Last night on NBC The Voice Season 4, Blake Shelton and Shakira’s teams performed live for viewer votes and the chance to move on to the Top 12. The show kicked off with a group number by Shelton’s country artists who sang Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” in perfect harmony.
It seems Shelton has already formulated the “type” of country artist he sees each contestant emulating based on the song choice for the night. Holly Tucker who sang a rousing rendition of Leann Rimes’ monster hit “How Do I Live.” Tucker confessed she was less than confident that she could fit the superstar mold but Shelton (along with the other judges) assured her that was not a factor. Alabama gospel singer Justin Rivers performed “Meet in the Middle” by Diamond Rio. It was another consistent/solid performance by Rivers who Shelton was quick to compare to the likes of Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban.
Next up was The Swon Brothers who sang “Fishing in the Dark” by folk-rockers Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. The infectious duo energized the crowd, even though half of them, including Usher, had never heard “Fishing in the Dark” before. Last up for team Blake was 16-year-old Danielle Bradbery. One word to sum up this girl’s performance: wow. Bradbery has no professional training and absolutely stunned me with her rendition of Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Whether she wins The Voice or not, Bradbery clearly has a singing career ahead of her.
First up, Garrett Gardner who took on the mammoth hit “Imagine” by John Lennon. Gardner showed off his piano skills while continuing to impress the judges with his growth as an artist. Next up was sweet-sounding Kris Thomas who performed one of my favorite Bruno Mars cuts in “When I Was Your Man.” Thomas had some pitch problems, mainly due to nerves, but overall it was a solid performance.
Then it was music teacher Karina Iglesias turn who performed a stunning rendition of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” Iglesias has been good throughout the competition, but there was something about last night’s performance that really showcased all the dynamics of her voice. New York mom Sasha Allen closed out the show with a powerhouse rendition of the Beatles classic “Oh, Darling.” No disrespect to any of the other competitions, but I’d love to see NBC just put Sasha Allen and Judith Hill in a ring and let them battle it out song for song.
Tonight, remember to tune into NBC The Voice for live performances by CeeLo Green and Rod Stewart and the Top 12 artists advancing are revealed.