On Monday night, “The Voice” Season 7's top 8 pulled out all the stops to compete for a spot in the semifinals. After a night of some incredible performances, it’s a shame that only five can move on to the next round, as this week three will be sent home instead of two. Although teams are a relatively moot point at this stage in the competition, it’s time to see which team is in the best shape going into Tuesday’s results show.
Adam Levine has consistently made sure his performers shine. This could be part of the reason he’s the only celebrity judge in Season 7 with three contestants remaining.
Last night, Team Adam proved that they’re heavy hitters in this competition. Damien got the biggest thumbs-up for the team, thanks to his emotionally packed performance of Adele’s “Someone Like You.” It was a welcome change to see Damien take the audience on an emotional ride that was perfect for the singer’s R&B-style vocals. Following closely behind was Matt McAndrew’s performance of “The Blower’s Daughter” by Damien Rice. As TV Line notes, the song was a bold choice as most of the audience was likely unfamiliar with it, but McAndrew managed to pull it off and have one of the better performances of the evening.
Finally, cleaning up once again for Team Adam was Chris Jamison, who practically had the whole crowd dancing to his rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing.” While the performance didn’t take risks like his other teammates, what Jamison did with the hit, he did well.
Following last week's slew of fantastic performances, Team Adam proved they have some serious star power.
Kicking things off for Team Gwen was Ryan Sill. Fans may remember Sill for his performance of Journey’s “Open Arms” during Monday’s live show. Others, however, might remember him from being in the bottom three in the past three weeks. Entertainment Weekly notes that his performance this week proved he’s still a real contender in this game, but after some of the other songs this week, it’s hard to see Sill avoiding the bottom three again this week.
Meanwhile, the second member of Team Gwen had one of the best performances of the night. Taylor John Williams made a strong choice with the recent hit “Royals” by Lorde. Typically, the safe bet when covering a newer song is not deviate too much from the original. Instead, Williams threw that idea out the window and performed a haunting, dark version of Lorde's hit that ended up working on every level. Williams took a risk on the eve of the semi-finals and it paid off wonderfully. It’s very hard to imagine a top five without him.
The two remaining members of this team didn’t have bad performances last night. However, at this stage in the competition, it might not be enough to simply not do poorly. Luke Wade received a bit of criticism from Levine after his performance of Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years." He modernized the song a bit, but Levine told him he was visibly thinking too much and it got in the way of his performance.
Meanwhile, the only remaining woman on Season 7, DaNica Shirey, took to the stage with Heart’s “These Dreams.” The performance was innocuous, treading lightly down the middle of the road. It’s safe to say that no performance on Monday was so bad that anyone deserves to go home, but unfortunately, the competition goes on, and basic performances like this are what will likely be punished during the Dec. 2 results show. It's entirely possible that this will be the last we see of Team Pharrell.
The might of Blake Shelton’s team has dwindled down to just Craig Wayne Boyd. Still, that’s not the worst thing in the world as Boyd has star power. Last night, he performed The Eagles “Take It Easy,” which had the audience clapping along. He’s a great performer, but with no team surrounding him, the country singer has a lot more to prove with each performance. Luckily for Shelton, it looks like he’ll avoid the bottom three during the triple elimination.
“The Voice” airs its results show on Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.