It was Shakira and Adam Levine‘s turn to choose who they wanted to advance to the live rounds. Each singer picked their own song to sing, and after a little guidance from their coach, they hit the stage in hopes of making it to the Top 12. Here’s how they all did.
Kristen Merlin sang Carrie Underwood‘s “Two Black Cadillacs.” Shakira told her to be expressive, but to not overdo it with the growls. Kristen has such a nice, clear voice that i’m glad she took Shakira’s advice. She might not look like the typical Country singer, but she has a voice made for songs like these. She will be a force for Team Shakira.
Deja Hall sang “Battlefield” by Jordin Sparks. Deja says she chose this song to show off the more aggressive side of her voice, but I don’t think she gave all that she could. Her voice is really sweet, and not really suited for this type of song, but it was good for her to not go for another ballad. It was technically a good performance, but there wasn’t a lot of emotion, or aggression, behind it.
Tess Boyer sang “Human” by Christina Perri. I’m personally not familiar with this song, but it has some high notes that made Shakira a little nervous. So she told Tess to keep it intimate, which worked for her. I didn’t really like how lower register at the beginning, but once she got into she really sold this.
Patrick Thomson chose “Trouble” by Ray Lamontagne. This was the perfect song choice for his rasp, even though he hadn’t sang it before. The problem here was that there wasn’t anything really special with his performance, which is a shame because he does have such a good voice.
Dani Moz sang “Edge of Glory” by Lady Gaga. Dani was already getting emotional over the song in rehearsals, which made me think she was planning her tears. I agree with Adam, it was good for her to show emotion, but she didn’t need it. Turning the song into a piano ballad worked very well for her, as her voice was the showcase.
Shakira picked Tess, Dani and Kristen as her three singers to move into the live rounds.
Delvin Choice picked Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together.” The only thing Adam wanted him to do was really commit to the song, and he did. Delvin was damn near perfect here and earned a lot of praise from the other coaches. Usher said that he had the most unique voice in the competition. I wouldn’t really call it unique, but it is definitely one of the best.
Jake Barker went for Maroon 5‘s “She Will Be Loved.” It’s tough to sing one of your coach’s songs, but Adam had faith that he would pull it off. His falsetto isn’t as good as Adam’s, but it was good that he wasn’t trying to imitate his coach’s style. They pointed out the Justin Timberlake like qualities of his style, which will make him a popular contestant.
Kat Perkins sang “Open Arms” by Journey. This was a huge song to tackle, everyone knows Steve Perry has some of the craziest, in a good way, vocals in the business. Kat stayed in her own lane, but still delivered a performance Usher called “flawless.”
Morgan Wallen sang “Stay” by Florida Georgia Line. Morgan isn’t a guy you’d expect to be singing Country, but it’s his genre of choice. The song didn’t really allow him to have any special, big moments. His rasp was on display, but I don’t think that was enough for him to make it to the next round.
Christina Grimmie chose “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. The thing I liked Christina’s performance is that it felt like she was trying to tell us that she wouldn’t give up! She nailed the fast parts of the song without running out of breath, connected with the audience and had a great finish. So she was definitely a shoe-in for the Top 12.
Unsurprisingly, Adam chose Delvin, Kat and Christina to move on the live rounds.
The competition continues on Tuesday night with Team Usher performing for their spots in the Top 12.