7:15pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Top 13 Sing for America's Vote
The Top 13 artists performed live Monday night on NBC's The Voice, singing for America’s vote. Coaches Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson and Blake Shelton helped prepare the artists, who performed songs dedicated to people of their choosing. The Top 11 will be announced on Tuesday.
The first artist up was Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze, who sang “Let It Be” by The Beatles. He started with an a cappella portion, really highlighting his voice. Kroeze brought dynamics to his singing and managed to make such an oversung song sound fresh.
Tyke James from Team Adam sang “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You” by Bryan Adams, dedicating it to his mother. Levine encouraged him to sing it with a ukulele, which brought something different to the song. Clarkson said he stood out with that move.
He was followed by Team Adam’s DeAndre Nico, who sang “I Can Only Imagine.” He dedicated it to his girlfriend. His standout tone sounded strong on the song, and Nico had solid phrasing and control. Hudson said he could sing anything.
Team Kelly’s Kymberli Joye followed with an ambitious performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna. Joye was Clarkson’s save last week, and she proved why she deserved to stay in the competition with this performance. She showcased a big range and impressive runs.
Kennedy Holmes of Team Jennifer sang “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler, continuing the trend of emotional ballads. It wasn’t the most interesting song choice, but she sang it well, and her pitch was on point.
Team Jennifer’s SandyRedd sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” and brought a lot of emotion to her vocals. It was a night packed full of emotional performances, but she managed to stand out with this cover. It was an original, moving performance.
Next, Chevel Shepherd from Team Kelly sang “Little White Church” by Little Big Town. She gave a straightforward country performance, tinged with a little bit of a rock sound. As Clarkson pointed out, Shepherd is the only female country singer left in the competition.
MacKenzie Thomas of Team Jennifer followed with a cover of “I Am Changing” from Dreamgirls. She dedicated the performance to Hudson and ended up sounding a lot like her coach. She didn’t necessarily make it her own, but her vocals were impressive.
Next up was Team Kelly’s Sarah Grace, singing Elton John's “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” which she dedicated to “fellow dreamers.” She accompanied herself on the electric piano and showcased strong artistry. She came off as a true musician.
Dave Fenley of Team Blake was up next with a performance of “Hard to Love” by Lee Brice, which was dedicated to his wife. He proved once again to be a compelling storyteller with his singing.
Team Kelly’s Lynnea Moore was up next, singing “Wolves” by Selena Gomez. Moore was the “Comeback Stage” artist saved in last week’s results show. She hit the high notes and proved deserving of that save.
Moore was followed by Team Blake’s Kirk Jay, who sang “I’m Already There” by Lonestar and dedicated it to his mom. He also proved good at storytelling, giving a layered and captivating performance.
Closing out the night, Team Adam’s Reagan Strange sang “You Say” and dedicated it to her grandparents.