7:15pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Top 10 Sing for America's Vote
The Top 11 artists of season 15 of NBC's The Voice sang live on Monday night. One artist will go home on Tuesday night after the bottom two vote-getters sing for the Instant Save. Coaches Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson provided some feedback for the contestants, but ultimately votes from viewers will determine the Top 10.
The first artist up was Team Blake’s Dave Fenley, who sang “Use Me” by Bill Withers. The country singer showed a completely different side of his artistry and even did some beatboxing. He took a chance, and it paid off, yielding his most memorable performance to date. Levine seemed particularly impressed.
Team Kelly’s Chevel Shepherd followed with a performance of “Space Cowboy” by Kacey Musgraves, showing off a pop-country sound that really worked for her. Clarkson worked with Shepherd on her vibrato in rehearsal, and she made the song her own and gave a really lovely performance, especially when she slipped into that upper register.
Next up was Team Adam’s Reagan Strange, singing “Complicated” by Avril Lavigne. The throwback pop hit was perfect for her voice, but she stuck pretty close to the original sound instead of doing something more creative. Still, her vocals were strong, and she put on a good show. Strange's coach was pleased and reiterated that she could win it all.
Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye sang “Break Every Chain” and nailed the big dynamics and energy of the gospel song. She hit some big notes and sang with a lot of emotions. Gospel songs usually end up being strong song choices that viewers really respond to.
Team Blake’s Kirk Jay started at the keyboard during his performance of “Body Like a Back Road,” and the uptempo song choice allowed him to show off more of his performance abilities. He even stepped out from behind the keyboard. Shelton called his artist “one of a kind.”
Chris Kroeze, also from Team Blake, sang “Long Train Runnin'” by The Doobie Brothers. The classic rock sound was in his lane, and he had a throwback vibe throughout the performance. His raspy tone sounded strong, and he was entertaining. Shelton thought it was “incredible.”
Team Kelly’s Lynnea Moore gave another standout pop performance of the night with her rendition of “Consequences” by Camila Cabello. She had strong phrasing and gorgeous tone, showing off some of her artistry by shaking up the song and nailing her ad-libs.
MaKenzie Thomas from Team Jennifer followed with a performance of “Emotion” by The Bee Gees, bringing a lot of originality and flavor to the cover. Her vocals were smooth and controlled but not restrained. Hudson compared Thomas' voice to butter and thought the song choice was perfect for her.
Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace got her Florence Welch on, singing “Dog Days Are Over.” It was something new for the artist, who typically gravitates toward the blues, but the risk paid off. Grace proved she can be radio-ready and put on a great show with standout vocals. It was her personal best performance.
DeAndre Nico of Team Adam sang “Cry for You” by Jodeci and gave a performance with momentum and soul. He showcased impressive range and had a strong grasp on what kind of artist he wants to be. Levine said he was proud and that the performance displayed everything Nico does best.
Closing out the show, Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes sang “The Greatest Love of All.” Hudson worked with her on her phrasing, and it led to one of Holmes’ personal best performances. She gave a strong lyrical interpretation, and her tone sounded gorgeous. Holmes ended the night of performances on a high note.
One artist will be eliminated Tuesday night.