Although The Voice still claims eight contestants left in hopes of winning the ultimate prize, they all got down to business during the semifinal rounds on Monday night (5/14).
The pressure had set in for the artists that these live performances may be some of their last, so they wanted to make it count while they still had the chance to let their talent shine. With the coaches confident in their team’s ability, the hopefuls wanted to make their teams proud in their solo performances as well as their dueling duets.
Kyla Jade and Spensha Baker from Team Blake Shelton should just team up together for the long run and form some sort of soulful duo because their inspiring mash-up of “Rise Up” and “What’s Going On” made for a goosebump moment on television. The poignant messages that each of the singers got across translated over quite well to an obliging audience that applauded throughout the entire performance. It’s hard to believe that one, if not, both of the ladies could lose their shot at continuing on.
In their own separate endeavors, Baker fell back into her comfort zone in the country world by taking on the Maren Morris hit, “My Church.” Just like preaching to the choir, Baker made the song into her own style but still shined with her untouchable vibrato in all the right places. Jade leaned on a little love from The Beatles by singing “Let It Be” in such a simple setting. Allowing an organ and the backup of a choir to send her to new heights, Jade undeniably captivated the crowd with all the confidence in her voice.
Even though Pryor Baird stood the test of time against another team by singing with Kaleb Lee, he still brought back “Hillbilly Deluxe” with grit in his voice compared to Lee’s take on “Hillbilly Bone.” That same self-assurance came into play when Baird cruised through Eric Clapton’s “Change the World” to viewers’ delight.
Four contestants will be going home on Tuesday night, leaving only four people left to seize the title as ‘The Voice’ of this season.
New episodes of The Voice air every Monday and Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.