The Voice Recap, The Top 5 Perform and Eliminations

The Voice - Season 5

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The Voice’s Semi-Finals got underway Monday night with the remaining 5 singers vying for a spot in the Top 3. The show was only an hour long, which I was more than fine with because though everyone was good, I couldn’t help but be a little bored. Where was the excitement? Everything was so…somber. The show kicked off with a group performance of American Authors‘ “Best Day of My Life” and was there something wrong with Cole’s microphone. Thankfully that wasn’t a problem later in the show.

James Wolpert was up first with U2‘s “With Or Without You,” a song that Christina Aguilera would later say during critiques that she suggested for a coaches performance. I’m not sure how that would have sounded, but James pulled it off on his own. I’m glad he caught himself during certain moments and dialed it back a little. Blake tells him that he dug himself out of a hole, as he was almost eliminated last week. This could help him get to the finals.

Will Champlin sang fun.‘s “Carry On,” the only upbeat solo song. This might not have been the best choice for him though as some of the bigger notes got away from him. The slower introduction didn’t work for me either, but Cee Lo Green praises his swagginess, or whatever and Blake liked that he was smiling more. Which is a plus. I wonder who told him to get rid of the glasses though?

Jacquie Lee sang Sarah McLachlan‘s “Angel,” aka the “Sad Dog Song.” Her coach Xtina encouraged her to get more “soulful,” so why not give her a soul song? Her voice is more clear her than it has ever been, her timbre is kind off for me sometimes. It is a little weird for the “Sad Dog Song” to be sung like a soaring ballad, but it worked for her. While I thought that Matthew was for sure going to be the contestant that Xtina had in the finals, it looks like it will be Jacquie this year.


Cole Vosbury sang “Shameless” by Garth Brooks. After a grooming session with Cee Lo and his coach Blake Shelton, Cole took to the stage for one of his best performances, sans hat, and I realized that Cole has been keeping himself in the competition by knowing his strengths and picking the right songs. I do hope he does more soul, or even some rock, but i’m sure Country fans will be putting in votes for him.

Tessanne Chin sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel. First off, isn’t is cute how Adam Levine invited his team over for breakfast at his house? Which is really nice by the way. So look, Tessanne is probably going to win this. I might not have loved every single performance, but every single performance has been stellar and this one was no exception. Just listen to that last note. I mean, how?!

Some old contestants, and some winners, returned home to perform. Cassadee PopeDanielle Bradbury and The Swon Brothers were on hand to perform their latest singles. All seem to be doing well after their time on the show.

I was the most excited to see Michelle Chamuel, who sang her new song “Go Down Swinging.” 

Early on in the season, I had predicted that the Top 3 would come down to Tessanne, Jacquie and Cole, but I was only right about 2/3 of that list. Surprisingly, Will got the last spot and will move on to the finals. That means that Adam, technically, beat Blake this year. So there will be no three-peat for Mr. Shelton. The Finals are next week, and even though Adam has the upper hand with two singers, Christina could still win with Jacquie.

Did you like the results? Wasn’t Cole’s hair nicely curled, and doesn’t Will look like he might be Adam’s long lost son? Tell us what you think!

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