'The Voice' Top 11 recap -- Adam Levine: Lauren Duski will be in finale, Jesse Larson is Season 12's best singer
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/02/2017
The Voice's Top 11 artists took the stage for home viewer votes on Monday night's Season 12 performance show on NBC.
The live shows continued last night with the remaining 11 artists singing for home viewers as well as the show's coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, and Alicia Keys. In a night of generally great performances, Jesse Larson from Minneapolis, MN, and Lauren Duski from Gaylord, MI, took the cake, at least in Adam's eyes.
Jesse sang "Human" by Rag'n'Bone Man for Team Adam. Adam said he's so proud of Jesse, explaining that the artist is not a pop star but sings his face off, just like Sundance Head from last season. Adam said Jesse's vocal ability should propel him to victory, adding that he's "the best singer in the competition" and is "incredible."
Lauren performed "Somewhere In My Broken Heart" by Billy Dean for Team Blake. Adam flat out and matter-of-factly admitted to Lauren, "You're going to be in the finale," which appeared to shock here.
Adam said she absolutely has what it takes to make it that far and it's "obvious" she'll compete in the finals. Blake then told his team member that she's special because her voice is classic but doesn't sound like anybody else. Blake noted she's a star.
Stephanie Rice from Houston, TX, took the stage with "Behind Blue Eyes" by The Who on behalf of Alicia's team. Alicia explained the song perfectly described Stephanie's life and that came through in the performance. Alicia said she's "blossoming" into a "powerful, feminine phenomenon." Alicia told the artist that she delivered a "killer performance" and is just getting started.
Aliyah Moulden from La Habra, CA, performed "Take It Back" by Reba McEntire. Her coach, Blake, was once again blown away by the young girl. Blake said America is falling in love with her because it's impossible not to, adding that everyone is invested in her as she becomes an artist.
Terry "TSoul" Pinkard from Richmond, VA, sang "Lay Me Down" by Sam Smith for Team Blake. Blake called the singer "a beast," revealing to America that he's never heard TSoul sing like that.
Lilli Passero from Los Angeles, CA, took the stage with "Town Without Pity" by Gene Pitney on behalf of Adam's team. Adam felt they finally cracked the code in terms of the music Lilli should be singing and one day recording.
He said they're moving in the right direction and Lilli made the song her own. Adam called her "amazing" and was excited the artist had found her lane.
Hunter Plake from Baton Rouge, LA, performed "All I Want" by Kodaline. Gwen gushed about how Hunter is "a real artist who writes music and plays instruments."
She noted he's "full of music" and there's been nobody like him on the show. Gwen insisted "everyone is going to die" when they hear his record someday because it's going to be so raw and real.
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Vanessa Ferguson from Greensboro, NC, sang "Diamonds" by Rihanna and hit it out of the park. After Blake confessed Vanessa is the artist in the competition he's "most intimidated" by, her coach Alicia said she sings effortlessly as if she's "in her bathroom with slippers on."
Alicia complimented Vanessa's capacity, dynamics and vocal power, saying it's unmatched and she owns it in a way that is unassuming and refreshing.
Mark Isaiah impressed with a lyric-packed rendition of "How To Love" by Lil Wayne. Although his coach Adam was initially worried about the performance since it's such a tough song to master, Adam said he was surprised and blown away by how great it was.
Adam told America that Mark chooses all of his own music and works harder than anyone else on the show. Adam therefore begged home viewers not to allow Mark into Tuesday night's bottom-two artists. (Mark avoided elimination last week when he fell into the bottom two with Troy Ramey, who was ousted after both guys sang for survival).
Brennley Brown from Apple Valley, CA, once again dropped jaws with her performance of "River" by Joni Mitchell. Gwen and Alicia both gave her a standing ovation, and Gwen said she's so excited to be working with Brennley.
Gwen still can't believe Brennley is only 15-years-old because of the way she's able to "channel a lyric so deep." The coach thought it was a beautiful performance.
Chris Blue from Knoxville, TN, closed out the show by belting out "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge for Team Alicia. His coach revealed she's "so blessed" to work with him and when he sings, she feels like she's watching some of "the greats" like Nat King Cole or Marvin Gaye.
During The Voice's upcoming May 2 results show on Tuesday night, one more artist will be sent home after America utilizes the show's "Instant Save."