” Shelton added: “Let there never be a question ever again if Kim Cherry is a good singer first.”
Carter Lloyd Horne went big with a rendition of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church.” But the song may have been too big a challenge for him – he struggled with some opening notes.
“It was a little pitchy in the beginning,” Clarkson said. John Legend agreed: “It was hard to find the key in the beginning … until you got into the chorus.”
Horne eventually found his stride, but with only half the field moving on the finals, it’s not clear if he did enough to advance. “I think the good thing you have going for you is that you did recover as the song went on,” Shelton said.
Dexter Roberts showed off his emotional side during 3 Doors Down’s “Here Without You,” trading his country roots for some good ole rock ‘n’ roll.
Clarkson called the move clever: “I love that you stepped outside of that genre, because I feel like there are so many (country artists) in the semifinals.”
Shelton agreed. “I think it was a good move, too,” he said, adding, “it was Dexter’s idea, by the way.”
Clarkson’s sole remaining singer is Rod Stokes, who charmed with his raspy tone on Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High on That Mountain.”
“I think you have this natural ability to touch people like no one can,” the “American Idol” alum said. “I’m so happy you’re on my team.”
One person who’s not happy? Adam Levine. “I still don’t understand how you’re not on my team,” the Maroon 5 front man declared. His entire team was wiped out last week.
Maelyn Jarmon brought her undeniable artistry to Rihanna’s “Stay.”
In a dramatic red gown and singing on top of a white piano, Jarmon gave us chills with flawless high notes and control of her voice during the emotional ballad that she dedicated to her singing career.
“I obviously don’t have a horse in this race, but you should definitely win ‘The Voice,'” Levine said. “You are the absolute forerunner and the best we’ve got out here.”
Shelton added: “The control and poise you have, nothing rattles you. You are absolutely spot on every time you hit the stage.”
Shawn Sounds gave his team member a run for her money.
Performing on top of giant piano keys, the Texas native closed Monday’s episode with a soulful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You.” He dedicated the emotional song to his students in Houston.
Legend was on his feet nearly the entire performance.
“I want to thank you, Shawn, because you just put on a singing clinic for everyone tonight,” Levine said. “That was the craziest performance of the night.”
Clarkson added: “You have sung your tail off this entire season, but that was my favorite by far.”
Fans will have the final say on who advances to the top four. The voting will be revealed during Tuesday’s results show (9 EDT/PDT).
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NBC’s singing competition show, “The Voice,” wrapped its 15th season on Dec. 18, 2018. Here are all of the winners who sang their way to the top. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenChevel Shepherd was crowned the winner of Season 15 of “The Voice.” Coach Kelly Clarkson repeated her winning ways with the 16-year-old from New Mexico she calls, “My country Tinkerbell.” Trae Patton/NBCFullscreenBrynn Cartelli won Season 14 of “The Voice,” with first-time coach Kelly Clarkson by her side. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreen
Cartelli became the youngest person in the show’s history win win the competition, scoring the trophy at age 15. VALERIE MACON, AFP/Getty ImagesFullscreen
Chloe Kohanski sang her way to the top spot on Season 13 of the show, singing Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” as her blind audition song. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenShe received coaching from the winningest coach on the show, Blake Shelton. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenChris Blue took home the trophy for Season 12, singing “The Tracks of My Tears” by The Miracles during his blind audition. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenBlue sang with his coach, Alicia Keys, on the Season 12 finale of “The Voice.” It was Keys’ first and only win during her time as a judge. NBC, NBC, Trae Patton/NBCFullscreenThe Season 11 prize went to Sundance Head and coach Blake Shelton. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenHead also made waves on an “American Idol” back in 2007. Greg L’Heureux, XXX NONEFullscreen
Alisan Porter won Season 10 “The Voice,” with Christina Aguilera as her coach. NBC, Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenJordan Smith’s vocals took him to the top during Season 9. Chris Pizzello, Chris Pizzello/Invision/APFullscreenHis rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” led all four coaches to turn their chairs, but he chose to be on judge Adam Levine’s team. Jordan Strauss, Jordan Strauss/Invision/APFullscreen
Sawyer Fredericks became the second youngest winner of “The Voice” when he snagged the win in Season 8. Tyler Golden, NBCFullscreenFredericks chose coach Pharrell Williams after belting out “I’m a Man of Constant Sorrow” during the blind audition phase. NBC, Trae Patton/NBCFullscreen
Craig Wayne Boyd won Season 7 of the show, coached by Blake Shelton. Larry McCormack, Larry McCormack / Tennessean.comFullscreen
The Season 6 winner of the show was singer Josh Kaufman. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreen
Kaufman’s blind audition of George Michael’s “One More Try” got all four coaches to turn their chairs, but Usher got the gig as Kaufman’s coach for the season. Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenJamaican contestant Tessanne Chin won Season 5 alongside coach Adam Levine, performing a memorable rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing.” Trae Patton, NBCFullscreenChin went on to perform at the White House and at the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC. Paul Morigi, Getty Images for Capitol ConcertFullscreen
Danielle Bradbery won Season 4 of “The Voice,” after choosing Shelton as her coach following her blind audition song “Mean” by Taylor Swift. Eileen Blass, USATFullscreenCassadee Pope and coach Shelton won Season 3 of the competition show, becoming the first female contestant to take home first place. Tyler Golden, NBCFullscreenPope has gone on to perform at a variety of country music festivals, including the Stagecoach Festival. Christopher Polk, Getty Images for StagecoachFullscreenJermaine Paul won Season 2 alongside coach Shelton, following his blind audition song of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated.” NBC, Lewis Jacobs/NBCFullscreenPaul won over finalists Chris Mann, Juliet Simms and Tony Lucca. NBC, Justin Lubin/NBCFullscreen
Javier Colon won the very first season of “The Voice.” Kevin Winter, Getty ImagesFullscreenColon chose Levine as his coach after his audition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” caused all four judges to turn their chairs. Matt Sayles, APFullscreen
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