“The Voice” had two coaches showcase their teams in the playoffs Monday night, and for Adam Levine, he only had a couple of decisions to make. Everyone knew that he was going to take Christina Grimmie into the next round, unless she just came out and laid a giant egg on the stage. (Heck, he may have still done it.)
You can see what we thought about Team Shakira tonight over at the link here, along with the results there. We’re ranking things in order from our least-favorite to the performance we love the most.
5. Morgan Wallen, “Stay” – We couldn’t understand some of what Morgan said in this performance, and this mostly came across to us as fodder. He does have Keith Urban hair, but that may be the best thing we can say about this. It was just so one-note and not particular exciting.
4. Jake Barker, “She Will Be Loved” – Occasional Maroon 5 cynicism aside, we’ve always loved this song and really hoped he did it justice in front of Adam. Falling on his face here wouldn’t be a good look. Unfortunately, something was missing. There were a couple too many runs, and he almost didn’t get what the song should be … weird for something from his own coach. “She Will Be Loved” is to us more about emotional subtle power than trying to hit notes or straying from the melody.
3. Delvin Choice, “Let’s Stay Together” – Delvin has a nice tone, but we’ve always found him to be somewhat overrated beyond just having a really awesome look and great hair. This performance was almost an echo of that. There were a lot of really good moments within it, but where was that something extra that made you want to go out and buy his record?
2. Kat Perkins, “Open Arms” – The best thing that Kat has done all season. It wasn’t necessarily an original cover by any means, but holding these notes out and not making this into a 100-gallon vat of cheese was impressive. Kat needs to channel more of Kat Robichaud from last season when it comes to energy, but she’ll get there.
1. Christina Grimmie, “I Won’t Give Up” – Christina, no surprise here, is going to be a monster in this competition. She’s got a huge voting block, and it’s strange that the show doesn’t really accent just how popular she was before the show and who she toured with. It’s a big of a different strategy than they’ve had in the past. But, there is a reason why Christina has received so much attention over the years; she’s very good. She emotes well, has a big range, and knows how to work a stage.
Results – As we said, of course Christina went through, and she was joined by two others that seem to be Adam favorites in Kat and Delvin. We wish that someone other than Christina knocked it out of the park, but we really cannot fault Adam in the slightest for the choices that he made here. Grade: B.
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