The Voice Australia 4: 20 Best Performances (Wrap-Up)

Finally! After reviewing every single performances of The Voice Australia Season 4 again, I now have come up with a compelling subjective list for this season’s best performances.

Yes, I don’t usually rely on my every episode review because I think it is best to embrace the performances the second time around. So it is either I really like what I like or I had a second thought of those I didn’t like and think that that certain performance is actually a good one.

Now in a nutshell, season 4 of The Voice Australia is actually a lot of fun to cover. Sure the format is still crappy but I digress. Jessie J is a welcoming surprise. I am shocked on Delta’s choices. And the season had some really good pool of talents.

Now let us see who made the cut of my list. This is very subjective, okay.

Here we go.

20. BRING ME SOME WATER
Peta Evans – Taylor
Top 16

– There’s a spunk and renewed comfidence from her in this performance that screams “I can do better what I did the last couple of weeks, let me show you!” and she proved that she could do an all around performance that is fierce, vocally competent and pitch on point.

19. SEXY & I KNOW IT
Jason Howell
Blinds

– Sure the arrangement isn’t original and it was something that has been attempted from other reality singing competitions around the world and they got tons of praises. But to be fair, Jason delivered a sexy, confident and surprisingly engaging audition. His vocals were on point and he was able to work that stage effortlessly.

18. HOLD MY HAND
Lyndall Wennekes
Semi-Finals

– Lyndall’s problem in her past performances is that she usually mimic the original and delivery a passable karaoke version but something happened this week and it was in the right time. With a slowed down, intimate arrangement, Lyndall’s vocals were front and center and her performance is her best to date.

17. MARRY THE NIGHT
Naomi Price
Top 8

– Technically, Naomi is one of – if not – the best  vocalist for this season of The Voice Australia. And in the past weeks, she consistently deliver performances that were tailor made for her. I did ask for something current and she gave us that. Final product? It was a fantastic performance! Her vocals were once again spot on and this allows us to see that she can be current.

16. HOME
Jake Howden
Super Battles

– Understated, strong and lovely! For him to be eliminated in this round was a surprising move from the Madden brothers for I really thought that Jake was able to deliver a beautiful and soulful acoustic bit! Great stuff.

15. LAY ME DOWN
Stewart Winchester
Blinds

– From the moment he opened his mouth, I was at awe. Stewart’s richness in his tone and yet a melting quality to it made me feel like I’m laying down – no pun intended – on a bed of cotton! It was comforting yet vulnerable. It wasn’t perfect yet captivating.

14. LEAN ON
Ellie Drennan
Top 12

– Who knew that a Major Lazor song could work on a reality singing competition? And Ellie just nailed it with ease and confidence. With her distinctive tone and almost pitch perfect delivery, Ellie showcased that she could be well rounded and any genre could work as long as she puts her “Ellie” style to it.

13. BOOM CLAP
Grace Pitts
Super Battles

– I still can’t believe Delta lets her go because potential wise, Grace has it. Vocals, she can deliver. Star power, she exudes it naturally. And this was probably her strongest showing to date. She gained enough confidence, it was understated and beautiful. Her vocal choices were gorgeous. It was a lovely acoustic take on this Charli XCX hit.

12. RED
Scott Newnham
Blinds

– Scott has a tone that is genuinely lovely! He is charismatic, charming and a body that is easily marketable! Scott has soul too and it showed so much with his audition piece of “Red”. Then he exudes a sexiness that naturally plays along his impeccable vocals.

11. STRONG
Amber Nichols
Blinds

– Amber’s audition song worked perfectly for her. Her tone matches it well. Her pitch was on point. And the liberties she took were spot on. Not to mention, how she managed to hit those high notes effortlessly, makes me still wonder.. “Where did that come from?”

10. BELIEVE
Joe Moore
Top 12

– The build up to this performance is impeccable. Joe’s vocals were riveting and his charming, boy next door aura provided a confident and admirable bit of solid delivery!

9. TEAM
Ellie Drennan
Top 16

– The song choice was tailor-made for Ellie. Have you heard her a capella bit take on Lorde’s “Royals” during the Blinds? So this was a walk in the park but somehow Ellie managed to still keep it interesting, fresh and solid! Her vocal choices were strong. Her vocals were lovely!

8. DON’T CRY FOR ME ARGENTINA
Naomi Price
Top 16

– When I first found out the song choice, I cringe rightfully as I feel like it added 10 more years to her. But then something happened and I was captivated! It was a beautiful delivery from Naomi! And even if the build up to its climax took quite too long, I didn’t care. Her delivery of the song was just lovely and gorgeous. It didn’t sound dated at all which is unusual since she gave a straight on like the original arrangement! I think it was the vocals and the liberties she took.

7. LET IT GO
Liam Maihi
Top 16

– His rich yet silky tone provided a solid wrap up to this James Bay tune. That has been Liam’s strongest point. And as the performance progress, it gets even better and better amd made me think that this is the kind of music Liam should do. It wasn’t boring or trying hard. It was emotionally invested and beautifully delivered.

6. LAST REQUEST
Joe Moore
Semi-Finals

– This was lovely! Joe consistently deliver a radio ready, vocally strong and compelling performances. He never really did anything that is throwaway. His tone was front and center and his delivery is simply lovely.

5. SHAKE IT OFF
Nathan Hawes
Top 16

– Sure, the arrangement is polarizing and while it took me awhile before I could embrace and recognize the song, I thought it was still a strong, fresh and brave performance from Nathan. It was an absolute dynamic performance even without those high, belting notes, it still is mesmerizing! The middle parts is phenomenal and the end is the cherry on top.

4. UNAWARE
Ethan Conway
Blinds

– Could’ve been my favorite blind audition this season because it was almost a perfect and impeccable performance. His transitions were precise. The falsettos were clean and fantastic. It was an absolute charismatic audition from Ethan.

3. THE BLOWER’S DAUGHTER
Joe Moore
Top 16

– There’s a vulnerability in this performance that created dynamics and depth from Joe that I never really thought he could do! His vocals weren’t perfect but it was sensational! Great job.

2. I KISSED A GIRL
Ellie Drennan
Semi-Finals

– Ellie took a risk and it paid off quite well. Her tone provided a fantastic and compelling take on the song. It was a cool take too which made it sound fresh, current and a solid rendition of this Katy Perry hit.

1. I SEE FIRE
Joe Moore
Blinds

– From the moment he opened his mouth to the very last end note, Joe showed how radio ready he is and how his voice is what sells nowadays. Not to mention, his vocals were really impeccable and this was an absolute fantastic blind audition. I knew from her on, he would do great in the competition.

The Voice Australia 4: Finale

We are down to our final 4. Team Madden is represented by two artists in the name of Joe Moore and Nathan Hawes, Liam Maihi is representing Team Ricky and new coach Jessie J is being represented by Ellie Drennan. Unfortunately for Team Delta, they come to the finale empty handed.

For me this is a diverse and solid top 4. I actually enjoy covering The Voice Australia season 4.

Now on to the show.

ROUND 1: SOLO

Liam Maihi
Fix You
[Team RICKY]

– Liam, just like any other performance of his, started really quite well but it just went a bit all over the plance once the band kicked in and he threw some of his notes around. This showed promise but fell short. 6

Nathan Hawes
Don’t Think Twice
[Team MADDEN]

– It was an understated performance but very well disconnect. The whole thing sounded decent albeit being sleepy in parts. It was good but I feel like it lacks passion at some point. 6.5

Joe Moore
Scars
[Team MADDEN]

– Beautiful! His radio-ready tone is backed up with that quiet confidence and palpable stage presence that made Joe a very reliable vocalist. He sings like every material he has suited for him. This is another solid performance from Joe! 8

Ellie Drennan
Nothing Compares 2 U
[Team JESSIE]

– The vocals here were exquisite. While it wasn’t perfect because of some bum notes, it made the performance actually charming and beautiful. I like this. Quite haunting and pop lovely. 8

ELIMINATED:
Liam Maihi (4th Runner-Up)
Nathan Hawes (3rd Runner-Up)

ROUND 2: ORIGINAL SONGS

Joe Moore
Invincible
[Team MADDEN]

– Again, the song allowed us to welcome Joe as a radio hit wonder that given any material, he will work on it. The vocals were nice and the overall performance is something you can hear on the radio today. 8

Ellie Drennan
Ghost
[Team JESSIE]

– The vocals were still solid but the song didn’t allow Ellie to do much on it. It was a lovely vocal performance. A decent original song. 7

WINNER OF THE VOICE AUSTRALIA SEASON 4….

ELLIE DRENNAN!!!!

The Voice Australia 4: Live Shows – Top 6 (Semi-Finals)

And we’re down to 6. The semi-finalist were revealed and I got it right with Naomi Price (Team Ricky) and Nathan Hawes (Team Madden) getting the final two slots for semi-finals. That means, Simi Vuata (Team Jessie) and Caleb Jago-Ward (Team Delta) got the lowest votes from public and are eliminated prior to the performances of final 6.

Tonight, the 6 artists are battling it out on who will make it to next week’s finale. Only 4 are instantly chosen by public. My bets? Nathan Hawes & Joe Moore (Team Madden), Ellie Drennan (Team Jessie) and Naomi Price (Team Ricky) are the ones moving forward. I hope I’m right!

Here’s how the top 6 performances went and the results after the ranking.

Lyndall Wennekes
Hold My Hand
[Team DELTA]

– Finally! I have been waiting from Lyndall to have a breakout performance like this. She took a lot of liberties with her vocal choices, the vocals were almost pitch perfect and the overall performance felt passionate and beautiful. A little scream-ish in parts but I digress. 7.5

Nathan Hawes
Fire & The Flood
[Team MADDEN]

– Beautiful at its best. This is a good pick up from the mess of last week’s performance. Sure there are still vocal issues here and then but Nathan showed a lot improvements technically and he connected well with the material. Pretty good! 7.5

Ellie Drennan
I Kissed A Girl
[Team JESSIE]

– Go girl! Ellie won it for me tonight! This was exciting, fresh and her vocals were gorgeous. The arrangement suited her. It wasn’t too polarizing but it was artistic and stylish. The vocal choices created dynamics and her the phrasing is pretty! So good! 8.5

Naomi Price
The House Is Not A Home
[Team RICKY]

– Vocals were as usual great. But it felt like a lounge or pageant performance than something she did like during “Don’t cry for me Argentina”. I don’t know, there is something disconnected here. But again, the vocals sounded great! 7

Liam Maihi
Never Tear Us
[Team RICKY]

– The vocals here is probably one of his best but the totality of the performance is almost on the verge of blandness. I find his vocals pretty good but the liberties were not as dynamic as I wish it would be. At the end of the night, I almost forgot about this performance which is a no-no in singing reality shows. 7

Joe Moore
Last Request
[Team MADDEN]

– Beautiful! Simple. Controlled. Amazing! Joe’s on his way to taking this season’s crown but he has a tough competition in Ellie Drennan and Nathan Hawes. But this is really good! The vocals were layered. The arrangement is simple but full of dynamics. Amazing! 8

RESULTS:

FINALISTS (Public’s Votes)
Ellie Drennan (Team JESSIE)
Joe Moore (Team MADDEN)
Liam Maihi (Team RICKY)
Nathan Hawes (Team MADDEN)

ELIMINATED
Naomi Price (Team RICKY)
Lyndall Wennekes (Team DELTA)

The Voice Australia 4: Live Shows – Top 8

And we’re down to 8! Tonight we bid goodbye to Peta Evans-Taylor (Team Madden), Rik-E-Ragga (Team Delta), Amber Nichols (Team Jessie) and Gail Page (Team Ricky) for they got the lowest number of public votes from their team.

Tonight, the quarter-finals will start and 8 artists are going to battle it out to make it to next week’s semi-finals. Just like the past seasons, each coach had the power to choose 1 from their last 2 artists to instantly move forward to next week’s show. The remaining 4 people that weren’t chosen by the coaches? The public will vote who 2 out of that 4 to be included to the semi-finals next week. Exciting? Naaah. Haha.

Anyway, here is how the night went..

TEAM MADDEN

Nathan Hawes
FourFiveSeconds

– Hm. There’s a tentativeness in his delivery that is very evident. I feel like Nathan is thinking way too much around the song choice that the whole performance is a bit lacking. There are nice parts, beautiful phrasing but there are also some flat and sharp notes here. 7

Joe Moore
Everybody Hurts

Everybody Hurts was for me a perfect fit for Joe but there is something lacking in here: emotions. While he sang it quite compelling enough, the connection wasn’t there. But then again, this is yet another solid showing from the young singer. The vocals were nice. The liberties he took were spot on. The phrasing is good. 7

MADDEN’s INSTANT SAVE: Joe Moore

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TEAM RICKY

Liam Maihi
Lonely Boy

-Liam stepped up his game this week and he was able to match what Naomi can do. This is a simple, stunning vocal performance from him. He sounded divine all through out and the vocals were really solid. Great job! 7.5

Naomi Price
Marry The Night

– Naomi just nailed this. It was simple, sincere and vocally fantastic! And finally, she did something current which I have been waiting from her in weeks time already. This is great! 7.5

RICKY’s INSTANT SAVE: Liam Maihi

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TEAM DELTA

Caleb Jago-Ward
I Believe In A Thing Called Love

– Woah! I never really truly appreciate Caleb in the competition, but tonight he won me over. His vocals here were impeccable. It was less theatrics and even those little cracks on his performance fits well. It created dynamics, vulnerability and emotional connection to the whole performance. 7.5

Lyndall Wennekes
Nobody Love

– I now finally figured out what is missing with Lyndall, she has no defining sound of her. This was yet another decent showing from her. There is confidence, she sounded pretty nice but she never really put something different with her performances. It is usually a straight on copy cat of the original. I wish she had more liberties with her vocal choices, so that her performances won’t come across karaoke-ish. 6.5

DELTA’s INSTANT SAVE: Lyndall Wennekes

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TEAM JESSIE

Ellie Drennan
California Dreamin’

– WOW! This was surreal, magical and an absolute amazing performance from Ellie. She had so much command with the material, her vocal choices were spot on and everything just worked all together. It was haunting yet divine, if that makes any sense. 8

Simi Vuata
We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off

– This is Simi’s best performance to date. He is controlled (yes, there are no overdone runs here), his verses were nuanced and the vocals sounded quite really good. This is lovely Simi! 7.5

JESSIE’s INSTANT SAVE: Ellie Drennan

The Voice Australia 4: Live Shows – Top 12

With 4 people (1 from each team) got a free pass to this week live shows, 2 were saved by public’s vote and 1 will be bidding goodbye.

Just like last week and every other season of this franchise, the coaches’ had so much power having the luxury to save yet another 1 artist from their team for an instant save for next week’s Top 8 Live Shows.

How did the night went? Let’s see..

TEAM JESSIE

Simi Vuata
Land Of 1000 Dances

– Energetic, entertaining and solid. It seems like this is the kind of music Simi should consider taking. It suits him well. Now, I want him to try sing Bruno Mars’ Runaway Baby. If we could lessen the cheesy stage antics then this could’ve been golden. But still a solid job. 7

Amber Nichols
Big Girls Cry

– There’s something vulnerable in every performance of Amber. She managed to wrap herself around the material and simply caress every fiber of the verses with so much emotions. This is a solid performance from her again. 7

Ellie Drennan
Lean On

– Lovely! I’m a fan. Her vocal choices were spot on. The liberties she took were flawless and her phrasing is nice. The gorgeous vocals here were also something to admire for. 8

JESSIE’s INSTANT SAVE: Simi Vuata

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TEAM DELTA

Rik-E-Ragga
I Shot The Sheriff

– The way he faithfully stays true to his genre is admirable but he needs to work on his technicals. As much as he spins this song to reggae, his monotonous tone all through out somehow made this performance underwhelming. 6

Caleb Jago-Ward
Shut Up And Dance

– I’m so half hearted about this to be honest. His energy is infectious and the song suited him so well but the overall delivery is too theatrical, too studied. It’s like every move and vocal liberties he tooks were in a count of 1-2-3. 6.5

Lyndall Wennekes
Like I’m Gonna Lose You

– This is a big improvement from last week’s karaoke performance. Her vocals shine better here. The phrasing though is a bit muddled. But I kike this. 7

DELTA’s INSTANT SAVE: Lyndall Wennekes

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TEAM RICKY

Naomi Price
Too Darn Hot

– It was a nice contrast from last week. But the vocals were still so good! The stage presence was there and Naomi was just exuding with so much confidence and swag. Lovely. Now, I want her to take something current because that would give us the benefit that she can be current and has a place in the market of music today. 7.5

Liam Maihi
Love Me Again

– Strong! There’s energy in his delivery that I like. The first half is glorious and the second half seals it well. It was dynamic, solid and vocally beautiful! 7.5

Gail Page
Strange Fruit

– First 5 seconds, I am already bored. Halfway, I fell asleep. Gail, this is too dated for my taste. 4

RICKY’s INSTANT SAVE: Liam Maihi

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TEAM MADDEN

Nathan Hawes
Only Love

– Nathan is a polarizing indie pop singer. Sure, last week had me in a weird like/like not situation but he is consistently good! His vocals, flawless! His authenticity is spot on. This is yet again another strong showing from Nathan! 7.5

Joe Moore
Believe

– Joe is a pro. He is very much comfortable on stage and he makes the most out of his material. This is yet again another solid, consistent performance from Joe. Great job! 7.5

Peta Evans-Taylor
All By Myself

– Where did this Peta came from? This is another decent showing from her and I was ready to write her off in the competition but she really is proving herself. Altho, Peta is stacked in a strong team that could lead to her early demise on the competition. Look, the song is way too big for her and when she tried to sing those big notes, her voice cracked! But what makes this beautiful is her quiet moments. It was a lovely vocal during those restraint that she showed. 7

MADDEN’s INSTANT SAVE: Nathan Hawes

The Voice Australia 4: Live Shows – Top 16

And we’re now finally here at the live shows. 16 artists will battle it out to win this season’s The Voice Australia champion. Adam Lambert performed tonight! He is a really dynamic artist on stage.

So all of the artists will perform tonight. Each coach will choose 1 from their team to instantly move forward to next week’s live show and the other three will be determined by the public’s vote. Yup, the coaches’ got so much power in this competition.

Nevertheless, here is how the teams went down tonight.

TEAM RICKY

Scott Newnham
Cry Me A River

– Scott continuously impresses me. Look, sure he butchered the falsetto part of the song but for most part of this is really good. The vocals weren’t perfect but it was compelling. The transition of the vocals put a quiet confidence in him that worked so well with the overall performance. If not for that bad notes, this would be a solid performance from him. 7

Liam Maihi
Let It Go

– Liam provided dynamics and grit on this James Bay song that I in particular love. It was tastefully done. The grit wasn’t too much but it did gave texture with the song that is a contrast from the original. 7.5

Naomi Price
Don’t Cry For Me Argentina

– Whatever happened? Naomi captaivated me from beginning to the end. There is nuanced to her verses that is simply lovely and the vocals soared pretty. Altho, it took awhile before it took off and when it happened it was almost the end. 7

Gail Page
You Don’t Own Me

– The vocals here were almost flawless but the overall performance was just too dated for my taste. I mean, in the vocal point of view, this is all sorts of impressive but as a stand alone performance, the delivery is old fashioned. 6

RICKY’s INSTANT SAVE: Naomi Price

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TEAM JESSIE

Ellie Drennan
Team

– Ellie was awesome. Her vocal choices were on point and the vocals sounded great. She has this quiet confidence on her that is riveting and the overall performance is solid. Great job! 7.5

Cath Adams
Think

– There are really bum notes in here especially when she tried to reach those big notes. This is also a decent karaoke performance. Not bad but not really good. 6

Simi Vuata
This Woman’s Work

– The man who just need to have those runs even if they are unnecessary. The vocals suffered here because of his vocal acrobats. He tried to do alot. 5

Amber Nichols
Teardrop

– Woah. Team Jessie prior this live shows has been very strong but then Jessie’s choices to take on the live show were both buffling and left me confused. But it’s her choice. Simi, Cath and even Amber, I just didn’t get it when she had better singers than these three. With Amber, it was a struggle vocally. She was just over the place and vocals were a mess. This isn’t good. 4

JESSIE’s INSTANT SAVE: Ellie Drennan

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TEAM DELTA

Rik-E-Ragga
One More Night

– This is how weak Delta’s team is because her best performer gave a refreshing but inconsistent performance tonight. Rik won me points over because of the reggae spin on this Maroon 5 hit. It was smart and very him. But I missed the pitch and melody at some point. It was too plateaued. But then again, what a risk. 6.5

Nicolas Duquemin
King

– Ooops. There are really bad notes going here. A couple of pitch problems, sharp notes and flat ones too. Also the tentative movements on stage didn’t help. I don’t know. It was just a messy vocal performance. 4

Caleb Jago-Ward
Start Again

– Decent but forgettable. 6

Lyndall Wennekes
Candyman

– It was a nice idea to challenge her but it was a very wrong song choice. It was just a karaoke, unnatural performance from Lyndall. The vocals weren’t good. The delivery is quite weird. I don’t know. I just didn’t get the overall of it. 6

DELTA’s INSTANT SAVE: Caleb Jago-Ward

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TEAM MADDEN

Joe Moore
The Blower’s Daughter

– Fantastic! Emotional, stunning, riveting! I am moved. Well done Joe! 9

Tameaka Powell
Sin Wagon

– Eh. Typical country performance. Her voice is quite thin here too. 5

Peta Evans-Taylor
Bring Me Some Water

– Woah! Where did this came from? Even though her phrasing is quite muddled, there is no denying that this was her best performance to date. It was confident, strong and I must say a gorgeous performance. 7

Nathan Hawes
Shake It Off

– Hm. The performance is quite polarizing. The arrangement is also too changed that it almost got unrecognizable. There are shining parts but I don’t know, I didn’t really connect with this one. 5

MADDEN BROTHERS’ INSTANT SAVE: Joe Moore

The Voice Australia 4: Super Battles

And I really thought that this will be a different ball game but alas, it was just a fancy? or not. term for Knockouts. Haha.

The juice of this round is basically making each coach group their artists into sets of 3. Those 3 artists will battle it out. 1 will move forward while the other 2 will bid goodbye. In short, it is a mass elimination happening for this round. Apparently prior to this round, all the coaches have given 2 free passes to 2 of their artists that will freely move to live shows without even competiting in this round.

FREE PASS TO THE LIVE SHOWS

TEAM MADDEN: Nathan Hawes, Tameaka Powell

TEAM JESSIE: Ellie Drennan, Simi Vuata

TEAM DELTA: Lyndall Wennekes, Nicolas Duquemin

TEAM RICKY: Gail Page, Liam Maihi

Now let’s see the night of the Super Battles.

TEAM MADDEN

Nina (vs) Peta (vs) Jake

Nina Baumer, She Wolf (Falling To Pieces)
– There are a couple of sharp notes especially when she tried to reach those glory notes but Nina has a lovely, pop ready voice. A little inconsistent but it was a decent showing. Could’ve been better though. 6.5

Peta Evans-Taylor, Take Me Home
– Like Nina, Peta hit a number of sharp and flat notes especially during those glory notes. But I can’t say this was totally bad. It was actually a decent one too although at the second half, it sounded a bit exhausting from her. 6

Jake Howden, Home
– Lucky that he basically got signed on national television. And even if he didn’t technically won the round (although I know he won it hands down), it was I think a smart choice for the voice to not waste the spot and just sign him. Now, I may not that familiar with the song but Jake sounded divine. The way he caress every bit of the song is like butter melting. It was delicious, solid and beautiful. 8

WINNER: Peta Evans-Taylor
ELIMINATED: Jake Howden, Nina Baumer

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Sarah (vs) Joe (vs) Renee

Sarah Valentine, Love Me Like You Do
– Sarah started really well! Her voice suited the song quite well. I’m impressed. But once she reached that slowed down, almost falsetto part, her voice cracks big time that she hit wobbly sharp notes but she managed to recover during the chorus and yet again I am impressed. 7

Joe Moore, Blame It On Me
– Ready, riveting, solid and pretty charismatic. I put my bets on Joe, he had the most potential to win this whole thing. The guy can sing really well, he knows himself as an artist and his song choices were pretty evident of how comfortable he is with his material. His vocals sounded strong with that gritty, dirty yet pop ready vibe that easily won me over. Great job! 8

Renee Pounsett, Everyone’s Waiting
– Vocally, Renee won this round. She was almost flawless. But her performance – half way – sounded dated. The vocal choices became lazy and dragging. But then again, that gorgeous voice and power house vocals could have been a dark horse threat in this competition. 7

WINNER: Joe Moore
ELIMINATED: Renee Pounsett, Sarah Valentine

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TEAM JESSIE

Jason (vs) Chris (vs) Cath

Jason Howell, Bittersweet Symphony
– It was a gorgeous vocals. A little bit to close sounding to the original but Jason sounded pretty good here. He is an underrated artist on this show and he showed how much well rounded and how radio ready he is. The vocals were solid. The performance strong. Great job Jason! 7.5

Chris Hoskin, Across The Universe
– Chris looked very annoyed. Hm. But the main flaw of this performance is that it didn’t felt inspired or there is no willingness in Chris’ delivery that I felt. It was empty. There pretty nice moments but for most part, it was just a good bland. 6.5

Cath Adams, Changin’
– Cath proved she can do something current and she sounded pretty nice! Her stage presence was there. There are bum moments with her vocals but there is confidence in her delivery that is admirable. 7

WINNER: Cath Adams
ELIMINATED: Jason Howell, Chris Hoskin

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Mahalate (vs) Ethan (vs) Amber

Mahalate Teshome, Unfaithful
– At some point Mahalate sounded fantastic but for most parts, her nerves got the best of her and she hit a number of flat notes. But then I actually enjoyed this. There is something engaging to her that I actually like. 7

Ethan Conway, Do You Remember
– Wrong song choice. Halway, he got swallowed by the verses but one thing is for sure, out of the three his tone is my favorite. It was interesting without even trying and he is very charismatic. Too bad the poor song choice got the best of him. 6

Amber Nichols, You Ruin Me
– It was vulnerable, simple and decent. While the vocals weren’t perfect, she managed to keep a consistent way of connecting the material to her and she connected to the audience. Weak vocals but strong interpretation. 7

WINNER: Amber Nichols
ELIMINATED: Mahalate Teshome, Ethan Conway

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TEAM DELTA

Fem (vs) Stephen (vs) Caleb

Fem Belling, Stormy Monday
– I’m not sure if it was a bit overdone with the quirky vocal acrobatics but yeah, that somehow pulled me off a bit. Although she really entertained me, I feel like she was hiding behind those quirkiness to make the vocal flaws sound non existent. 7

Stephen McCulloch, Fire & Rain
– Great story telling. Halfway of the performance is a bit sleepy. Great vocals, lovely tone, this is probably his strongest performance to date. 7

Caleb Jago-Ward, We Are Young
– He butchered this Fun. song. The verses were uneven. He rumbles the words and the transition of the verse to the chorus is really bad. Plus the theatrics were still there. 4

WINNER: Caleb Jago-Ward
ELIMINATED: Fem Belling, Stephen McCulloch

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Rik (vs) Grace (vs) Mikhail

Rik-E-Ragga, Could You be Loved
– Rik-E has found his niche and he really excels here. I am not sure if this will last or it will worn out eventually since he is becoming a one trick pony. More so, maybe I needed him to change it up. Be not predictable. But I am continuously impressed with his vocals. 7

Grace Pitts, Boom Clap
– I’m not sure if this totally worked bug I must say, I love Grace’s voice. It’s just very distinctive quirky yet pop appealing. I feel like the arrangement somehow is too slow that it lost that oompfht-ness that the song required. Or maybe, Grace lacks that grit and conviction. But still I think this is still a decent job! 7

Mikhail Laxton, I Won’t Let You Go
– This was a bit fast for me. Maybe if Mikhail took it in a more intimate arrangement, he will be a homerun. Needless to say, he still sounded really good. The vocals were pretty. 7

WINNER: Rik-E-Ragga
ELIMINATED: Mikhail Laxton, Grace Pitts

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TEAM RICKY

Aviida (vs) Scott (vs) Steven

Aviida, Jealous Guy
– I’m not sure if the song worked for them but the girl singer sounded actually pretty good. But it was clear she was holding back because the guy is not giving in to that moment. There are parts that sounded good but there are also moments where they sounded a bit dragging. 6.5

Scott Newnham, Jealous
– Surprisingly, I enjoyed this. I never expect this from Scott that I had to take a second look if it was really him. He sounded pretty nice. There is a command on that stage that is appealing. Now, he just needs to totally let go and Scott could be a real dark horse for Team Ricky. 7.5

Stewart Winchester, Jealous
– Aww. The nerves. I do like Stewart and his voice for me is really his strong point. While on paper, this Labrinth song is right on his wheelhouse but the vocals were really shaky. He could’ve been the winner but he messed up with those nerves making his vocals shaky and uneven. 6.5

WINNER: Scott Newnham
ELIMINATED: Stewart Winchester, Aviida

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Tim (vs) Dione (vs) Naomi

Tim McCallum, You Raise Me Up
– This is his weakest vocal performance yet. I think Tim is a bit disconnected with the material and it’s not as vulnerable as what he used to give. The vocals weren’t also that strong. 6

Dione Baker, Climb Ev’ry Mountain
– Eh. I am not sure about this at all. I feel like it was a throwaway performance. It was just bland. Nothing really is happening within the performance and not to mention, the vocals were uneven. 5

Naomi Price, Defying Gravity
– Hm. The first part was fine and the high, glory notes were a mess. The vocals could’ve been stronger and less theatrics, I guess. 6.5

WINNER: Naomi Price
ELIMINATED: Tim McCallum, Dione Baker