The Voice US 8: Live Shows (Top 6)

There is something about tonight’s episode that doesn’t really sit well with me. Not that the performances were bad, in fact, we saw some fantastic ones being delivered on the voice stage. But up to this point, unlike any other season, I don’t know why I am not yet rooting or very invested with someone. Sure we have arguably the best crop of talents in the voice US franchise to date, but there is really something that I appreciate for a moment but wouldn’t really care for the next days not until they perform again the following week. If my point is making sense to you, I think you will get me.

Anyway, each artists were singing TWO songs tonight. One will go home tomorrow night. Let’s see how the night went.

12. LAY ME DOWN
India Carney
Team CHRISTINA

– There is nothing really bad about her version of this Sam Smith song but I miss the emotions here. I feel like India’s delivery is very theatrical, very rehearsed and very played by numbers. Her vocals were fine as well with a little jarring effect on her use of vibrato. 6

11. DESIRE
Joshua Davis
Team ADAM

– The band overpower the almost smokey, quiet quality of Joshua’s voice. At some point, when he tried to rock the song out, his phrasing suffers. The vocals were uneven here as well but there are moments here that shine. 6

10. STEAMROLLER BLUES
Meghan Linsey
Team BLAKE

– She immediately hit her performance with a 10 in the beginning and because of that the performance felt like she was screaming at us the entire time. Again, this is a case where I felt rurally exhausted from all the vocal power that she showcased in here. It is just dragging and exhausting overall. 6

9. SHINE ON
Sawyer Fredericks
Team PHARRELL

– Sleepy and boring. My problem here is that it feels like I’ve seen the same old, same thing kind of performance from Sawyer in this aspect. His vocals were undeniably beautiful in this song that the first time I’ve heard but halfway through, I almost fell asleep. 6.5

8. DREAM ON
Koryn Hawthorne
Team PHARRELL

– Her vocals were solid but she wasn’t able to sustain the glory notes when it is needed. There is also a lack of connection from her delivery and her vocals were pretty decent to flat. Flat in a way that there is no clear dynamics here, just verses hovering around circles. 6.5

7. GLORY
India Carney
Team CHRISTINA

– While her delivery of Glory started really beautiful, I feel like the rap verses that actually created the texture from the original was lost when she tried to diva-fied it. It was a risky move for her but I didn’t think it was fully successful. Nonetheless, there are bright moments here but in an overall effect, I just didn’t really care. 6.5

6. FREE FALLIN’
Kimberly Nichole
Team CHRISTINA

– I’ve waited for her to tackle something simple, earnest and no power diva belting. I was actually cited for this becauseI thought this will be refreshing. I blame the song choice because i think it was pitched under her voice that most of her notes were sharp, if not overly wrought. I wish she had chosen a different song. 6.5

5. IN MY LIFE
Joshua Davis
Team ADAM

– This is the kind of performance Joshua should always do. His vocals were undeniably smooth, silky and beautifully phrased. 7

4. TAKE ME TO THE RIVER
Sawyer Fredericks
Team PHARRELL

– While the production is a little distracting, this is a refreshing kind of performance from Sawyer. His vocals were decent but solid. But what I like here the most is the groove is pretty tight and the vocals were really front and center. 7

3. EVERYBODY HURTS
Koryn Hawthorne
Team PHARRELL

– Despite the fact that her vocals were not perfect, you just wouldn’t care afterwards because of the way she delivered this song. It was genuine, quiet and beautiful. Her phrasing got a little muddled especially when she became a little too involved with the song but the solid, fiery quality in her voice just sold it to me. Really nice! 7.5

2. AMAZING GRACE
Meghan Linsey
Team BLAKE

– There’s a beauty in that acoustic breakaway in the beginning that I thought was magical and lovely. It felt really ethereal to the point that I didn’t really mind if once again Blake Shelton is trying to play the religion card. This was beautifully performed with Meghan’s vocals winning over the emotions and she didn’t overwrought the tired song choice ha. It was simple and honest at its best. 7.5

1. DIRTY DIANA
Kimberly Nichole
Team CHRISTINA

– Was it her best performance? No. Was it the right song choice? Maybe. But Kimberly definitely entertained me. With her powerful vocals, great stage presence and command, and the undeniably winning performance.. this easily catapulted at the top of this week’s best performance. It was powerful, dynamic and entertaining! Great stuff here! 8

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PREDICTION:
(for Elimination)

INDIA CARNEY (Team Christina)

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