While everyone else has been gushing over the World Series, numerous football games and the beginning of basketball season, I’ve been hyped up over the crazy amazing artists that have been coming and going on The Voice. 14 episodes of blind auditions, battle rounds and knockouts have narrowed down the teams of Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams to the very best singers of the competition and I just knew that the live rounds were going to be insane! As a hardcore fan of the show, I’ve sat through the first half of the season and watched as the contestants picked the perfect coach, grow into the artists that awarded them a spot in the live playoffs, and even having some of my personal favorites have their journey cut short. In the end, I’m pretty content with the artists that made it through (give or take a few of them) and I honestly can’t even tell you who I think is going to win because all of them possess qualities that could take them all the way to the end.
The Live Playoffs kicked off last night with the contestants of Team Adam and Team Blake fighting for the votes of the public and to not be the first two artists eliminated from their team. A straight-up HOT performance of Maroon 5’s extremely sexy single “Animals” opened up the show and made it a little difficult to concentrate on Team Blake’s Taylor Brashears’ old school country performance of Dixie Chicks’ “Long Time Gone” that followed after. The men of Shelton’s team (James David Carter and Craig Wayne Boyd) showcased classic country alpha male characteristics in their performances while stolen artist Jessie Pitts delivered a haunting rendition of Bonnie Taylor’s “Holding Out For A Hero” and teenage R&B artist Reagan James attempts to not perform like an older artist with her performance of Colbie Caillat’s “Try.”
I’m not just saying this because I love Adam Levine and everything he does, but I really think his team did extremely well last night. While Damian and last girl standing Mia Pfirrman did okay performance-wise, it was Chris Jamison, Matt McAndrew and stolen artist Taylor Phelan who have a strong chance at making it to the next round. Jamison showcased great stage presence during his performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t” while McAndrew becomes the first contestant in Voice history to sing a Beach Boys track. Who really stole the show was Phelan and his version of Echosmith’s smash hit “Cool Kids.” Not only was this his first performance under Levine’s coaching (even if it took awhile for them to be paired up), but he grew a significant amount in honing his natural stage presence and not using his guitar as a crutch. I can’t wait to see what else Adam can do for him and I’m so so so happy that he was stolen because this is seriously a match made in heaven!
The first part of the live rounds introduced fans to the concept of being able to vote early using the show’s new app as well as new artist into sequences before they hit the stage. If the first night was already this intense I can’t even imagine how Team Gwen and Team Pharrell’s contestants will be in tonight’s episode. I’m freakin’ stoked for this season and the crown could easily go to any of these artists. Let the games begin!