7:14pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Top Six Celebrate Moms
This week on The Voice, the top six had the chance to sing twice for America’s vote, with one of each of their song selections going out to their moms in honor of Mother’s Day.
Last week’s instant-save recipient India Carney from Christina Aguilera’s team opened the show with the Academy Award-winning song from Selma, “Glory.” Carney reworked the arrangement so she could sing Common’s rap verses, and her choices led to a very strong and original rendition of the powerful song. It was an impressive start to the night and proved why Carney still belongs in this competition. For her second song, she sang “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, and Levine thought it was her personal best. Carney remains one of the frontrunners of the competition — despite being in the bottom last week.
Adam Levine’s only remaining artist, Joshua Davis, sang next. For his first song, he did U2's “Desire,” and it was a much more dynamic performance than his usual slower choices. Davis finally showed off some of his versatility. For his second song, he sang “In My Life” by The Beatles, which was more in his comfort zone than the first song choice. It was a solid performance that had heart to it, but he still didn’t mesmerize on the same level as the other contestants tonight.
Team Pharrell’s Koryn Hawthorne sang “Everybody Hurts” next, and the performance really built. She has a powerful voice, but most impressively, she can maintain control over the big notes, and this song choice allowed her to show off that technical ability. But beyond being in technical control, she remained connected to the lyrics and the emotions, making for one of the best performances of the night. Next, with one of the strongest song choices of the night, Hawthorne did Aerosmith's “Dream On.” “You have to be a well-seasoned singer to sing Steven Tyler,” Pharrell said during their rehearsal. Hawthorne rose to the occasion. It’s hard to believe she’s just 17 years old, when she can command the stage and nail these powerhouse vocals as if she's been doing it for decades.
Next, Team Christina’s Kimberly Nichole sang “Free Fallin'," and, in Levine’s words, it doesn’t really matter what song Nichole chooses. She can sing anything and make it her own, and she indeed took the Tom Petty hit and brought her own touch to it. For her second song, she did Michael Jackson's “Dirty Diana,” which was the perfect follow-up to "Free Fallin'." She rocked out, and it was an electrifying performance. She’s definitely one of the strongest performers left in the competition. “You were truly a rock star up there,” said Aguilera.
Blake Shelton’s last remaining artist, Meghan Linsey, performed next. She sang “Steamroller Blues” by James Taylor and brought the house down, securing a standing ovation from the coaches. Closing out the night, Linsey sang “Amazing Grace.” It was a stark contrast in tone and style from her first performance, but it was just as strong. Linsey, like Nichole, can sing just about anything and make it special.
For his first song, Team Pharrell's Sawyer Fredericks sang “Shine On,” and the arrangement highlighted the unique sound of his voice. It was one of the evening’s more understated performances, but it was very well-executed and emotional. “It’s so simple and real and powerful at the same time,” said Shelton. Next, Fredericks sang Al Green’s “Take Me to the River,” which also won over the coaches.
The results on tomorrow night's show — which also will feature performances from The Voice alumni — will determine who will compete in next week’s semifinal. Who gets your vote?