7:18pm PT by Kayla Kumari Upadhyaya
'The Voice': Top 13 Sing for America's Vote
The top 13 sang live on NBC's The Voice on Monday, performing titles chosen by their fans. Blake Shelton had a whopping six artists; Kelly Clarkson had two; Adam Levine had two; and John Legend had three. Only eight artists will advance to the next round, and those results will air live on Tuesday night.
Gyth Rigdon of Team Blake kicked off the night’s performances with Shelton’s own “Nobody But Me.” He played guitar and showcased his lower register. Rigdon commanded the stage well, and Legend said he looked "great" throughout.
Team Blake’s Kim Cherry followed with a performance of “Whatta Man.” The song allowed her to show off some of her signature rap style. Clarkson, however, noted that she wants to hear more of Cherry's singing voice instead of just the rapping.
Team Kelly’s Jej Vinson followed with a performance of “Close” by Nick Jonas and Tove Lo. The fans chose well for Vinson, who started the performance at the keyboard and then moved away to deliver some of the more emotional parts of the song. His runs were solid throughout, and Levine said he sees him in the finale.
Team Blake was back up with Andrew Sevener, who sang Luke Combs’ “She Got the Best of Me.” He gave a straightforward country performance and busted out some big notes. Legend thought it could have used more finesse.
Another Team Blake artist, Oliv Blu, followed with a performance of “Smooth Operator” by Sade. It was slow and soulful, with Blu showcasing a lot of layers to her voice. Legend was impressed by her control and command over such a difficult song.
Dexter Roberts of Team Blake sang “Something Like That” by Tim McGraw, giving a high-energy country performance. Clarkson thought it connected to the country lifestyle, and Shelton was impressed with what Roberts did with the song.
Next up, Team Legend’s Shawn Sounds sang “A House Is Not a Home.” He took on the big song with confidence and style, showcasing range and emotion. Levine said it was “unbelievable.” Sounds got a standing ovation from all four coaches, making for the standout performance of the evening.
Team Legend was back up, with Celia Babini singing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born. It was the first time the tune has been sung on a singing competition show, so the pressure was on. Plus, since it’s a duet, she had to make a lot of changes to the arrangement. Babini sang the song well, delivering one of her personal-best performances.
Levine’s first artist of the night, LB Crew, followed with a performance of “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men. The fans chose well again here, with Crew putting some of his own spins on the song and delivering a fun and vocally strong performance.
Levine’s second and final artist, Mari, sang “Foolish” by Ashanti, which was another good song fit of the evening. Levine called Mari a “superstar.”
Carter Lloyd Horne, the final artist on Team Blake, sang “Let It Go” by James Bay. It was perfect for his range and tone, and Shelton admitted that he was initially worried about the fans’ choice here, but thought that Horne ended up killing it.
Team Kelly’s country singer Rod Stokes sang “When a Man Loves a Woman” and poured a lot of emotion into his singing, proving once again to be a solid storyteller onstage. Clarkson thought it was a “beautiful” performance.
The last number of the night came from Team Legend. Maelyn Jarmon sang “The Scientist” by Coldplay, and it was another standout performance. She made the song her own and delivered a dark, vulnerable performance that was one of the most memorable of the competition so far.
After the nationwide vote, the semi-finalists will be announced live on Tuesday night. Seven artists will automatically advance to the top 8, and one will be selected in an Instant Save.