Shalyah Fearing on “The Voice”; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — The Voice‘s top 12 took the stage Monday night. Artists for Teams Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Pharrell Williams all performed for a chance to earn the viewers’ votes.
The lone remaining country artist in the competition, Mary Sarah of Team Blake, opened the show with Carrie Underwood’s “So Small.” Christina admitted she wasn’t familiar with the song but said Mary Sarah delivered. Adam said she put forth a “unique” version of a potentially difficult song to sing. Blake said he was “wrapped up in the lyrics,” praising the way Mary Sarah presented the message.
Team Adam’s resident rocker, Laith Al-Saadi, brought some blues to the stage with “Born Under a Bad Sign” by Albert King. Blake said he doesn’t know the blues well, but the performance must be as good as it gets. Adam says there’s no one like Al-Saadi on the show.
Team Pharrell’s Daniel Passino sang “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson. Christina noted that Pharrell has built up Daniel’s confidence. Pharrell said Daniel’s mind must be racing, and that he willed himself through the performance.
Daniel’s teammate, Emily Keener, took on Jeff Buckley’s “Lilac Wine.” Adam said he was so proud that someone sang that song. Christina said it was the performance she’d been waiting for from Emily. Pharrell urged the viewers to vote for Emily, noting her age: 17.
Nick Hagelin of Team Christina covered Blake’s “Mine Would Be You.” Pharrell said Nick could chart with a song like that. Blake joked that his fans would demand Nick’s version of the song at his next concert. Christina said Nick is humble and likeable, and exudes charisma.
Adam Wakefield of Team Blake played “Soulshine” by the Allman Brothers Band. Pharrell quipped that Adam took the crowd to church. Adam Levine said the contestant “is so far beyond the real deal,” adding that it was a “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance.” Blake declared that Adam will be around for a “long, long time.”
Bryan Bautista of Team Christina crooned Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose.” Pharrell felt confident Bryan will score a record deal. Christina said he presents himself beautifully on stage. She called him a “star.”
Team Adam’s Owen Danoff covered the Lukas Graham hit “7 Years.” Adam said the crowd rallied behind him with his determination. The Maroon 5 frontman added, “You came to life tonight.”
Alisan Porter of Team Christina belted out “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. Christina gushed, “You’re everything. You’re amazing.” She added that the energy in the room changes when Alisan enters it.
Team Blake’s Paxton Ingram sang the Selena Gomez tune “Hands to Myself.” Pharrell said Paxton lifts people when he sings. Blake told Paxton he’s going to be around for a while.
Hannah Huston of Team Pharrell entertained with “Something’s Got a Hold On Me” by Etta James. Blake noted that Hannah has so much fun on the stage. Pharrell said she has innate ability and a wide range.
Shalyah Fearing of Team Adam closed the night with a stirring rendition of Kelly Clarkson’s “Up to the Mountain.” Christina said she feels Shalyah’s heart when she sings. Adam said he’s so impressed by the woman she’s becoming.
The top 11 will be revealed on Tuesday night’s results show, airing on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
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