'The Voice' Top 11 performances: Brendan Fletcher called "one in a million," Billy Gilman is "everything the show stands for"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/22/2016
The Voice's Top 11 artists performed Monday night and several artists had breakthrough moments.
While Billy Gilman, a 28-year-old former child country star from Westerly, RI, and Ali Caldwell, a 28-year-old from Woodbridge, NJ, who currently resides in New York, NY, have emerged as frontrunners in the competition, their opponents are certainly putting up a fight.
Brendan Fletcher, a 26-year-old bartender from Randolph, NJ who currently resides in Brooklyn, NY, took the stage with "The River" by Bruce Springsteen on behalf of Adam Levine's team. Blake Shelton said he has "a nice storytelling voice" and would selfishly like to hear him sing some country music. Blake confessed he was jealous that Brendan wasn't on his team and it was "bullcrap" he represented Adam's.
Adam then gushed about how Brendan had conquered a lot this week and sang the song beautifully. Adam said the artist's type of voice is forgotten in the music industry today and he's very "special, different and one in a million."
Aaron Gibson, a 25-year-old from Atlanta, GA who currently resides in Kennesaw, GA, sang "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Adam said it was the perfect song for him to do, and his coach Miley Cyrus explained that it was his strongest performance of the season because he showcased the type of artist he is and how much he cares.
Courtney Harrell, a 36-year-old professional songwriter from Boston, MA who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, performed "What I Did For Love" from A Chorus Line on behalf of Blake's team. Blake, Miley and coach Alicia Keys all stood up for her.
Blake told Courtney this was the happiest he's ever seen her and she works so hard because this opportunity means everything to her. Blake said it was her best performance yet this season.
Austin Allsup, a 32-year-old from Fort Worth, TX who currently resides in Springtown, TX, sang "Turn the Page" by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. Adam admitted it was also his best performance to date and he gave the song everything he had. His coach Blake noted how he was on the edge of his seat the entire time.
Sundance Head, a 37-year-old musician from Houston, TX who currently resides in Porter, TX, performed "No One" by Alicia Keys. Alicia admitted Sundance is the one person she wishes she had on her team and he allowed her to listen to her song in a whole new way. Blake told his artist that the pressure in the competition just added another level of energy to his performance and it was a breakout moment.
Ali sang "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton. Her coach Miley explained that for the rest of Ali's life, she's going to be opening shows and closing shows, and nothing in between because she's such a star. Miley noted that Ali was born to be on "a gold glitter staircase runway" of a stage.
Josh Gallagher, a 25-year-old from Johnstown, PA who currently resides in Nashville, TN, performed "Drunk On Your Love" by Brett Eldredge. Miley said it felt like they were at his concert rather than watching a contestant, and Adam insisted he's so refreshing and no one is better at connecting with the audience.
Billy took the stage with "All I Ask" by Adele, which was certainly a challenge.
Blake said it's impossible for Billy to hit a bad note and a song like that would take a week for someone else to record and perfect in the studio. Adam said it's not just about hitting the big notes, that Billy felt what he sang and delivered a "pure, real and honest" performance. Adam said Billy is everything The Voice stands for and more.
Christian Cuevas, a 20-year-old college student from Rochester, NY who currently resides in Orlando, FL, sang "Rosanna" by Toto. Alicia said he has a huge voice and it's like crystal, with a pure tone that sends shivers and chills through his listeners' bodies.
Darby Walker, a 17-year-old from Atlanta, GA, performed "You Don't Own Me" by Lesley Gore. Alicia said she owned it and should feel amazing about her performance. Darby's coach Miley noted that the artist represents and radiates freedom, which is why she sings songs on the show about such.
We McDonald, a 17-year-old from Paterson, NJ, sang "Love On the Brain" by Rihanna. Alicia said despite being so young, she sings like she has lived "for a trillion years" and always takes the audience to deep places. Alicia told her artist that she deserves everything and can "soar to unstoppable heights where there are no limits."