'The Voice' recap: Top 11 artists perform, Gwen Stefani felt "on drugs" listening to Rose Short sing
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 11/26/2019
The Voice featured the Top 11 artists taking the stage with songs fans had chosen for them, and Katie Kadan and Rose Short brought the house down during Monday night's two-hour performance show on NBC.
Katie, a 38-year-old from Chicago, IL, performed "Without You" by Harry Nilsson, and received a standing ovation from all four coaches.
Kelly said Katie sang the song with such heart and emotion. She said Katie had the perfect amount of rasp and also stayed true to the melody, and overall, her performance was "mind-blowingly good."
Katie's coach John agreed her vocals were "utterly stunning" and Katie had delivered a classic ballad with such poise, grace and control -- plus powerful, spiritual notes. John called the performance incredible and admitted he pitied the contestants who must sing after her.
Rose, a 34-year-old from Killeen, TX, belted out "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney and Wings. She had all four coaches on their feet cheering for her.
"That was so amazing!" Gwen pointed out before it was even her turn to talk.
Kelly said that was "bad as sin" and straight from the Lord. Kelly joked about how she felt "saved" by that performance and it was very tastefully done with such great dynamics.
After Kelly noted the performance was "killer," Gwen admitted she felt "moved" by the performance -- almost as if she had been in a dream. Gwen couldn't find the words to describe how unbelievable the performance was.
"I feel like I'm on drugs! I don't do drugs, but if I did them, it would be Rose," Gwen said. "That was incredible. I'm so honored to know you right now."
Kat Hammock, an 18-year-old from Encinitas, CA, took the stage with "I'll Fly Away" by Gillian Welch and Alison Krauss.
Gwen said Kat's performance was beautiful and unique and she totally stood out just being herself with her "mesmerizing" voice. Gwen said she loved Kat and is a big fan.
Kat's coach Blake expressed how viewers are falling in love with her voice more and more with each passing week because her voice is special and she's such a gift to this show. Blake called her voice "magical."
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Shane Q, a 29-year-old from Sacramento, CA, performed "Mercy" by Shawn Mendes on behalf of "Team Kelly."
John was grooving during that song and could tell Shane sang with confidence and swag. He said Shane's vocals were sensual in the right moments and it was his best performance so far on this show.
Kelly admitted she was hard on Shane but only because he's gifted and she really believes in him. Kelly was proud of Shane for pushing himself vocally while also making it seem effortless. Kelly added that the power in Shane's voice had finally arrived.
Joana Martinez, a 16-year-old from Miami, FL, who's competing on Gwen's team, sang "Dreaming Of You" by Selena.
Gwen and Blake both got up out of their chairs for the young artist.
"I can't think of a dumber decision I've made in the history of this show than letting you go from my team," Blake confessed, adding that she's "coming into [her] moment on the show."
Gwen said Joana was "perfection" and she almost wondered if Blake had given her the artist as present. Blake, however, insisted he's "not that nice."
Gwen thought Joana sounded "unbelievable," and she called the singer "flawless." Gwen was completely shocked by the artist's talent on Monday night.
Will Breman, a 25-year-old from Santa Barbara, CA, took the stage with "Light My Fire" by The Doors.
Blake insisted he's been a fan of Will's since the start of the competition and Will made him actually like that song.
Will's coach John gushed about how he's an honored member of "The Blue Crew" -- which is Will's fanbase -- because he's on an advanced level as an artist and musician. John said Will comes out with something unpredictable and inventive each week.
Hello Sunday, a duo comprised of Myla Finks, a 14-year-old from Atlanta, GA, and Chelsea Glover, a 13-year-old from Atlanta, GA, sang "The Middle" by Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey.
Blake told the girls he couldn't brag about them enough to the press because they're so talent at such young ages. He was so happy for the duo.
And Hello Sunday's coach Kelly explained they sing like women but they're also fun and so poised. Kelly couldn't believe how ready Hello Sunday is for the industry and she felt "blessed" to have the duo on her team.
Myracle Holloway, a 44-year-old from Los Angeles, CA, performed "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M. Both Kelly and Gwen gave the singer a standing ovation.
John noted how Myracle has affected so many people by being on the show, showing how powerful music and the story behind the music can be.
Myracle's coach Gwen gushed about how Myracle is "so aware of this moment she's in" and she's just "seizing the moment." Gwen said the performance was beautiful and flawless, with a perfect arch in her vocals.
Marybeth Byrd, an 18-year-old from Armorel, AR, took the stage with "Stars" by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals.
Kelly thought it was a great song choice for Marybeth because she has the ability to open up with a lot of vibrato. She called it "a smart pick."
John thanked America for choosing this song for his team member because it fit right into her vocal pocket and turned out to be "magical." John said all the twists and turns the melody took was "right there for" her. John added that Marybeth gave her audience power and clarity.
Jake Hoot, a 31-year-old from Cookeville, TN, who competed on Kelly's team, belted out "Every Light In The House" by Trace Adkins.
Gwen had been a fan of Jake's from the very beginning, saying he's "like a diamond in the rough" and there's something so comforting about his voice. Gwen also said his confidence has clearly grown.
Kelly said Jake reminded her of every part of her childhood that was awesome and he's always so present. She shared how Jake is "a really great human" and seems to have a natural microphone inside his voice.
And finally, "Team Blake" member Ricky Duran, a 29-year-old originally from Worcester MA, who currently resides in Austin, TX, sang "Downtown Train" by Rod Stewart. Gwen and Blake both gave Ricky a standing ovation.
John admitted he sometimes forgets Ricky is a contestant on the show because it already feels like he's past that, like he's a seasoned artist already based on the way he carries himself with polish and stage presence.
"You just look advanced beyond a competition. You look like you should be up here coaching too!" John said.
After John pointed out Ricky is "really good," Blake revealed people in the business have been reaching out to him about Ricky already. Blake said Ricky is having his moment right now.