The Voice Season 15 Recap – Top 8 Performances – Live Blog and Videos

The Voice Top 8 

The Voice season 15 LIVE Finals continue tonight. The Top 8 will perform for your votes–one solo and a duet with a fellow finalist. The Final FOUR will be revealed on Tuesday’s results showTonight, coaches Adam LevineKelly ClarksonJennifer Hudson, and Blake Shelton are on hand as their respective team members perform. As always, Carson Daly serves as host.

The online Vote Window closes at 7 am ET. ONLY Apple streams count as votes. 30 seconds streaming a song on iTunes counts as a FULL STREAM.  And instead of the Top 10 chart bonus, this season the MOST STREAMED ARTIST OF THE NIGHT will have their stream totals multiplied by 5.

Sarah Grace – Team Kelly Clarkson – Sign of the Times by Harry Styles – Reigning winner Brynn Cartelli had a showcase last week and Kelly took her team along. Brynn is also on hand to help mentor. “This song just speaks to me,” says Sarah. Kelly warns that this week, the contestants are “on the chopping block.” Kelly is looking for more drama, “You need a moment,” she says. The singer is sitting at a sparkly purple grand piano. I love the dusky tone of Sarah’s voice. She doesn’t employ a tone of tricks when she sings, but her subtle phrasing is effective. At the bridge she grabs the mic and takes the stage. She hits a big long note and sings with urgency. Thing is, she’s not the big tricksy singer like some of the others, and that puts her at a disadvantage. Jennifer is a fan of both her bravery and talent. “I love how you commanded the entire room.” Kelly says, “You are such a musician at this age…your subtlties are my favroite parts of your voice.” I agree with Kelly.

Sarah Grace's Vocals Soar to "Sign of the Times"

Reagan Strange and Kennedy Holmes – Happy/Tightrope mashup – The two are going on tour together. They’re calling it “The Presidents Tour.” Get it? Apparently they’re good friends. 

MaKenzie Thomas – Jennifer took her team to church. Literally. Jennifer and her team practiced in her church. The song was Jennifer’s idea. MaKenzie believes it’s a good representation of who she is as an artist, because of it’s soulful and gospel feel. Jennifer suggests she soften it up, but also add some gospel grace notes. Jennifer says if she had come before Makenzie, she would be inspired.  MaKenzie could dial back the runs a bit. But yeah, she’s hitting those high notes. Ooh. Though. Performing second is a little dangerous. Maybe her duet is coming late in the show.  She does the Whitney/Mariah/Celine deal so well. But she rarely takes the performance beyond tribute. Mariah sang it better, right? Ohh. She gets fireworks behind the piano! “I can not stand it, you are so good!” says Kelly, “This show is called the Voice, and that is what this show is all about.” Blake says, “That was one of the best performances that I’ve seen.” He admired the way she worked the microphone. Actually, she pulled it away at the wrong time… “You are like a coach’s dream,” says Jennifer. “It’s bananas! I got to give you all the credit.”

Kymberli Joye – “I’m not putting myself in a box,” says Kymberli about embracing gospel, “This is who I am!” Brynn says “This is the most important week.” Kelly thinks the song is a good combo of gospel and radio relevant. “I do think Kymberli can make it to the Top 4,” says Brynn. Kelly says the performance should incorporate a little bit of everything she’s done so far. This is a good song, with a great hook. And the gospel element is right in Kymberli’s wheelhouse. She hits a big note at the key change and then takes the room to church. She’s having some pitch problems, but she’s so full of the spirit, I’m gonna cut her a break. Jennifer says, “You make me feel like I was back home in church!”  Exclaims Kelly. “I love you! You are insane! It comes from the heart. Baby girl, you better make the Top 4.”

Oh Look. It’s Jennifer Hudson singing the Target jingle…as a big ballad. Hope she’s getting a few extra bucks from target for this. She and band are dressed in red. There’s a gospel choir of kiddos. She’s shoutin’ to the lord…for Target. OK then.  Was this taped last Thursday along with her performance for Tuesday? Probably. 

Chris Kroeze – Can’t You See by The Marshall Tucker Band – Chris chose the song because it’s “awesome” and he grew up with it. Blake likes that Chris stays true to who he is, and brings the party to the room. He basically compliments him for being a bar band singer. “My experience on The Voice has convinced me that I’m a country southern rocker,” says Chris. Well, that’s good to know.  The Voice flew Chris’s family out to Los Angeles. That’s nice.  And this performance is also nice, but nothing special. Yep. Chris does a great job covering old southern rock classics. I’ll bet he’s a big hit at those USO shows he plays. But he has yet to distinguish himself as an original artist.  Kelly calls him “nostalgic” She compares him to Travis Tritt and Guns N Roses. It makes her think about hanging out at the lake with her husband. Blake thanks him for giving the beer drinking back road driving fans of the show someone to root for. Are these compliments?

This is Me by Keala Settle (Greatest Showman) – Oh. They’re at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles. Jennifer gave the song to Kennedy because it’s a great transition song for a young person. Kennedy breaks down during rehearsal. It’s a little overwhelming for Kennedy at times. The young singer is turning 14 this week. Oh man. I’ve kinda had it with this song on singing shows. But as song picks go, it’s a good one for Kennedy. It’s a song she can relate to, even at her young age. She has such an incredible tone, this girl. In a couple of years, she’s going to be an incredible artist. Oh. The kids in the pit changed into white shirts for a black light effect. Carson wants to know how that happened. Jennifer is so proud of Kennedy. “I feel you can truly relate to this song…and be who you are.” 

You Are the Reason by Calum Scott – Adam and Reagan volunteer at a Toys for Tots event. “It was a strange week.” Adam says he loved DeAndre and they talked and they’re all good. Erm. Maybe not. Reagan and her mom love to go “song shopping” and it was actually mom who found this song. Adam says Reagan really feels the songs she sings. Her emotions are “evolved” he says. Oh. We see DeAndre on the phone with Reagan saying nice things and wishing her luck. I was pretty sure Reagan would be eliminated in the bottom, but maybe not. The show made a big deal out of proving there were no hard feelings all around. And, this is one of Reagan’s better performances.  He stage presence remains awkward, but she’s connecting to the song and staying in tune. And then she gets all weepy at the end. So. Blake calls the performance a “breath of fresh air.” “I’m so proud of you, but also so happy for you,” says Adam. “I was so connected with you the whole time. That’s why this girl deserves to be in the finale next week.” Adam is sure she will have a bright future, no matter what happens. 

Jumpin Jack Flash/Chain of Fools – They do a fun thing together in a photo booth. Chris compliments Sarah, saying he didn’t have the voice she does at 16. Chris is on guitar and Sarah on keyboards. They’re playing out in front of a very loud band. Sarah’s vocals aren’t really cutting through hear they way Chris’s are. But then they do a little musical interlude, where they jam on their instruments. And it’s pretty cool. When Sarah grabs the mic and walks out from behind the piano, her vocals are finally front and center. The sound mixing on this is kind of wonky. 

Blue by LeAnn Rimes – Kelly wants to show off Chevel’s pure voice this week. “LeAnn Rimes is going to love you!” Chevel began crying when Loretta Lynn reached out to her on Facebook. “Make your moment! Be a diva for a minute,” says Kelly.  These glimpses of Brynn at the showcase include previews of some new songs, so that’s cool.

Chevel kicks off the song real slow with just a twangy guitar as back up, before the band kicks in. Kelly picked another perfect song to show off Chevel’s old school country soul. She yodel is an ache, her tone clear as a bell. So pretty yet so real. Adam loves her voice and what she represents. “It’s been so much fun watching you.” Kelly says, “This is pure country! They don’t make it like this anymore!” 

I Swear by John Michael Montgomery (also R&B group All-4-One)  – Kirk has the pimp spot AGAIN. This boy is going to win the whole thing. “It’s not even about me no more,” says Kirk. Blake picked the song because it fits his style as a country balladeer with a pop sensibility. Kirk is dedicating the song to a girl named Courtney who battled cancer. His dad reached out to him after his blind audition. “I’m here because of people like Courtney. Kirk does his country ballad thing, like he always does. He’s super earnest and emotional. His voice sounds tired this week, he’s struggling a little on the high notes. But does it matter? Kirk is a crowd pleaser. Jennifer is his biggest fan. She’s going to miss watching him sing every week. She begs people to vote for him. She’s advocating for him more than her own singers. Adam calls his voice “identifiable.” Blake says, “I could not be more proud of you.” And then Carson cuts in, because we are running short of time! 

 Got To Be Real/Best of My Love –  They’re roommates. MaKenzie says Kymberli talks in her sleep. Ha! I was so sure they’d do gospel together. But this is good! Two of the greatest disco songs of the 70’s era. So much fun and the gay dudes are gonna love it, amiright? 

Bandleader Paul arranged all of the duet arrangements. John Legend and Esperanza Spalding will perform on next week’s finale.

Viewer react to The Voice Top 8 

Erin Teresa Pettengill We were actually at the live show in LA and watched it happen. What was interesting, that wasn't played on TV, was the reactions of the other coaches. They were looking at each other when Adam was giving his little speech, totally confused and amazed at what Adam was doing. Then, I watched their responses when the final verdict came in, and it was the same. They were as shocked as we were – shaking their heads, and in disbelief that that actually happened. I think what should have happened, is no one was eliminated that night, and then twice as many should have been eliminated this week.

Nancy Jean Long This "battle" has nothing to do with Reagan, or DeAndres singing, or which one is the better singer, ( neither one would win anyway). The issue is the fact that Reagan did not have to sing in order to move on!…You don't compete, you should be disqualified!!!!!! That's it! love The Voice Top

Tina Wilson-Carroll Thank you Kelly for being an awesome coach and truly showing America grace, integrity and courtesy to all the contestants not just your own.

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