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THE FINAL FOUR PERFORMANCES ARE FINALLY HERE. This season has brought some amazing performers and it has all come down to this. Tonight, Lauren Duski, Aliyah Moulden, Jesse Larson, and Chris Blue performed their hearts out before tomorrow night’s crowning of the season 12 winner.
Tonight each artist is performing an original song that they wrote specifically for tonight, a cover (per usual Voice performances), as well as a duet with their coach! (I will link the performances for the duets down below, but I think it’s more important to talk about their solos.)
Aliyah Moulden is up first performing her original song, “Never Be Lonely.”
Because of the set up of this performance, and a little bit of the background beat I thought of a song from Hairspray. But this type of upbeat, teen pop style music is perfect for Aliyah and I think overall it was a great performance.
Jesse Larson is next performing “Takin’ It To The Streets.”
This is the kind of music that I see Jesse making for an album. A mixture of a few different genres in one, also allowing him to rock out on his guitar. Speaking of, that guitar solo was amazing!
Chris Blue and Alicia Keys duet of “Diamonds and Pearls.”
Lauren Duski performs “The Dance.”
Ballads are obviously Lauren’s signature and better for her to show off her voice in different ways. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed with a performance from Lauren. And… I’m gonna say it… I think she might actually win the whole thing.
Aliyah Moulden and Blake Shelton duet of “Dancing in the Street.”
Chris Blue is next performing his original song, “Money on You.”
He’s definitely going for that sexy heartthrob persona. I’m getting a mix of Bruno Mars, Miguel, and maybe even a little Justin Timberlake? I don’t know how I feel about the song, but it is a good performance.
Jesse Larson and Adam Levine duet of “Let’s Go Crazy.”
Lauren Duski and Blake Shelton duet of “There’s a Tear in My Beer.”
Jesse Larson is up next performing his original song, “Woman.”
I really enjoyed this performance, and I really like the song. It’s perfect for Jesse’s style and his voice; very beautifully sung, and another opportunity for him to show off his guitar skills.
Aliyah Moulden performing “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.”
I find it so intimidating that she is so much younger than I am and can sing that amazing. She shines more through songs that are upbeat and energetic because of how powerful her voice is. This was a great performance from Aliyah and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves in the end.
Lauren Duski is next performing her original song, “Deja Vu.”
Okay, so, I really love this song and it just might be on repeat for the rest of the week. She has this amazing talent of telling a story through her performances and being able to just connect with these songs; it is absolutely amazing.
The final performance from tonight is Chris Blue performing “Rhythm Nation.”
I enjoyed this performance a lot ore than his others. So much energy and some pretty cool dance moves to go with it. I’m impressed, but also kind of bummed he saved this for his last performance on The Voice, but hey, I guess you have to go out with a bang right?
That’s it for tonight’s performances! Be sure to cast your votes for your favorite performers because TOMORROW NIGHT a winner will be crowned.
Who do you think it will be?
Last night, we watched the Top 8 battle it out during the semi-finals performances and tonight we get to find out who is moving on to the finale next week!
Tonight’s episode also included performances from Big Boi and Adam Levine performing their song “Mic Jack”, as well as DNCE performing “Kissing Strangers”.
Carson announced that Chris Blue, from Team Alicia, was the first one to be saved fro elimination, and will be continuing on to the finale!
The rest of the show went as followed:
Lauren Duski from Team Blake will be continuing on to the finale.
Aliyah Moulden from Team Blake will be continuing on to the finale.
Jesse Larson from Team Adam, Hunter Plake from Team Gwen, and Brennley Brown from Team Gwen are announced as the ones who will be battling it out for the Instant Save.
TSoul from Team Blake and Vanessa Ferguson from Team Alicia are automatically sent home.
Jesse Larson performs “Tennesee Whiskey”
Hunter Plake performs “Love Runs Out”
Brennley Brown performs “Warrior”
During the commercial break, viewers had the chance to save their favorite performer!
….America chose to save…. Jesse Larson from Team Adam!
This means that your final four are
What do you guys think about it?
Join us next week for the finale of Season 12 of The Voice!
Tonight, the Top 8 artists performed not once, but TWICE to battle it out for the Top 4 spots in the finals. This season has brought some pretty amazing performances from the contestants, and now that we are in the semi-finals, they are getting even better!
The performances from tonight include 8 solo performances, and 4 duets performed by the contestants. So many amazing songs and performances, so let’s get into this recap.
First up to perform tonight is Hunter Plake, from Team Gwen, performing “With or Without You.”
I was really excited to hear that he was performing this song because its perfect for his voice. Hunter did not disappoint with this performance; it was truly amazing.
Next up, we have our first duet of the night, Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson performing “If I Ain’t Got You.”
It’s kind of spooky how similar Vanessa sounds like Alicia… but overall, the performance is perfect. Coach Alicia looks absolutely mesmerized by the whole performance.
TSoul, from Team Blake, is next performing “Ain’t No Way.”
There is so much emotion in this performance, so beautifully sung. There is no doubt that TSoul has the power and emotion to perform this kind of music.
Next is Brennley Brown, from Team Gwen, performing “Suds in a Bucket.”
This song is different from what Brennley normally performs but it is still absolutely amazing. I think this performance showed us that she could do way more with her voice; there is a lot of potential there.
The second duet of the night is Aliyah Moulden and Hunter Plake performing “Let It Go.”
These two were perfect to perform this song, and I love their rendition of the song. Great performance overall from these two!
Lauren Duski, from Team Blake, is next performing “Ghost in the House.”
Lauren never fails to amaze me during her performances. Every week she puts in so much emotion and every time she sings just so flawlessly. I am truly impressed by her talent.
The next duet for tonight is Jesse Larson and TSoul performing “I Wish.”
This is the perfect song for these two to share the stage for. Both energetic and soulful, awesome performance!
Chris Blue, from Team Alicia, takes the stage for his solo of “Take Me to the King.”
Similar to Brennley, not the type of song or performance that we are used to seeing from Chris. But it is still pretty amazing and soulful.
Vanessa Ferguson, from Team Alicia, is back on stage performing “Superstar.”
After being in the bottom three last night, Vanessa knew she had to prove herself to be at the top. With this performance, I think she succeeded. Her outfit, her voice, everything was perfect during this performance.
Lauren Duski and Brennley Brown are the final duet of the night performing “Good-Hearted Woman.”
The two country girls in the competition absolutely killed this performance. So powerful and amazing, so energetic, one of my favorite performances from the night!
Jesse Larson, from Team Adam, performing “I Was Wrong.”
Side note congratulations to Jesse who announced that his wife is expecting their first child! To top it all off, he truly gave an amazing performance. Jesse has so much power in his voice, I’m glad that he is the final standing on Team Adam!
Closing out the night is Aliyah Moulden, from Team Blake, performing “I Can Only Imagine.”
I think that Aliyah’s performance was the perfect one to close out the show with. She’s so young, yet has so much passion during her performances, absolutely amazing.
So, how are we only supposed to choose FOUR of these artists to move on to the finale?!
Be sure to cast your votes for your favorites!
And hey did you see who was signed on to be coaches for Season 13 and 14?
The Voice is fighting hard to compete with the newly revived American Idol.
KELLY CLARKSON NAMED NEW COACH OF ‘THE VOICE,’ JOINING BLAKE SHELTON AND ADAM LEVINE FOR SEASON 14
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – May 11, 2017 – Global superstar and three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson is set to join NBC’s “The Voice” for the show’s 14th season. She will be joined by fellow coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the network’s three-time Emmy Award-winning series.
A fourth coach will be named at a later date.
“I’m so excited to join ‘The Voice’ at NBC,” Clarkson said. “We’ve been going back and forth with them for years on joining their team and the timing hasn’t been right until now. Ever since NBC and I worked together on my Christmas special years ago we have established an amazing relationship and I have always loved coming on to either mentor, or perform on The Voice over the years. I can’t wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up and coming artists that I may be able to help get that push and support they’ve been needing to break into this industry. Watch out Shelton… I’m comin’ to win!”
“Kelly has been a part of ‘The Voice’ family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on ‘The Voice.’”
On Wednesday multi-award winner Jennifer Hudson was named as a coach for the 13th season of “The Voice,” which will air in the fall. She will be joined by Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.
A longtime fan of “The Voice,” Clarkson, who crosses many musical genres, including rock, pop and country, served as an adviser to Blake Shelton’s artists during the show’s second season. Clarkson and Shelton would go on to collaborate on the single “There’s a New Kid in Town” on his “Cheers, It’s Christmas” album.
Clarkson has released six studio albums, one greatest hits album, and one holiday album; has sold more than 21 million albums worldwide; and has placed 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one CMA Award. Clarkson’s sixth studio album, “Piece by Piece,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, marking her third #1 debut. “Piece by Piece” garnered two 2016 Grammy nominations (Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance for her hit single “Heartbeat Song”).
Clarkson’s 2011 release, “Stronger,” was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, and produced the smash singles “Mr. Know It All” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You),” which mark her ninth and 10th Top 10 hits. “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” was #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks (three weeks total), marking her third #1 on the Hot 100 chart. In 2013, she released her first holiday album, “Wrapped in Red,” which debuted at #3, was the biggest holiday album debut for a female artist since 2010, and is certified Platinum.
Clarkson is currently in the studio working on her highly anticipated new album, her first for Atlantic Records, which will be released later this year. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B as the foundation to her endearing lyrics and powerhouse vocals. Clarkson also recently released her first children’s picture book, “River Rose and the Magical Lullaby,” which debuted at #7 on The New York Times Bestsellers list for children’s picture books.
“The Voice” is a presentation of MGM Television, Talpa Media USA Inc. and Warner Horizon Television. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Lee Metzger, Chad Hines, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Jay Bienstock.
Jennifer Hudson joins the Voice!
UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 10, 2017 —Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will join Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a coach on season 13 of NBC’s three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series “The Voice.”
The 13th season will begin this fall.
“Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that “The Voice” stands for,” said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. “Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show.”
Hudson recently released her new single, “Remember Me,” which she co-wrote with Jamie Hartman.
Hudson is a passionate fan of “The Voice” having served as a coach on the U.K. version earlier this year and winning her first season on the series.
Last December Hudson starred as Motormouth Maybelle on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!,” where she gave a powerful rendition of “I Know Where I’ve Been,” for which she received rave reviews.
In May 2016 Hudson completed her triumphant run in the acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple,” performing the role of Shug Avery in her Broadway debut.
She won an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Award, among other honors, in 2007 for her iconic performance as Effie White in the hit film “Dreamgirls.” Her sensational rendition of the song “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going” was greeted with instant acclaim by film critics and moviegoers alike and made Hudson the immediate frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress.
Following “Dreamgirls,” Hudson has co-starred in such films as “Sex and the City,” “The Secret Life of Bees” and Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Her TV credits include NBC’s “Smash,” Fox’s “Empire” and HBO’s “Confirmation.”
Hudson’s incredible vocal talents were first recognized with her appearance on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004, where she impressed both the show’s judges and a national TV audience. Her first album, “Jennifer Hudson,” debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart and sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. through its first six weeks of release before being certified gold. The album was nominated for four Grammys and won for Best R&B Album
The Voice is officially down to it’s top 8. We only have 2 more weeks of competition left for season 12 and it’s getting intense.
So far, Lauren Duski and Aliyah Moulden keep stealing America’s heart each week with their performances. Jesse Larson and Brennley Brown showcased what makes them great. Team Blake was 100% safe this week.
Instant Save Performances
Last night the Top 11 contestants performed their hearts out for America’s votes, followed by another elimination night tonight. By the end of the night, one person was sent home… so, who made it to the Top 10?
(These are in the order that was announced by host, Carson Daly. The link is to their performances from last night since college work got ahead of me and I missed last night’s episode. SORRY Y’ALL).
Lauren Duski, from Team Blake
Lauren has done pretty great this season and has yet to disappoint me. Last night, she performed “Somewhere in my Broken Heart” and it was amazing!
Jesse Larson, from Team Adam
I have actually been very impressed by Jesse’s last couple performances. Last night, he performance “Human”, and it was actually one of my favorites from the whole night.
Chris Blue, from Team Alicia
*so his performance was not on the YouTube channel, but I’m sure it was great, and he’s in the Top 10!*
Brennley Brown, from Team Gwen
Last night, Brennley performed “River” and it was absolutely amazing. I really hope to see her in the finale because her voice is just so beautiful.
Aliyah Moulden, from Team Blake
I am still impressed by how powerful Aliyah’s voice is for how young she is. She gave an awesome performance of “Take It Back”, I think she’s found the style music she likes. I am rooting for her not only for her voice, but because she’s from my hometown, and that would be awesome if she made it to the finale!
Lilli Passero, from Team Adam
Lilli performed “Town Without Pity”. Wasn’t my favorite performance, but still good.
Vanessa Ferguson, from Team Alicia
Last night she performed, “Diamonds” and it was really good. I could definitely see that she takes after Coach Alicia a little bit.
Hunter Plake, from Team Gwen
I’ll be honest, I thought Hunter was going to be one of the performers this season that I did not like, but I have actually grown to really like him. His performances are always so amazing and vulnerable, so much passion, and I love them. He gave an amazing performance of “All I Want.”
TSoul, from Team Blake
I am so surprised he wasn’t announced as being safe earlier. TSoul performed “Lay Me Down”, and oh my goodness, it was amazing.
This left Mark Isaiah, from Team Adam, once again in the bottom two, alongside, Stephanie Rice, from Team Alicia. (linked below are the InstantSave performances, but you can check out their performances from last night at YouTube.com/NBCTheVoice.)
During the commercial break, viewers got the chance to vote for which artist they wanted to keep to continue on to the Top 10, and America chose to save… Mark Isaiah, from Team Adam!
Next week, join us as we watch the Top 10 perform and battle it out for your votes!
Every season The Voice replaces two of their coaches. However, the rumor mill is going wild that they may be replacing the entire cast for season 13. Granted, these are all rumors and the only confirmed coach for season 13 is Miley Cyrus.
The Inquisitor is reporting that Blake Shelton and Adam Levine are both done at the end of Season 12 and will be replaced by Jennifer Lopez and Pharrell with Miley Cyrus and Christina Aguilera returning. This would be the first time since The X Factor season 3 that there would be a predominate woman judging panel on an American singing competition show.
Again, these are just rumors and we are expecting Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and Alicia Keys all back for season 13 until NBC announces otherwise.
What are your thoughts on the rumor that Jennifer Lopez might be joining the Voice?
We are well underway to finding out who will be the new champion of The Voice. At this moment in time, it could literally be anyone who survived this week’s elimination. Before we get to a winner, we want to take the top 5 performances from this week. This is “The Best of the Voice: Season12”.
#5- Hunter Plake “Somebody That I Used To Know”
Hunter took an amazing leap of faith by rearranging one of the classic pop anthems by Gotye. What are your thoughts? Do you like his version?
#4 – Lauren Duski “Lord, I Hope this day is good”
Lauren Duski stayed in her lane with this classic. She showcased her tone and style in this song. What are your thoughts on Lauren’s performance?
#3 – Aliyah Moulden “(Love is like a) Heat Wave
15-year-old Aliyah Moulden showcases her old soul in this performance. While I hope she chooses a song that is younger and fun next week. she continues to show why she might just be able to win the whole show.
#2 – Troy Ramey “Free Fallin”
Although Troy Ramey got eliminated this week, his rendition of “Free Fallin” is one of the best I heard. His soul was all over this track.
#1 – Jesse Larson “Make You Feel My Love”
Mary Sarah was one of the odd on favorites for Season 10 of The Voice. She had seen some success early in her career singing with some major country artists, and when she made her blind audition, Marah Sarah proved to the world that she belonged on a big stage with the biggest of names.
Here are three of our favorite Mary Sarah performances!
#3 – “My Church” by Maren Morris
Up until this week, Mary Sarah had done mostly older country songs and she hadn’t shown herself as a young country artist. Doing this Maren Morris song really showed her as a young contemporary country artist that could perform the music of today.
#2 – “I Told You So” by Randy Travis
While this song took Mary Sarah back to her roots of classic country music, “I Told You So” by Randy Travis helped Mary Sarah show her vocal ability and remind America why she deserved to be where she was. This song is such a powerful song from Randy Travis, hearing a woman do it well gives this song a much more powerful and convicting feel to it.
#1 – “Johnny and June” by Heidi Newfield
Another classic country song that Mary Sarah made her own. She took this song and made it young. I could actually see her doing a song like this on her eventual EP/Record. This is a song of a young woman wanting to express the same love like Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.